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'About a Boy' fan recap: There's always room in the love bubble for you

Season 2 | Episode 11 | “About a Hook” | Aired Jan 27, 2015

Picking up right where we left off two weeks ago when About a Boy was last on (apparently the State of the Union is more important than Marcus’ adolescent crisis—whatever), Marcus still isn’t so sure that Mr. Chris should be schooling his mother in the bedroom, and Will still is sure that music mogul Johnny Idalis needs to hear his new song. So sure, in fact, that he stalks him in Andy’s minivan while he’s out jogging.

Uncool, disturbing, and arguably psychotic? Um, yeah, at least according to Idalis, who tells Will that if he comes up with a good hook, he’ll maybe give it a listen. Challenge accepted.Read More

'About a Boy' recap: Houses of lies

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “About a Boy Becoming a Man” | Aired Jan 13, 2014

While I was on vacation last week it seems I missed an important About a Boy Manniversary where Marcus and Will celebrated a year of friendship and ribs, and a newly bearded Mr. Chris and Fiona finally did the deed. I’d raise a festive drink with an umbrella in it in belated congratulations to all, but I’m sorry to say I’m back in the frozen tundra I call home, and anything I’d raise right now would be as frigid and bitter as my soul. Happily, this week’s episode begins with an appearance from Parenthood‘s Crosby Braverman (one of my faves) sitting at Will’s poker table, which makes my heart as warm as the beach I just left. Cheers to that!Read More

How does NBC's 'About a Boy' compare to the 2002 movie?

For those of you who have become addicted to NBC’s heartwarming and refreshing comedy About a Boy, you might not realize that it’s actually a remake of a 2002 movie (as well as the 1998 novel by Nick Hornby). Or if you, too, were infatuated with Hugh Grant back in the day, you’re not only familiar with the movie, but can probably recite entire pieces of its dialogue.

As a fan of both the movie and the current series, I thought it would be fun to compare the two, so in the interest of journalism I rewatched the movie for the first time in about 10 years—and endured Grant’s charm and sexy accent for a couple of hours last night. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.Read More

Opposites do attract: 9 unlikely TV friendships

Oil and water. Republicans and Democrats. Coke and Mentos. Beer and liquor. The list of things that definitely do not mix well is endless. However, sometimes throwing two combustible forces together is not only successful and results in great friendships—it also makes for good entertainment.

Here is a list of nine unlikely TV friendships, as compiled by some of The Community’s bloggers.Read More

8 TV kid characters we love ... or love to hate

There’s nothing like a cute little kid to make a sitcom especially entertaining. And by “entertaining” I mean “annoying in most cases.” Because while at the outset, it may seem like a wise choice to throw in a character who looks precious while spouting adorable one-liners, it more often than not backfires when said adorableness crosses the fine line to overblown obnoxiousness. Raise your thumb if you agree.

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Jason Katims: With clear eyes and a full heart, he can't lose

Families are complicated. Families can be loving, messy, dysfunctional, and fiercely loyal—many times, they’re all of those things at once. Is it coincidence that three of my favorite TV shows not only tackle that very complexity in much the same vein, but do it with many of the exact same actors?

Not when you discover that the man behind all of them is the same person, and not when you find out that Jason Katims—creator and showrunner of such hits (some of my faves) as Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and About a Boy—is, simply put, all about family himself.

If you’re a fan of more than one of his shows, Jason Katims’ Midas touch is evident. If you’re not, you should be. But until you have time to do some serious binge watching (all three of these shows are available to stream on Netflix), I’ll give you a quick rundown of a sample of the overlap—the “Katims-isms,” if you will—and try my best to do it without posting a complicated Venn diagram (but don’t think I haven’t made one).Read More

'About a Boy' recap: The Grinch who stole Will's Christmas

Episode 8 | Season 2 | “About a Christmas Carol” | Aired Dec 9, 2014

This time of year, we’re typically bombarded with TV shows attempting to put an original spin on A Christmas Carol and belabor the message of finding the spirit of Christmas inside your heart. About a Boy is joining the ranks this year, and their contribution is every bit as sweet, heartwarming, and meaningful as you’d expect from this show.

It’s Christmas Eve, and it seems our friend Will is a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas. Since his hit song, “Runaway Sleigh,” is played incessantly this time of year and is a song he despises “with the white-hot anger of a thousand suns,” he refuses to take part in the celebrations of the holiday. The song has become his Grinch. Marcus and Fiona, on the other hand, are obviously kin to Buddy the Elf when it comes to Christmas (as you’d expect) and can’t understand why Will is so grumpy. As if hating their favorite holiday isn’t enough, Will spills the beans about Santa being imaginary, which is shocking news to Marcus and sends Fiona into a tailspin as she attempts to make this Christmas the most magical one ever.Read More

'About a Boy' recap: She's gonna uke

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “About a Duck” | Aired Dec 2, 2014

I imagine one of the writers of About a Boy pitching this simple idea one day: Will and Fiona go on a double date. And then I imagine all the other writers looking up from their scribbled notepads in slow motion, jaws open, eyes lighting up as they simultaneously shout “BRILLIANT!” Of course, in slo-mo their gleeful reaction sounds like a deep and guttural death moan, but the sentiment is still there. Because really, how has it taken this long for a double date between our favorite platonic and polar-opposite friends to occur? It’s a hilarious recipe for disaster, and now that it’s happened, I’m hungry for more. Read More

'About a Boy' recap: Fiona finds her Romeo

Season 2 | Episode 6 | “About a Balcony” | Aired Nov 25, 2014

Over the past season and a half of About a Boy, Will has had his fair share of liaisons—and even love—but Fiona has gotten a bit shafted in the romance department (no pun intended). And while she’s clearly an independent woman who has done just fine flying solo thankyouverymuch, we’ve definitely seen some proof that she longs for a bit of romance (Marcus’ dad’s intoxicating penguin waddle and the mysterious British Sherlock at Halloween, to name two instances). O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art Fiona’s Romeo? Apparently in San Francisco, and more specifically, right in Marcus’ classroom.Read More

'About a Boy' recap: The return of Will 1.0

Season 2 | Episode 5 | “About an Angry Ex” | Aired Nov 18, 2014

Remember how sad it was when Will and Dr. Sam broke up on About a Boy? For a while Will had turned into an honest, respectable man, and it was a little bit distressing to imagine him going back to being the despicable playboy, wasn’t it? Yeah, never mind. Will 1.0 is back, y’all, and I, for one, say “Welcome!”

Let’s break down his plunge—as well as Marcus’s quest for forbidden love—as we tackle the latest hilarious episode.Read More

TV Families | EW.com
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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