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Creature Feature Wednesdays: 6 great parts of 'Sharknado 2'

Tonight Sharknado 3 premieres on Syfy, so it only seems fitting we honor the fin-tastic franchise with this week’s Creature Feature pick! No, we’re not going back to the 2013 original—as groundbreaking as it may be. Instead, we’re looking at its superior sequel, Sharknado 2 (2014), aptly subtitled “The Second One.”

In Sharknado 2, our newly reunited heroes, Fin (Ian Ziering, Beverly Hills, 90210) and April Wexler (Tara Reid, American Pie), are on their way to New York City to visit with family. But disaster strikes when Mother Nature goes wonky, producing heavy rain, snow, wind, and not one, but two sharknadoes! Catastrophe looms above as both cyclones inevitably come together to create one colossal shark storm!

Sharknado 2 - Ian Ziering

There is so much to dig about Sharknado 2 that it’s nearly impossible to not be a fan. So if you’re not already on board with the series, here are a few bite-size morsels for your reading (and eventual viewing) pleasure.

1. Celebrity Appearances

Because Sharknado was an out-of-the-blue success, everyone was eager to hop on board for its sequel. From the Today show crew and Downtown Julie Brown (as a nurse named Fletcher) to Kelly Osbourne (as a flight attendant) and Andy Dick (as a cop), the cameos, supporting roles, and bit parts are endless in Sharknado 2. Joining Ziering and Reid as full-on cast members are Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), and Kari Wuhrer (Eight Legged Freaks)—the latter playing a couple named Martin and Ellen Brody (ahem, Jaws!).

But my favorite bit part is played by Judd Hirsch—as a super-helpful NYC taxi driver. Yep, a Taxi driver. I just wish his name was Alex …

2. Ian Ziering

Here is where I compare Steve Sanders’—oops, I mean, Ian Ziering‘s—leadership role to Bruce Campbell’s Ash in Army of Darkness. In Evil Dead, Ash wasn’t the full-on hero just yet. But by the time AoD rolled around, Ash knew how to tackle and manage the deadite situation. Same is true for Ian’s Fin. While he did save L.A. in Sharknado, he becomes the people’s hero in Sharknado 2.

Ian Ziering

3. The Sharks

Sharks are already pretty terrifying—you read the news, right? Sharks are even scarier when combined with terrible weather. It’s basic logic. Also, these flying city sharks must be on an adrenaline kick, because their skills improve ten-fold—e.g., the ability to bite heads and limbs clean off of someone’s body. Plus, they have really great aim.

Sharknado 2 - Sharks

4. The Weather and Other Dangers

Even if sharks aren’t your thing, don’t worry—there’s still the weather to worry about. And in Sharknado 2, said weather destroys the Statue of Liberty, causing her head to roll down the NYC streets.

5. Theme Song

We knew this was coming, right? A movie series of this magnitude deserves a theme—and in this case, Anthony C. Ferrante, the franchise director, wrote and sang the Sharknado theme. Note: It actually first played during the original movie’s closing credits, but many missed it. So here it is again in the sequel’s opening credits! Enjoy.

6. The City Comes Together

In the end, Fin saves the city and destroys the mega sharknado with some form of “science.” This, of course, causes the airborne sharks to fall from the sky—hungry and mad as hell. Never fear: The people are prepared for the raining terror. We get one more scene of ridiculous CGI shark attacks and kills from the united citizens of NYC.

Sharknado 2 - Al Roker and Matt Lauer

View the trailer for Sharknado 2 below—and don’t forget to watch the world premiere of Sharknado 3 tonight at 9/8C on Syfy. Our tips for viewing (below) have never been more appropriate.

Tips for viewing: With the exception of a few, these movies are not masterpieces. Don’t view them as such. Don’t take them seriously. Watch them with friends and create your own commentary—on the acting, editing, bad choices, etc. And remember—have fun!

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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