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'Resident Advisors' fan recap: Incident reports—move-in day

Season 1 | Episode 1 | “Pilot: Move-In Day” | Aired Apr 9, 2015

On the new Hulu show Resident Advisors, produced by Elizabeth Banks, a group of four dysfunctional RAs are headed by a desperate-to-please Resident Director (Jamie Chung) at the fictional Thoreau College. In the pilot alone, the group finds themselves caught up in multiple incidents. Here’s the report.

Incident No. 1: Unauthorized pets
Poor RA Amy (Alison Rich) didn’t fully understand the residential guidelines on pets and was keeping a dog in her room. Unfortunately, she has to let the cute dog go, and sends him off on his own with a sausage strapped to his head (because taking him to a dog shelter would’ve been too easy). Rather than wander the streets, however, the dog ends up roaming the halls of the dorm, leaving a nice pile of poop for the Resident Director, Olivia, to step in. Yikes!

Incident No. 2: Roommate conflict
Leslie (played by former Spy Kid Daryl Sabara) is paired to share a room with the daughter of a polygamist, Rachel (Juliette Goglia). Due to school policy, a man and woman can’t share a room, although Leslie is 100 percent on board with the idea. RAs Sam (played by Vine superstar Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor) and Doug (Ryan Hansen) team up to find either a guy or girl with a single they can pair Leslie or Rachel up with. Of course, that’s easier said than done.

The two RAs discover Morgan (Alex Newell) has a single, but they can’t determine his/her gender. Even after Doug suggests they go to the bathroom, Morgan chooses the unisex restroom, forcing Doug to do some investigative work and follow Morgan in to check for “parts.” Doug, who’s already skating on thin ice with Olivia, is busted by Olivia and has to quickly come up with a way to mend the situation.

After talking to his crazy ex-girlfriend, Marissa (Vanessa Lengies), Doug comes up with a plan that allows Leslie and Rachel to remain roommates. By convincing Olivia, the Dean, and Beep—the whiz kid that paid for the dorm—that Leslie identifies as a woman, Leslie and Rachel are allowed to continue rooming together. This could lead to a wonderful friendship or a very bad situation. Only time will tell.

Incident No. 3: Illegal distribution of drugs
After Olivia reprimands RA Tyler (Graham Rogers) for “spotting” a female student, i.e. staring at her behind, while she hangs decorations, the girl falls and “breaks her vagina” on the couch. Ouch! To help the student through the pain, Tyler gives her some drugs he confiscated from some of his residents. Whether it was really a painkiller or not remains unclear, but it does get the student very high, causing even more problems for Olivia. It’s just not the best day for the Resident Director.

Final Evaluation
Olivia’s RA team is so dysfunctional it’s a wonder that it takes them two months to burn the place down (as shown at the start of the pilot). None of these RAs are fit to be advising anyone, much less in charge of student residents. However, that’s what makes it funny. Olivia’s scramble to keep everything together to impress the dean and hopefully get a job recommendation is sad but endearing—you want her to succeed despite the odds.

Additionally, all the RAs’ issues make for great comedy. Doug is way too old and takes being a super senior to a new level; Amy is just too weird to function; Tyler is a total pervert and jerk; Sam is probably the only normal one out of the bunch, although Doug will probably corrupt him soon enough. Who knows what kind of the trouble this group of RAs will get into next!

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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