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The 10 Most Annoying TV Kids Of All Time!

July 24th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
The 10 Most Annoying TV Kids Of All Time!
Character-driven storylines are the life breath of any avid television watcher. The more interesting, the better. Still, in order to flesh out a main character, several sub characters need to be added. Often times, they are younger. Unless there are substantial reasons why a particular child character is added to a new or existing show, they fall by the wayside, not pushing the plot forward and often, holding it back. These television kids all have one thing in common, their presence on their shows is ultimately annoying.

1. Joffrey Baratheon, Game of Thrones

Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) mi...
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Check Out 'Family Matters: The Complete Fourth Season,' Now On DVD

February 5th, 2014 5:04am EST
Family Matters
Family Matters: The Complete Fourth Season includes all 24 episodes. Life lessons and laughs go hand in hand with the Winslow family and their ever-present neighbor Steve Urkel.

So whether it's hilarity on Halloween, a comical crisis on Christmas, a veritable "va-va-voom!" on Valentine's Day or a memorable moment on a Monday, every day can be a good day with Family Matters.

This season, Michelle Thomas guest stars as Myra, Steve's girlfriend. Wait, Steve gets a girlfriend? Don't miss Myra wooing Steve with her accordion, or the epic episode where Carl and Steve compete on American Gladiat...
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Jaleel White Says 'Dancing' Fight Rumors Are 'Totally Exaggerated'

April 3rd, 2012 12:53pm EDT
Jaleel White
Actor Jaleel White has moved swiftly to brush off reports he was involved in a "vicious fight" with his Dancing With The Stars partner while rehearsing for the TV talent show.

The former Family Matters star, best known as geeky Urkel in the sitcom, was said to have shouted at Kym Johnson and called her an "idiot" during the heated confrontation on Friday, which was allegedly sparked after he accidentally stepped on her foot.

A source told UsWeekly that producers were forced to intervene after fellow competitors Donald Driver and Mark Ballas attempted to break up the argument.

White an...
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Jaleel White Speaks Out About 'Hurtful' Abuse Allegations

March 30th, 2012 8:53am EDT
Jaleel White
Actor Jaleel White has addressed recent reports accusing him of domestic abuse, dismissing his ex-girlfriend's allegations as "hurtful" lies.

The Dancing With The Stars competitor, who played nerdy Steve Urkel in TV sitcom Family Matters, has been accused of physical and verbal abuse by a former lover in a new interview with Star magazine.

Bridget Hardy, the mother of White's daughter, claims "he hit me across the chest area" and "pushed me into (the) toilet," causing it to break during an altercation in 2010.

The actor has now responded to the allegations, which he claims are "hurtfu...
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Season 14 Cast Of 'Dancing With The Stars' Revealed

February 28th, 2012 11:00am EST
Dancing with the Stars Season 14 Cast
The new celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars has been released on Good Morning America, and we have the full list right here. The cast ranges from actresses to football players to musicians.

Jack Wagner is a soap opera star most known for his roles on General Hospital and Melrose Place. His pro partner is Anna Trebunskaya.

Melissa Gilbert is known for her child acting role on Little House on the Prairie, which she started when she was nine. Maksim Chmerkovskiy is her pro partner.

Donald Driver is wide receiver for the 2010 Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, who drafted him in 19...
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Urkel To Host New Game Show

October 13th, 2011 8:56am EDT
Jaleel White
Former "Family Matters" star Jaleel White is making a big return to TV as the host of a new game show.

White, who starred as beloved geek Steve Urkel on the popular 1990s family sitcom, has signed up to front "Total Blackout."

The half-hour series, which is based on an international phenomenon, forces contestants to face their greatest fears in absolute darkness by completing a number of challenges.

He says, "They're (contestants) basically limited to four of their (five) senses... The biggest surprise will be the contestants themselves - will they maintain their composure in the darknes...
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Katy Perry Sings Rebecca Black's 'Friday' (Watch Video!) & Goes Full Nerd For 'Last Friday Night' Remix Cover

May 4th, 2011 11:30am EDT
Katy Perry
The usually sexy Katy Perry is shedding her image in the name of art. Check out the cover art for her new disc of remixes for "Teenage Dream" single "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)."

What do you think of her Urkel-inspired look?

Katy recently told The Sunday Times Magazine she quit searching for stories about herself on the internet after she read about husband Russell Brand's planned marriage proposal before he'd popped the question.

She explained, "I don't read papers. I don't even look at reviews. I have a good team around me so if anything pops up that's really good or bad I'll know ...
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Darius McCrary Hit With Another Restraining Order

April 18th, 2011 8:08am EDT
Darius McCrary
Darius McCrary's ex-wife has been granted another restraining order against the actor over allegations he attempted to make contact with her, according to a report.

The Family Matters star was ordered to stay away from his estranged wife Karrine Steffans last year after she accused him of domestic abuse.

