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Big Bang Theory

Catching up with 'The Big Bang Theory'

It’s time to catch up on last season’s Big Bang Theory before its season 10 debut on Monday, September 19 on CBS. If you don’t have time to binge watch all 24 episodes, here are the six we think best represent season 9. And yes — the “big bang” episode made the cut!

Episode 1, “The Matrimonial Momentum”
Leonard and Penny wait their turn to be married in a random Chapel of Love when Sheldon calls Leonard to announce that women are the worst. Guess what? Shamy is no longer Shamy. When Sheldon learns that the entire crew has been invited over to watch the future Hofstadters get married in Vegas via Skype, he creeps in the window like a world-class weirdo. Needless to say, Amy and Sheldon are officially over. Consider the Relationship Agreement null and void.Read More

'Marco Polo' fan recap: 'Serpent's Terms'

Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Serpent’s Terms” | Aired Jul 1, 2016

“Serpent’s Terms,” the sixth episode of Marco Polo season 2, revealed the plans to take down Kublai and his empire. As we gear up for the push down the home stretch with the last four episodes, the enemies are closing in around Kublai and his empire.

To the West, the church and Europeans want to stop the Mongols’ westward expansion. Inside in Kublai’s empire, Kaidu challenges him; Ahmad manipulates him. All of the treachery is reaching a breaking point, and it still does not appear that Kublai has any idea what’s happening around him. While Kublai and the rest of his army and court are away gathering support from his Chieftains in Xanadu, Ahmad, Kaidu, and Nayan have a secret meeting back in the capital. Together, they agree to overthrow the Khan and do whatever it takes to make Kaidu the new Khan. Although Kaidu seemed above this shady business and more honorable than to make a deal with Ahmad, Kaidu caves when his mother pressures him and pushes him. 

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Justice Society of America

'Legends of Tomorrow': Who's in the Justice Society of America?

For longtime DC Comics fans, the superhero shows on The CW are a consistent treat when it comes to references to the company’s long and storied print history. Yet no moment stood out as a way to get fanboy and fangirl hearts racing quite like the season finale of Legends of Tomorrow, when a mysterious figure crashed a timeship and revealed himself as Rex Tyler, a member of the Justice Society of America.

Newer DC enthusiasts might wonder if that group is a play off the Justice League of America, but in fact, the JSA came first. It was the original super team, formed in the pages of All-Star Comics #3 all the way back in the early 40s. The founding members included familiar names like Flash, Green Lantern, the Atom, and Hawkman — though perhaps not versions of those heroes that first come to mind — along with the mystical heroes Doctor Fate and Spectre, plus Golden Age mystery men Hourman and Sandman.

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'Felicity' nostalgia recap: Pride, prejudice, and presents

Season 1 | Episode 18 | “Happy Birthday” | Aired Apr 27, 1999

Felicity, like its namesake character, feels the pangs of its first year ending. While gearing up to stick the landing with the first season finale, the series continues to drive its main character down a contemplative path. Felicity’s first love has just blown up in her face, and she’s recovering from the aftershocks. Oh, and there are some pretty wild aftershocks.

Noel, to his credit, has feelings about the breakup, too. Although Elena won’t let him forget that he chipped the crack into the Felicity-Noel union that sent it shattering, he’s still hurt that Felicity slept with someone and regretful that he chose to leave with Hannah. So, in an attempt to wipe the slate clean, he’s going to resign as RA and move off campus. Wait, what?

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‘Are You the One?’ fan recap: The moment of Truth Booth

Season 4 | Episode 9 & 10 | “All or Nothing” | Aired Aug 15, 2016

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for: The two-hour season finale of MTV’s Are You the One? Through all the Truth Booths, Perfect Matches, drinking, dating and Boom Boom Room visits, the singles (as well as viewers!) are going to find out their matches. Unfortunately, the prize money is down to only $750,000… but that’s still a big chunk of change! Will these daters continue the wave of season-by-season success, or will they be the first cast to lose the game? Whip out your prediction sheets and red solo cups; let’s find out what happened this week!

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5 Olympians who guest-starred on soaps (and on ‘Soap’)

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat….

No, that’s not the Olympic motto (they’re all about their “Faster, higher, stronger”…). But it is the tagline that ABC’s Wide World of Sports came up with for turning athletic competition into, well, a soap opera. (Soap Opera 451 has more on exactly how and why they did it.)

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‘The Fosters’ fan recap: Miss Roboto

Season 4 | Episode 8 | “Girl Code” | Aired Aug 15, 2016

In a shocking turn of events on The Fosters, Brandon realizes that taking on rent and a toddler maybe wasn’t the smartest idea, Callie agrees to let the police handle something instead of putting herself in danger, and Lena doesn’t want her daughter to add a global robotics competition to her resume. The Adams Fosters clan need to focus on things at home, not cold cases and violent competitiveness, and Lena is going to make sure everyone knows it. (Lena is feeling pretty empowered this season, and I’m all for it.)Read More

Star Wars Rebels Season 2

10 best moments from 'Star Wars Rebels' season 2

In season 2, Star Wars Rebels took a giant leap forward from its inaugural season in the telling of the Star Wars story— and, in doing so, brought in a broader viewing audience. The second season helped to bridge that all-important gap between the Prequel Trilogies through Star Wars: The Clone Wars (the animated series) and the Original Trilogies. Having familiar faces, like a young Princess Leia, interact with Ezra Bridger and the Rebels drew in a more mature audience than Disney XF was used to — an audience that grew-up watching the original Star Wars films.

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'The Young and the Restless' fan recap: Choices and children

Season 43 | Episodes 239–243 | “The Young and the Restless” | Aired Aug 8–12

Soap opera characters aren’t always known for being the most selfless or introspective. But a curious theme came up on The Young and the Restless this week: What choices are we capable of making to protect those we love, particularly children?

Adam and Chelsea were tasked with that question this week. Chelsea has continued to ask Adam if he’d like to see Connor since he has been in prison, an offer that he keeps emphatically turning down for a number of reasons. Namely, it would be traumatizing and confusing for the little guy to see his dad only in a dingy visitation room wearing a jumpsuit labeled “inmate”: not exactly the image a parent wants their child to remember them by. Against his wishes, Chelsea makes the choice to take Connor to see Adam on Connor’s birthday, knowing it will make both of them happy. And it does bring smiles to both their faces, for a little while.

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‘Chuck’ nostalgia recap: Popping the question

Season 4 | Episode 11 | “Chuck Versus the Balcony” | Aired Jan 17, 2011

Everyone’s trying to get married on Chuck, and it’s not really working out for anyone. Lester’s parents—the Hindjews of Saskatchewan—have arranged a marriage for him. But he’s not in Canada anymore. Then he meets his betrothed, Jinsana.

Compared to the three 4s Lester is online dating, Jinsana is a 12. So he pulls out all the stops in the HTR, decking it out in full Hindu/Jewish/Canadian regalia. But Jinsana is freaked out; Lester is a lot more traditional than she is.Read More

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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