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Television’s non-skinny women that are totally awesome

Television’s non-skinny women that are totally awesome

Mercedes from Glee: With a voice so big, she leaves Beyonce behind Mercedes is absolutely kickass. Her life decisions are hers and hers alone and you’ll never find her being a typical high-school girl. And she the only one who can carry those amazing notes at the end of every Regionals performance.

Donna Meagle from Parks and Rec: Donna Meagle gets plenty of action, she has a Benz, she’s first cousins with Genuwine, she gets invited to Venenzuela on account of her sexiness and if Robert Pattinson had an hour with her, he’d forget all about Skinny-legs McGee, we’ll tell you that much. Donna Meagle!

Shirley Bennet from Community: The saccharine Christian mother who has an obsessive baking compulsion, was a badass in school, successfully overcame her fear of public speaking and started her own sandwich shop on campus? Yeah, we love her.

Hannah Horvath from Girls: She is nowhere as close to the size of the other women on this list but Hannah is a slightly big girl and while one of the big problems about her life are about her weight, she is still an super, albeit whiny women who deals with her problems the best way we know, by eating cupcakes.

Yes, we could only thing are only four. Says a lot doesn’t it? Maybe you can come up with some.

Malcolm McDowell to appear on Community and other stories

Malcolm McDowell to appear on Community and other stories

There’s more news about Community, there’s more news about Community! Following Dan Harmon’s exit from this kickass show, we have actively tried to repress our fear of what Season 4 will bring. But with October 19th looming pretty close, it’s time to scan the interwebs and look, Malcolm McDowell is coming in for two episodes as a history professor, Cornwallis.  If the previous proffessors are anything to go by (Michael K Williams aka Omar), this might just turn out to be community-level of epic. And lest you’ve forgotten how awesome the actors are, here’s a video of all of Alison Brie’s raps.

We love Jennifer Garner for Juno, Ty Burrell for Modern Family and Olivia Wilde for House MD. And as if to make our dreams come true, they are coming together along with some butter for a new movie. Called Butter. Yup. With so many of our favorite things in one movie, we can’t wait for this movie about butter sculpting and the trailer is absolutely kooky.

This month, with Curiosity sending us pictures of Mars and Neil Armstrong’s death had us thinking of what marvelous space exploration will see in our lifetime. Not being great fans of space technology (or even fiction of that kind), to me, it is amazing in the most basic stupid way, like it would be to a child. We sent real human beings on the moon. The moon. A satellite with no gravity that we can see from Earth. Men have been there. The thought puts so many things in perspective. As Armstrong said, “I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” As a bonus, here’s NBC News declaring ‘Neil Young’ the first man on the moon, dead. RIP Neil Armstrong. And of course, tributes are also in order for AK Hangal, the man who gave us ‘itna sannata kyun hai bhai’ and the ‘he’s still alive?’ jokes. RIP.

If like us you’ve been excited (read jumping up and down like a bunny on crack) about Season 4 of Arrested Development, you must have already seen the pictures from the set and have already started re-watching Season 1 like a true fan.  And you’ve also probably seen these 53 Arrested Development jokes you probably missed, but we are going to share it anyway. Talk about an eye for detail.

– Sharanya

Drinking, TV style

Drinking, TV style

I spent most of last week watching the US version of Shameless. The show, the plot of which revolves around alcoholism and poverty, is a scrappy affair that builds interest steadily, explores characters and keeps a good hold on plot development. It is a kickass viewing experience and much of it was dominated by the main character Frank Gallagher, an infuriating yet endearing drunk who lets his family of six scramble around to deal with life while he downs drink after drink and eloquently blames the government. Watching the show made me realise that in most of my favourite shows, alcohol and alcohol abuse are either plot devices (for a few episodes) or is a dominant background character (if there is such a thing.) Jimmy McNulty and Bunk Moreland at the railway tracks were the rambling, pissed off drunks. Hank Moody from Californication was the player. Don Draper was the smooth scotch swiller. As for the gang from How I met your mother, I mean why do they even have apartments? They might as well pitch a tent at MacLaren’s and brush their teeth with beer.

