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The top 5 'Barely Famous' 'Yeah ... that just happened' moments

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Be More Likable” | Aired Apr 8, 2015

I can’t say it enough: the writing on Barely Famous is exactly right. It’s smart, biting, and packed tightly enough that I’m laughing at different things every time I watch it. In case you haven’t guessed, I am a giant nerd for this show, and I don’t care who knows it. You should be, too. It’s that good. This week was filled with “Yeah … that just happened” moments, and I compiled my top five—but in truth, the whole show should qualify.

VH1 reveals that America thinks the Foster sisters suck.
When Erin and Sara go to VH1 to hear feedback from audience polls, the news they get isn’t great. In fact, it’s pretty horrible. The network folks tell Erin she is “incredibly shallow.” Which isn’t too surprising to her. When she finds out that 10,000 people said that, it stings a little more. To be fair, a few people actually said “superficial,” and the execs just lumped them together, so there’s that.

Erin handles the news with her usual dignity, replying, “I will take those notes and kill myself.” She’s kidding of course; that’s ridiculous, she’s under contract.

Sara, the “former” model, gets some less specific feedback. The network guy calls the audience’s reaction to her, “inconclusive”: It’s not good or bad. You know, like “a human shrug.” Full disclosure: One commenter said Sara was “hot, for a mom,” but that doesn’t really count since Sara is a really bad mom.

The girls have to up their game, and fast. The execs need them to do something, pretty much anything, interesting. They aren’t going to go from barely famous to actually famous by being completely forgettable and a complete asshole.

Sara’s boob pops out.


In her outrage over the accusation of being a completely forgettable “hot mom” Sara’s boob falls out of her dress—a total accident, obviously. She’s incredulous, demanding to know how a 35-man crew could see that her boob is out, and not mention it. She also demands to see the playback to make sure it looks good.

Erin is a little less incredulous and little more menacing in her reaction to the feedback. She’ll show them: “You want likable? I’ll show you likable. Watch.”

I like her better already.

Erin gets a dick pic.

Erin gets a dick pic from her date on Barely Famous

Erin accepts a date from Rich, whom she helps out in a coffee shop on her quest to be likeable. Rich is in a wheelchair, handsome, funny, and thinks it appropriate to send pictures of his junk within 24 hours of meeting someone. It’s not, by the way.

Erin can’t break up with him now. What kind of asshole dumps a guy (on camera) who’s in a wheelchair? Erin tries to defend him, reminding us that it’s really hard to detect tone via text. Sara, wise beyond her years, chimes in, “I think the tone of sending a dick pic is ‘check out my dick.'” Word.

Sara admits to being a sex worker.
Yeah, she’s pretty blasé about it too, but in her defense, she doesn’t seem to know what “sex worker” entails. Erin tricks her with a little word play, and Sara takes the bait, too distracted about her lackluster evaluation as a “human shrug.” If being a sex worker is interesting, then she’s on board.

Sara, along this same theme, searches for an outfit for Molly Simms’ red-carpet event, and her choices include a dress which Erin characterizes as having “a window to your vag.” There is also a very short number in which undies are optional. Everybody has a different idea about what sexy is, okay?

Molly’s new book and brand, Everyday Supermodel, according to Sara, is the polar opposite of her own brand. Sara wants to be in the “sex brand,” which prompts Erin to ask her about being a sex worker. Sara goes with it, “Sure. I could be a sex worker.” And Erin’s work is done here.

Erin dates a serial drunk driver who is married with children.


Remember earlier when I said Rich was smart and funny and handsome? Well, I take that back. He’s a real douche, and Erin doesn’t discover this fact until they are at Milla Jovovich’s party, and it’s too public a place to do anything about it. Besides, the cameras are around and breaking up with him then would be a real waste.

Rich drops the drunk-driving bomb pretty nonchalantly, accusing the victim of being “in the wrong place at the wrong time, just like me.” Erin can’t react, because of her likeability issues, and the presence of the camera crew, but she tries to maintain as best she can: by downing two glasses of wine.

Sara arrives dressed like a mid-priced prostitute, and close behind her comes Rich’s wife—that’s right, his wife. I guess the kids are with a sitter. Erin is going to have to break up with him now; America doesn’t like a homewrecker.

Honorable mentions:

  • Rachel Zoe rejects Sara in a big way, telling her, “I don’t have a whole lot of time to nurture this whole project that is yourself.”

  • Molly Simms is furious that Sara shows up to the red carpet of her book looking like an “everyday prostitute” and refuses to take a picture with Sara. Sara physically assaults her—in a really classy way.

  • Erin identifies herself as “adorkable,” but Sara thinks it’s closer to “ridiculous.”

What did I miss? Anything that made you cringe?

Barely Famous airs Wednesdays at 9/8C on VH1


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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