Parenthood: This Week’s Chuckle, Cry and Cringe

by Rachel Stein January 9, 2013 12:02 pm
<i>Parenthood</i>: This Week’s Chuckle, Cry and Cringe

I'm not going to spend too much time on the fact that I totally called it three different times, but I hate everything about the reveal of Amy's pregnancy except for the whole me being a genius factor. I loathe when shows punish consenting teens for having sex or drinking; it feels like some weird leftover Puritan punishment from leftover "Very Special Episodes" from outdated sitcoms.

Girls: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

by Rachel Stein April 23, 2012 6:00 am
<I>Girls</i>: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

As discourse concerning women often goes in this country, every person who saw the Girls pilot last week felt the need to stick in their two cents, qualified or not -- present company included. Some interesting thoughts about its intense white privilege were expressed. Some flawed and pointless arguments consisting of misogyny pretending to be critical analysis were made (since when is nepotism new in Hollywood? What do the actresses having famous parents have to do with the integrity of the on-screen characters? Why doesn't anyone ever mention Zosia Mamet's mom, actress Lindsay Crouse? Since when does being the daughter of Bad Company's drummer matter to anyone?). One writer of the show even made the poor decision to joke about the criticism of the whiteness of the show, totally missing the mark, while Judd Apatow himself claims that those who write bad reviews of Girls are doing it "just out of boredom" and pageviews because "who wants to read only good reviews?" Apatow seems to be enjoying the backlash, at least, and doesn't mind that the series isn't representative of non-privileged women, explaining: "That's the point of it, really. It's supposed to be a comedy about women in New York who are really smart, but their lives are a mess. They know they should be doing great things, but they don't know what it is, and they have kind of a feeling of self-entitlement about it. That's the joke of the show."

Today's TWoP News: Monday, October 24, 2011

by Ashley Chervinski October 24, 2011 2:13 pm
Today's TWoP News: Monday, October 24, 2011

Catherine Tate is heading back to Sabre-Dunder Mifflin.

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