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The 10 Most Memorable Characters From Your Favorite ‘90s Teen Comedies

From crop tops to Disney remakes, ’90s nostalgia is everywhere right now. Perhaps the biggest pop culture trend of this beloved decade is the teen comedy flick. These films were a departure from the bubbly, rose-colored glasses John Hughes fare that defined the 1980s. Rather, the ’90s teen film genre was brimming with self-aware snarkiness. But underneath their slick cynicism, the characters still wanted the same things as any teen, past or present: acceptance, confidence, and maybe even a date for the prom.

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This genre was so popular that there are far too many movies to remember. But what cements the classics are its legendary characters. Some were cringey, some were funny, and others made us tremble in our platforms. Here are The 10 Most Memorable Characters From Your Favorite ‘90s Teen Comedies.

10 Courtney Shayne – Jawbreaker

There can’t be a more ’90s way to kill somebody than choking them to death with a jawbreaker. To Courtney Shayne (Rose McGowan), all’s fair in love and popularity. Killing her Molly Ringwald-esque frenemy may have been an accident, but remorse is, like, so over. The mean girl has always been a teen movie archetype, but few have actually taken a human life, making Courtney as noteworthy as she is deadly.

Jawbreaker is considered to be the Heathers for the flip phone generation. However, if film criticism is high school, no critic was letting Jawbreaker sit at their lunch table. The film was universally panned. But despite its negative reception, Jawbreaker would go on to become a cult classic, thanks in large part to Courtney Shayne. Deal with it.

9 Sidney Prescott – Scream Franchise

The final girl of the ’90s. What can’t Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) survive? She may look like a meek girl next door, but Sidney’s got some serious survival skills. One would think that after four movies, masked killers of the world would just give up and leave her in peace… or as much peace as one can achieve after all their loved ones have been butchered.

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Teens have been getting sliced and diced onscreen for decades, but Scream stands a severed head above the rest. It’s a witty, meta pastiche of the slasher genre, artfully mixing satire into its blood and guts. If there’s any character that deserves to be the face of this celebrated franchise, it’s Sidney Prescott.

8 Michelle Flaherty – American Pie franchise

The female characters of this franchise are about as deep as a tin foil pie plate. Really, their only function is to serve as Barbie-shaped trophies for the drooling teenage boys who objectify them. But then there’s Michelle Flaherty (Alyson Hannigan). As quirky as she is, Michelle is the closest American Pie character to resembling a real person. She’s comfortable in her own skin and proves that teen girls can be just as horny as their male classmates.

American Pie takes gross-out humor to gutter-low levels. There’s not a dessert, beverage, or sock that Jim (Jason Biggs) and his friends don’t defile. And yet there is no line more iconic or filthy than Michelle’s, “This one time at band camp…”

7 Patrick Verona – 10 Things I Hate About You

Heath Ledger’s death remains one of Hollywood’s greatest tragedies. There’s no disputing that the Joker is the role that defines his legacy. However, those who grew up in the ’90s will always remember him as Patrick Verona, the brooding loner in 10 Things I Hate About You.

This modern retelling of The Taming of the Shrew features a smorgasbord of ’90s teen celebrities including Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon Levitt. Everyone pulls their weight, but it’s Ledger who steals the show. There isn’t a scene in the film more memorable than Patrick singing his heart out on the bleachers. He woos Kat (Stiles) right along with the viewer.

6 Kathryn Merteuil – Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions may have been released as a steamy teen drama, but it’s more known as a camp comedy classic. It recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary and if there’s one character the audience remembers, it’s the wicked Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar).

An update of Dangerous Liaisons and Les Liaisons dangereusesCruel Intentions is a luxurious bubble bath of ’90s teen nastiness. We know we should be rooting for sweetie-pie Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon), but we can’t help cheer on Kathryn. She just has so much fun at being bad. Everyone she targets becomes a pawn and eventually a casualty. Her saliva-heavy kiss with Cecile Caldwell (Selma Blair) won an MTV Movie Award, the Oscars of the teen movie world.

5 Laney Boggs – She’s All That

Like many of its contemporaries, She’s All That is based on Pygmalion and My Fair Lady. But whereas films like 10 Things I Hate About You did its best to iron out the problems of its source material, She’s All That contains all the problems of the work it’s inspired from—just with a catchy soundtrack.

Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook) is the “updated” Eliza Doolittle, a quiet art student. She wears glasses, overalls, and sometimes—gasp!—her hair tied back. According to the loudmouth popular boys at school, this makes her ugly as dirt—though today she would pass for a garden-variety hipster. Meanwhile, the ’90s version of Henry Higgins high society is, no surprise, Freddie Prinze Jr.. He plays Zack Siler who is tasked with giving Laney a makeover. The film’s most famous scene is of the hottified Laney descending the stairs in slo-mo to romantic ballad “Kiss Me”. While we may love the 1990s, Laney’s transformation from unique individual to object of the male gaze reminds us of why the 21st century couldn’t get here fast enough.

4 Stifler – American Pie franchise

Stifler (Seann William Scott) was the bro-iest bro before the term even hit the pop culture lexicon. He’s creepy, crass, and obnoxious. So…why does the mere mention of his name never fail to bring a smile to our faces?

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While the dude may have more flaws than hairs on his head, he is completely, unequivocally himself. Our teen years tend to be fraught with identity crises, yet Stifler knows exactly who he is, which is a hard-partying womanizer with the emotional maturity of a toddler. His character would never be accepted today, which makes him a total staple of the ’90s.

