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'Selfie' recap: Okay, so the second episode is pretty problematic

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 2 | “Un-Tag My Heart” | Aired Oct 7, 2014

I’m continuing my journey with ABC’s short-lived Selfie. I had a really good time with the pilot. It was fun and engaging, and I laughed genuinely more than once. The best thing about the pilot by far, though, were the performances and the chemistry between stars Karen Gillan and John Cho. That gave me a lot of hope for the rest of the season, since good chemistry in a pilot tends to translate to great chemistry down the line.

Selfie delivered on that promise. In the second episode, “Un-Tag My Heart,” the chemistry between Gillan and Cho only got better. They appeared comfortable with each other and mostly on the same page from the start, and the comfort level only grew in episode two. That said, not everything about the second episode was an improvement.Read More

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

Season 2 | Episode 18 | “The Risky Business” | Aired Apr 7, 2005

The O.C.’s infamous Atwood brothers have been reunited at long last, and Trey seems to be following in his little brother’s straight-and-narrow footsteps. But when the Newpsies throw an oh-so Newport Beach black-tie “yard sale” in a country club ballroom, Trey clocks the highest ticket item that will get him out of a jam. Yeah, that’s right. Out of jail for a hot second, and he’s already in a jam. It’s in the Atwood genes.

It’ll take a dash of risky business for the Core Four to keep the yard sale afloat, Trey on the right side of a jail cell, and all of their relationships from circling the drain. All in a day’s work in The O.C.; there’s nothing Ryan, Marissa, Seth, and Summer can’t handle in the four most atomic moments in “The Risky Business.”

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‘Are You the One?’ fan recap: Enough is enough, Gio!

Season 4 | Episode 8 | “Great Ex-pectations” | Aired Aug 8, 2016

You gotta love a big dose of reality! (And I don’t just mean reality TV.) Whether it’s from the Truth Booth, a Matchup Ceremony, or the return of familiar faces, you can’t help but enjoy that juicy moment when some sort of realization dawns and and you can see how the players adapt to it. MTV’s Are You the One? is heading into its final stretch with only three weeks left, and the clock is ticking for everyone to find the Perfect Matches. But will the added pressure, and MAJOR cases of the ex, whip them into shape? Let’s see what went down.

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‘The Vampire Diaries’ season 8 fan wish list: 6 things we want to see in the final season

It breaks our hearts to say this, but we’ve all heard confirmation that The Vampire Diaries’ eighth season will be the show’s last. We’ve learned that fans can expect a darker feel, hopefully getting back to the thriller vibe that defined the first two seasons of the show. Ian Somerhalder, aka our favorite bad boy, Damon Salvatore, recently stated at Wizard World Columbus Comic Con on July 30, 2016, that he, the actors, and the show’s cocreator Julie Plec are thrilled they can end the season the way they want, giving the story and its characters the closure they deserve.

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'UnREAL' fan recap: Season 2's loose ends

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “Friendly Fire” | Aired Aug 8, 2016

UnREAL hasn’t had the smoothest sophomore season. Response hasn’t been as enthusiastic as it was with the first season, but overall, I have to say I’ve still enjoyed Season 2. There have been low points, yes, and moments that were just plain hard to watch, but UnREAL continues to try to push the envelope, which is interesting even when the result is sloppy or off-base.

The finale was all over the place. It attempted to do a lot and did some of it well and some of it not so well. It wrapped up most of the season’s stories, but left a few critical loose ends. Let’s break down where everything left off.Read More

‘The Fosters’ fan recap: A major headache

Season 4 | Episode 7 | “Highs & Lows” | Aired Aug 8, 2016

Mike finds out about Brallie, Courtney and Brandon fight about her parenting style (or lack thereof), and Mariana develops a minor pill problem. And that’s all before the literal brain surgery. Let’s recap.Read More

Remembering 'NewsRadio,' NBC's great forgotten sitcom

The ’90s were a great time for NBC sitcoms. FriendsFrasier, and Seinfeld were all running concurrently, and the network was riding high on ratings and critical acclaim.

It was during this boom period that NewsRadio, a show about the daily grind at a New York City radio station, was born. The brainchild of The Larry Sanders Show veteran Paul Simms, NewsRadio ran from 1995 to 1999, and seemed forever on the verge of cancellation. Simms’ strained relationship with the network couldn’t have helped matters — in a 1997 Rolling Stone interview, he called NBC executives “c—suckers” and likened the network’s Thursday-night lineup to “a big double-decker s— sandwich with three good pieces of bread.” Far from pulling the show down, this embattled environment seemed to light a fire under Simms and his team, who turned out episode after episode of lighting-quick comedy.

Looking back, the show was well ahead of its time, and deserves to be remembered alongside NBC’s monster hits from the era.

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'The Young and the Restless' fan recap: Conniving and camping

Season 43 | Episodes 234–238 | “The Young and the Restless” | Aired Aug 1–5

The summer Olympics have begun, but over on another network, plenty of games are being played on The Young and the Restless. Mind games, that is — our beloved Genoa City residents are all awesomely in shape, but any athleticism they possess happens off-screen.

Chloe is the queen of mind games, being a bit of a head case herself. Unsurprisingly, she is withholding Sage’s original journal pages from Victor. She hates Adam and would love to see him rot in prison, so of course she’s not going to give in to Victor’s change of heart just because he says so.

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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.

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‘Gilmore Girls’: The 7 most important episodes from season 6

In season 6, weddings are planned and postponed. Jess reappears, dogs are adopted, and children are discovered.

I relived that trip to Martha’s Vineyard, Paris’ descent into madness, and Anna Nardini, all so that I could narrow down season 6 to the seven most important episodes. And I’ve done this painstaking work just to prepare you for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, premiering November 25th on Netflix.

So refill your coffee, charge your Sidekick, put on your fight face, and clutch your Birkin bag closer, because here’s season 6.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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