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Time Suck: Pop-culture recommendations for April 20–26

Time Suck is a weekly EW Community feature in which I and other contributors scour the deep recesses of our pop-culture knowledge to bring you the very best in current entertainment. These recommendations can be consumed in either one minute, one hour, one day, or one week; no matter how much or how little free time you have, we’ve got you covered.

So dig in, fellow fans. Whether you’ve got all the time in the world or no time at all, there’s something here for you.

*Warning: Time is a social construct, so not all of these offerings will fit exactly into their allotted categories. Just go with it.

One Minute: “Coming Home”

If you’re looking for a new song to obsess over, it should be this one by contemporary soul artist Leon Bridges. No, “Coming Home” didn’t come out 50 years ago—it just sounds like it did. “Coming Home” is classic blues in the same vein as B.B. King and Sam Cooke. I’ve listened to this song about a hundred times in the past week. It’s perfect to put on repeat if you want something chill to dance to around the house.

Bridges is bringing back classic soul and blues music, and is already making a huge name for himself. He was invited to play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Legend, and Beck this past weekend (and he doesn’t even have a debut CD out yet). If you like an old-school sound with a fresh face, definitely check him out. Cara Cooper

One Hour: The Lightbulb Podcast, “The Flash/Arrow Disjunction” and “Cassingles” episodes

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I could listen to Lani Diane Rich and her husband, Alastair Stephens, host podcasts all day long. If you looked at my iTunes podcast app, it would be filled almost entirely with their podcast episodes. They cover a wide range of topics such as Outlander, Buffy, Pixar, National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo), and more. I picked these two episodes from their Lightbulb podcast because they wax poetic about the days of missing the cassette tape, the importance of making a mix tape (“Cassingles”), why the Iron Man suit is the best superhero suit, why Phil Coulson is the best fan-boy superhero, and why we are seeing a rise in totally good, white-hat superheroes (“The Flash/Arrow Disjunction”). If you have an hour to kill while you are driving, doing the dishes, waiting for your boss to call you back—whatever you may find yourself doing with a free hour—give this podcast a listen. You will not be disappointed. Lauren Gallaway

One Day: Hindsight, season one

The premise of the VH1 dramedy Hindsight is essentially 13 Going on 30 in reverse: After a mysterious elevator ride on the eve of her second wedding, 40-something Becca (Laura Ramsey) is shocked when she wakes up 20 years earlier, on the morning of her first wedding, in 1995. She now has to decide what to do with this second chance to figure out which guy she’s meant to be with, escape her soul-sucking job, and mend her relationship with her best friend, Lolly (Sarah Goldberg). While there are multiple love triangles, it’s refreshing to see a female friendship—which ended in the first timeline under circumstances that aren’t revealed until near the end of the season—as the central relationship of the show. Hindsight is also a trip down ’90s-nostalgia memory lane; each episode is peppered with music and references sure to delight anyone who grew up in that decade. Everyone wonders what they would do differently if they had a chance to go back in time. It’s fun (and often frustrating) to watch Becca stumble her way through those semi-charted waters. Erin Conley

Hindsight has been renewed for season two, and all 13 episodes of season one are now available to stream for free on VH1.com.

One Week: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl webseries

Thanks to the invention of the webseries, funny, creative people can build an audience without waiting for big-time TV networks to swoop in and fund their work. (They also don’t have to soften their projects to make them more appealing to advertisers.) Instead, young talent like Issa Rae, the creator-writer-star of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, can keep their points of view fully intact, all while amassing critical acclaim and making hilarious episodes.

The series stars Rae as J, an “awkward black girl” who must tackle life’s most awkward moments (like repeatedly running into a one-night stand you’d rather forget, or walking a long hallway while making just the right amount of eye contact with the person at the other end). Much of her life’s awkwardness also comes from dealing with the racial insensitivities of people around her, like her boyfriend White Jay’s idea of a first date: dinner at a barbecue joint followed by a slam poetry performance. Rae makes the comedy of these moments inclusive enough that viewers of any ethnicity can laugh along—but her commentary on the subtle ways black people, women, and “awkwards” of all denominations must navigate through life aren’t lost along the way.

Awkward Black Girl received enough attention and praise that the show’s second season aired on Pharrell Williams’ i am OTHER YouTube channel. Rae has also sold a comedy pilot, Insecure, to HBO, so look out for more of her work coming soon. Ariel Kay

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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