3 David Wooderson – Dazed and Confused

Alright, alright, alright. Most of us flee high school before our graduation caps even touch the ground. Not David Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey). Even though he’s in his early twenties, Wooderson prides himself on being a fixture at end-of-year high school parties. It doesn’t get more pathetic than this, yet somehow Wooderson comes off as Dazed and Confused‘s coolest character. He’s completely at peace with himself. This may be a result of all that dope-smoking frying his neurotic brain cells, but we still admire his joie-de-vivre.

McConaughey stands out among this A-list cast that includes a young Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, and Milla Jovovich, and his performance as Wooderson helped solidify the slacker archetype of the early ’90s. He’s may not be worldly or sophisticated, but Wooderson reminds to always keep l-i-v-i-n.

2 Tracy Flick – Election

Teen movies have seen their share of villains, yet none more conniving than Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon). She’s a wolf in a folksy sweater vest, who will kill you with kindness and a homemade cupcake. Election turns the good clean fun of a high school presidential race into merciless blood sport and nobody’s hands are dirtier than Tracy Flick’s.

What’s truly brilliant about this character isn’t her relentless ambition; it’s the fact that she dares you to like her. Tracy commits some truly heinous acts, but that’s because she refuses to play a game that’s rigged against her. Unlike rival candidate Paul Metzler (Chris Klein), Tracy wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Not that she wants one. Tracy prefers silver knives, thank you very much. In a genre looked down upon for its flat characters, Tracy Flick is both well-rounded and sharp.

1 Cher Horowitz – Clueless

’90s cynicism? Whatever! When you’re a teen dream living in the lap of Beverly Hills luxury, what’s there to be cynical about? Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) lives in the now, and her now is decidedly ’90s. She’s based on the titular protagonist of Jane Austen’s Emma and both characters fancy themselves benevolent benefactresses to the lonely and unfashionable.

While we could all do with a dose of Cher’s positivity, the film is called Clueless for a reason. Cher truly doesn’t understand how frivolous and small her world really is. Her path to self discovery makes for one of the most profound character arcs of the entire genre. Cher learns that a person can have depth and still love shopping. Could we really rank her any place but #1? As if!

NEXT: 16 Best ’90s Teen Movies, Ranked


2019-07-13 03:07:34

Liz Hersey

Crazy Rich Asians Is Highest-Grossing Rom-Com This Decade (So Far)

Wildly successful romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians looks to be leader of the pack in box office receipts for the decade. It’s been roughly two months in theaters since its mid-August release, and the runaway hit adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book has handily outsold every other rom-com in the 2010s, and yet remains in theaters at time of this writing.

Crazy Rich Asians broke early ticket sales records from its premiere, dominating the box office for three straight weekends with no signs of slowing down. The film stars Constance Wu ( Fresh Off the Boat ) in the leading role, alongside veteran Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Star Trek: Discovery) and rising star Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8), among others. Directed by filmmaker Jon M. Chu, Crazy Rich Asians’ immediate success followed positive early buzz, making its opening weekend the biggest rom-com opening since 2015’s Trainwreck.

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That early attention simply did not waver, and the film has seen eight solid weekends of consistent sales thus far, placing in top 10 tickets sold in the first weekend of October. That momentum has seemingly secured its legacy, and, according to Box Office Mojo (via Screen Crush), Crazy Rich Asians as the sixth-highest grossing romantic-comedy of all-time at the domestic box office, with over $169 million in sales, which also makes it the highest grossing rom-com of the decade.

This news makes reports of the imminent sequel, which arrived a mere week after opening weekend, seem particularly wise on the part of Warner Bros. Titled China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel is based on the follow-up novel of the same name, and will push the story presented in the original forward. Limited information about the sequel is available at present – and there’s considerable speculation as to plot details when weighing the changes made in the Crazy Rich Asians adaptation – but the director and writers are expected to return.

Aside from its profitable reign in theaters, Crazy Rich Asians was notable as the first Hollywood studio film with primarily Asian-American leads since 1993’s award-winning The Joy Luck Club. News of the sequel aside, this distinction may have spearheaded a new trend, and Warner Bros./New Line’s recently-acquired Singles Day may represent increased trust being placed in Asian-American actors and actresses to draw audiences to theaters.

For now, Crazy Rich Asians continues its run in theaters across the country, and a mere $7 million more will see it crack the top five romantic comedies and outsell 1998’s There’s Something About Mary.

Update: Corrected the filmography of Constance Wu.

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Source: Box Office Mojo



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2018-10-10 06:10:50 – Leo Faierman

Star Wars Rumor: Taika Waititi & Bryce Dallas Howard Star in Mandalorian

Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard may pull double duty with The Mandalorian, as they’re both now rumored to have roles in the series. Disney is investing heavily in their upcoming streaming service. It will include new movies, original Marvel TV series, and even the first ever live-action Star Wars show. The latter will be written and produced by Jon Favreau, but he doesn’t appear to be directing. It’s confirmed that the series will be called The Mandalorian, and fans recently got a look at what the main character looks like, just not who’s under the mask.

While there has been casting rumors pointing to Pedro Pascal possibly headlining the series, the official announcements have, instead, focused on who will be behind the camera. Lucasfilm already announced an impressive list of directors for The Mandalorian, which includes Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, Waititi, and Howard – but directing may not be the only thing the latter two are doing.

