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The Best TV Finales Of 2014

December 27th, 2014 3:00pm EST
Image from Fargo
All things must end- a film, a book, a refreshing, low-calorie Diet Dr. Pepper- but TV's different. On TV, a story grows over months (years, even), letting you build up a real, regular connection with those onscreen.

Then, when the ending hits, it slams into you with the impact of all those devoted hours that came beforehand.

It just feels so final, you know? Maybe that's why they call it a "finale."

2014 had its share of massive finales- maybe nothing on the level of "Breaking Bad" last year, but solid enders nonetheless. Shows that capped off their seasons with ridiculous cliffhangers...
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TV's 10 Best Female Characters Of 2014

December 27th, 2014 11:43am EST
Television's 10 Best Female Characters Of 2014
No more simple sidekicks. No more dopey love interests with no purpose other than mooning over the smoldering leading man. Female characters have come a long way. From the anti-hero badasses who don’t mind destroying lives if it means getting their way to intelligent, compassionate women with ambition, 2014 was home to dozens of amazing female characters. These women push boundaries, more than hold their own against their male counterparts, and entertain audiences all over.

While it was tough to narrow down the barrage of awesome women to a short list, we have the 10 best female characters...
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2014: Television's Most Shocking Moments

December 26th, 2014 4:00pm EST
Television's Most Shocking Moments Of 2014
Television creators, writers, and producers are constantly attempting to grab headlines with shocking moments that outdo their previous seasons and outshine the competition. 2014 was no different, with dozens of jaw dropping and instantly unforgettable twists and turns. Here are the top moments that made us gasp, cry, cheer, and stayed with us long after our screens went dark. Beware there are tons of spoilers to be found within.

The Good Wife’s Shocking Departure

Alicia Florrick and Will Gardner were meant to be. Typically, a television series introduces a love interest and then takes ...
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'Parks And Recreation' Returns To NBC In January

December 3rd, 2014 10:16am EST
'Parks And Recreation' Returns To NBC In January - But There's A
Dammit Jerry!

The seventh and final season of Parks and Recreation will return on Tuesday, Jan. 13 with back-to-back episodes from 8-9 PM each week leading up to the hourlong series finale on Tuesday, Feb. 24 following The Voice.

“In an effort to give it the send-off it deserves, we wanted to ‘eventize’ the final season to maximize the impact of these episodes, which really do take the show to a new level," said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement. "The highly-anticipated one-hour finale will air behind ‘The Voice’ in order to lead the largest audience possible int...
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12 Female Television Characters We Can Relate To

August 30th, 2014 11:00am EDT
12 Female Television Characters We Can Relate To
It seems like we've turned a corner in the past year or so when it comes to female characters on television. There are not only more women in roles that are robust and meaty, but there are most diverse offerings, making characters that any person can relate to. In honor of television moving forward to create more and better roles for women, here are some of our favorite relatable female characters.

Peggy Olson, "Mad Men"

Peggy Olson wants to be a career woman and she won't let anyone stop her, despite her era's sexist views working against her. Starting out as a secretary at Sterling ...
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'Parks and Recreation': One in 8,000 (6x20)

April 22nd, 2014 4:59pm EDT
'Parks and Recreation': One in 8,000 (6x20)
The cuteness in this episode is overwhelming. In a good way. My goodness gracious. I'm under a time crunch - aren't I always? - so let's breeze through this.

Leslie and Ben go to the doctor and discover something exciting, but also terrifying - they're having triplets! They want to keep it a secret for now, but Andy already knows that Leslie is pregnant. He's horrible at keeping secrets, but he agrees to try his hardest. Leslie is told by the doctor that it is very important for her to avoid stress. Since she is in the middle of trying to raise money for the unity concert, this is proving ...
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12 TV Shows You Need To Binge Watch

March 21st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
House of Cards
When Netflix released House of Cards on February 14, many fans spent more time on Valentine's Day weekend with series character Frank Underwood than they did with their significant others.

If you've managed to get through all of House of Cards Season two episodes and are looking for something else to sink your teeth into, we've come up with a list of a dozen great shows that are worth a good binge. All of these shows are available on either Netflix, HBO Go or Amazon Instant Video.

Orange is the New Black

If you're coming fresh off of House of Cards, why not take a look at Netflix's o...
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'Parks and Recreation': New Slogan (6x16)

March 19th, 2014 1:13pm EDT
'Parks and Recreation': New Slogan (6x16)
I feel entirely apathetic about this episode. I know, that's not the most auspicious way to start one of these reviews, but it's true. I have no big problems, but also no big praise. Let's get going.

