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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,, Twitter, and YouTube.

Rarely Seen Relatives Pay A Visit On 'The Middle'

April 23rd, 2015 10:28am EDT
'The Middle' Season 6, Episode 21 Recap: 'Two of a Kind'
When rarely seen relatives come to visit – a time of great anticipation (stressful or hopeful) in real life, and the perfect way to establish backstory with guest characters on TV. With Dick van Dyke making his debut as Uncle Dutch, viewers of “The Middle” experienced that real anticipation. In the world of the show, his absence prior to this episode made it easy to demonstrate that he and Tag had been on the outs for years. Not to mention that Dick and Jerry van Dyke are brothers in real life, thus their portrayal as fictional brothers just made sense.

Typically in a long-simmering sit...

'Community': The Greendale Crew Focused On Everyone Liking Each Other

April 21st, 2015 3:59pm EDT
'Community' Season 6, Episode 7 Recap: 'Advanced Safety Features
Just one episode ago saw the Greendale crew at its nastiest. That conflict was not resolved so much as brushed aside. So it was quite the contrast to have the very next episode focused so strongly about everyone working to like each other. But maybe that need to be liked explained why everyone was so upset about the airing of the hurtful secrets. Or maybe everyone just learned a lesson about vulnerability really quickly. Either way, “Advanced Safety Features” showed these people more convinced than ever about the value of vulnerability.

Both the potentials and the pitfalls of opening ...

A New Conflict Emerges In 'The Middle'

April 16th, 2015 9:52am EDT
The Middle
Every once in a while, TV shows that are not heavily serialized will have episodes that seem like they came out of nowhere. A new conflict or new characteristic has suddenly emerged in The Middle, without any buildup or foreshadowing in previous episodes, but everyone on the show acts like this has been the new normal for some time. In that vein was “Food Courting,” in which each of the Heck children found themselves navigating a new role. For Axl and Sue, the suddenness of their situations made sense and were solid explorations of the signposts on the path to adulthood. Brick’s new pos...

'Community' Recap: Greendale Gets Hacked

April 15th, 2015 10:58am EDT
Community- Basic Email Security
“Community” does not usually take too much inspiration from real world headlines in the vein of a “Law & Order”-style procedural. It instead tends to ape and play around with pop culture. But recent hacking scandals have converged with media such that for “Community” it is right at home, almost a little too close to home. This is a show produced by Sony, the victim of one of the largest-scale hacks ever. A community college does not have the same reach as a worldwide media conglomerate, but it still has a significant virtual ecosystem that can be exploited, and so it was with Greendale....

'Saturday Night Live' Season 40, Episode 18: Taraji P. Henson/Mumford & Sons

April 12th, 2015 3:15pm EDT
Taraji P Henson on SNL
With her breakout role as Cookie on "Empire," Taraji P. Henson has been showcasing her commitment, confidence, and charisma to her biggest audience yet. These are the qualities that great "SNL" hosts are made of, and in her first appearance at Studio 8H, she had to show them off, both because she was given plenty of roles that required a strong presence and because many of the sketches were running low on premise and thus necessitated strong performances across the board.

Hillary Clinton (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – It has been a delight watching Kate McKinnon develop her Hillary Clinton impressi...

Axl And Sue Snipe At Each Other On 'The Middle'

April 9th, 2015 11:09am EDT
'The Middle' Season 6, Episode 19 Recap: 'Siblings And Sombreros
Sometimes when you learn a lesson, it takes a few reinforcements for it to fully take. Sitcoms thrive on regularity, so most of the time character development is either minimal or impermanent. But sometimes, what seems like forgetfulness or retconning is actually the gradual, patient work of becoming a better person. Sue and Axl have had some breakthrough moments this season, but the beginning of “Siblings and Sombreros” saw them sniping at each other as harshly as ever. But by episode’s end, they may just have reached a conclusive point of mutual respect. Sure, they will probably stil...

'New Girl': Jess Attempts To Pass Herself Off As A Golfer

April 8th, 2015 11:15am EDT
'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 20 Recap: 'Par 5'
The thirtysomething characters of “New Girl” have spent a lot of time thinking about who they really are. Sitcom plots often feature people pretending to be someone whom they are not. Thus, “Par 5” – featuring Jess, Winston, and Schmidt trying on different personae with varying levels of commitment – just made sense as an episode of the sitcom known as “New Girl.”

Jess attempted to pass herself as a golfer so as to network for the sake of asking a city bigwig for new computes for her school. With her club sailing about 50 feet into the fairway on her first swing, it was immediately appa...

This Week's 'Community' Jeff Focuses On His Classroom

April 8th, 2015 9:34am EDT
Community - Laws of Robotics and Party Rights
Jeff Winger has mostly accepted that he has a big heart, and he has made peace with the fact that he is at Greendale indefinitely. But there is a difference between accepting your station and actually doing the work of getting through that station. Jeff may have learned to open his heart up just a little bit during his time at school, but when it comes to work, he still prefers going to great lengths to take the easy way out. It would take something unusual to knock him out of this routine. A convict attending his Law class via telepresence robot proved to be just the right unexpected d...

'Saturday Night Live' Michael Keaton/Carly Rae Jepsen

April 5th, 2015 9:45am EDT
Michael Keaton Hosts 'SNL' For First Time In Over 20 Years - We
Michael Keaton’s innate charm was on full display during this past awards season. That was not as present in his third “SNL” hosting stint (and first in over 20 years). Instead, he reminded viewers of his dark side. While he never actually suited up as Batman or Beetlejuice during the episode, his roles did seem to be inspired by that portion of his career. The result was a surplus of oddly severe sketches, some of which were praiseworthy in their boldness, but others which were cringeworthy in their difficulty to watch.

Final Four Postgame – “SNL” was operating right down to the wire ...

Heck Brothers Attempt To Right Some Wrongs On 'The Middle'

April 2nd, 2015 10:33am EDT
The Middle
“No matter how you got there, your brother being nice to you is your brother being nice to you”

“Operation Infiltration” saw two older Heck brothers attempting to right their past wrongs perpetrated against a younger sibling, and even though things did not go exactly how they planned, everything worked out, in however unconventional a fashion. Sue may wish that Axl were nicer to her, but she has never pinned her value on his opinion. Similarly, Rusty has often faced Mike’s disappointment, but he is too odd and focused on doing his own thing to care what anyone else thinks. Mike and his ...