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Podcast: 'Clear Lists, Full Drafts, Can't Lose,' episode 19—Top 10 openings

Welcome to episode 19 of Clear Lists, Full Drafts, Can’t Lose, the only podcast for fantasy television drafts! Forget fantasy football—join us for fantasy TV.

We have done a lot of top 10 lists on the podcast, and we’ve finally made our way to one of the first things you see when watching a show: the opening credits. This week, Brooke, Joey, and I count down our top 10 opening credits sequences.Read More

'Friday Night Lights' recap: True colors

Season 1 | Episode 17 | “I Think We Should Have Sex” | Aired Feb 21, 2007

There is nothing worse than a parent’s disappointment. Growing up, hearing that my parents were disappointed in me always stung more than them just being angry. I realize now that it was worse for them, too. Being let down by someone you’ve chosen to believe in is a miserable experience.

This was all I could think about as I watched “I Think We Should Have Sex.” Friday Night Lights has set Tim Riggins up to be the person most often disappointing other people, but this time it is he who is let down.Read More

'Friday Night Lights' recap: Second chances

Season 1 | Episode 16 | “Black Eyes and Broken Hearts” | Aired Feb 14, 2007

“Black Eyes and Broken Hearts” is one of the more subtly beautiful episodes of Friday Night Lights. It picks up right in the middle of the mess that started in the previous episode. Mac McGill got himself into some serious hot water when he made racially charged remarks during a postgame interview.

Rather than copping to his mistake and accepting responsibility, Mac chose to ignore the outrage, remaining adamant that he said nothing wrong and offering an empty public apology in an attempt to appease his angry players. But the problem isn’t going away. The black players have all decided to strike, stating Mac’s termination as the condition of their return to uniform.Read More

'Friday Night Lights' recap: It's a race thing

Season 1 | Episode 15 | “Blinders” | Aired Feb 7, 2007

There is plenty of drama and intensity in “Blinders,” but it is also one of the funnier episodes of Friday Night Lights. When Tami discovers that Julie and Tyra have been cutting P.E. class, she comes up with the greatest punishment imaginable: They have to play in the Powderpuff football game.

The Powderpuff game is an all-girl football game coached by two Panther players. Neither Julie nor Tyra is happy about the arrangement and, as luck would have it, the two Panther coaches are Matt and Tim, their respective exes. Zach Gilford has a chance to showcase his comedic chops as Matt stumbles through picking his team (making the mistake of picking Julie third), and then trying to coach with a quarterback who isn’t up to the task.Read More

Our top TV resolutions for 2015

This time of year, many people are making New Year’s resolutions pertaining to fitness or finance. But here at EW’s The Community, we are dedicating ourselves to making 2015 the best year ever for binging on the classics, avoiding spoilers, and creating new fan(atic)s of our favorite shows.

Now, the Community Contributors’ top resolutions of 2015:Read More

The EW Community's top 10 shows of 2014

To celebrate the year in TV, we at The EW Community decided to vote on our favorite shows of 2014. Any show recapped on The Community was eligible, including shows no longer on the air, like Friday Night Lights, Gilmore Girls, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Our writers chose from the over 150 shows recapped this year and whittled those down to a mere 10.

Here are the top 10 shows of 2014, as voted on and covered by the Entertainment Weekly Community.

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'Friday Night Lights' recap: Daddy issues

Season 1 | Episode 14 | “Upping the Ante” | Aired Jan 31, 2007

So, how many of you are watching Friday Night Lights for the first time? Are you hooked yet? Are you starting to understand my undying love for Tim Riggins? This episode, “Upping the Ante,” is a big turning point in the way the audience gets to see Tim. Up until now, there have been small breadcrumbs thrown out about who Tim’s parents are and where they went. But here, we finally get to see the way the family dynamic is set up. Billy, as the older brother, has a much clearer picture of the kind of man their father is.

Tim, despite his apparent toughness and indifference to most things, still holds onto the idea that he was a good man who must have had his reasons for leaving. When Tim needs a parent’s signature to avoid losing his driver’s license, Billy can’t stop him from going to seek out their dad. He warns Tim not to get drunk with him and to leave as soon as he gets what he needs. From the moment Tim see his father, though, it’s clear that he has been desperate for this connection. Read More

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

'Friday Night Lights' recap: We control our destiny

Season 1 | Episode 13 | “Little Girl I Wanna Marry You” | Aired Jan 24, 2007

Friday Night Lights is always about many different things. It’s a show about football, and yet, it’s about so much more. This week, Smash Williams learned this same lesson about life. There’s a lot more to it than football.

Smash feels a lot of pressure. With no father and a mother working two jobs to help them make ends meet, his goal has always been to go pro in football and take care of his family forever. It’s easy to forget that he’s a 16-year-old kid. Smash failing to make Grady Hunt’s list wasn’t just disappointing; it presented Smash for the first time with the possibility that he wouldn’t be able to provide for his family. His selfishness in using steroids is more selfless than it looks at first glance. To his thinking, the well-being of his entire family hinges on his success on the football field.

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'Friday Night Lights' recap: Sitting, watching, waiting

Season 1 | Episode 12 | “What to Do While You’re Waiting” | Aired Jan 10, 2007

There’s a scene in Jimmy Fallon’s 2005 Fever Pitch that perfectly sets the mood for this episode of Friday Night Lights. After his beloved Red Sox lose another game to the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series, Fallon’s character, Ben, finds himself at a bar drowning his sorrows. As he sits there, miserable, he sees some of the Sox players at another table, talking, laughing, and generally enjoying their evening.

It is a scene that reminds us that being the spectator is often harder than being the player. When you’re the one on the field, you’re in control. When you’re in the stands, all you can do is sit and hope and wait.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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