There’s actually probably a lot of thought that goes into TV drinking. Drinking is not really drinking unless it’s DRINKING. Being hammered isn’t really being hammered unless the plot requires you to be HAMMERED. Getting bajaed isn’t really….I should stop. Well, as long as you get the point. If I were on TV, I could be in a bar for the better part of the day and still go home to tighten up my essay on socialism and the post-modern world. I’m never drunk till I’m required to be. In an episode of Community, a drunk dial leads to a merry vodka shot meets scotch montage of the person that got drunk dialed, putting ‘em away. The idea is that Jeff needed to settle the equation by drunk dialing Britta who drunk dialed him first. And it had to be genuine. Ding Ding. Plot point. A TV binge also makes for great comedy. Take that episode where Ross drinks himself silly when he found out that Joey and Rachel were a thing. For weeks that speech “L is for love,” was funny even out of context.

So far the best TV Drinking I’ve seen is on NBC’s Parks and Rec where the characters lose all sense of reality after downing, ‘Snake Juice’, an invented drink. The acting was so top of the line- no slurring or exaggerated stumbling- that it amazed me. The morning after scene was even funnier. I wish I could go to work with pillows scotch-taped to my head. What are your favourite TV alcohol moments?

The best men on TV

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The best men on TV

It’s that time of that year again when most of my shows are on break and I’m trying to watch and get interested in the midseason shows (Girls, Veep).

But mostly I watch reruns and make lists. Here is one of my 10 favourite men on Television.

Steven Hyde from That 70s’ show

Curly hair, sideburns and boots; Steven Hyde is the epitome of Zen. His life’s philosophy is “whatever”. He has a streak of anti-establishment that makes him utterly hot.

P.S – Jackie and Hyde forever!

Dr John Dorian from Scrubs

JD is an insecure, compassionate and validation-seeking doctor with dreamy eyes. He has a constant inner monologue and frequently creates dream scenarios to make real life more like TV. No, I don’t identify with him at all. What do you mean?

Also, try getting this brilliant ode to Zach Braff out of your head (I don’t care what you say, in a non gay way, I love Zach Braff, Zach Braff).

Marshall Eriksen from How I met your mother

What kind of cold-hearted bitchasaurus rex would not love a grown man who believes in monsters, ghosts and calls the Loch ness monster, “Nessy”? He has a good job, he is funny, he wants to save the environment, he can fight when he has to, he makes adorable songs (Lily made some crème brulelelelele, you just got slapped woahohohoho); Marshal Eriksen is the perfect husband.

Dr Gregory House from House MD

Oh, Dr House is so manly. He is brash, he is in pain and he handles it like a man. An angry, crazy man. House is so hot; I want to cut my arm off so I can meet him. I want to be closed and intriguing so he wants to know me. I want to sit on his lap. I want to be Wilson so he can be best friends with me. (Just to clarify, I know he is fictional)

Matt Albie from Studio 60 on the sunset strip

Matt is the head writer of Studio 60. He is incredibly witty, smart and intelligent. He is an award-winning writer but his struggles with writing, depression, addiction and religion is so endearing, you just want to give him a hug. He is also incredibly hilarious.

 

Don Draper from Mad Men

I have only seen half of one Mad Men season (yes, yes, I should be hunted down and my head should be shaved) but that’s enough to fall in love with Don Draper. He is a smoker, drinker, womanizer and suit wearer and his eyes can cut though ice. I don’t think I’d really survive in 1960 (dresses that end tightly below your knees are uncomfortable) but Draper is a man that will stay hot in every decade.

Troy Barnes from Community

You know what’s great about Troy Barnes? He likes no-no juice, he can pop and lock like a champ, he has a talent in plumbing, he is distracted by shiny things and cries very easily. Also, he is the best friend anyone can ever find.

Stringer Bell from The Wire

Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell is the second-in-command of Avon Barksdale’s drug organisation. He is intelligent, ruthless, he has rock-hard abs, he takes business classes and owns a copy of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. Rock-hard abs. Rock. Hard.

Phil Dunphy from Modern Family

“I’m cool dad, that’s my thang. I’m hip, I surf the web, I text. LOL: laugh out loud, OMG: oh my god, WTF: why the face?”

