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MVPs of the Week | Week of Apr 16–22

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 the week’s most commanding performances.

This week, the ladies have it, with our first ever three-way tie for top honor.

MVPs of the Week

Amy Schumer as various roles (plus creator, writer, director, producer, and genius)
Inside Amy Schumer,
“Last F—able Day”

Photo credit: Comedy Central

The next time some washed-up up male comedian says women aren’t funny, please direct them to the season three premiere of Inside Amy Schumer, a half hour of women-centric comedy that’s so hilarious and on point, I actually stood up in my living room and clapped at one point.

Ms. Schumer answers some of women’s timeless questions, such as, “Why do football players think they’re entitled to our bodies?” “Why do women in Hollywood have an expiration date?” and “Why do dudes like butts?” Curiously, she doesn’t answer my most important question, “Where can I get a wine glass that slowly grows to the size of an infant’s bathtub?” If you missed it, don’t worry; it’s cable, and they’re sure to rerun it at least five times in the next week.

As a woman and a lover of comedy, I’m so proud of this episode, and I can’t want to see the rest of the season. Jenn Rose

Kiernan Shipka as Sally Draper
Mad Men, “The Forecast”

Photo credit: AMC

It is incredible how much Mad Men lucked out when they cast Kiernan Shipka, now 15 years old, eight years ago. Who would have guessed what a phenomenal actress she would turn out to be? While the first two installments of this final stretch of episodes were sadly devoid of Sally, they made up for it this week.

Shipka portrayed a wide range of emotions with her usual scene-stealing finesse as she learns her longtime friend and crush, Glenn (Marten Holden Weiner), has enlisted in the army and is off to Vietnam. Her initial response is anger—she knows this rash decision was made for the wrong reasons and does not line up with her friend’s beliefs. She later regrets reacting so harshly, and breaks down in tears on the phone when she calls to apologize, knowing she may never see Glenn again.

Poor Sally also has to bear witness to both of her parents somewhat reluctantly fending off romantic advances from teenagers. The expert-level side-eye she gives Don while at dinner with him and her friends is delightfully sassy. Here’s to hoping we haven’t seen the last of Sally’s journey, because I’m rarely more engaged in the show than when she is on screen. Erin Conley

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah/Rachel/Allison/Helena/Cosima
Orphan Black, “The Weight of This Combination”

Photo credit: BBC America

If I’m being honest, I’d nominate Tatiana Maslany for this award every week, because there isn’t an actor or actress out there putting out the same level of work when it comes to sheer acting ability. After all, Maslany plays five different characters weekly, and manages to make all of us forget that it’s all the same actress.

That said, this week Maslany topped herself with an interrogation scene in which she was playing Sarah pretending to be Rachel, while questioning Allison … who was pretending to be Sarah. Sarah did a pretty good job being the cold, uptight Rachel—until you’d see her walking like Sarah (which was hilarious as a viewer). Then Allison, the quintessential soccer mom trying to be Brit rebel Sarah (and oh, that wig!), was both amazing and painful, especially when “Sarah” was put in the position of having a man touch her. Poor Allison trying to figure out what Sarah would do while Sarah is looking on and trying to be nonchalant as Rachel … it was all so well done.

One actress; four roles in one scene. Total MVP. Geek Girl Diva

Also Notable

The cast of Arrow, “The Fallen”

Photo credit: The CW

As a fan of Arrow, I could write about why its actors deserve to be on the MVP list every week, but this week was special. The performances in “The Fallen” were some of the best I have ever seen. Stephen Amell and John Barrowman released the floodgates Wednesday night as they painfully wept over Thea. Neither of these men ever shows his true feelings, and they both finally did.

Emily Bett Rickards took Felicity to another level as she boldly confronted Ra’s al Ghul, calling him out on the perversity of what he was doing to Oliver. Everyone in this cast proved yet again that Arrow is not just a punchy superhero show, but an epic saga about love, loss, family, and the journey to becoming a hero in the midst of great opposition and immeasurable despair. Lauren Gallaway

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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