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MVP of the Week | Week of Mar 12–18

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 actors who gave this week’s most commanding performances.

MVP of the Week:

Candice Accola as Caroline Forbes
The Vampire Diaries
, “The Downward Spiral”

Photo credit: CW

Needy, whiny, annoying, bubbly, painfully optimistic, adorable, and sweet are some of the terms that we’ve used to describe Caroline Forbes on The Vampire Diaries for the past five seasons. We loved seeing Caroline transform to a vampire because it brought out a stronger side of her. But we still saw her self-conscious, type-A, OCD personality come through.

She claimed her spot as this week’s MVP after delivering a fantastic performance as a vampire who shut off her humanity. In the wake of her mom’s death, she feels unable to handle the pain and flips the switch. She doesn’t give a crap what anyone thinks of her now, and is seemingly stable while at the same time about to derail. She manages to keep our jaws dropped at her antics while making us laugh. Her performance is flawless. Kudos to Candice Accola as Caroline Forbes, who showed us this week that she has the acting chops to break out of her character and create an entirely new Caroline—one we kind of like! As far as good vampires going bad, her transformation is probably our favorite yet. —Emily Glover



Andre Braugher as Captain Holt
Brooklyn 99, “Sabotage”

Photo credit: Fox

Andre Braugher shines every week as Brooklyn 99‘s stoic yet kind police captain, but the true extent of his comedic brilliance is on display in “Sabotage.” After Terry (Terry Crews) lies to Gina (Chelsea Peretti) and tells her that he and the Captain had been at her dance show, Captain Holt explains that it is never okay to lie. He chooses brutal honesty instead, leading to an overdramatic Gina proclaiming she’ll never dance again. As Holt tries to repair the damage his truth has unleashed, he experiences a variety of emotions. Braugher conveys all of them, from disbelief to regret to satisfaction, while still managing to maintain the classic Holt monotone.

Braugher’s ability to be so convincing in each moment is impressive. The fact that he does it while revealing so little of what he’s feeling on his face is both a testament to his talent and the reason he is so very funny. —Tamar Barbash


Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
The Flash, “Out of Time”

Photo Credit: CW

Carlos Valdes brings a lot of joy and excitement to Cisco on The Flash. He gets all the witty lines, he gets to nickname the meta-humans, and he designs all of Barry’s awesome tech. While Cisco rarely gets to have a serious moment on the show, this week he got to demonstrate the worst emotion of all: betrayal.

In the midst of Joe’s kidnapping, Captain Singh’s hospitalization, and the looming threat of Weather Wizard, Cisco uncovers the terrifying truth that his friend, Harrison Wells, is the Reverse Flash. This means that not only is Cisco’s most trusted mentor a liar, but he is also a killer. Carlos’ eyes welled up with tears as Harrison revealed his true identity. Harrison then put his hand into Cisco’s chest and stopped his heart. Cisco fell to the ground and died. It’s an incredible scene performed by an incredible actor. —Lauren Gallaway



Tyler James Williams as Noah
The Walking Dead, “Spend”

Photo credit: AMC

Oh, Noah. Sweet, innocent Noah. Billy Joel said it best—only the good die young. But Tyler James Williams made it exceptionally hard because week in and week out (and especially this week), he made the character of Noah shine. Even in the apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead, where one could argue that Noah was indirectly the reason we lost everyone’s favorite zombie-world little sister, it was okay, because Noah was a guy you wanted to cheer for. That was in no small part due to the charm of Williams and the complex, layered approach he took to an orphaned child of the zombified South. And that scream in the revolving door of death? That’s the kind of stuff that will haunt your dreams for weeks. Sleep well, TJW. We miss you already. —Justin Kirkland

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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