– Phil Dunphy, ex-cheerleader, peerent.

Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreaction

“The less I know about other people’s affairs, the happier I am. I’m not interested in caring about people. I once worked with a guy for three years and never learned his name. Best friend I ever had. We still never talk sometimes.”

As much as I’m in love with Ben Wyatt, Ron Swanson is THE man on television. He eats meat, he drinks scotch, he is a woodworker, he hates the government and he has the bushiest moustache in the world. He is also secretly a jazz player, Duke Silver.

Trivia: Nick Offerman who plays Ron Swanson is married to Megan Mullaly who plays Ron’s crazy ex-wife Tammy 2. 

Other Contenders: 

Ben Wyatt and Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation, Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock, Blaine Anderson from Glee, Neil Caffery ranfrom White Collar, Steely Booth From Bones, Richard Castle from Castle, Cameron from Modern Family, Omar from The Wire, Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock, Jeff winger and Abed Nadir from Community, Mark Sloane from Grey’s Anatomy.

#sixseasonsandamovie: A tribute to Dan Harmon

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#sixseasonsandamovie: A tribute to Dan Harmon

There are some shows that jump out of the screen and slap you across the face from the first scene. And you know, you’re addicted before the opening credits even begin. Two episodes, 44 minutes and 42 seconds into Season 1 of Community, and I still wasn’t sure what the deal with this show was but man, that Spanish rap was hilarious!

Community, a show about seven misfits who form a study group in a community College, is written by Dan Harmon.  Harmon is a depressed genius. For some strange reason, when writers who are social misfits, lonely and/or depressed create something brilliant, it is just so much more fascinating. Harmon’s writing is extremely layered; it’s complicated but everything makes sense in a smart and silly way. His writing method that you can read at Wired is intriguing. Try applying this circle to the next episode of Community you watch.

Before this show, Dan Harmon made gag videos and when Community was temporarily benched, the overwhelming response bought it right back. It makes me feel all warm and hopeful inside that while millions watch Keeping up with the Kardashians, there are at least a few thousands who do watch and love an intelligent comedy.

There is little to be written about Community and its meta-ness that hasn’t already been written, and short of simply gushing and going, ‘Oh My God, Oh My God,” all I I’m going to say is that it just blows your mind. These are a few small things in a brilliant series that I think proves that Harmon’s brain is full of birds, fluff and ping pong balls.

1. Troy and Abed in the morning!

Easily the coolest thing about Community, Troy and Abed’s fake morning show, as well as their-end-of-episode gags. In Season 1, the two of them do voices for a bunch of people studying on the other side of a glass window. That was the simplest of their gags that got just crazier, weirder and fun.  (It’s hard to be Jewish, its hard to be Jewish in Russia yo)

2. Magnitude

Magnitude, the one-man party has appeared in not more than four or five episodes and is a classic gimmick character. He wears glasses and a sweater vest and his catch phrase is pop-pop. It’s also his political ideology.

3. THIS.

4. The Christmas episode.

An entire episode in claymation with music and magic thrown in? Why not?

5. Chang puns

Guilty as chang-ed, Is there any room in this pocket for a little spare chang, Chang the subject, subject speak the changuage, I don’t chang a lot of chicks, makes me so changry, changlorious bastards…..

6.  Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a dean.

Jim Rash is the coolest dean, ever. Incredibly pathetic and optimistic, he has obsessed with making Greendale a ‘real’ college. He has a Dalmatian dog fetish. Personally, I love his name. Kind like good alcohol meets an allergy.

Oh, also, he likes to dress up.

7. Michael K Williams

OMAR ON COMMUNITY!

8. Pop culture references

As someone who references awful sitcoms, dramas, Hindi soaps, reality shows in regular conversation with voices and background scores, Community really speaks to me. And I’m sure I don’t even get all of their references. Apart from crazy asides, they even have complete episode themes that pay homage to pop culture, like the chicken mafia, dungeons and dragons, the paintball episode, Abed making a film on Jesus, etc. But the fact that Dan Harmon pays back to all television, including some we will downright lie and never admit to watching (cough cougar town cough), is just superb.

On a side note, I have very few friends.

– Sharanya

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