Ben revamps the Pawnee website, and the new site also includes a new vote, for a town slogan to commemorate the merger between Pawnee and Eagleton. When Leslie talks more about her new potential job in Chicago, she's disappointed to learn that she'll be doing more big picture stuff, and less hands-on, which is the part of Leslie's job that she's always really enjoyed. Leslie goes a bit crazy, ...
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'Parks and Recreation': Farmers Market (6x12)

January 28th, 2014 4:26pm EST
'Parks and Recreation': Farmers Market (6x12)
What a fun episode of Parks and Recreation! I was smiling through this whole thing. Some really lovely character moments and some excellent jokes made for one of my favorite episodes of the season.

So, Leslie and Ben visit the Farmers Market that Leslie helped set up, but then something strange happens: the chard salesman starts putting on a lewd show with dancing women and men in their underwear, and strobe lights, and the whole works. Leslie tells Ben to put a stop to it, but he says he can't do anything as city manager. Leslie keeps bothering him about it, but Ben creates a rule that th...
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'Parks And Recreation': New Beginnings (6x11)

January 23rd, 2014 10:59am EST
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Leslie gets her job back at the Parks department, but she's feeling unneeded, since everyone is doing so well without her. She tries to interfere with Tom's presentation, but after a while accepts that he can handle it on his own. Eventually, Ron points out that maybe it's okay that she's not needed, because she's on her way to bigger and better things, and now she can trust that everyone will be okay without her.

I enjoyed this plot for the same reason I've been enjoying Leslie's story line all season. She's settling back into an old routine, but it's clear that this is just a pit stop fo...
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Review: 'Parks And Recreation' 100th Episode 'Second Chunce'

January 10th, 2014 9:21am EST
Parks and Recreation
Happy 100th episode Parks and Recreation! This has been one of the most optimistic and hilarious sitcoms in a long while. Television has been better with it on the air. 100 episodes is quite the milestone, especially for a show that has often been on the brink of cancelation. Usually, the 100th episode of a show is the opportunity to go big, with guest stars, major revelations, and memorable moments.

“Second Chunce” didn’t feel like anything more than an average episode of Parks. Sure there were a few returning characters, including Jean Ralphio, Kristen Bell’s Ingrid, Shauna Malwae-Tweep,...
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'Parks and Recreation': Fluoride (6x08)

November 24th, 2013 8:12pm EST
Parks and Recreation
What a fun episode. It gave Tom a chance to shine, which was greatly appreciated after the fact that he lost his business in the last episode. Let's take a look at the different plots.

The main plot involved, as the title would suggest, fluoride. Leslie wants to put fluoride in the town's water supply, and she decides to pass through a bill about it before she's officially kicked out of office. However, Jamm once again tries to block her efforts. His reason behind this is because he's a dentist, and cavities are good for business. Fluoride would be beneficial for the health of the town, bu...
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'Parks and Recreation' Recap: Recall Vote (6x07)

November 18th, 2013 8:25pm EST
Parks and Recreation
This was a very un-Halloween-ish Halloween episode. In that sense, I found some elements of it to be a tad disappointing, because I wanted more of the jokes and the situation comedy to come from the fact that it's Halloween time. Regardless, there were great things about this episode.

Leslie and the rest of the group are planning a haunted house in the Parks department. However, while they are decorating, the recall election occurs, and Leslie learns that she has been officially voted out of office. This sends her into a spiral of depression. She gives up on life, basically, and it's up to...
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'Parks and Recreation' Review: Filibuster (6x06)

November 17th, 2013 11:58pm EST
Parks and Recreation
This was an enormously fun and clever episode. The premise was small and contained and allowed for a lot of creativity. Basically, Leslie is throwing Ben an early '90's themed birthday party at a roller rink. However, Councilman Jamm tries to pass a ruling that won't let Eagletonians vote in the recall elections, and Leslie can't let that happen. She needs those votes so she won't lose. In order to stop Jamm's ruling from going through, Leslie has to Filibuster. Ben and Chris stay to support Leslie in her endeavor. Meanwhile, at Ben's birthday party, the rest of our characters get into a va...
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'Parks And Recreation' Review: Episodes 'Filibuster' And 'Recall Vote'

November 15th, 2013 11:15am EST
Parks And Recreation
“Filibuster”

Of course, Leslie Knope would one day one up Wendy Davis. Sure Davis’s filibuster to protect women’s rights in Texas was incredibly brave and important. But could she do it on roller skates? Didn’t think so. That’s why fictional female political heroes like Leslie are so rewarding to watch.

“Filibuster” is the on the nose political commentary that the show doesn’t often approach. When Parks and Recreation ordinarily discusses politics, it’s usually on large political themes like the importance of community project and government corruption. But this episode verges on the ripp...
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'Parks and Recreation' Review: Gin It Up (6x05)

October 19th, 2013 6:56pm EDT
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I'm going to be brief. There were three plots going on this week, all of which had some cute moments.

