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The EW Community's top 7 summer MVPs

Though summer is still a quieter time on television than fall, it is no longer the barren wasteland of reruns that it once was.

This year, the EW Community enjoyed the return of some of our summer favorites, and were blown away by the introduction of some new ones.

As the fall TV season descends upon us, we look back and honor seven of the most commanding performances of the summer.

Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, Mr. Robot

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On paper, Elliot Alderson isn’t terribly sympathetic. He’s a dog-stealing, morphine-snorting, privacy-invading weirdo with social anxiety disorder. Yet as played by Rami Malek in Mr. Robot, we like Elliot very much, from his acerbic, monotone voiceovers to the rage and despair that peek through the cracks as his life starts to spin out of control. Malek and his otherworldly features elevate every scene of the coolest, most challenging show of the summer as Elliot shuffles from work to therapy to home, hunched and guarded, under the weight of modern life, with its unfeeling capitalism and its creeping invasions. He wants to make the world better, even if he goes about it in shocking ways. Has disaffected alienation ever looked more winning? —Sara Netzley

Gillian Anderson as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, Hannibal

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After the shocking finale of season two, it was clear that Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier was a force to be reckoned with. Season three proved that in a major way. It’s no lie to say that Gillian Anderson’s complicated Du Maurier (special shoutout goes to her extraordinary work during the Florence half) became one the most fascinating characters on Hannibal. Balancing between becoming a participant or an observant, Anderson was able to bring both traits to life, especially during those marvelously twisted interactions with Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal. Du Maurier was not only a major player in Bryan Fuller’s reinterpretation of Hannibal, but also a character with a fully satisfying arc that brought out the best of Anderson in a deliciously complex role. —Oscar Garza

Shiri Appelby as Rachel Goldberg, UnREAL

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When we first meet Shiri Appleby’s Rachel in the pilot of UnREAL, she is wearing a “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” T-shirt en route to plying the female contestants of Everlasting, a Bachelor-type reality show, with alcohol to manipulate them into spilling their secrets on-camera. While Rachel’s actions typically ranged from questionable to despicable, Appleby’s compelling performance made her a deeply flawed, complicated woman (who is damn good at her job, for better or for worse), the likes of which television rarely sees. —Erin Conley

Taryn Manning as Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Dogget, Orange Is the New Black

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At this point, it’s hard to do a successful storyline regarding rape on television, but Orange Is the New Black deftly pulled it off, adding new shading and heart to a previous villain, Pennsatucky. Taryn Manning rose to the top of a crowded ensemble of great actresses by successfully garnering sympathy for a character who was nearly a cartoonish embodiment of evil in the first season. There were many magnificent character arcs in Orange‘s third season, but none more heartfelt or better acted than Pennsatucky’s. —Mike Sorce

Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde, Hannibal

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The moment he signed on to play Francis Dolarhyde, Richard Armitage shouldered the burden of Hannibal book and movie fans’ expectations. Dolarhyde was indelibly marked in many of our memories by Tom Noonan as the Red Dragon, and Ralph Fiennes put his own powerful spin on the character decades later. So the real trick was creating a Dolarhyde who was unique and just as memorable as those who came before.

Armitage shattered those expectations and brought the Red Dragon to life in singular style. His Francis Dolarhyde was both vulnerable and terrifying, and his Becoming was almost orgasmic, which made it even more exciting. His commitment to the role both mentally and physically, and his willingness to embody the character so completely, is why he gets my vote for MVP. —Geek Girl Diva

Constance Zimmer as Quinn King, UnREAL

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Quinn is the delicious kind of antihero we so rarely get to see a woman play—caustic, calculating, and relentlessly driven. However, in Zimmer’s hands, we also see layers of insecurity and vulnerability, with her desires for her own happy ending occasionally bubbling to the surface. Her friendship with apprentice Rachel (Shiri Appleby) is one of the most nuanced, captivating TV relationships I’ve seen in years; it’s a mix of toxicity and the truest of love (they also pass the Bechdel test with flying colors). Forget Kaitlyn and Shawn—Quinn and Rachel are the relationship of the summer, and Zimmer has cemented herself as a must-watch talent. —Cristina Iskander

Teri Polo and Sherri Saum as Stef and Lena Adams Foster, The Fosters

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Teri Polo and Sherri Saum are the dream team. As Stef and Lena, Polo and Saum skillfully portray the ups and downs of their relationship. Week after week, they turn in beautifully nuanced performances, finding the tenderness in the in-between moments and reminding us that sometimes life’s greatest pleasures are in the small stuff. Their most impressive trick, though, is in the subtlety of the unsaid. Even when their marriage is faltering and fighting seems to be the only method of communication, Polo and Saum never let us forget how much love lies underneath. —Tamar Barbash

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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