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According to a new rumor from Discussing Film, Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard may also have acting roles in The Mandalorian. This is just a rumor for the time being and should be taken with a heavy pinch of salt. If this report is accurate, Waititi will be providing the voice of a droid in The Mandalorian, while there’s no potential details on who Howard could play. Neither will be leading roles, but instead minor ones if this is confirmed.

Waititi may be best known now as the director of Thor: Ragnarok after impressive indie comedies What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, but he’s also spent time as an actor. He’s starred in or at least been featured in almost everything he’s directed, and a voice role is nothing new either. He did the voice for Ragnarok‘s scene-stealing Kronan, named Korg. It’s easy to imagine the sound of Waititi’s voice coming from a droid, whether it’s capable of speaking fluently or just using beeps and noises.

Howard is an accomplished actress, having recently taken a leading role in the last two Jurassic World movies. Her history as an actress makes it particularly believable that she would also take a supporting role in The Mandalorian, while also directing an episode. Since there aren’t any character details for her potential part yet, there really isn’t any telling what type of character she could play, if she plays one at all. Regardless, the possibility of including Waititi and Howard in The Mandalorian‘s cast is exciting nonetheless, so, hopefully, this can be confirmed (or debunked) soon.

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The Mandalorian is now filming and expected to launch on Disney’s streaming service in 2019.

Source: Discussing Film



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2018-10-08 08:10:39 – Cooper Hood

15 Sitcoms That Became Massive Hits (And 15 That Completely Flopped)

There are many forms of entertainment, but television is one of the most popular. Watching TV has been a popular pastime ever since the television was created in 1927. Programs can often bring families together or can even give people an escape from reality while they binge-watch their new favorite show. People used to have to pay for cable to watch their favorite shows, but now, watching TV is easier than ever with the mass amount of streaming services that have become available, such as Hulu and Netflix.

Some of the best shows are even exclusive to streaming services such as these. Even YouTube has expanded to include TV shows that come in a variety of genres. Needless to say, there is now a seemingly endless amount of programming that will entertain anybody and everybody.

Much like movies, there are a wide variety of TV shows and genres to pick from. TV networks seem to come out with a variety of different shows each year including sitcoms. While a network might release a few different sitcoms each year, a lot of them seem to flop and be forever forgotten by viewers. Other sitcoms stick around for several years resulting in many seasons worth of laughs.

Some of these shows have stuck around longer than they probably should have, but others were so terrible that they were canceled after only one season.

 Here are the 15 Sitcoms That Became Massive Hits (And 15 That Completely Flopped). 

30 Massive Hit: The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory may have not launched any of the main actors acting careers, but the show certainly boosted them into the spotlight. The Big Bang Theory came on the air in 2007 thanks to creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. The show centers around a group of geeky and socially awkward friends who hang out with a waitress named Penny.

The show has become incredibly popular during its twelve seasons on the air, with many celebrities making cameos on the show.

The Big Bang Theory became so popular that it even received a spinoff about a young Sheldon Cooper.

29 Flopped: Caveman

The Cavemen were a popular marketing image used by the auto insurance company GEICO starting in 2004. While people don’t see a lot of the Cavemen anymore, they used to be incredibly popular. ABC thought they were so popular that they should launch a sitcom featuring the GEICO Cavemen.

The show was a massive failure with viewers and critics and was therefore canceled after one season. Thirteen episodes were created for the first season; however, only six of them aired in the U.S. Caveman was such a flop that it didn’t even get a DVD release to try and make some money back. 

28 Massive Hit: Friends

Friends was a massive win for NBC and ran for ten years from 1994 to 2004. The show just follows the lives of six friends living in Manhattan, but many people loved the idea of the show.

Friends was, and still is, adored by fans and critics. The show even landed the #24 spot on the Writers Guild of America West’s 101 Best Written TV Series. The sitcom did a lot for all of the actors involved in the series, but is often considered a turning point for Jennifer Aniston’s career. 

27 Flopped: Ferris Bueller

John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starring Matthew Broderick was a hit back in 1986. Fans still love the movie to this day and even launched a “Ferris Fest” in Chicago to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie. While the film was successful, the TV series was not.

The show titled Ferris Bueller followed Ferris and his friends’ everyday life at high school. What made the first movie fun was that Ferris wasn’t in school, but NBC apparently didn’t get that since they picked up the series in the ‘90s. The show didn’t bring back any of the original cast members and ended after one season. 

26 Massive Hit: That ‘70s Show

When That ‘70s Show first came on the air, there was no guarantee that the show would succeed. The show starred primarily new young actors, with little to no acting experience. That ‘70s Show was even the very first acting job for Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, and Laura Prepon. Thankfully, the risk paid off for Fox and became a massive hit.

The series lasted for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006. Besides, Kutcher, Grace, and Prepon, the show also starred Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, and Wilmer Valderrama. The cast did a phenomenal job for a total of 200 episodes, and then went on to have even more enriching careers in Hollywood. 

25 Flopped: That ‘80s Show

While That ‘70s Show was a massive hit, the success could not be repeated for That ‘80s Show. Even when Fox was still broadcasting new episodes of That ‘70s Show, they created a show about the ‘80s in 2002.

The show isn’t a direct sequel to the first show and the only way it connects to That ‘70s Show is that the main character, Corey Howard, is supposed to be Eric Forman’s cousin.

The show was created because of the popularity of That ‘70s Show, but people just weren’t interested in another show about a different decade. 