Donna accidentally used the Parks Department twitter page to send a personal tweet, and the scandal gets blown out of proportion by those who want to recall Leslie. Donna says it was just a mistake, but Jamm and the other enemies of Leslie uncover Donna's private twitter account, wherein she is constantly complaining about Leslie (#bitchboss). Later, however, it seems that Donna is also talking about how great Leslie is and how she's kicking ass with this whole recall thing. Donna and Lesl...
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'Parks and Recreation' Recap: Doppelgangers (6x04)

October 14th, 2013 6:34pm EDT
Parks and Recreation
Cute episode! The basic premise was simple. As Pawnee and Eagleton merge, Leslie pairs up the Eagletonians with their counterparts from Pawnee in the government so that they can figure out each other's jobs and try to make things more efficient. Ultimately, this means half of the employees are superfluous.

Tom isn't paired with a person, but rather with a computer program that basically makes his job obsolete. He decides to pretend that it is a person - a racist, messy, incompetent person, at that. This basically ensures that he will keep his job, even though the program is much better at ...
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'Parks and Recreation' Review: Episode 'Doppelganger'

October 11th, 2013 9:26am EDT
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Even though Eagleton is done (or Dunn) I can’t help but still hate it. One of the best parts of Pawnee is that although the residents are crude, dumb, and unwilling to change, they’re part of the background. The band of merry idiots show up for town meetings and ignorant protests, then disappear while Leslie and her coworkers deal with the fallout. Although the characters are cartoonish and difficult to take, their brief presence makes them funny rather than an obnoxious burden on the show.

However, now that Pawnee and Eagleton have merged, so have their governments. And with their governm...
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2013 Fall TV Season: What Will Be The Second Cancellation?

October 8th, 2013 6:00pm EDT
Ironside
NBC- The Voice is still doing good numbers on Monday/Tuesday. The Blacklist is winning its timeslot, and was the first show (technically) to be rewarded with a back-nine pickup. Chicago Fire is also doing solid numbers on Tuesday. Revolution needs to regain some audience members if it wants a second season. With the success of The Blacklist, and Chicago Fire doing OK, Revolution is looking to be one of NBC’s weaker points right now. I can’t see it not running the full second season, but it might not get a third. Also, Ironside is definitely going to get cancelled. The premiere was so low, a...
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Parks and Recreation: The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip Off Classic (6x03)

October 6th, 2013 6:14pm EDT
Parks and Recreation
Yay! Eagleton! As much as Leslie Knope hates Eagleton, I love to watch her hating it. I think what makes the whole Eagleton thing so interesting to me is that it's Leslie's one exception. She's normally so wonderful and considerate to everyone, but when it comes to Eagleton, she has a blind hatred that's always amusing to watch.

So, Ben and Chris (cute bromance in this episode, by the way) go to help Eagleton out with their recent financial troubles. Leslie decides to tag along. They realize that Eagleton is in really bad shape because of all of their extravagant spending, such as paying f...
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'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip Off Classic' Review

October 4th, 2013 6:00pm EDT
Amy Poehler and Kristen Bell in Parks and Recreation
 

“…They are our neighbor and they sprained their ankle, and when your neighbor sprains his ankle you help him off the court.” –Leslie Knope

Even when that neighbor is the entire town of Eagleton, Indiana, Pawnee’s and Leslie Knope’s worst enemy. Pawnee and Eagleton’s intense and lengthy rivalry has been a magnificent source of comedic material for the show for the past five seasons. Every time we venture into the privileged and entitled town of Eagleton the writers come up with even more hilariously ridiculous examples of the town’s wealth and superiority. It is easy to understand why Le...
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'Parks And Recreation' Review: Episode 'The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip Off Classic'

October 4th, 2013 9:11am EDT
Parks and Recreation
The rivalry between Pawnee and Eagleton had been a major thread of the series. 200 years before, Eagleton succeeded from Pawnee, taking all their money and haughtiness with them. Eagleton is the sort of town that has Michael Buble on retainer for expensive functions that celebrate their own bankruptcy. Leslie, and the rest of Pawnee, hates their feuding town with a vengeance. It’s one of the only things they ever agree on. ( That and Lil’ Sebastian’s greatness, of course.)

The problem with these episodes is that is goes against everything Parks and Recreation is usually about. Leslie is a ...
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'Parks And Recreation': London (6x01/02)

September 29th, 2013 10:14pm EDT
Parks and Recreation
This opening episode of Parks and Recreation is a double one, so we get a nice long stretch of all our favorite characters. It's nice to see this show back - while it's not the most creative or innovative thing ever put on television, it always leaves a smile on my face.

