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'Welcome to Sweden' fan recap: Family business

Season 2 | Episodes 3 and 4 | “Scrapbook/Skidresa” and “Parental Guidance/Svartsjuk” | Aired July 26, 2015

We’re four episodes in, and the writers of Welcome to Sweden continue to trudge through the details of Bruce and Emma’s pending nuptials. I understand their hesitation. Half the time I don’t think Emma likes Bruce at all. And we know that Viveka and Birger would rather their daughter marry a tall, handsome Swede whose natural athleticism far outweighs his need for a scrapbook that proves his ability as a ski master.

Bruce: The winter Olympics are the Olympics for pale people.

Yep. That’s exactly how you’re going to win over the future in-laws, Bruce. Keep it up!Read More

'Welcome to Sweden' season 2 premiere fan recap: Jason Priestley has a guy

Season 2 | Episodes 1 & 2 | “Flash Mob/Frieriet” and “Searching for Bergman/Ljuden” | Aired July 19, 2015

Welcome to Sweden‘s second season premiered last night, picking up exactly where we left off last summer. Bruce (Greg Poehler) and Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) met at the airport, each professing his or her love for the other. It was delightfully romantic!

Fast-forward to the current day, where Bruce is asking Emma’s parents, Viveka and Birger (the wonderful Lena Olin and Claes Mansson), for their daughter’s hand in marriage. After laughing hysterically, Viveka’s answer is a sharp “No.” Who cares that Bruce doesn’t have a job and can’t provide for a family? Emma deserves someone who is taller.Read More

'Welcome to Sweden' finale recap: I have a dream

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Home” | Aired Aug 28, 2014

Bruce, our fearless friend who gave up everything in New York to move across the world so he could begin a new chapter with the love of his life, wakes up half naked in Aubrey Plaza’s bed. This is not a good start to his three-month stint back in the States.

Welcome to SwedenBruce: Did we have sex?
Aubrey: Yes!

Bruce: How was it?
Aubrey: Amazing.
Bruce: Now I know you’re lying. No one has ever said that to me.

Aubrey complains to Bruce that he’s too Swedish. All he did was talk about Emma in his sleep, along with IKEA, Volvos and herring. Bruce decides right then and there that he is Swedish and he wants to spend every minute with Emma.Read More

'Welcome to Sweden' recap: S.O.S.

Season 1 | Episodes 8 and 9 | “Breakups” / “Separate Lives” | Aired Aug 28, 2014

NBC pulled a fast one on us and aired a special online episode this week. I’m glad I watched it because that particular episode had quite a few twists and turns involving four main characters. If you haven’t seen it, you will be thoroughly confused. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. I’ll fill you in on what you need to know. (You can watch the full episode online. It’s only available until Sept 27.)

Emma’s friend Marcus is coming to crash on the couch for a couple of days. Bruce develops a major man crush on Marcus. They bond over backpacking stories and the movie Tootsie. Bruce’s tune quickly changes when Emma asks him to stop drooling all over her ex-boyfriend. Bruce freaks and Emma soothes his nerves by telling him you never end up with your first love.Read More

'Welcome to Sweden' recap: The name of the game

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Homesick” | Aired Aug 21, 2014

I’m always excited to see Amy Poehler featured as a guest on Welcome to Sweden. Even though she’s on the screen for a total of two minutes, she completely steals the show. That is, until Aubrey Plaza makes an appearance. Give me those two comedic geniuses and a couple of famous Swedish dudes named Björn, and you have the recipe for a successful episode!

Amy calls Bruce, paranoid that the IRS is out to get her. She begs her former accountant to come back to figure out her taxes. Bruce causally mentions that he doesn’t have the time because he is now a Swedish money manager for celebrities, to which Amy retorts, “There are Swedish celebrities?”Read More

'Welcome to Sweden' recap: Mama mia

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Parents” | Aired Aug 21, 2014

Everyone knows that Patrick Duffy is television royalty. He’s Bobby Ewing, for goodness’ sake. I figured I would enjoy his guest appearance as Bruce’s father, but I never expected that Illeana Douglas, playing the part of Bruce’s mother, would have me in a fit of giggles. Once the American-loving Uncle Bengt showed up at the parental meet-and-greet, I was tickled pink.

Bruce and Emma, however, were not feeling my vibe. Bruce is discouraged that his parents think he’s made the biggest mistake of his life by moving to Sweden. He wonders if there is any way their cruise ship could possibly hit an iceberg? Emma laughs and tells Bruce she’s late. Bruce is late too, and runs out the door to meet Wayne (Duffy) and Nancy (Douglas).Read More

'Welcome to Sweden' recap: Super trouper

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Fitting In” | Aired Aug 7, 2014

I think this week’s ABBA title is fitting since Welcome to Sweden has been renewed for a second season. NBC rewarded this quirky little show with a time slot in its fall lineup after only five episodes. This proves that the network has extreme faith in the Poehler family, as well as America’s propensity to both adore and fear IKEA and anything that hails from its motherland. Insert meatball joke here.

Emma is concerned about Bruce. When she and her friend are discussing the pending death of another friend, Bruce interrupts the somber moment an ill-timed Swedish Chef impression. His “Hoidy, doidy, do” is met with wide eyes of embarrassment.Read More

'Welcome to Sweden' recap: Money, money, money

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Get a Job” | Aired July 31, 2014

When I was in high school, a lovely blond foreign exchange student sat next to me in computer literacy. She was kind, respectful and smart. I remember asking questions about her home and thinking that her answers were interesting, yet I don’t remember what country she was from or her name.

That’s how I feel about Welcome to Sweden. After four weeks, I have learned to appreciate Bruce’s plight to fit into an unfamiliar world. Emma is adorable and sweet. There are funny moments here and there. But if I never saw another episode again, I would look back with fondness on that darling little Swedish show starring Amy Poehler’s brother. What was his name again? Then I would go back to binge-watching Game of Thrones so I could understand what everyone is talking about on Twitter.Read More

'Welcome to Sweden' recap: Knowing me, knowing you

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Proving Love” | Aired July 24, 2014

Emma and Bruce are ready to begin their lives together. Her tenants have finally moved out of her apartment, and Bruce is eager to add his own sense of style into the décor mix. He thinks they should paint the walls either brown or red because that would work best with his stuff, which will be arriving from New York City any day now. Emma scoffs at the idea of “poo-brown” walls. In her words, “It should be like a gallery. Art goes on the walls. The walls are not art.”

Bruce wants the place to be a little warmer than a mental facility, but he decides to table that argument for the time being. Instead, he chooses to march head-on into another battle. Why has Emma plastered herself to the door so she can stare out the peephole?Read More

'Welcome to Sweden': Won’t you be my neighbor?—VIDEO

Emma and Bruce have finally moved into their new apartment, and Bruce is eager to get to know the neighbors. Emma thinks Bruce is being “so American” by acknowledging everyone he meets. I was a bit confused by this stereotype until she tossed out a few solid references from 1999—it’s good to know that Friends one-liners are just as impactful in Sweden as they are in the United States.

Watch the exclusive clip below!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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