Call it whatever you want, just don't put Lori from Walking Dead anywhere near it.
While many shows try to do very special Thanksgiving episodes, most of them degenerate into a muddle of typical family feuding and melodrama. And if we wanted to see disastrous family meals, we would just tune in to Brothers & Sisters on any given week. But every few seasons, at least one great show gives a holiday episode we can be truly thankful for. Here our favorites from the recent and far past:
Looks like Randy couldn't even get comp tickets to The Book of Mormon.
We're sick of everyone saying that Smash reminds them of Glee. The shows have very little in common, so it's just a lazy comparison that's made because both programs happen to feature musical elements. Smash is a layered show about adults in realistic situations, not adults playing teenagers in the most ridiculous high school ever. NBC's series also has serious actors (like Anjelica Huston) and (judging by the upcoming episodes we've been privy to) actually remembers its storylines from week to week and doesn't wildly change itself in order to fit the music of the week. Oh, and its original songs are truly catchy, and the less said about that time Glee went for originality, the better. Here are the other shows Smash actually resembles:
This week has morbid curiosities for everyone, from graven images to modern-day freaks and even social class relations.
Emmy-award-winning programming is here! Seriously, some good TV comes out on DVD today, which means you can finally turn off that crap you've been watching.
Huzzah! In a brilliant move second only to the brilliant move that resulted in picking up It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia originally, the brass at FX have signed on to produce another outré comedy as a companion to IASIP. Testees (tee hee), written by Kenny Vs. Spenny creator (and former South Park scribe) Kenny Hotz, will focus on two best friends and roommates who are employed as guinea pigs (ie "testees" -- tee hee!) charged with testing all manner of product and medication that has yet to hit the market. As you might imagine, hilarity usually ensues.
There's a lot to love about South Park -- particularly in the past few seasons, during which I've noticed that the plotting seems a lot tighter without sacrificing any of the weirdness or subversion that have been the show's trademarks -- but this week's episode once again highlighted one of my favourite things about the show: Mr. Randy Marsh (voice of Trey "My Next Husband" Parker). Also known as Stan's dad, Randy is possibly the most ridiculously immature adult in a town full of them, always trying to ingratiate himself with Stan and the other boys to prove that he's still cool. The latest episode, "Guitar Queer-o," had Randy trying to impress the Guitar Hero-obsessed boys by playing "Carry On Wayward Son" on a real guitar, only to learn that "real guitars are for old people." Remember when Randy pushed to be a member of the "boy" "band" Fingerbang? Hee hee.
See if you can match up each TV show (and network) with its respective news story: 24, Lost, The Bachelor, and Bravo; An encyclopedia, a new day, a 20/20 special, and talks of a cancellation. This is tough!
Halloween is a special time in TV land, where shows go crazy with spooky, scary theme episodes unencumbered by the heartwarming tinge required of Christmas episodes. No, Halloween episodes tend to just be fun departures, and we're generally big fans of them. This year, Castle kicked off the week's festivities with last night's awesome, Firefly-referencing episode, and upcoming previews show 30 Rock and The Office getting into the game later this week as well. So, in honor of all the Halloween excitement on TV right now, we thought we'd look back at our ten favorite Halloween episodes of years past.