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Code Black

If you watch one show this season, make it 'Code Black'

This will be my last column for EW Community, and if there’s one thing I want to leave you with, it’s this: Make sure you’re watching Code Black.

CBS’s medical drama returns for its second season on Sep. 28, and it has done nothing but raise expectations for what we should get out of a hospital series. Code Black‘s model isn’t just, “Get patient, diagnose patient, save patient or not, and repeat.” It broke that mold by exploring all of the issues that come with being a part of the medical profession. Season 1 presented ethical dilemmas, doctor-patient disagreements, PR concerns, and an exploration of the business aspects that go into keeping a major hospital running. It’s an incredibly thorough series that offers so much more than any other program in its field.

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'The O.C.' nostalgia recap: The 4 most atomic moments in 'The Rager'

Season 2 | Episode 19 | “The Rager” | Aired Apr 14, 2005

The wheels are in motion for The O.C.’s Incredible Sinking Core Four. Following Trey’s arrival in Newport, the domino effect of drama has left Ryan and Marissa in a tailspin. Ryan doesn’t know if he can trust his older brother, and Marissa seemingly can’t decide which Atwood brother she wants. Hint: Her baby blues may wander, but it’s Ryan, and it will always be Ryan.

Even Seth and Summer aren’t safe from Hurricane Trey. His impromptu 21st-birthday blowout should have been the eye of the storm, but it became the aggressive wind and rain that punctuated their Spider-Man kiss. Once again, Seth has been caught in a random act of thoughtlessness, and Summer’s blasé attitude bites her where it hurts. Honestly, it’s business as usual for The O.C. kids.

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Top 10 soap opera final episodes

For my final EW Community post, I thought I’d stick with a theme and review the top 10 soap-opera final episodes, the good and the bad:

10) Santa Barbara
The Good: An extra-long final-credit sequence that not only acknowledged every cast member, but nearly all crew members on camera, as well.
The Bad: Executive Producer Paul Rauch stomping his cigar butt out on the soundstage because … symbolism?

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'Marco Polo' fan recap: 'Lost Crane'

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Lost Crane” | Aired Jul 1, 2016

Titled “Lost Crane,” the most recent episode of Marco Polo is the most important episode of the season thus far.

If you recall, the last episode ended with Lotus and One Hundred Eyes standing in a field together. This episode picks up right where the last left off, in the same field, and a good portion of the episode is devoted to One Hundred Eyes and Lotus’ history and story. Through flashbacks, we see they were lovers and training partners in an ancient Chinese village that was attacked by Kublai’s forces. One Hundred Eyes and Lotus were not able to protect their people as Kublai’s forces slaughtered the villagers. During the battle, Lotus was struck with an arrow. She survived, but One Hundred Eyes thought she had been killed.

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Chris Vance

Let's put Chris Vance back in the driver's seat

As we get excited for actors starring in new TV shows, there’s one person I’d like to see back as a series lead: Chris Vance.

Vance sort of circles around television like a shark. He’s always around, then pops up to take a bite out of whatever show he makes more watchable with his presence, and when he’s done, he moves onto the next role. You never quite know where he’s going to turn up next. But you do always know that it’s going to be good. Which makes it all the more disappointing that he hasn’t had the right opportunity to lead another series. He more than deserves to be front and center.

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‘The Fosters’: Season finale fan recap

Season 4 | Episode 10 | “Collateral Damage” | Aired Aug 29, 2016

Whoa, guys. Just … whoa. The Fosters season finale delivered some serious drama and left a lot of things for us to stress out about during hiatus. And it made me feel pretty bad for Brandon and Nick, which is weird. So let’s not waste any more time.

The long-forgotten Justina is back. Her bill died, but there’s another “Foster Reform” vote on the ballot that’s essentially the same thing. Callie wants to get “Jack’s Law” on the ballot, too, but they need 500,000 signatures. Since everyone is heading to Bay Fest to see Brandon’s band perform anyway, she wants to set up a booth there to collect signatures. The whole family is in.

You know who else is in? Brandon — to Juilliard! And who’s out? Nick — he’s home for the weekend with an ankle monitor, and he wants Mariana to come over so “I can finally touch you again.” Creepy, Nick. When Jesus finds out, he takes the liberty of going over and breaking up with Nick for Mariana; she’s afraid of him, and Nick needs to stay away.Read More

'BoJack Horseman' fan recap: 'Fish Out Of Water'

Season 3 | Episode 4 | “Fish Out Of Water” | Aired Jul 22, 2016

BoJack Horseman continues his promotional efforts to get Secretariat some good publicity in the hope of winning an Oscar. BoJack takes an underwater adventure to the Pacific Ocean Film Festival (POFF) for the Secretariat premiere, but has second thoughts when he finds out Kelsey Jennings is going to be in attendance.

He has second thoughts because he never apologized to Kelsey for getting her fired from the movie after he escaped to L.A. at the end of season 2. BoJack is met with feelings of guilt, anxiety, and fear as he confronts his emotions and takes inventory of the damage he’s done to other people. BoJack tries to come up with the right words to apologize to Kelsey but he’s underwater and can’t speak. Writing a letter to Kelsey proves unsuccessful when she leaves the Film Festival and BoJack gets separated from her by a school of fish trying to board a bus.

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‘Gilmore Girls’: The seven most important episodes from season 7

In season 7, a pre-Marvel Krysten Ritter appears, babies are born, important, life-changing questions are asked, and decisions are made.

I’m not going to sugar coat it for you guys: Watching season 7 is hard. I cringed a lot and watched several scenes through my hands out of sheer discomfort. But my goal was to rewatch the series, and dammit, I did—all so I could narrow down season 7 to the seven most important episodes. What I’ve done to prepare you for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, premiering November 25th on Netflix, honestly. You’re welcome.  

So refill your coffee, send out your resume, upgrade to a flat-screen TV, and put on your best hat, because here’s season 7.Read More

'Selfie' recap: The Internet is an illusion

Starting to watch a show that you already know has been canceled — and I’m not talking after-a-solid-five-season-run canceled, but wow-the-network-really-bailed-on-that-fast canceled — is like expiration dating. Your time together might be beautiful, but it’s guaranteed to be brief, and you might just be setting yourself up for heartbreak. This series will be dedicated to watching these shows with fresh eyes and an open, breakable heart — starting with ABC’s gone-too-soon rom-com Selfie.

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Nugget of Wisdom” | Aired Oct 21, 2014

In episode 4, Eliza’s quest to better herself means working on being a more Henry-rific version of herself over the weekend. It’s a sitcom-y problem because Eliza has big plans for the weekend: She needs to go out, party hard, and post her exploits all over social media to gain more followers (or “follow whores” as she affectionately calls them) to stay ahead of her archnemesis/best friend, Fit Brit (played by Amber Rose), who is dangerously close to eclipsing Eliza’s social-media fame.

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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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