24 Massive Hit: The Office

The original The Office debuted on the BBC in 2001 and only stuck around for two seasons and a Christmas special. The concept for the show, however, was adapted eight different times for countries across the world.

One of the more popular versions of The Office came in 2005. The show starred Steve Carell as Michael Scott and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert. These two men have probably had the biggest career after the show ended, but the entire cast made a memorable group of characters that kept fans laughing for nine seasons. 

23 Flopped: George

George Foreman may be known for his impressive boxing career or even the famous George Foreman Grill, but he also got his own TV show in the ‘90s. The show ran for ten episodes, only nine of which actually ended up on the air. The show starred Foreman as a retired boxer who took care of troubled kids after school.

While Foreman’s show may have flopped, there is no doubt denying he was an impressive boxer especially since he won a gold medal in the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics. 

22 Massive Hit: How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother was a romantic comedy that aired on CBS from 2005 to 2014. The show centered around Ted Mosby, who would narrate the adventures that led up to him meeting his wife.

Apart from Ted, played by Josh Radnor, the series had several other memorable characters played by Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan. While the majority of the series was met with critical acclaim, the final two seasons are often criticized for the way it wrapped up the show. A spinoff titled How I Met Your Dad or How I Met Your Father have been in development before, but the spinoff has had some trouble taking off. 

21 Flopped: 1600 Penn

NBC has had some hits over the years, but 1600 Penn was not one of them. The series was about a dysfunctional family who lived in the White House with their father.

Bill Pullman played the President of the United States starring alongside with Josh Gad, Jenna Elfman, and Martha MacIsaac. The show ultimately didn’t do well with critics who slammed the show for having too many sitcom stereotypes and being a failed parody attempt of The West Wing. The show was canceled after one season and people aren’t really begging NBC to bring it back. 

20 Massive Hit: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

There has always been an abundance of cop dramas on TV, but not as many cop sitcoms. Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars the singer of the comedy band The Lonely Island Andy Samberg, as well as Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, and Stephanie Beatriz.

In May, Fox decided to cancel the show, but the very next day, NBC picked it up and renewed it for a sixth season.

So far, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has won two Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and has been nominated for several other awards.

19 Flopped: Dads

The show Dads was created by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and premiered on Fox in 2013. Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi starred as two video game developers whose fathers move in with them. Not only was the show canceled after only one season, but it also got ripped apart by critics.

The series became known for depending on offensive gags to get laughs and having an array of unlikable characters. Along with Green and Ribisi, Brenda Song and Vanessa Lachey had recurring roles on the show.

18 Massive Hit: Modern Family

Modern Family is about three different families living in Los Angeles. Much like The Office, Modern Family was created as a mockumentary type sitcom. The series was created in 2009 and is still running on ABC. The show has won an impressive 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, which is partly because of the incredible cast.

Actors such as Ed O’Neil, Sofía Vergara, Ty Burrell, and Eric Stonestreet are some of the many talented people in the cast. While the series has been a massive hit so far, there are rumors that the show could be ending after season 10. 

17 Flopped: My Big Fat Greek Life

It isn’t every day that a romantic comedy will spawn its own TV show, but it certainly happens. My Big Fat Greek Wedding came out in 2002 and starred Nia Vardalos and John Corbett.

The movie revolved around the struggles that Vardalos’ character Toula had by marrying someone who wasn’t Greek. The TV series took place after the first film and starred Vardalos, but Corbett did not return. At first, the series had incredible ratings, but by the second episode, people had started to tune out, which led to CBS canceling the show. 

16 Massive Hit: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was created by Rob McElhenney in 2005 and is currently still running on FXX. The comedy is about five friends who run an Irish Bar in Philadelphia. McElhenney stars in the show alongside fellow comedians Charlie Day, Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson, and Glenn Howerton. The show began with low ratings, which is why FX forced the show to add a big name actor.

Devito was added to the cast and they haven’t looked back since. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has received critical acclaim since the beginning, and now thirteen seasons later, it has become one of the longest-running live action comedies ever. 

15 Flopped: Joey

Many fans were disappointed to see Friends go off the air in 2004. While most of the cast moved on to other acting roles, one friend stuck around to try and get more laughs for NBC.

After Friends ended, Matt LeBlanc played Joey Tribbiani in the spinoff show titled Joey.

The show saw Joey move on with his life and try to make it big in Hollywood as an actor. The show couldn’t live up to the success that NBC saw with the first series and it was ultimately canceled after two seasons. 

14 Massive Hit: Arrested Development 

Arrested Development has been bringing on the laughs ever since the first episode aired in 2003. The show originally ran for three seasons on Fox but was then later picked up by Netflix. Netflix released season four in 2013 and the first half of season five this year.

The show truly has an ensemble cast, including actors Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, and Will Arnett. Tony Hale and David Cross also have the fan-favorite roles of Buster Bluth and Tobias Fünke. The entire series can be found on Netflix. 

13 Flopped: Bad Judge

While shows like Judge Judy or The People’s Court may be hilarious already, NBC set out to make an actual sitcom about a judge in 2014.

Kate Walsh stars as Judge Rebecca Wright, who works at the Los Angeles County Circuit Court by day, but is a party animal by night. NBC canceled the show before the season had even gotten halfway through, although the rest of the series came on the air as planned. Most people gave the show negative reviews, mainly criticizing Walsh’s performance and the fact that the show just wasn’t funny. 

12 Massive Hit: Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation, or simply Parks and Rec., was a massive hit for a couple different reasons. Not only was the show a sitcom, but it doubled as political satire and a mockumentary.

