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Time Suck: We recommend 'Gay of Thrones,' 'Nurse Jackie,' and more

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. This week, we recommend Funny or Die’s parody series Gay of Thrones, the well-curated website Reasons My Son is Crying, the works of modern folk singer Dan Bern, and the final season of Showtime’s acclaimed series Nurse Jackie.

*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: Reasons My Son Is Crying

Reasons Why My Son is Crying (http://www.reasonsmysoniscrying.com/page/8)

Mother’s Day just passed, so there’s no better time to enjoy the funny, too-real website Reasons My Son is Crying (the page started out as a Tumblr, and now it’s also available in book form). The premise is simple: Two years ago, father Greg Pembroke began documenting all the times his two-year-old threw a fit for silly or groundless reasons. Here are a few samples: “I closed the refrigerator door,” “I broke his cheese in half,” and “He asked me to put butter on his rice. I put butter on his rice.” Each glib caption is accompanied by a photo of a screaming or tear-drenched child.

If you’re not a parent, you’ll be surprised by the sheer ridiculousness that goes on in toddlers’ brains, and if you are a parent, you’ll (hopefully) laugh along knowingly—that is, until your own kid starts bawling for some illogical reason. The site now posts reader-contributed photos and stories as well. So the next time your baby starts wailing because “Hilary Clinton is running for president, but I wanted to run for president,” you can take solace in the fact that you are not alone. Ariel Kay

One Hour: Funny or Die’s Gay of Thrones

Game of Throners (is that what you call yourselves?) are known to be rabid consumers of any analyses, recaps, or speculation about their beloved show. It seems each episode contains monumental plot points, the introduction of about 30 more characters, and dire foreshadowing. Each week, you can read your regular ol’ TV recap, or you could watch the far more entertaining weekly wrap-up episode of Gay of Thrones. This is Funny or Die’s hilarious recap series, done by hairdresser extraordinaire Jonathan (featuring a new celebrity client) each week.

Sure, it’s silly and over the top, and the characters are never really called by their actual names (Arya is “Baby Kristen Stewart” and Khaleesi is “Christina Aguilera”). Yet it’s the most concise, straightforward wrapup I’ve seen. In fact, I was behind a full season, but instead of resigning myself to 13 hours on my couch, I took an hour or so to watch Jonathan’s recaps, and I was all caught up. Robin Hardwick

One Day: The music of Dan Bern

At a basic level, music is about telling stories, and Dan Bern is one of the best storytellers in the business. Though he is frequently compared to legendary folk singers like Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs, Bern could exist in any era, from the ’60s up to the present day. He began releasing songs in the late ’90s, and his best-known work—albums like Dog Boy Van, Fifty Eggs, and New American Language—are from around that time. But he’s been averaging better than one album or EP per year for the past 18 years, so there is a wealth of material to occupy you for one day (or more).

Like Dylan, Bern’s vocal talent isn’t really the point of his music. His speaking voice sounds similar David Sedaris—but, as with Sedaris, that only lends his stories a more empathetic, engrossing quality. Bern ranges in genre from funny numbers like “Tiger Woods” (about his desire for larger genitalia), to heartbreaking songs about national catastrophes and our national reaction to them (“Oklahoma”), to half-winking, half-serious ballads on the personal nature of religion (“Jerusalem”), and more. —Ariel Kay

One Week: Nurse Jackie, season 7

Nurse Jackie, the longest-running show still on Showtime’s roster, is ending in less than two months. With it will go great performances by Merritt Wever, Peter Facinelli, and, of course, the incomparable Edie Falco, who is doing some of the best work of her life nearly three decades into her career. At times, Nurse Jackie has felt repetitive—writing seven seasons about a tireless drug addict will do that to you—but the show’s final slate of episodes has breathed new life into the story of Jackie Peyton. She’s finally lost the only thing she values more than getting high: her nursing license. In her fight to be reinstated at All Saints, our antihero has been reinvigorated.

That’s why now is the perfect time to dive into season 7. Even if you haven’t watched before, you don’t need to know much to catch up: At the end of last season, Jackie was (finally) caught with a car full of pills, and was arrested and had her nursing license suspended as a result. This year, she has lawyered up, got back with her enabling ex, and is pulling no punches in her knock-down, drag-out fight to reclaim her former life—even if it means taking down everything in her path to do so. —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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