The Disturbing Secret Message of Boy Meets World

by Rachel Stein November 5, 2012 1:37 pm
The Disturbing Secret Message of <i>Boy Meets World</i>

While the rest of the '90s nostalgia-obsessed Internet is reveling in the idea of Disney Channel's recently announced Boy Meets World sequel series, we're not quite so optimistic. Don't get me wrong -- I re-watched just about the entire original Boy Meets World run on MTV2 this spring, and would watch the hell out of this proposed adorably-titled Girl Meets World, especially if Cory and Topanga are actually called back as the parents of the titular preteen girl. But looking back (or, if you also seriously watched two hours of Boy Meets World five days a week for four months) (and once again got totally creeped out by Fred Savage sexually harassing Topanga) (and saw Mr. Turner, remembered him for the first time and then laughed when they completely forgot about him after his motorcycle accident), Boy Meets World was not the wholesome, perfect series so many of my fellow fans seem to recall. And I don't just mean in terms of everything horrible happening to Shawn, that time Eric taped Rachel without her knowledge, adult Mr. Feeny all but stalking Cory and his friends or the now-obvious Christian indoctrination weaved throughout this show -- all of which, to be clear, doesn't make the show less wholesome, just a little bit stranger to see now -- I'm talking about the emotional center of the show: Cory and Topanga's relationship.

Revisting the Political Pasts of USA’s Political Animals

by Ethan Alter July 12, 2012 4:14 pm
Revisting the Political Pasts of USA’s <i>Political Animals</i>

Talk about stacking the court. USA has packed the cast of their new Washington D.C.-set drama Political Animals, which premieres on Sunday, with eight experienced screen politicians who have each held down prestigious government (or government adjacent) jobs before. Here's a look at their past political lives and how those experiences prepared them to survive in this version of the Washington jungle.

Remembering O’Grady, Because No One Else Can

by Kaitlin Reilly June 28, 2012 6:00 am
Remembering <i>O’Grady</i>, Because No One Else Can

Disney Channel's new animated series Gravity Falls introduces us to a bizarre town where instead of freaking out about pimples on date night, teens worry about their dates suddenly turning into cats. Twins Dipper and Mabel Pines get shipped off to live with their Uncle Stan for the summer in (wonderfully named) Gravity Falls, Oregon, where zombies, ghosts, and chainsaw-wielding beavers run amuck.

Lessons Learned From the Teen Couples of '90s and '00s TV

by Samantha Rullo June 19, 2012 6:01 am
Lessons Learned From the Teen Couples of '90s and '00s TV

With ABC Family's summer lineup of teen dramas under way, the romances on shows like Pretty Little Liars get me all nostalgic for some of my past favorite young couples. If one thing hasn't changed since the mid-'90s and early '00s, it's that these soap operas starring teenagers are always filled with intense, over-the-top relationships. So maybe Hanna and Caleb or Spencer and Toby can learn something from these other pairings that fans used to obsess over. (Though when half of the duo is a grown adult who used to be his underage girlfriend's teacher, it might be a bit more tricky... Sorry, Aria and Ezra.)

From Pepper to Pickles: The Forgotten Girls of the '90s and '00s

by Hillary Goldsmith May 30, 2012 12:14 pm
From Pepper to Pickles: The Forgotten Girls of the '90s and '00s

In a time when the perfectly unhip twentysomething descendants of Daria saturate our TV screens -- c'mon, you just know Girls' Hannah was a fan -- I think it's worth taking a look back at the animated teens and preteens from a decade ago who rarely, if ever, get any recognition for the huge impact they had on a generation of young women. Speaking as a girl who has always been just a little bit too dorky to actually ever be considered "adorkable," and who was actually lucky enough to have had an uncomplicated happy childhood, I found myself gravitating towards the awkward spazzes who just wanted to hang out with their friends and be accepted by the cool kids without giving up everything about themselves. For that reason, these mostly forgotten characters may have been even more influential than Ms. Morgendorffer.

<i>Best Friends Forever</i>: What We’ll Miss about the Best Cancelled Sitcom of the 2011-12 Season

While there are many already-canned shows from the 2011-2012 TV season that we won't miss, Best Friends Forever is decidedly not one of them. The NBC series only seemed to improve from the fairly strong pilot and I think it wrongly got clumped together with the season's gender-obsessed failures like Are You There, Chelsea? and Man Up!, just because it featured two adult female friends and a slightly overwhelmed dude. In reality, BFF was a fun and promising series that deserved a bit more room to breathe. NBC will be burning the last few episodes off next month, so before the network officially puts a pin in it, here's what I'll miss about the show.

If You Like Veep, Watch The Thick of It

by Ethan Alter April 23, 2012 6:00 am
If You Like <i>Veep</i>, Watch <I>The Thick of It</i>

We should probably point out off the top that The Thick of It, the terrific British political satire created by Armando Iannucci -- the mind behind the new HBO comedy Veep -- is not technically cancelled. (It's definitely brilliant, though.) Since airing its first two series of three episodes apiece back in 2005, The Thick of It has returned to the BBC for a series of specials that aired in 2007 and an expanded eight-episode third series which ran in 2009. (BBC America aired the first two seasons stateside in 2006 and will start running the third season on April 28.) Additionally, a fourth season is currently being filmed and will air in the U.K. sometime in the fall.

Child Stars of 1995-2005: Who Failed, Who Succeeded?

by Sophia Wetlaufer June 28, 2011 11:10 am
Child Stars of 1995-2005: Who Failed, Who Succeeded?

Every generation has a group of kids they feel like they grew up with because they watched them on TV. For me, it's the Disney and Nickelodeon "class" of 1995 to 2005. They were examples of how to always feel embarrassed by my parents (That's So Raven), crimp certain parts of my hair and not others (Lizzie McGuire) and talk in loud, obnoxious voices (All That). So with Raven-Symone's impending return to TV on ABC Family's State of Georgia, I'm taking a look at where my former Disney and Nick role models are nowadays, and assigning superlatives to their adult lives and careers.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King: Ten Shows It Reminds Us Of

by Angel Cohn June 15, 2011 11:20 am
<i>The Nine Lives of Chloe King</i>: Ten Shows It Reminds Us Of

Last night, ABC Family debuted a new series about a girl who gets super genetic powers on her sixteenth birthday and then ends up having to save her whole random race of genetic mutants from some other random enhanced beings who are chasing her down (or something like that). She also can die and come back to life (supposedly nine times... because her particular superpowers are cat-like). While we enjoyed the premiere of this summer romp for what it is, it definitely brought to mind more than a handful of other series that have come before it. (Keep in mind we're basing this on the pilot of the show, not anything from the book series.)

Wonderfalls: Still In Awe of This Wonderful Series

by Angel Cohn January 12, 2011 2:30 pm
<I>Wonderfalls</I>: Still In Awe of This Wonderful Series

The last time Off the Map's Caroline Dhavernas had a midseason show, things didn't go exactly as planned. In fact, it only lasted four episodes on air. Poor Wonderfalls failed because of lousy marketing, a lack of faith by Fox, an out-of-sequence schedule and poor ratings because it was up against a slightly similarly themed Joan of Arcadia. And that's a shame because the show was quirky, charming, bizarre and well-acted. I'm hazarding a guess that Dhavernas's new series, which is from ABC showrunner extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes, and is a medical drama set in the jungle, will last a lot longer, probably years longer, given its more mainstream sensibility. Not that I didn't see the appeal of a bored retail store clerk being given orders by inanimate objects in a Niagara Falls gift shop -- I did -- but apparently that show's devotees were few and far between.

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