Steffans recently went back to court to apply for another restraining order against the TV star amid claims he showed up at her house and sent her an email, according to TMZ.com.

The website reports Steffans filed papers at Los Angeles County Superior Court and was subsequently grante...
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Jaleel 'Urkel' White Cleared Over Battery Claims

July 16th, 2010 8:33am EDT
Jaleel White
Family Matters star Jaleel White has been cleared of allegations he attacked a woman, due to a lack of evidence.

The actor, who played nerd Steve Urkel on the sitcom, was at the center of a police investigation after former lover Bridget Hardy claimed the star punched her in the chest while they were driving on a Los Angeles freeway in June. The accuser, the mom of White's daughter, also alleged that in a separate incident the actor slapped her before pushing her into a toilet with such force that the porcelain broke.

However, the case has been dropped after Los Angeles Police Departmen...
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Ex Claims Jaleel White, A.K.A. Urkel, Punched Her & Pushed Her Into A Toilet

July 9th, 2010 8:18am EDT
Jaleel White
Former TV favorite Jaleel White is at the center of a police investigation surrounding an alleged attack on a woman.

The accuser claims the actor, who played Steve Urkel on "Family Matters," punched her in the chest while they were driving on a Los Angeles freeway last month.

The alleged victim also claims White slapped her and pushed her into a toilet at a home she shares with the actor.

Sources tells TMZ.com the accuser is Bridget Hardy, the mother of White's young daughter.

A representative for White tells the website, "The incident never happened. This is just a ploy in an ongoing c...
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How 'Modern Family' Is Saving The Family Sitcom

January 16th, 2010 10:15am EST
Modern Family
This article hopefully will serve as an adequate mea culpa. In a fall article we mentioned that 'Modern Family' was weak, formulaic, and full of hyperbolic stereotypes. In short, not worth staying on the ABC schedule. It did not take the recent Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Series- Musical or Comedy to change our view.

Thanks to a day off and time to kill on Hulu, we watched the second episode of the show. Needless to say, lunch was skipped, all remaining episodes were viewed, and we realized how unrepresentative a pilot can be. Now we are such unwavering fans of the show th...
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Everything Geeky: The Meaning Of 'Geek' & How It's Misconstrued

June 2nd, 2009 1:17pm EDT
A geek on The Big Bang Theory
Welcome to "Everything Geeky," a brand new regular column on Starpulse.com. Now I've been branded a geek my entire life after growing up in a comic book store and focusing more energy on the X-Men than American History.

First and foremost what we all have to realize is one simple truth: we're all geeks. The definition of geek has changed a lot over the years, but these days it seems to be a person who is overly obsessed with a subject or hobby. Now that does traditionally extend to things like computers, fantasy, and sci-fi, but believe it or not, a football fan who obsesses over the ...
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The Demise of the Black Sitcom

August 13th, 2008 9:15am EDT
The Bernie Mac Show
African Americans have come a long way in a relatively short time in the entertainment industry. From Hattie McDaniel becoming the first black actor to win an Academy Award in 1939 to the trailblazing success of Sidney Poitier in the 1960s, African Americans have consistently broken through show business barriers on the march towards equality. As Frederick Douglass once said, "Without struggle, there is no progress."

Over the years, progress was certainly made in Hollywood, especially on the small screen. In fact, the year 1990 saw a great influx of black talent on television. That...
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Our Favorite Fictional TV Towns

May 22nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
South Park
Many television series are based in real-life cities (Full House - San Francisco; Family Matters - Chicago; and Beverly Hills, 90210 - Beverly Hills). Even though several TV towns are fictional, TV fans can't help but wonder what it'd be like to live there.

Here's a look at some of our favorite fictional TV towns:

Stars Hollow, Connecticut (Gilmore Girls)

Stars Hollow, which was founded in 1779, is a small town in Connecticut that's home to some very eccentric characters. From Rory and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), to the grouchy Luke Danes and the always stranger Kirk, ther...
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Top 20 Kid Shows From The 80s & 90s

April 29th, 2008 11:35am EDT
Ren & Stimpy
Remember the innocence of childhood? The birthday parties. The water gun fights. The sleep overs. Oh, and the television shows! This is a countdown of the top 20 kids shows from the mid 80s and mid 90s. There are some exceptions, though, and they are as follows:

Though excellent shows, programs such as Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Sesame Street, and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" are absent from this list. This isn’t just because they premiered decades ago but also because their target demographic was roughly children six and under, rather than kids aged seven to fifteen, which this coun...
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The Fall Of The Great American TV Theme Song

March 13th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Green Acres
What happened to it? A catchy, sing-a-long theme song used to be part of the fun of watching a show. A great theme song could get you excited and in the mood to watch a show. Sometimes the theme song was the best part of a bad show. A theme song that caught your attention could get you to check out a show you weren't normally watching.

