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'The Middle' Recap: Ambiguity Is Rampant On 'The Shirt'

10/8/2015 10:07am EDT
The Middle
Inconclusive endings can be a powerful tool in fiction. “The Middle” utilizes a lot of great fictional tools, though ambiguity is usually not one of them. “The Shirt” does not go out of its way to emphasize all the uncertainty that the Hecks are still grappling with by episode’s end, but it is definitely there. This show is great at detailing day-to-day life, and ambiguity is a part of that grind. This time is not just run-of-the-mill ambiguity, though. It may not be as overwhelmingly ambiguous as something like “No Country for Old Men” or the oeuvre of David Lynch, but it is powerful enoug...

'The Muppets': 'Bear Write Then Bear Left'

10/7/2015 9:23am EDT
The Muppets
The Muppets have never really been known for reinventing the wheel. The stories they tell and the genres they operate in are usually not complete originals. Instead, they take frameworks that have been set by human performers and re-formulate them with animalistic, monstrous, and occasionally humanoid puppets. This has resulted in plenty of unique spins. The third episode of “The Muppets” settles into a groove in which all three storylines feature common sitcom tropes. There is nothing especially new or surprising; in fact they are all fairly predictable. But they do get by on the Muppet ch...

'Rick And Morty' Finale: 'The Wedding Squanchers'

10/5/2015 8:45am EDT
'Rick And Morty' Season 2 Finale Recap: 'The Wedding Squanchers'
“Just nut up and die alone.” Rick Sanchez does not say this in the season 2 finale of “Rick and Morty,” nor does he say it in any other episode. Those words are spoken by another Dan Harmon protagonist – Jeff Winger, in the Season 3 “Community” episode “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts.” In Jeff’s case, his friend’s wedding is a joyous success, and a peek into his heart reveals that he does not really feel what he claims to believe. With Rick, however, his best friend is (presumably) killed at his own wedding, there is no indication of a true love hidden within his soul, and he ends u...

'Saturday Night Live' Premiere Recap: Is Third Time The Charm For Miley Cyrus?

10/4/2015 8:39am EDT
'Saturday Night Live' Season 41 Premiere Recap: Is Third Time Th
We are currently living in the Postmodern Miley Cyrus Age. A couple years ago we were in the Modern Era, with the public coming to grips over her burgeoning sexuality and appetite for controversy. Currently, her rebellion is accepted as a given, with her self-awareness tacitly acknowledged by most camps. Her rebellious streak remains, so now she is mostly rebelling against her own sensibilities. In this fashion she hosts the Season 41 premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” her third time. The new year is starting off relatively quietly, at one of its least transitional moments of the past few y...

'SNL' Dress Rehearsal Gems That Emerged From The Heap

10/3/2015 10:45am EDT
Inner White Girl
In anticipation of “Saturday Night Live” Season 41, we looked back at the best sketches of Season 40. But that list only covered the bits that actually made it into the episodes. There is always plenty of material that is cut after dress rehearsal, and in the past few years, the show has gotten into the habit of releasing some of the cut sketches online. Some of them have been so good that viewers have speculated that “SNL” has purposely been holding back on its best scenes for delayed gratification. Although, they could just be the victims of the peculiarities of live variety show scheduli...

Getting Ready For The 'SNL' Premier: 10 Great Sketches From Last Season

10/2/2015 12:02pm EDT
The Best Sketches Of 'Saturday Night Live' Season 40
“Saturday Night Live” fans take note: Season 41 premieres October 3. But in case you are worried that there will be nothing funny this season, we are taking the remainder of the hiatus to re-visit the best of last season. Read ahead for our choices of the 10 best sketches that made it to air in Season 40. Besides hilarity, the main criterion for each selection was idiosyncrasy.

10. Bambi
The Fast and Furious crew spruces up the latest Disney reboot. For an updated version to succeed, it needs to offer something that the original does not. A cigar-chomping, gun-toting Bambi fits that bill a...

'Review' Finale Recap: 'Conspiracy Theory'

10/2/2015 8:15am EDT
'Review' Season 2 Finale Recap: 'Conspiracy Theory'
Forrest MacNeil’s commitment to “Review” is predicated on the belief that he is doing good, essential work for humanity. The second season finale makes a decent case for this statement’s validity. Forrest has been dealt a terrible hand with his viewer’s suggestions so many times because they do not want to live so dangerously themselves. They need him to live on the edge. But in the course of dutifully obliging, his and his loved ones’ lives are destroyed. The value of the critical examination of life may exist, but the necessary sacrifice is undeniable. But do people really need to see For...

'The Middle' Recap: Sue Can't Poop In Front Of Taylor Swift, And Other Disasters

10/1/2015 10:05am EDT
The MIddle
The Heck kids have come a long way. Heading into Season 7, Axl, Sue, and Brick are all especially mature to the point that it is a legitimate question whether their stories can still be engaging. When journeys get to this plateau, it helps if the writing moves on to an atypical perspective. In doing so, it is awfully apparent that the rest of the world is not necessarily on the same level as the Hecks. A change of pace can be killer to a sitcom; “The Middle” shows that it ought to be invigorating.

Sue is surely capable of handling the demands of college, as she has persevered through a chi...

Find Out What's New On Netflix In October

9/30/2015 5:29pm EDT
What's New And Expiring On Netflix In October
Netflix originals have received several Emmy nominations over the past few years, and now Oscars are in the radar. “Beasts of No Nation” tells the story of a West African boy named Agu who is forced to join a group of mercenaries. Starring Idris Elba and directed by Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”), the film will start streaming October 16, and it will also receive a limited theatrical release the same day, making it eligible at the next Academy Awards.

The 16th looks to be Original Day for the month, with the new Anthony Jeselnik comedy special, “Thoughts and Prayers,” premiering and seas...

'The Muppets' Recap: 'Hostile Makeover'

9/30/2015 10:34am EDT
The Muppets
One of the biggest recurring problems in “Modern Family’s” later seasons is everyone’s increased hostility towards each other. This in and of itself is not necessarily an issue; what makes it so is how it clashes with the heartwarming voiceover at the end of each episode about the importance of family. “The Muppets” takes several cues from “MF,” including the frequent antagonism between friends and colleagues. It may be jarring to see characters as beloved as these so negative, but “The Muppets” pulls it off. While Kermit and company do manage to get the show going, they do not pretend that...