The show ran for a total of seven seasons, but for many people, that wasn’t enough. Parks and Rec. had an incredible cast and memorable characters that only got more hilarious as the series continued. This show most notably included Chris Pratt who has recently blown up in Hollywood, starring in many massive summer blockbusters. 

11 Flopped: Mulaney

John Mulaney is no doubt a funny guy. He is a stand-up comedian and even wrote on Saturday Night Live; however, the sitcom he created in 2014 couldn’t grab people’s attention. The show starred Mulaney himself as a comedian in New York. However, people were concerned about the show before it even came on the air.

The show had an obvious resemblance to Seinfeld and concerns were solidified when the show premiered. With Mulaney doing poorly with critics and with not a lot of people tuning in, the show was canceled after only one season.

10 Massive Hit: Community

Community’s premise centers on Jeff Winger, who is a lawyer who lied about having a bachelor’s degree and is forced to attend a community college. Community lasted for six seasons, five of which aired on NBC and the last on Yahoo! Screen.

The show became a massive hit not just because of the impressive writing team, but because of its cast.

Veteran comedian Chevy Chase stars in the show alongside actors like Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, and Donald Glover. The show also succeeded by parodying several television and movie clichés. 

9 Flopped: Rob

Some actors have a certain time in the spotlight before they fall out of it completely. Fans have seen this happen with Adam Sandler, despite his attempt to stay relevant, and also with his friend and co-worker Rob Schneider.

Schneider attempted to make a sitcom back in 2012 simply titled Rob and CBS actually picked it up. The show focused on Rob, a former bachelor who works as a landscape architect with OCD and who recently got married. Rob was canceled after eight episodes once the show was flooded with horrible reviews pointing out the show’s use of Mexican stereotypes and the weak supporting cast. 

8 Massive Hit: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Before Will Smith was a massive Hollywood star, he starred in a show on NBC called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show was a huge hit and spawned a total of six seasons and 148 episodes. Will Smith starred as a fictionalized version of himself who goes to live with his Aunt and Uncle in Bel-Air after he gets into one little fight and his mom gets scared. We all know how the rest of the story goes.

Besides Smith, the show is known for the talented cast members, the unique story, and the wide range of celebrity cameos.

7 Flopped: AfterMASH

After the show M*A*S*H ended, CBS came out with AfterMASH. Adequately titled, AfterMASH centered around Colonel Potter, Sergeant Klinger, and Father Mulch who end up in a veteran’s hospital after the Korean War ended.

While M*A*S*H did quite well for the eleven seasons it was on the air, AfterMASH only lasted two seasons before getting canceled. AfterMASH just couldn’t capture what made the first show great, but that didn’t stop CBS from trying again. The TV network would try again in 1984 with WALTER, but thankfully that show didn’t even get picked up. 

6 Massive Hit: The Middle

The Middle was just an average show about a lower middle-class family, yet it still became a massive hit. The series was created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, who previously worked on shows like Roseanne and Murphy Brown.

The show was praised for accurately capturing the lives of a middle-class family while still delivering a hilarious story and unique characters. The Middle lasted for nine seasons before going off the air this year. While the show might be over, a spinoff revolving around Eden Sher’s character Sue Heck is currently in the works. 

5 Flopped: Angel From Hell

Those who don’t remember the sitcom Angel From Hell will be forgiven since the show wasn’t really anything to write home about. In the show Angel From Hell, Jane Lynch stars as a guardian angel for a girl named Allison, who was played by Maggie Lawson.

The show came after Lynch starred in the massively popular Glee, yet Angel From Hell didn’t get as big of a fan base.

The show was canceled by CBS after only five episodes at the beginning of 2016. While CBS didn’t initially air the remaining eight episodes, the rest of the season was released starting in July 2016. 

4 Massive Hit: Two and a Half Men

Even though Two and a Half Men often got mixed reviews, it was still a massive hit for CBS. The show ran for twelve seasons before going off the air, but the show started with Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen, and a young Angus T. Jones.

There was a lot of drama surrounding the show, especially after Sheen’s crazed antics, but the show continued never the less. After a feud with show co-creator Chuck Lorre, Sheen was replaced on the show with Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher stayed on for the rest of the series until the show ended in 2015. 

3 Flopped: I Hate My Teenage Daughter

Another one of Fox’s TV shows that flopped was called I Hate My Teenage Daughter. The show was about a pair of moms, played by Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran, who began to notice that their daughters were turning into the kind of teenagers who had bullied them in high school.

The show began its thirteen episode run in November 2011 and ended it in May 2012. After Fox decided to cancel the show, the remaining six episodes were never released in the U.S., but based on viewership, nobody was really watching anyway.

2 Massive Hit: Seinfeld

Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the show Seinfeld began in 1989 and lasted for nine seasons. The show was about a fictionalized version of Jerry Seinfeld who lived in New York and spent time with his friends. The show is often called one of the greatest sitcoms ever made and even landed the #2 spot on the Writers Guild of America West’s 101 Best Written TV Series.

Many shows have since tried to copy Seinfeld’s success, but none have been as original as this NBC hit. 

1 Flopped: My Mother the Car

As strange as it sounds, My Mother the Car was an actual sitcom back in the ‘60s. The show follows David Crabtree, who purchases a car that happens to be a reincarnation of his mother who passed away.

