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25 Best Sitcom Episodes of the Last 25 Years (part I)

14 January 2015 - 07:54 PM

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25 Best Sitcom Episodes of the Last 25 Years (part I)

The television sitcom underwent a renaissance in the mid-to-late 1980s, shocked back to life by the likes of Cheers, The Cosby Show, Murphy Brown, and Newhart. While those series worked within the multi-camera confines of ’70s success stories from MTM Enterprises and the Norman Lear factory, other, woolier programs found devoted cults (if not boffo ratings) pushing at the boundaries of what a sitcom was supposed to be: Square Pegs brought new-wave cool and aSaturday Night Live pedigree to stories of high-school blues. Police Squad! and Sledge Hammer! did over-the-top law-enforcement parodies that earned their exclamation points. On pay cable, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show gained sentience and knocked down the fourth wall. The upstart Fox Broadcasting Company gaveGarry Shandling’s Show a second life on the broadcast dial, furthering a commitment to boundary-pushing exemplified by the first primetime show ever aired on the network: The proudly crass multi-cam Married… With Children.

And then, at the dawn of the ’90s, Fox made its biggest play yet: A half-hour series starring animated bit players from The Tracey Ullman Show, a nuclear family the color of fallout-shelter signage. It’s an oversimplification to say The Simpsons changed everything about television comedy, but the first animated network sitcom in prime time since The Flintstones made a significant mark. The Simpsons were name-checked in a speech by then-President George H.W. Bush. Bart Simpson showed up on magazine covers, T-shirts, and the U.K. music charts. Fox scheduled season two of The Simpsons opposite The Cosby Show, TV’s number one series; in season three, it managed to best Cosby in the ratings. The show was a culmination of the sitcom’s 1980s revival and experimentation, run by people who’d taken part in all that activity.

To mark the 25th anniversary of “Bart The Genius”—The Simpsons’ debut as a weekly series—The A.V. Club has put together this list of the 25 best sitcom episodes to follow that momentous occasion. It’s a quarter century of honoring TV tradition while moving toward the genre’s future—with or without a live studio audience. Consider what follows a celebration of The Sitcom, A.D. (Anno D’oh, “In the year of our (annoyed grunt)”).

A quick word on how the list came together: TV Club reviewers and A.V. Clubstaffers were informally polled for their favorite sitcom episodes, with all eligible selections premiering on or after January 14, 1990. Those nominees were then whittled down to a shortlist of 30-plus episodes, from which each contributing writer made a ballot of four episodes—three chosen from the shortlist, plus one “wild card” pick from off the list. From there, the top vote-getters were ranked by senior A.V. Club staff; no single show could be represented by more than one episode. After much gnashing of teeth and debate about what constitutes a situation comedy—a narrative television series, primarily comedic in nature; live-action or animated, multi-cam as well as single-cam—we present the following countdown of the funniest, most incisive, sometimes poignant, always entertaining sitcom episodes of the last 25 years.

I don't normally post game of the year lists, but KillScreenDaily's is pretty good

24 December 2014 - 01:11 PM


(top 5 games with links to their write ups on #25 - #6)

Thoughtful writeups, and a disposition towards shorter more artsy games (which is what I prefer).

List of #25 - #2:




Libya’s recognized PM vows to liberate Tripoli

11 December 2014 - 07:56 PM

Libya’s recognized PM vows to liberate Tripoli

Libya’s recognized government will continue a military campaign to claim back and liberate the capital Tripoli, Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said on Wednesday.

“Our troops are moving towards Tripoli to liberate it,” Thinni told Al Arabiya News Channel.

He said his forces were advancing on Tripoli from the west and would also seize the main border crossing to Tunisia.

Libya is divided between two governments since a group called Libya Dawn seized Tripoli in August after a month-long battle with a rival group, setting up its own parliament and government.

Eh...a step in the right direction. Not to say it isn't still a mess though.

Darrien Hunt, killed by Utah police while cosplaying, appeared to flee during encounter...

26 November 2014 - 07:25 PM

Darrien Hunt, killed by Utah police while cosplaying, appeared to flee during encounter: New video released by the Utah County Attorney's Office shows Darrien Hunt, a 22-year-old black man, apparently running for his life moments before two white police officers shot and killed him.


Front paged on /r/politics. Nice work.

So wait, students in Thailand is protesting military rule by giving the Hunger Games sa...

20 November 2014 - 06:42 PM

Uh, cool? Or well, sort of lame but I respect that they're protesting at least.


The central figure in "The Hunger Games," the hit sci-fi series about an oppressed people's struggle against a totalitarian regime, is being evoked for real, now, in Thailand among university students expressing their opposition to that southeast Asian nation's military rulers.

Several students, from Bangkok to about 450 kilometers (280 miles) away to the northeast, have been detained in recent days after flashing the signature anti-establishment, three-fingered salute from"The Hunger Games."

By Thursday evening, all of those held had been released, according to lawyers. At that point, according to Human Rights Watch's Sunai Phasuk, about 100 police and military troops had congregated then at a busy cinema in the Thai capital where "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" was set to debut.