Theme songs used to tell what the show was about, like The Brady Bunch. The opening was the only way viewers knew the show was about a stepfamily. We would never have known WHY Gilligan and the gang were on the island or HOW those Hillbillies made it to...
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'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew': One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

March 3rd, 2008 10:49am EST
Chyna
Without The Office or 30 Rock to get me through these cold Thursday nights, I’ve had to turn to VHI to fill my TV watching needs (because God forbid I actually, you know, pick up a book or something). Thankfully they have put the kibosh on "I Love the 80's" reruns. I like that show just as much as the next person, but how many times can I see Lea Thompson wax nostalgic about Hyper Color t-shirts? (Answer: 11).

Now, instead of filling the air waves with the comedic stylings of Rick Springfield, comically riffing on Ms. Pac Man, we get celebrities in rehab! Except they aren’t exactly ce...
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TV's 10 Most Unrealistic Couples

January 22nd, 2008 10:14am EST
CSI
Reality is not always a factor when it comes to TV relationships. Actually, it usually isn't. Often, two characters that would never come together in real life are forced into a relationship for any number of reasons. It's not really a problem for most TV viewers because they understand that entertainment value will always trump reality.

That being said, there are some on-screen relationships that make perfect sense. Then there are the head scratchers. Below is a sampling of the latter. Please note, just because these relationships are unrealistic doesn't necessarily mean they ...
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Remember These Overused Catchphrases?

January 3rd, 2008 3:50pm EST
Diff
Ever cringe whenever a television character keeps on saying the same remark over and over again? A lot of fans can't help but associate certain TV characters based on their most popular catch phrase, and this isn't always a good thing.

From "Have mercy!" to "How you doin'?" we can't help but remember certain catch phrases because these characters have used them over and over… and over again.

A good chunk of the most overused catch phrases in television history have come from the popular 80s sitcom "Full House." Just mention this show and three phrases will come to mind: Uncle Jes...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 27

November 27th, 2007 3:00am EST
Michael Vartan
Family Matters' Urkel Jaleel White (1976), Melrose Place actress Brooke Langton (1970), Alias actor Michael Vartan (1968), actress and former pugilist's wife Robin Givens (1964), actor Fisher Stevens (1963), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia (1958), Bill Nye the Science Guy (1955), rock legend Jimi Hendrix (1942), country pop star Eddie Rabbitt (1941), and prolific actor and kung-fu master Bruce Lee (1940).
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 16

August 16th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Madonna
Happy Birthday to Franz Ferdinand bassist Robert Hardy (1980), singer Vanessa Carlton (1980), actor George Stults (1975), "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" star Steve Carell (1963), actor Timothy Hutton (1960), pop queen Madonna (1958), actress Angela Bassett (1958), "Titanic" director James Cameron (1954), singer/actress Kathie Lee Gifford (1953), "Family Matters" actor Reginald VelJohnson (1952), actress Lesley Ann Warren (1946), actress Julie Newmar (1933), singer Eydie Gorme (1931), football legend Frank Gifford (1930), actor Robert Culp (1930), actress Ann Blyth (1928), and British writer/soldi...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 27

November 27th, 2006 3:00am EST
Jimi Hendrix
Family Matters' Urkel Jaleel White (1976), Melrose Place actress Brooke Langton (1970), Alias actor Michael Vartan (1968), actress and former pugilist's wife Robin Givens (1964), actor Fisher Stevens (1963), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia (1958), Bill Nye the Science Guy (1955), rock legend Jimi Hendrix (1942), country pop star Eddie Rabbitt (1941), and prolific actor and kung-fu master Bruce Lee (1940).
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 16

August 16th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Madonna
Happy Birthday to Franz Ferdinand bassist Robert Hardy (1980), singer Vanessa Carlton (1980), actor George Stults (1975), "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" star Steve Carell (1963), actor Timothy Hutton (1960), pop queen Madonna (1958), actress Angela Bassett (1958), "Titanic" director James Cameron (1954), singer/actress Kathie Lee Gifford (1953), "Family Matters" actor Reginald VelJohnson (1952), actress Lesley Ann Warren (1946), actress Julie Newmar (1933), singer Eydie Gorme (1931), football legend Frank Gifford (1930), actor Robert Culp (1930), actress Ann Blyth (1928), and British writer/soldi...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 27

November 27th, 2005 3:00am EST
Jimi Hendrix
Family Matters' "Steve Urkel" actor Jaleel White (1976), Melrose Place actress Brooke Langton (1970), Alias actor Michael Vartan (1968), actress and former pugilist's wife Robin Givens (1964), actor Fisher Stevens (1963), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia (1958), Bill Nye the Science Guy (1955), rock legend Jimi Hendrix (1942), country pop star Eddie Rabbitt (1941), and prolific actor and kung-fu master Bruce Lee (1940).
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