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My name is Jeffrey Malone, and I like liking things. I view reality through the lens of pop culture. I can also be found at jmunney.wordpress.com, jeffmalonesdreamblog.wordpress.com, Twitter, and YouTube.

'New Girl' Recap: Bangsgiving

November 26th, 2014 9:15am EST
New Girl
The best sitcom episode concepts are ones that result in stories that seemingly write themselves. A few weeks after “Background Check,” the triumphant high point of Season 4, “New Girl” followed its own lead by keeping the majority of Thanksgiving in the loft (or “Bangsgiving,” as Schmidt insisted). The holidays and being confined to one space are classic situations that lead to people making significant revelations. And Schmidt’s plan to have everyone bring a date for someone else to dinner was a recipe for amplifying that formula many times over.

Schmidt may have wanted the matchmaker...
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'Bob's Burgers' Recap: 'Dawn Of The Peck'

November 24th, 2014 1:33pm EST
Bob's Burgers - Dawn Of The Peck
An episode like “Dawn of the Peck” makes it clear how fully formed the town of “Bob’s Burgers” is. It also serves as a reminder that this town remains unnamed. It is definitely somewhere in the Northeast, probably in the New York-New Jersey area, though even that is rarely mentioned. So considering the area of the country and the Thanksgiving timeliness, it was weird that just about everyone was wearing their typical garb of shorts and short sleeves. Though this town does have a connection to a real area, since it is a cartoon it also has a feel of existing outside of time and space.

T...
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'Mulaney' Recap: 'Patriot Acts'

November 24th, 2014 11:55am EST
Mulaney
About a month ago, “Mulaney” had its season episode order cut down from 16 to 13, and it has now switched time slots with “Bob’s Burgers,” which leaves it vulnerable to being pre-empted by football. Its ratings have been rather dire, so barring any miraculous turnaround or unusually kind treatment from Fox executives, this could very well be the one and only season of this sitcom. The show has been improving, so it remains worth watching, if only to witness an experiment of the work of several talented people not quite working out.

The show’s last half hour was the best so far, displayin...
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‘SNL’ Recap: Cameron Diaz/Mark Ronson And Bruno Mars

November 24th, 2014 8:20am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Season 40, Episode 7 Review: Cameron Diaz/
When people look back through the annals of “SNL,” this episode may go down as the one when the Season 40 cast fully discovered its confidence. But since episodes are usually cataloged by the guests, this one might be hard to identify, because the guests did not do anything spectacular. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars came in and performed a couple of songs, while host Cameron Diaz did not have any showcase performances. She gamely slotted in to whatever role she was needed in, but this episode was about the likes of Leslie Jones, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant, and Beck Bennett asserting themselve...
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'The Middle' Recap: Thanksgiving For Losers

November 20th, 2014 10:40am EST
The Middle - Thanksgiving VI
This may have been the most depressing episode of the “The Middle” ever. That is no small feat for a show that has made no effort to hide the Heck family’s penny-pinching reality and daily stresses. Usually each episode will end on an at least relatively positive note to leaven that reality. “Thanksgiving VI” was not depressing because it forewent that positive ending. It was there, but it felt more momentary than ever before. The root causes of the doldrums were still taking their toll.

The good news is that despite how thorough all the Hecks’ problems are, they probably are not part...
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'New Girl' Recap: Why Are You a Teacher?

November 19th, 2014 11:56am EST
New Girl
Those who can’t do, teach, and those who can’t teach, teach gym, and also health apparently. But “New Girl” will have none of the negativity of that aphorism! Coach was assured several times throughout “Teachers” that Health is the most important subject in school. There may have been a bit of exaggeration here, but the sentiment was sincere. Coach’s colleagues really did believe that the students needed someone to yell at them about chlamydia.

This episode was purposeful in its simple title. It was a rejoinder to the words of George Bernard Shaw, Woody Allen, and Jack Black, serving ...
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'Bob's Burgers': 'You Technically Are My Best Friend'

November 17th, 2014 8:42am EST
Bob's Burgers
What is a best friend? And how do you know when you have one? When it comes to romance, it is not unheard of for friends to point out to oblivious people how much they are obviously in love with someone. But when it comes to friends, people generally do not need to have it pointed out to them which of their acquaintances qualifies for the next level up. If you spend plenty of time with someone and enjoy doing so, then that person is clearly a friend.

However, for someone like Bob Belcher, who is not too introspective and who does not interact with too many people beyond his family and ...
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'Saturday Night Live': Hunger Games Cast Crash Woody's Monologue, Musical Guest Kendrick Lamar & More

November 16th, 2014 7:27am EST
SNL - Woody Harrelson
Season 40 of “Saturday Night Live” has been notably light on recurring material; this episode, with the exception of one sketch and one Weekend Update segment, was completely devoid of anything recurring. While it is nice to have a tendency towards original material, the best “SNL” seasons have always had a decent mix of new and repeating characters. It is time for the cast and writers to really figure out what they do best and focus on that. If the show was relying on the host to kick itself into gear in this way, then Woody Harrelson was never going to be the man for that job. Instead,...
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'The Middle' Recap: Fruitball Never Ends Well

November 13th, 2014 11:18am EST
The Middle
One aspect of “The Middle” and most great sitcoms that rarely gets enough praise is how well plotted, how well designed they are. The Heck house is notable for its clutter. This gives the writers and set designers a lot of objects to make comedy out of. If a large bowl of cereal and milk is placed onto the dining room table, then chances are later in the episode an important document will be dropped into it. Similarly, if one Heck is stressing over P.E. class and another Heck is stressing over a missing wallet, then the first is going to enlist the help of the other with tinickling just...
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'New Girl' Recap: 'Goldmine'

November 12th, 2014 8:55am EST
New Girl
After Winston’s shining moment in last week’s “Background Check,” did his good fortune continue by playing the Long Game with his neighbors? We’ll check back in on our boy Winston later in this review, but first, let’s cover the main storyline, in which Nick and Jess had to deal with the awkwardness of still living together after breaking up as it applied to new relationships.

At the end of this episode, Jess’s new love interest Ian insisted to her about Nick, “clearly he would do anything for you.” Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson have a natural chemistry with each other that has been p...
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