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Friends Thanksgiving Episodes: Touchdowns or Turkeys?

by Aly Semigran November 20, 2013 7:00 am
Friends Thanksgiving Episodes: Touchdowns or Turkeys?

When you think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Is it turkey on the table with all the trimmings or Monica's turkey stuck on Joey's head? Is it watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade or when the Underdog float gets away? Is it uncomfortable dinners with your family or retroactively uncomfortable moments like when Brad Pitt totally hates Jennifer Aniston (er, we mean her character Rachel)? If you answered the latter to any of these, well take comfort in knowing you're not alone. For Friends fans, their Thanksgiving episodes are an essential part of the holiday. So we're running through all ten seasons worth of Thanksgiving episodes and deciding which ones were comedy touchdowns and which ones were total turkeys.

Throw Like a Girl: My Boys, Friday Night Lights and Sports Night‘s Fiercest Females

"Do women even like sports?" may just be as outdated and lame as the already answered, yet repeatedly asked question, "Are women funny?" (The answer is a resounding "yes," by the way, in case you've been living under the world's dumbest rock.) But while funny women are standing tall in the television landscape (New Girl, The Mindy Project, Parks and Recreation, just to name a few) where's the love for all the sports gals out there? (And, yes, sometimes they are one and the same).

Best Week Ever: Other VH1 Reality Shows We Want Back

We don't know what's more confusing: Why VH1 is bringing back Best Week Ever now, or why it was cancelled in the first place. We always enjoyed watching the pop culture show, and even read the fantastic Best Week Ever blog until it was shut down last June. We're happy it's coming back (assuming TPTB don't screw around with the original format too much) and hope that it's wildly successful so that the cabler will bring back these other recent -- we're not talking the Music First era, here -- gone-too-soon programs:

The Disturbing Secret Message of Boy Meets World

by Rachel Stein November 5, 2012 1:37 pm
The Disturbing Secret Message of Boy Meets World

While the rest of the '90s nostalgia-obsessed Internet is reveling in the idea of Disney Channel's recently announced Boy Meets World sequel series, we're not quite so optimistic. Don't get me wrong -- I re-watched just about the entire original Boy Meets World run on MTV2 this spring, and would watch the hell out of this proposed adorably-titled Girl Meets World, especially if Cory and Topanga are actually called back as the parents of the titular preteen girl. But looking back (or, if you also seriously watched two hours of Boy Meets World five days a week for four months) (and once again got totally creeped out by Fred Savage sexually harassing Topanga) (and saw Mr. Turner, remembered him for the first time and then laughed when they completely forgot about him after his motorcycle accident), Boy Meets World was not the wholesome, perfect series so many of my fellow fans seem to recall. And I don't just mean in terms of everything horrible happening to Shawn, that time Eric taped Rachel without her knowledge, adult Mr. Feeny all but stalking Cory and his friends or the now-obvious Christian indoctrination weaved throughout this show -- all of which, to be clear, doesn't make the show less wholesome, just a little bit stranger to see now -- I'm talking about the emotional center of the show: Cory and Topanga's relationship.

Remembering O’Grady, Because No One Else Can

by Kaitlin Reilly June 28, 2012 6:00 am
Remembering O’Grady, Because No One Else Can

Disney Channel's new animated series Gravity Falls introduces us to a bizarre town where instead of freaking out about pimples on date night, teens worry about their dates suddenly turning into cats. Twins Dipper and Mabel Pines get shipped off to live with their Uncle Stan for the summer in (wonderfully named) Gravity Falls, Oregon, where zombies, ghosts, and chainsaw-wielding beavers run amuck.

Lessons Learned From the Teen Couples of '90s and '00s TV

With ABC Family's summer lineup of teen dramas under way, the romances on shows like Pretty Little Liars get me all nostalgic for some of my past favorite young couples. If one thing hasn't changed since the mid-'90s and early '00s, it's that these soap operas starring teenagers are always filled with intense, over-the-top relationships. So maybe Hanna and Caleb or Spencer and Toby can learn something from these other pairings that fans used to obsess over. (Though when half of the duo is a grown adult who used to be his underage girlfriend's teacher, it might be a bit more tricky... Sorry, Aria and Ezra.)

From Pepper to Pickles: The Forgotten Girls of the '90s and '00s

In a time when the perfectly unhip twentysomething descendants of Daria saturate our TV screens -- c'mon, you just know Girls' Hannah was a fan -- I think it's worth taking a look back at the animated teens and preteens from a decade ago who rarely, if ever, get any recognition for the huge impact they had on a generation of young women. Speaking as a girl who has always been just a little bit too dorky to actually ever be considered "adorkable," and who was actually lucky enough to have had an uncomplicated happy childhood, I found myself gravitating towards the awkward spazzes who just wanted to hang out with their friends and be accepted by the cool kids without giving up everything about themselves. For that reason, these mostly forgotten characters may have been even more influential than Ms. Morgendorffer.

Best Friends Forever: What We’ll Miss about the Best Cancelled Sitcom of the 2011-12 Season

While there are many already-canned shows from the 2011-2012 TV season that we won't miss, Best Friends Forever is decidedly not one of them. The NBC series only seemed to improve from the fairly strong pilot and I think it wrongly got clumped together with the season's gender-obsessed failures like Are You There, Chelsea? and Man Up!, just because it featured two adult female friends and a slightly overwhelmed dude. In reality, BFF was a fun and promising series that deserved a bit more room to breathe. NBC will be burning the last few episodes off next month, so before the network officially puts a pin in it, here's what I'll miss about the show.

How Ugly Betty‘s Justin Suarez Paved the Way for Glee‘s Kurt Hummel

In Glee's "Prom Queen" episode back at the end of Season 2, an unlikely character won the title of prom queen: resident homosexual bullying victim Kurt Hummel. After Principal Figgins called his name, Kurt fled the gymnasium, crying, with boyfriend Blaine on his heels. "We thought that because no one was teasing us or beating us up [for being gay], no one cared," Kurt said in the hallway, through tears. One drawn-out emotional scene later, Kurt finally got the resolve to enter the gymnasium and accept his crown and scepter, defiantly announcing: "Eat your heart out, Kate Middleton."

Arrested Development: The Characters We Want to Revisit

Frankly, we've been weary of writing about the alleged revival of Arrested Development. The series has a history of claiming to return from the dead, only to shatter the hearts of extremely fragile fans, to say the least. Now that the cast and creators have publicly announced a return, and that Netflix has reportedly picked up the rights to new episodes, we finally feel comfortable breaking our silence with a list of minor characters we very truly hope to see again after all this time, presented without comment just in case we find out in a couple of days that this has all been some kind of cruel, sick joke.



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