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5 reasons you missed out on 'Transporter: The Series'

TNT’s Transporter: The Series is driving home in March. If you didn’t know that, it’s probably because you’re one of the many people who missed the Chris Vance-led film spin off when it burned up the small screen this fall.

With jaw-dropping action, laugh-out-loud humor, and a leading-man performance from Vance, Transporter is the best show you haven’t watched yet.

Now, here are five reasons why you absolutely need to take the ride when the DVD set arrives next month.

Chris Vance is the best driver since Ryan Gosling

You won’t miss Jason Statham after you’ve met Vance’s version of Frank Martin, the ex-soldier who “transports” anything for anyone, usually getting into a ton of trouble. Stepping into Frank’s suit, Vance has a James Bond-esque confidence, possesses ridiculous charisma, and is more than able to put up a fight. Underneath that, the Rizzoli & Isles and Prison Break veteran brings substance to go with his style. He’s not just fighting and flirting; he gives the audience a real, intriguing look into what’s going on in Frank’s head. You’ll find yourself laughing, arguing, and even crying along with him. Both an action star and a bona fide actor, Vance is the complete package. (And like Gosling, he’ll make the ladies swoon.) Get to know Frank in this video:

The action sequences would make Jack Bauer nervous

Thanks to several folks who also worked on the Transporter movies, the fights and car stunts in Transporter: The Series are some of the most ambitious ever seen on television. These are knock-down, drag-out fights that really last and use everything at the characters’ disposal, from a wall to a wok. The bad guys on this show aren’t pushovers. Then, when Frank gets behind the wheel of his Audi, cars get smashed, crashed, and split in two. Things go down everywhere from hotel rooms to lingerie shops, and you never quite know how it’s all going to turn out. But this isn’t sound and fury, signifying nothing: All the action sequences add to the plot, too. They tell their own stories, with beginnings, middles, and usually fantastic ends.

The ladies are just as strong as the boys

In many action shows and movies, the girl is just there to be gotten. Not this time. Frank Martin is surrounded by capable women, most notably his agent, Carla, portrayed by the underappreciated and beautiful Andrea Osvart. Carla and Frank have an entertaining partnership, marked by plenty of banter that’s more brother and sister than transporter and handler. Then there’s Frank’s would-be girlfriend, Juliette (Delphine Chaneac), who has a big secret that she’s hiding while she’s wondering where he’s going all the time. Even the guest stars kick some serious behind: Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) is a standout as a security guard who becomes Frank’s sidekick in one episode.

It’s also one of the funniest shows on TV

Transporter mixes a healthy dose of humor in with the action and character development. Most of it comes from Frank’s loyal mechanic, Dieter (a spot-on Charly Hubner), both on his own and in his interactions with his boss. Frank himself is never short of a wisecrack, and Vance boasts some great comic timing that sells each one of them. We’re not talking about your regular one-liners, either. These scripts are actually very witty—not just with dialogue, but also with the expressions between characters and some of the plots. There are numerous points in the first season where you’ll catch yourself laughing out loud—which is not something you can say about most action shows.

The cool kids are doing it

You’ll recognize an awful lot of the guest stars who appear on Transporter, many of whom play some really fun characters. Aside from Winnick, keep your eyes open for appearances by Adam MacDonald (Rookie Blue), Rachel Skarsten (Lost Girl), Demore Barnes (The Unit), Chelsea Hobbs (Make It or Break It), Lochlyn Munro (Charmed), Greg Bryk (ReGenesis), Mike Dopud (Motive), Leela Savasta (Battlestar Galactica), and Athena Karkanis (The Lottery). If you’re a TV geek, this is a show that will constantly have you running to IMDb.

Transporter delivers all the hard-hitting action that fans of the film trilogy will expect, then expands on that by adding in all the aspects that could only be done on television. It has entertainment for the viewers who want lighter fare, but if you crave something deeper, there’s character development to be found too. The cherry on top is that it never takes itself too seriously. Instead, it delivers a show that’s more fun than driving a Bugatti Veyron.

You can catch up with Transporter: The Series now on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video, or own the first season when it arrives on DVD in March. It may be the best ride you’ve ever taken on television.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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