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The EW Community was built by and for people who love television. And we, the writers of the EW Community, especially love it when we get to witness brilliance in our favorite medium. Every week we are blown away by a few showstopping performances.

In this regular column, “EW Community TV MVP of the Week,” we honor the actor who gave this week’s most commanding performance.

MVP of the Week:
Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon,
Empire, “Unto the Breach”

FOX

In a lesser actress’ hands, Empire‘s Cookie Lyon would be nothing more than a sound-bite machine. However, the amazing Taraji P. Henson gives life to all of the bon mots that flow from Cookie’s lips. Whether it’s a flippant “Bye, Felicia” or a drunken “That’s my name; take a bite,” Taraji sells every line with sass, character, and, most important, believability. When Taraji, as Cookie, is throwing back purple drank or throwing Boo Boo Kitty (Anika) out of Lucius home, she manages to steal every scene she’s in … and make you wish she was in every scene. Although Taraji has been a television and film staple for years, Empire is finally making her the household name she deserves to be. —Karen Belgrad

Runner-Up:
Chloe Bennet as Skye, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “Aftershocks”

Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Skye, aka Daisy Johnson, has gone through a lot during her season two arc. Most notable was her “Inhuman” transformation during the midseason finale. “Aftershocks” showed Skye dealing with the effects of finding out her true nature, and Bennet gives a wonderfully layered performance. Not only does she convey the inner turmoil that Skye is going through, but she also portrays a wonderfully sympathetic side. There’s an emotional vulnerability to Skye, along with a controlled rage, that makes the character all the more fascinating and shows her progression from Shield recruit to Inhuman. Bennet is particularly captivating as Skye responds to Fitz’s (Iain de Caestecker) explanation of her new identity. The Skye arc and Bennet’s performance are bound to get more interesting as the season develops. —Oscar Garza

Runner-Up:
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, The Walking Dead, “Remember”

AMC

That Melissa McBride is one of the best actors on television is a given. As Carol, her performance is often a complex study on the impact of grief and loss. Yet Sunday’s episode gave the actress an opportunity to display deft comedic timing as she went undercover as a Stepford wife. McBride’s understated yet hilarious performance not only launched a thousand GIFs; it also reminded us why she consistently receives so much Emmy buzz. —Elizabeth Erwin

Runner-Up:
Will Forte as Phil Miller,
The Last Man on Earth, “Alive in Tuscon”

Fox

Fox debuted its new comedy series, The Last Man on Earth, this past Sunday. That’s when the world got to meet Phil Miller, played by SNL vet Will Forte. Phil Miller is just a normal dude who, for unknown reasons, is the only male survivor of a pandemic. Sure, a show that focuses on one character may seem boring, but Forte’s depiction of Miller is anything but. Forte’s Miller is realistic, witty, and able to capture the loneliness of being the last man on earth. Also, I think we can all agree that if we were the last person on earth, we would totally steal a Van Gogh painting, shack up in a McMansion, and park wherever we wanted! Forte is able to center and create stability within the character of Miller, who is currently living in a very unstable world. —Kait Calabro

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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