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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.

'The Middle' Recap: 'Film, Friends, And Fruit Pies'

2/11/2016 9:57am EST
'The Middle' Season 7, Episode 14 Recap: 'Film, Friends, And Fru
Sometimes, TV characters do their critics’ job for them. Frankie’s narration about the difficulties of a friend becoming a boss or a boss becoming a friend spells out the major theme of this episode of “The Middle.” More generally, “Film, Friends, and Fruit Pies” is about playing new roles in already established relationships. The particular relationships in flux here are relatively new, and therefore prone to being upended. That sounds like a bad thing, but it is the sort of destruction that can lead to rewarding rebuilding. That description may sound a little overdramatic, but emotionally...
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'New Girl': Megan Fox Joins The Loft As 'Reagan'

2/10/2016 10:02am EST
'New Girl' Season 5, Episode 6 Recap: Megan Fox Joins The Loft A
Jess Day sets the tone and often keeps the peace among her friends, so what happens when someone else just as influential steps in and changes everything? Megan Fox’s run on “New Girl” as Reagan may be temporary, but she immediately makes it clear what it would be like should Zooey Deschanel’s absence be permanent. The cowering reactions she inspires make her notorious reputation as a pharmaceutical rep frighteningly clear. She makes demands, and people acquiesce to them. Part of that may be because she is physically attractive, but the primary reason is because the energy she gives unequiv...
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'The Muppets' Recap: 'A Tail Of Two Piggies'

2/10/2016 9:47am EST
'The Muppets' Season 1, Episode 12 Recap: 'A Tail Of Two Piggies
A significant element of “The Muppets” Season 1 has been its social consciousness, perhaps best represented by Pepe’s “gender is fluid” comment. But that was an offhand line, and thus far, the show has not really confronted any cultural issues directly with storylines that have unmistakable messages. With “A Tail of Two Piggies,” this approach is now front and center, prompted by Miss Piggy’s red carpet wardrobe malfunction. The exact message of this episode is not exactly clear, but what is clear is its stance against prejudice of any kind, whether based on identity or personal style decis...
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'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Larry David And Musical Guest The 1975 (Video)

2/7/2016 8:27am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Season 41, Episode 12 Recap: Larry David A
If you want to enjoy life, it is best to keep complaining to a minimum. But if you want to put on a good comedy show, you’re going to want to have some complaints. That is why Larry David is an ideal “SNL” host, even though he is the type of guy who hates hosting anything. That tension of constantly being bothered by the things that he is best at is the stuff that dreams, and memorable television, are made of. The fact that he also looks and sounds exactly like one of the major presidential candidates is just a bonus.

A Message from Ted Cruz – The show kicks off with “SNL” showing perhap...
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'New Girl' Recap: 'Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt'

2/3/2016 11:38am EST
'New Girl' Season 5, Episode 5 Recap: 'Bob & Carol & Nick & Schm
With Nick’s cousin and wife in town, and Cece wedding dress shopping with Winston, the loft crew finds themselves evaluating their relationships as they move forward with major life developments. Nick contemplates fatherhood, of a sort, while Cece takes care of one of the maids of honor’s most important duties while the maid of honor is unavailable. This is not exactly how they imagined these situations happening, but they are not alone as they take them on. Everyone is in such a good place in their lives that no matter how weird things get, it is no big deal. Their missteps are inconsequen...
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'The Muppets' Recap: 'The Muppets' Reboot Starts Strong With 'Swine Song'

2/3/2016 9:39am EST
'The Muppets' Season 1, Episode 11 Recap: 'The Muppets' Reboot S
With a new showrunner in tow after its midseason break, “The Muppets” now comes with a soft reboot that is being baked into the narrative as well. The ratings and critical reception have been so-so; the same goes for “Up Late with Miss Piggy.” Network interference, necessary though it may sometimes be, usually has a foreboding reputation, and that is certainly the case here, as Utkarsh Ambudkar’s Pache (or “Pizza,” spelled just as it’s pronounced … even though it’s pronounced “POTCH-ay”) swoops in demanding buzzy, but creatively empty virality. With their feet at the coals of the bottom lin...
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'Fuller House,' 'Crouching Tiger' Sequel & More On Netflix In February

1/30/2016 8:43am EST
What's New & Expiring On Netflix In February
90’s kids rejoice: the Tanner Curse is alive and well! DJ is following in the footsteps of her father Danny, widowed with three kids and moving in with her friends and family, on the sequel series “Fuller House,” which FINALLY premieres on February 26.

If you’re a 90’s kid, that means you are also a 2000’s young adult, so the oeuvre of Judd Apatow may very well be a big deal to you. He will be making his Netflix debut on the 19th as the co-creator of “Love,” a rom-com starring “Community’s” Gillian Jacobs and co-creator Paul Rust.

Netflix continues its push into high-profile original movi...
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'New Girl' Recap: 'No Girl'... Now What?

1/27/2016 9:24am EST
'New Girl' Season 5, Episode 4 Recap: 'No Girl'... Now What?
Despite the singular noun in its title, “New Girl” is very much an ensemble show. But while Nick, Schmidt, Winston, and Cece have all managed to establish themselves individually and in the group dynamic, the titular Jessica Day has always set the tone. This may not just be a Zooey Deschanel star vehicle anymore, but it retains that DNA. Thus, her extended absence is a risky proposition, both textually and metatextually. Life on the loft must find a different way to be harmonious while the construction of a “New Girl” episode must find a new rhythm to be successful.

“No Girl” wastes no tim...
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'SNL' Host Ronda Rousey Fights Through Blizzard With Musical Guest Selena Gomez

1/24/2016 10:30am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Host Ronda Rousey Fights Through Bl
With a few exceptions, athletes tend to be rather limited in their usefulness on “SNL.” Just having the host play him or herself or some variation in every sketch can solve this problem. But Ronda Rousey and/or the writers concede this point and give her very little to do throughout the night. Thus, she does not really affect the overall quality of the episode one way or the other. There are a few great sketches, a few okay ones, and some recurring sketches that seem to be hiding their recurring status.

Trump Rally – With Sarah Palin’s typically loopy endorsement of the Donald dominating...
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'The Middle' Recap: Family Is Best Appreciated From A Distance

1/21/2016 10:06am EST
'The Middle' Season 7, Episode 13 Recap: Family Is Best Apprecia
Plenty of sitcom episodes climax cathartically with carefully laid out plans blowing up in people’s faces. “The Middle” is usually not that type of show. Not because the Hecks’ plans always end perfectly (they don’t, of course), but because the dissolution of their efforts tend to be more dispiriting than cathartic. Yes, there might be a lot of shouting and crying, but not in a way in which everyone is better off for letting it out. That is not to say they ought to keep it all bottled up, though. It is all to say that a new, emotionally vibrant flavor of “The Middle” has been achieved with ...
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