The show aired on NBC and starred Dick Van Dyke’s little brother Jerry, but even the Van Dyke gene couldn’t save the show. My Mother the Car was as strange as it was horrible, and not very many people cared for the show. NBC decided to cancel the program after just one season. 

Are there any other sitcoms that should have made the list? Sound off in the comments!



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2018-10-07 04:10:06 – Christopher Fiduccia

20 Forgettable ’90s Comedies Only True Fans Remember

Widely considered a wonderful decade for the movie industry, during the ‘90s movie theaters were raking in money hand over fist. On top of how incredibly profitable the movie industry was at the time, many high-quality films came out during the ‘90s that the masses became smitten with. As a result, there are loads of memorable films that came out in that period.

The ’90s were also a decade in which many film directors from outside the system became famous, figures like Kevin Smith, Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, and Spike Lee all became important. Considering so many stellar filmmakers worked to make hit films during those years, it should come as no surprise that many quality films were released that sadly flew under the radar. In fact, there are far too many movies from the decade that are championed by very few people but deserve more attention than that. With that in mind, it is time to look at those forgotten comedies of the ’90s.

In order for a movie to be considered for possible inclusion on this list, it first and foremost needs to be a live-action film that was designed to make the audience laugh. For the purposes of this list, it makes no difference what style of comedy a film opts for, so you could find spoofs, dark, or family-friendly comedies included here. On top of that, the movie has to be one that only the biggest film fans will remember, so you won’t find anything like Home Alone or Groundhog Day included here.

Here are 20 Forgettable ’90s Comedies Only True Fans Remember.

20 Blankman

Seemingly inspired by Batman as played by Adam West, Blankman starred a pair of actors that became famous after they were a huge part of the popular sketch comedy show In Living Color. Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier play brothers who are devastated by the passing of their mother. One of them decides to be a superhero and drags his sibling into that world with him.

Not even able making 8 million dollars at the box office, if Wayans and Grier hoped Blankman would take their careers up a notch, they were disappointed. The movie’s main character, played by Wayans, was downright cartoonish and he failed to connect with almost anyone.

19 Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

Friends star Lisa Kudrow hit the big screen in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. The film is focused on a pair of pals whose lives have are not what they’d hoped for when they are invited to their high school reunion.

In an attempt to impress their former classmates, Romy and Michele hatch a scheme to pretend that they are living a much more glamorous lifestyle.

Despite an attempt to bring this film back in the spotlight by creating a TV movie prequel in 2005, it has mostly been forgotten outside of its cult following.

18 National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1

National Lampoon was once an extremely strong brand, but the name has recently been plastered on a series of cheaply made and poorly received comedies that skipped theaters and flew under the radar. However, when National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 was released in 1993, the brand had only been featured in 6 previous films, including Animal House and the first three Vacation films.

Unfortunately for Loaded Weapon 1, which is a much better spoof than people give it credit for, that legacy was far too much to live up to. Wilting under thw pressure, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 came and went without much fanfare.

17 Mystery Men

Featuring a cast that is largely made up of respected character actors, Mystery Men starred Ben Stiller and a slew of less famous people like William H. Macy, Janeane Garofalo, Hank Azaria, and Paul Reubens. Coming together to form a superhero team to take on a supervillain, they play characters with laughable abilities like hitting people with a shovel, throwing silverware, and being invisible only when nobody is looking.

It’s an underrated movie in a lot of ways.

In fact, the video for a song from Mystery Men, Smash Mouth’s “All Star”, is better remembered than the film itself.

16 Election

In some ways the movie that epitomizes this list, if you are shocked to find Election included here then you likely run in movie buff circles where it is held as an absolute classic. However, no matter how many lists like Entertainment Weekly’s “50 Best High School Movies” it lands on, the fact remains that the movie fell far short of making its $25 million budget back.

That said, it is extremely sad that for the most part only passionate movie fans know how genius this film truly is. If only quality filmmaking had a lot more influence over a movie’s legacy with mainstream audiences.

15 The Big Hit

A perfect example of just how misleading movie trailers can be, based on advertisements The Big Hit seemed to be an action-packed movie about a group of professional hitmen. While all of that is true to a certain degree, it is an entirely incomplete picture since the movie is downright absurd in parts and clearly was designed to elicit laughs.

Mark Wahlberg stars as a hitman who can’t stand the idea of people disliking him.

Virtually everyone in his life uses that to take advantage of him at every turn. Also starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Christina Applegate, the movie features some laugh-out-loud moments, but its poor advertising campaign led to its inability to find a lasting audience.

14 Death Becomes Her

When you look at the people involved in the movie Death Becomes Her, it is simply astounding that the movie wasn’t a huge deal upon its release. Directed by Hollywood heavyweight Robert Zemeckis, it starred the acting legends Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep, and Isabella Rossellini.

The film follows a pair of rivals who are granted eternal youth, but are angry enough that they destroy one another’s bodies. Considering its creepy story and cartoonish characters, with Willis giving an especially nuts performance, the movie received mixed reviews and only appealed to a certain kind of audience. This limited Death Becomes Her’s potential to such a degree that its staying power was weak outside of cult circles.

13 The Meteor Man

Able to attract a truly impressive cast for its time, The Meteor Man featured actors like Robert Townsend, Eddie Griffin, James Earl Jones, Sinbad, and Don Cheadle, among others. If that weren’t enough, the movie also featured several popular musical acts from the era in supporting roles, including Cypress Hill, Big Daddy Kane, Naughty by Nature, and Biz Markie.

