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3 reasons you need to be watching 'Blindspot' right now

If you’re not watching NBC’s Blindspot, you need to start right now. The Jaimie Alexander–Sullivan Stapleton drama had a phenomenal season 1 and is poised for a perfect season 2, so this is the time to grab those Blu-Rays or purchase and stream season 1 via Amazon Video and get caught up. Here are three of the many reasons you can’t afford to do anything but watch this show:

1) The strongest of strong women.
TV fans love a strong female character, and Blindspot sets the bar for strong women. Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) is trumpeted as a lady Jason Bourne, but that’s ignoring the character’s emotional strength. Here’s someone who just wants to do the right thing, despite knowing she did a lot of terrible things in her past and dealing with people pulling her in different directions. She’s put through the wringer, but she’s still fighting.

Jane’s teammates Tasha Zapata (Audrey Esparza) and Patterson (Ashley Johnson) also stepped up in big ways during season 1, both in terms of the characters’ development and great performances from the actresses.

FBI boss Bethany Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) isn’t somebody to be trifled with either, and Blindspot is about to get a huge boost in the powerful-women department with the addition of Archie Panjabi. Panjabi is well-known for her own kick-butt portrayal of Kalinda Sharma on CBS’s The Good Wife and she’ll undoubtedly bring equal strength to this show. But strength is about more than just attitude, and Panjabi comes to Blindspot with an Emmy Award and real acting savvy that can only serve to deepen the series’ fantastic talent level.

2) Sullivan Stapleton.
Sullivan Stapleton is currently the best actor working on television. The best part of Blindspot‘s success is that it’s finally moved Stapleton into the mainstream. He’s been burning up the screen going back to Animal Kingdom (the movie, not the TNT show) and should have earned at least an Emmy nomination for playing Damien Scott on Strike Back. Now he’s broadened his range even further as hard-charging FBI agent Kurt Weller.

Blindspot isn’t just Jane’s story; Weller has just as much, if not more, going on — and it all comes out once she comes into his life. Whether he’s leading his team in the office or trying to hold his family together at home, Weller is a guy who is determined to be Superman. He wants to protect everyone (and you’ll understand why very early on in season 1). But it’s impossible for him to make everything okay, and watching him struggle with that and deal with the emotions that Blindspot drags up in him is heartbreakingly beautiful.

It also demonstrates why Stapleton is a next-level performer. He’s a tough guy who can take all that gets thrown at him, and give a bunch of it right back. This is someone you don’t want to mess with in real life. But he is an actor first and a tough guy second. Underneath all that physicality is an incredible mind that makes fantastic acting choices, which really develop Weller’s character. He clearly has a big heart that conveys every ounce of what Weller is feeling. Weller is a huge part of Blindspot, and nobody could play him except Sullivan Stapleton.

3) The writers are as geeky as you are.
Blindspot is an ongoing puzzle for the viewers to figure out, made by people who love puzzles. The show actually has a puzzle consultant on its staff, and executive producers Martin Gero and Sarah Schechter sincerely enjoy throwing in little clues and hidden games for the audience. This is a series created for TV geeks by a room full of TV geeks.

All of the episode titles in Season 1 are anagrams, and when decoded those revealed a hidden phone number that in turn directed sleuths to a separate Twitter account with more Blindspot hints. According to the producers’ comments at last week’s Television Critics Association panel, season 2 will also find something nifty to do with the titles. How cool is that?! And that’s just one example.

Blindspot is designed so that the audience can play along with the FBI team as they continue to unravel the mystery of Jane’s tattoos. We can look at them for ourselves and make our own guesses, and we get to hear every one of the briefings that Patterson gives and hear the clues. The show wants the audience to be actively engaged in the puzzle along with the characters, and then it throws us a few Easter eggs besides. Watching Blindspot is just plain fun, and isn’t that what watching TV is all about?

Season 2 of Blindspot kicks off on September 14, giving you just over a month to catch up with the first 23 episodes. Fans should be aware that the second season is moving to Wednesdays — first with a special premiere at 10 p.m. before it moves to its new 8 p.m. time slot starting September 22. The show may be on two hours earlier and two days later, but all the pieces are in place for another fantastic season of Blindspot, so do yourselves a favor and get on board while there’s still time.

Season 2 of Blindspot begins Wednesday, September 14 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

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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