What “Friends” Would Survive “The Walking Dead?”

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We had so much fund deciding who from The Office would survive The Walking Dead that we decided to give it another go.

The beloved characters from our favorite 90’s show grew up in the same world we occupy. It was safe, a little spunky, and somewhat predictable. No one gave death a second thought, and certainly no one had to plan an evacuation route in case of some sort of apocalypse, namely a zombie apocalypse. But, in the case of Friends, how would the characters reacted to the threat of a zombie invasion such as in The Walking Dead? Read on to find out.

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ABC Thinks You’re Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!

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It’s just been reported that Tim Allen’s highly successful sitcom Last Man Standing has been cancelled, allegedly due to ABC not supporting the show’s conservative spin.

It’s no secret that funnyman and actor Tim Allen is a die-hard conservative. But never has it been reported that he’s shoved his views down people’s throats. (And really, I can’t find a person who dislikes him even in this liberal wasteland.) But he’s smart: he uses his beliefs to fuel his comedy acts and his sitcoms.

And it works.

Whatever side of the political aisle you’re on, you can’t deny that he’s a really, really funny guy.

Tim Allen has been a celebrity favorite of mine since childhood. I grew up watching Home Improvement and plan on showing all the DVD’s to my kids. Allen’s movies, though not necessarily Oscar-worthy, are delightfully entertaining, and just all-around fun escapes.

The issue here isn’t so much about censuring conservatives so much as it is allowing diversification. Honestly, I choose conservatism, but I still watch stand-up comedians like Louis C.K. and support liberal actors and filmmakers, and authors even though I vehemently disagree with what they stand for. Why? Because they’re funny, they’re talented, they do their jobs well.

And that’s what Tim Allen was doing. His beloved sitcom, Last Man Standing had solid ratings across the board, but apparently ABC decided they didn’t want their audiences swayed into a conservative mindset. Yup, you heard me: ABC thinks you’re stupid! ABC thinks you’re stupid enough to change you’re entire outlook on life and political beliefs based on a sitcom.

Let’s take politics out of it for a second here. What’s wrong with other views? What’s wrong with mixing things up? That’s what makes me mad. Hollywood is only allowing one side of things, when conservatives can be just as hilarious and talented as liberals.

Folks, we ALL have something to bring to the table. But Hollywood and television execs are keeping people – talented people – away because they didn’t give money to the Gay Pride movement or because they own a gun.

We’re no longer the melting pot. We’re becoming more the liberal sludge. Just watered down, rehashed, one-sided censored people. (If it were the other way around, I’d say we’re getting bored and tired of conservative entertainment.)

Unfortunately I can’t boycott ABC because I never watched it (I watch LMS on Netflix), but man, I hope their ratings suffer and they get a very clear message from WE THE PEOPLE that censoring is not okay by us.

The cancellation came as a shock for many fans considering the show’s high ratings. Deadline reports the sitcom was the network’s second-highest comedy this season and averaged 8.1 million viewers, just behind “Modern Family,” which averaged 8.7 million viewers this season and was recently renewed for two more seasons. It was also ABC’s third highest watched scripted series behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Modern Family.”

If Star Wars Invaded Our Galaxy…

I’m just gonna leave this right here for your enjoyment. Yes, click on the link. It’s worth it.

If Star Wars Invaded Our Galaxy…

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What was Dennis Nedry’s Password??!?!

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I’ve never really thought about it until I watched Jurassic Park recently, but seriously, what’s Dennis Nedry’s password? These guys came up with a few pretty funny guesses. CLICK HERE to see what they thought up. Personally, number 4 is my favorite, but HmmndSuck$! is pretty funny.

Top Five Guesses for Dennis Nedry’s Password.

Which Dunder Mifflin Employees Would Survive the Walking Dead?

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Being a huge fan of The Office and The Walking Dead, I not only found this hilarious, but totally believable. This article spells out what would happen to our beloved Office characters if they found themselves in a Walking Dead scenario. Some would survive (like Dwight, obviously), and many would come to untimely deaths (Meredith’s is pretty disturbing, but  completely believable).

Anyway, check this out. It’ll get you through the second half of hump day with a smile.

Click here to read the article. 

 

Who’s Your TV Daddy?

Alan Thicke’s passing leaves many of us reminiscing back to calmer, gentler evenings where the family gathered around the TV every night to watch the next installment of their favorite sitcom. And for many families that sitcom was Growing Pains. 

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I wasn’t as invested in the show as I was others, but I can still hear snapshots of Dr. Seaver yelling at his son for screwing up or trying to sooth over an argument with his wife. I remember I wanted his job because he never had to leave his house since his office was built in the guest room.

His passing got me thinking about other TV dads and how we all kind of have one or two that we believe act as our surrogates in some virtual way. For instance, Uncle Phil was definitely my surrogate uncle because I needed his discipline and loud yelling to get through to me and my stupid antics.

Tim Taylor from Home Improvement was definitely my TV dad. Probably because my own dad loves his tools and frames houses for a living. Unfortunately I identified with Jonathan Taylor Thomas’ dramatic arts-loving character, so I had a hard time identifying with my dad. It was just good to see it work in a TV world.

I think it’s kind of cool that we have these shows to look back on and adopt certain people as members of our virtual families. When Robin Williams died, I remember my best friend crying through a text message that he was the uncle he never had. We loved him, and yes we cried.

These actors leave an imprint on us. They’re magicians who breathe life into a character who otherwise would never have existed, and these characters live on well after the cameras shut off.

Who’s your TV dad? Danny Tanner? Mr. Cleaver? Homer?

Leave your answers below along with your favorite Growing Pains moment in honor of Mr. Thicke.

How I Met Your … Friends?

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So I’ve been watching How I Met Your Mother for the first time ever. I’m halfway through season 4, and I love the show. Where has it been all my life? Oh, just right there on my TV but I never bothered to give it a try until Netflix decided to be awesome.

I grew up on Friends, and other than The Fresh Prince, that was my go-to show. (I actually secretly call it The Ross and Chandler Show since I seriously cannot get enough of those two. I mean, Ross getting a spray-on tan – classic.)

maxresdefaultIn many ways the shows are identical. You’ve got the group of friends nearly divided equally between guys and girls. Two side characters get hitched. One of the guys is a playboy who can land any girl he wants (and does). And then you’ve got the main guy on each show (face it, everything revolves around Ross as much as it does Ted), who wants nothing more than to settle down, but just can’t seem to find the time or woman to do it with (which is ironic, because there’s really not many guys like that, so you’d think the girls would flock all over them). There’s Central Perk vs. MacLaren’s; New York/New York (see what I did there?); the guys can’t fight; it’s all about sex; always guaranteed a good time (see what I did there, too?).

The biggest difference I see in the two shows is that the storytelling strengths are there in How I Met Your Mother as the endless laugh-out-loud moments overflow from Friends.

So unless Mother tanks next season (which most shows do around season 5, except for Friends, which held a fairly level streak through all ten seasons), I’m going to be forced to decide which show is better.

That’s like having to choose vanilla or chocolate. Or an eggnog frappuccino or a gingerbread frappuccino (I don’t like hot drinks).

It’ll be like having to choose a favorite child.

So! I want to hear from you all. Am I in for a good time for the duration of Mother, or should I brace for a crash-landing like so many beloved sitcoms tend to succumb to?

It seems to me the writers must have had the ending in mind when they wrote the pilot. Something to do with a yellow umbrella? So do me a favor and let me know what I’m in for, whether that be in the form of hyping or warning.