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Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Bananas Foster” | Aired Apr 22, 2015

I want to be clever and pithy and react to the season finale of Barely Famous in the genius way it deserves, but truthfully, I’m too bummed for sarcasm. Six episodes is just simply not enough—especially when so much of the show’s brilliance has been misunderstood or undervalued by folks who just don’t get it.

I haven’t heard much about whether or not Barely Famous is getting a second season (*crosses fingers, whispers prayer*), but when publications like Vanity Fair and Vogue are telling us we should be watching, it’s safe to assume these sisters might have stumbled upon something pretty special.

While some haters are wasting their time missing the point about what this show is satirizing, or what kind of humor it supports, I’m over here just appreciating the colossal success that are the sisters Foster. Erin perfects the put-upon eye roll, while Sara makes the vapid deadpan her signature expression. Their on-screen interaction is just begging me to compare them to Lucy and Ethel, although I’ll let them decide who is who.

True to form with awkward social encounters and embarrassing gags, the opening sequence finds Sara and Erin at a photo shoot, in which Erin is miserably dressed as a banana and Sara is bouncing her way around in a yellow and black bikini. I’m not sure that there is a more forlorn sight than a woman wearing a banana costume who doesn’t want to. That’s a special kind of sadness.

The opening shots of the banana sisters serve to remind us what this show is about, and whom we are supposed to be laughing at. While the show has been accused of poking fun at everything from reality TV to thirsty Hollywood actresses, at the end of the day, Erin and Sara want us to laugh at them (and also a little bit at reality TV and thirsty Hollywood actresses).

Sara tries to convince Kay Cannon to hire her on Barely Famous

Speaking of thirsty, Sara almost lands a job with Kay Cannon, the badass writer of 30 Rock and Pitch Perfect, but quickly screws it up with a botched attempt to pimp her sister out to Kay. Sara uses Erin’s spotty history of lesbianism to lure Kay to a cocktail party, but not even Pretty Little Liar Ashley Benson can save the train wreck that is the party.

Sara spends most of the episode worried about not getting the role, which we all know she was never going to get, but her extremely overinflated sense of confidence is the joke. She’s the only one who doesn’t know why we’re laughing and pointing at her, and that makes it so much more fun.

Sara and Erin get in trouble on Barely Famous

Erin, on the other hand, plays the dry, comedic foil to Sara, offering revelations about her vapidity or lack of intelligence. Erin gets the best lines, of course, and gets to deliver classy dialogue like this, as she explains her newly realized feelings for Jensen: “I was a lesbian for a minute, but now I’m all D—I mean, not ALL D, just one.”

Erin is the closer of the two to “normal.” As much as we laugh and point at Sara for impersonating a lesbian who also sort of looks like a waiter, we empathize with Erin for pretending to be “so chill” because that’s what Jensen wants to hear.

Erin pretends to be

Once Erin and Jensen have had “the talk,” and it doesn’t really go her way, she delivers a little real talk, saying, “He’s holding out on me, which makes me want to fucking marry him.” If Sara is the ridiculous clown who we’re so far removed from, Erin is our awkward spirit animal who needs adopting.

Erin isn’t stingy with the comedy, however, and finds a way to distribute it evenly not just between herself and her sister, but also to their guest stars. This week, Kay Cannon played herself, but with a noticeably bigger Erin-crush. Ashley Benson shows at the party to offer a little healthy competition for Sara, even though, according to Erin, Ashley is “a good ten years younger than you. “

Sara is at her best when she’s wound tightly into a stress coil. Tonight’s party scene was choreographed as well as anything I’ve seen. The truth eventually comes out, Three’s Company style. Kay realizes Sara lied to her about Erin being gay; Jensen overhears Erin claiming him as her boyfriend, and dumps her right there. Ashley confirms what a great lesbian Erin used to be. And Sara sexually assaults Kay, with terrible second-base technique.

Six episodes is not even close to being enough time for this show to find its footing, but it’s smart enough that I know I want more. The Foster sisters, along with the likes of Amy Schumer, the Broad City ladies, Lena Dunham, and Mindy Kaling, are making us laugh at ourselves. More important, they are asking us to examine the absurdity of Hollywood culture. Well done, ladies.

If I had to pick a favorite scene, it would be that last sequence of the cocktail party, when Sara’s anxiety ratchets tighter and tighter, and Erin becomes more and more beleaguered, and therefore more witty and charming.

What are you favorite moments from tonight’s episode? How about from the entire season? Let’s make a list!

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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