Considering the talent it attracted, this movie about a mild-mannered teacher who is granted superpowers after he is struck by ameteorite was released with high expectations.

However, it made just over $8 million at the box office, which is especially bad since it had an estimated budget of $30 million.

12 Jawbreaker

Often associated with the cult classic ‘80s film Heathers, it seems that Jawbreaker did its very best to follow in its forbearer’s footsteps. After all, both movies largely take place in a high school setting and focus on a group of popular young women who are torn asunder when one of their members meets their untimely demise.

Responsible for the ghastly but accidental deed, the surviving members opt to indoctrinate an outsider into their group as a detective played by Pam Grier turns their lives upside down. While it’s nowhere near as effective as Heathers was, Jawbreaker has a small, yet dedicated following.

11 Men at Work

Aside from its two popular stars, real-life brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez, the 1993 film Men at Work really didn’t have much going for it. The story is focused on a pair of garbage men that spend their days goofing around and mocking anyone they come into contact with. When they come across a body in one of their cans everything changes.

Fancying themselves amateur detectives, they try to unravel an illegal toxic waste disposal scheme while cracking each other up at every turn.

Far from a mainstream story, this movie was largely ignored at the time and continues to be today.

10 Necessary Roughness

A premise that has popped up again and again over the years, there are many movies about ragtag sports teams including the Major League films, The Replacements, and Cool Runnings. Another example of that kind of film, Necessary Roughness was released in 1991 and focused on a university football team with low-level players trying to claw its way back into the limelight.

Unfortunately for the film, it lacked a major factor that has typically led to the success of such films: a big star to base its advertising around.

Though entertaining enough, this movie quickly faded away because it was bland enough to be easily digestible and then almost instantly forgettable.

9 Serial Mom

A dark comedy of the highest order, Serial Mom is exactly what its title would lead you to believe: a movie about a mother that serially takes the lives of others. Portrayed by one of the best actors of her generation, Kathleen Turner, the titular character seems to have jumped straight out of an episode of Leave it to Beaver. However, unlike June Cleaver, if something messes with Turner’s character’s perfect world, she goes into a blind rage with violent implications.

Mostly played for laughs, Serial Mom was a fearless movie that deserves an audience, but it barely made back half of its budget at the box office and is largely forgotten.

8 The Hudsucker Proxy

The Coen brothers are responsible for movies like Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, and too many other classic films to list here. However, that doesn’t mean they have the Midas touch, as they have had their fair share of misses in terms of critical and box office success. An example of one of their films that had a disappointing reception, a huge percentage of critics and moviegoers did not know what to make of The Hudsucker Proxy if they watched it all.

The movie barely exceeded $100 000 in box office receipts during its opening weekend.

With a number like that, it makes perfect sense that it is mostly forgotten.

7 BASEketball

Released at a time in which South Park was one of the most talked about shows on television, BASEketball starred the creators of that series, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. A pair of slackes are rejected at their high school reunion so that night they create their own sport, which combines elements of baseball and basketball.

On top of that, BASEketball, as it comes to be known, introduces a whole new element in which players are called on to do anything in their power to distract their opponents. More often than not an excuse to do something disgusting or offensive, the movie featured content not meant for the weak of heart. Falling far short of expectations at the box office, BASEketball is an often forgotten piece of Stone and Parker’s legacy.

6 Mr. Nanny

As probably the most influential professional wrestler of all time, throughout the ’80s and early ‘90s Hulk Hogan was the ultimate good guy. Then he became a hated villain. It makes perfect sense that Hollywood came knocking on his door. However, unlike The Rock, who would become a huge movie star many years later, Hogan’s acting pursuits have never found much success– aside from a cameo in Rocky III.  In fact, Mr. Nanny probably is the most successful film he ever starred in.

Even though it only cost $10 million, it made less than half of that sum back.

Worse yet, if it is remembered at all, it is as a laughing stock.

5 Four Rooms

Even some of the best helmers don’t get it right every time. With talented directors like Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino behind the scenes, Four Rooms should have been a big deal. The film was broken up into four short comedic segments.

Though talented stars like Tim Roth, Bruce Willis, Madonna, Antonio Banderas, and Marisa Tomei appeared in the movie, Four Rooms barely made $4 million at the box office. If that wasn’t disappointing enough, if you ask the average film fan about the movie, you can expect to see a perplexed or blank expression in return.

4 High School High

During the heyday of spoof movies, brilliant films like Airplane, The is Spinal Tap, Hot Shots!, and the Naked Gun series were released. Unfortunately, the genre was on its way out by the mid-‘90s.

High School High, like many other films of its kind, was decimated by critics and failed to find much traction with audiences.

Starring Jon Lovitz as an idealistic high school teacher trying to reach his disengaged students, it mocked movies like Dangerous Minds, Lean on Me, The Principal, as well as Stand and Deliver. With so much comedy fodder to work with, it is a shame this movie wasn’t able to take better advantage of them.

3 Multiplicity

A movie that brought together several film genres, Multiplicity is a science-fiction romantic-comedy that was directed by the legendary actor Harold Ramis. Michael Keaton plays a construction worker who fels like he is spread far too thin, he jumps on the opportunity to have himself cloned so he can divide and conquer.

A series of events leads to him having three clones, two of which represent different aspects of his personality and the third being a copy of a copy with the mind of an “overly-curious child.” Somewhat costly due to the special effects its story demanded, Multiplicity failed to make any money due to that fact and was panned by most critics and moviegoers.

