Friends Thanksgiving Episodes: Touchdowns or Turkeys?

by Aly Semigran November 20, 2013 7:00 am
<i>Friends</i> Thanksgiving Episodes: Touchdowns or Turkeys?

When you think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Is it turkey on the table with all the trimmings or Monica's turkey stuck on Joey's head? Is it watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade or when the Underdog float gets away? Is it uncomfortable dinners with your family or retroactively uncomfortable moments like when Brad Pitt totally hates Jennifer Aniston (er, we mean her character Rachel)? If you answered the latter to any of these, well take comfort in knowing you're not alone. For Friends fans, their Thanksgiving episodes are an essential part of the holiday. So we're running through all ten seasons worth of Thanksgiving episodes and deciding which ones were comedy touchdowns and which ones were total turkeys.

Best Week Ever: Other VH1 Reality Shows We Want Back

by Rachel Stein January 16, 2013 7:00 am
<I>Best Week Ever</i>: Other VH1 Reality Shows We Want Back

We don't know what's more confusing: Why VH1 is bringing back Best Week Ever now, or why it was cancelled in the first place. We always enjoyed watching the pop culture show, and even read the fantastic Best Week Ever blog until it was shut down last June. We're happy it's coming back (assuming TPTB don't screw around with the original format too much) and hope that it's wildly successful so that the cabler will bring back these other recent -- we're not talking the Music First era, here -- gone-too-soon programs:

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.

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.

Lost at Work: The Sideways World of the British Office

by Rachel Stein March 19, 2010 4:04 pm
Lost at Work: The Sideways World of the British <i>Office</i>

I have no good excuse as to why I had never seen the British Office before now. I watch more television than anyone I know, I love Ricky Gervais and most of my friends own a copy of the complete series. Also, I've been a huge fan of the American adaptation from the very beginning. So you can understand why, when all of the episodes of the original Office series were recently posted on Hulu, I was literally assigned to watch it.

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Top 10 Reality TV Couples Hall of Fame

by TWoP Staff February 11, 2008 1:11 pm
Top 10 Reality TV Couples Hall of Fame In conjunction with Valentine's Day, we named some of reality's coolest couples.
Throw Like a Girl: <i>My Boys</i>, <i>Friday Night Lights</i> and <i>Sports Night</i>‘s Fiercest Females

"Do women even like sports?" may just be as outdated and lame as the already answered, yet repeatedly asked question, "Are women funny?" (The answer is a resounding "yes," by the way, in case you've been living under the world's dumbest rock.) But while funny women are standing tall in the television landscape (New Girl, The Mindy Project, Parks and Recreation, just to name a few) where's the love for all the sports gals out there? (And, yes, sometimes they are one and the same).

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