Leslie is busy fighting against Pawnee's intentions to recall her. April had submitted Leslie's name in a contest for female politicians, and she won one of the five awards. The gang travels to London to accept it. While there, Leslie gets discouraged about how much the other politicians are loved by their hometowns. Durin...
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'Parks And Recreation' - 'London Part I & II' Review

September 27th, 2013 3:45pm EDT
Parks and Recreation
“Parks and Recreation” is back and we could not be happier, especially when the new season kicks off with such a fantastic episode. How is it that a series that can be so ridiculously funny and silly also have me tearing up by the closing credits? It still amazes me that the show manages to sustain such a perfect combination of comedy and real emotion without ever crossing the line into sappy or overwrought. The writers balance the two facets of the show exceptionally and “London Part I & II” are great examples of their skill. Starting out with the greatest wedding ever televised, real or f...
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'Parks And Recreation' Season 6 Premiere Review - Episode 'London'

September 27th, 2013 9:20am EDT
Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation has always been one of the leading causes of smiles on television. That sounds extremely cheesy but it’s absolutely true. The show’s underlying theme always connects in someway to love, happiness, and doing good for people. There’s no other show on television that has managed to be so full of wonderful people being amazing friends and commendable civic leaders without crossing the line into soapbox lesson of the week.

The sixth season one hour premiere only further proves my point. There are so many moments of pure happiness and love in addition to the tons of laughs i...
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2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On NBC

September 5th, 2013 3:15pm EDT
Chicago Fire
I documented NBC's woes last week. Other bloggers and critics have documented NBC's woes. The network's like a kid that's get picked on, and then the sweetest mother in the world tries to help that child fit in and feel included. There isn't the sweetest mother blogger. Anyone writing about NBC anywhere is piling on. I'm sort of excited for the day The CW beats NBC. It'll probably never happen.

CHICAGO FIRE returns on Tuesday, September 24 at 10PM

Treat Williams WILL return for season two. There's baby drama for Lauren German's character. Lauren German and Treat Williams are enough for me...
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5 Shows That Aren't As Popular As They Could Be Because Of Their Names

May 19th, 2013 10:05am EDT
New Girl
A title can make or break a TV show. When scrolling through the interactive guide, a TV viewer may stop at a show they've never seen because the title seems interesting. Likewise, a viewer may skip right over a show they would have loved, because the title doesn't hit their target market. Here's a list of five shows that are missing out on viewers because of their name.

Quick side tangent: let's hope this theory doesn't also apply to blog posts as well, because let's face it the title of this post is a little long winded.

"Cougar Town" - This is an obvious choice, and the show has accepte...
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NBC Reloads With New Fall 2013 Primetime TV Schedule

May 13th, 2013 10:07am EDT
Michael J. Fox Show
NBC released its fall schedule on Sunday, making some big moves as they announced some new comedies and dramas with veteran stars such as Michael J. Fox, James Spader and more – time slots were also changed for some returning and beloved favorites.  

Moving shows included "Chicago Fire," "Revolution," "Parks and Recreation," and "Parenthood," whose times were adjusted to make room for some brand new anticipated series.

New shows include the action thriller "The Blacklist" starring James Spader which is given the 10pm Monday night spot following "The Voice."

Michael J. Fox's make his retu...
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Patton Oswalt Pitches 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Plot During Cut 'Parks And Recreation' Filibuster Scene (Watch It)

April 18th, 2013 1:17pm EDT
Patton Oswalt filming Parks and Recreation
Patton Oswalt delivered a hilarious take on U.S. Senator Rand Paul's March filibuster for Thursday night's episode of Parks and Recreation -- but you won't see the scene on television.

Oswalt was asked by the show's producers to "ramble a bit about whatever subject he wanted" while filming a scene in which he takes the podium at a Pawnee City Council meeting in order to filibuster their vote.

The comedian took them up on their offer and went into an 8+ minute rant about what Disney, who acquired Lucasfilm late last year, should do for the plot of the next Star Wars movie.

Oswalt's rant i...
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'Parks & Recreation' Star Jim O'Heir Talks Comedy (And Some Serious Stuff, Too)

March 14th, 2013 11:45am EDT
Jim O'Heir
Everyone knows that one person who doesn't necessarily get a lot of attention, but who ends up being way more awesome than you thought they were. On Parks & Recreation, Jerry Gergich is that guy who's been in every episode, often finding himself in awkward situations or being teased by his colleagues. But hard-luck Jerry also has his victories, including a stable family life with three daughters and a gorgeous wife played by supermodel Christie Brinkley. And BFTV recently caught up with the man who plays him, Jim O'Heir, discovering that Jerry's alter-ego is pretty awesome.

"I'm a sitcom w...
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