2 Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

The third spoof movie to appear on this list, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood actually managed to make a pretty good profit when it was released.

The fact that it made 5 times its production budget isn’t that impressive since its box office take was only $20 million.

A mockery of movies like Boyz n the Hood, Menace II Society, Above the Rim, and Juice, among others, the film took its title from many of the films it spoofed. Unfortunately, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood’s insanely long title has gone on to be the most memorable aspect of the film.

1 Clockwatchers

Clockwatchers’ main characters, four mostly ignored temp workers, struggle with what to do when one of them is accused of something awful. Blessed with a cast comprised of stellar supporting actors, the movie works largely because it starred Lisa Kudrow, Toni Collette, Parker Posey, and Alanna Ubach.

Released in 1997 and received with a whimper, during its opening weekend the movie made less than $35 thousand and it never even surpassed half a million dollars at the box office. Fortunately, the movie was able to garner a small cult following at the time, which is why it is still remembered by some of the biggest movie buffs.

What’s your favorite little-known ’90s comedy? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-09-29 07:09:47 – Matthew Thomas

The Good Place Season 3 Review: Still One Of The Most Inventive Comedies On TV

One of the most appealing things about NBC’s stellar comedy The Good Place is how it makes the progression of its narrative from season to season look like reinvention. There’s always something new and surprising to see and experience, as made evident in the season 3 premiere, ‘Everything is Bonzer!’, which gives the series a whole new set of circumstances to deal with, while still moving the story forward in interesting and often very funny ways. 

Mike Schur’s show set partially in the afterlife took on a whole new identity when it revealed at the end of its first season that its characters were, in fact, not in the Good Place but rather the Bad Place, and that their charming, somewhat folksy tour guide Michael (Ted Danson) was not the beneficent being he claimed to be. That Michael was actually a demon and that Eleanor (Kristen Bel), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto) were kinda crappy humans — not entirely bad, but pretty far from good — had a huge impact on the audience’s perception of the show, and in one of the biggest surprises following that game-changing reveal, The Good Place continued to deliver the goods.

More: A Million Little Things Review: ABC Takes On This Is Us With Weepy Relationship Drama

The series’ second season ended with another surprise: the gang was transported back to Earth for a moral do-over. The chance to prove they could learn to become better people and earn a place in, well, the Good Place, came with some pretty serious caveats, however. Caveats that allow The Good Place to continually change the rules of its sometimes-surreal world to better suit the needs of the narrative, as it humorously philosophizes about morality, the nature of humanity, and whether or not people can actually change. This time around, the degree of difficulty is made greater as Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason have essentially been reset to their factory settings, placed back on Earth with no memory of their experiences in the afterlife, yet unwittingly assigned to the task of becoming better people. 

There’s a lot to explore at the start of season 3, which is why it’s great that NBC gave the series an hour-long premiere. ‘Everything Is Bonzer!’ begins with a small recap told from various different perspectives, as Eleanor survives what would have been her death to become a more altruistic, empathetic person, only have the transformative elements of her new lifestyle wane over time, until she’s back to being the same old bitter Eleanor Shellstrop. This retelling of the end of season 2 may feel superfluous at first, but it soon proves necessary. Schur and his writers cleverly retrace their footsteps at the end of the previous season, while planting new information, like how Michael found his way to Earth to interfere with these humans’ progress, despite being forbidden by the Judge (Maya Rudolph) from doing so. 

Michael’s rule breaking is nothing new for the character — he’s been doing it in one form or another since the beginning — but here it not only manages to feel different, it also sets up interesting new circumstances that are bound to cause trouble for Michael, Janet (D’Arcy Carden), and the others as it opens a backdoor for Shawn (the reliably funny Marc Evan Jackson) to interfere with the big plan. 

Along the way, The Good Place finds time to introduce two new characters, one on Earth and one guarding the doorway there. The first is Kirby Howell-Baptiste, who is having one hell of year after already appearing in both Barry and Killing Eve, as Australian neuroscientist Simone, who is fascinated by and attracted to Chidi and his seemingly broken brain. The second is Mike O’Malley (Justified, Survivor’s Remorse) as, simply, Door Man, the guy who watches over the doorway to Earth. He also has a penchant for frogs, which is almost certainly going to play into the season’s story in some unexpected way or another. The new characters, like the season’s slightly altered circumstances, add to the series overall, and to the enjoyment of watching. There’s a hint of mystery in O’Malley’s Door Man and in his interactions with Michael, who is not exactly inconspicuous when it comes to the fact that he’s breaking some pretty strict rules to return to Earth with brilliant aliases like Gordon Indigo and Zach Pizzaz. 

There’s a clearer plot at this point season 3 than there was in the two previous seasons after their respective premieres. That seems to work in favor of The Good Place this time around, as it makes the effort put into reuniting the core cast and having them not remember one another at all seem not more significant. It also imbues the new season with a newfound sense of urgency. Michael’s shenanigans are bound to be discovered — by Shawn blowing his cover or through some other means — and back on Earth things seem to be progressing nicely until the series throws another surprise at the audience: the return of Adam Scott’s Trevor. 

It all adds up to a fascinating and entertaining premiere of what is certainly NBC’s best comedy, but also one of the most reliably inventive series on television period.

Next: Single Parents Review: ABC Tries Its Hand At New Girl-Style Comedy

The Good Place continues next Thursday with ‘The Brainy Bunch’ @8:30pm on NBC.



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2018-09-27 06:09:17 – Kevin Yeoman