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Big Bang Theory Passes Cheers As Longest Running Multi-Cam Sitcom

The Big Bang Theory knocks out Cheers to become the longest-running multi-cam sitcom. Debuting in 2007, the hit CBS show centers around a group of nerdy friends living in Pasadena. As the years went by, fans have grown to love Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar), and eventually Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Amy (Mayim Bialik), but despite continued popularity, the series’ current season 12 will be its final after Jim Parsons’ reluctance to return for another year. However, before it bows out, the project has nabbed another accolade to the delight of its fans.

NBC’s Cheers debuted in 1992 and ran for 11 brilliant seasons with 275 episodes. The Good Place‘s Ted Danson played the lead role Sam Malone – a former baseball player and ex-alcoholic who owns the titular bar “where everybody knows your name.” His dynamic with Shelley Long’s Diane is regarded as the golden standard when it comes to on-and-off again love affairs. Woody Harrelson also got his first shot at fame via the show playing the midwestern bartender, Woody Boyd. It was a great ensemble cast with Rhea Perlman’s Carla, John Ratzenberger’s Cliff, and George Wendt’s Norm. It’s no wonder it lasted that long, but now, it no longer holds the top spot for the longest running multi-cam sitcom as The Big Bang Theory takes its place.

Related: The Big Bang Theory Should End With A Flashforward

The Big Bang Theory is currently on an extended hiatus and won’t return until April 4. But behind-the-scenes, work never stops for the cast and crew as they move on with scheduled filming and as revealed by series regular Kunal Nayyar, confirming they’ve just filmed their 276th episode on his official Instagram. This makes the show the longest-running multi-cam sitcom in history. Meanwhile, Kaley Cuoco shared on her own account a celebratory image to commemorate this special milestone. Check out the photos below:

Since The Big Bang Theory has already aired 17 of its last 24 episodes, the 276th outing is not scheduled to air until May 2. Nayyar’s post didn’t reveal the title of the episode just yet, but it will be the  current season’s 21st offering before it airs its penultimate episode the week after that and the the hour-long series finale on May 16. It’s hard to gauge what the episode will be about considering the show has taken a more episodical form of storytelling instead of serializing its final season. Nonetheless, fans are nothing but excited to know about what lies ahead for the Pasadena gang.

Cheers and The Big Bang Theory couldn’t be any more different in terms of story and characters, but it shares a similar reason for ending. As mentioned, Parsons (who’s regarded as the true lead of the show) reportedly no longer wants to return past season 12, the same with Danson back in 1993 prompting its creators to end the series. Given this, Cheers was able to craft a satisfying, albeit anti-climactic ending. Throughout its final year, all characters had something going for them. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said with The Big Bang Theory.

After the show ended, Cheers led to a successful spin-off Frasier (which may be revived). Centering around Kelsey Grammer’s psychiatrist-turned-radio-show-host, Frasier Crane, it’s curious if  CBS will take a page from their book and do the same. Of course Young Sheldon‘s already doing well, but it’s controversial among The Big Bang Theory fans. Perhaps they can launch another spin-off, this time a sequel and with a couple of the original show’s cast.

More: Big Bang Theory Season 7 May Have Teased Sheldon’s Ending

Source: Kunal Nayyar, Kaley Cuoco



2019-03-28 07:03:07

Ana Dumaraog

25 Sitcom Storylines That Wouldn’t Fly Today

News Flash – the world is always changing. People’s devotion to colors change, their tastes in popular music and movies change. Certainly, taste in what is acceptable on television changes with just about every new season and new show. With the growth of social media, all of these changes seem to happen far more frequently. It probably hasn’t, we’re just more knowledgeable of these changes from day to day. There have been plenty of TV shows through the ages that once seemed tame, but the concept today would envelope pushing to downright deplorable. The Honeymooners is still heralded by plenty of fans, and that show threatened spousal abuse every episode.

But sometimes what’s acceptable changes in the blink of an episode. TV often tries to push boundaries. More often than not to great success. When fans and critics alike praise a radical episode, the landscape of what can work on TV shifts. These episodes and storylines often move the cultural zeitgeist further for its time. Sometimes though, an episode of a TV show is a little too rough around the edges for the masses to accept, that can happen too.

Even still, what’s acceptable for pop culture across the world can change and then time takes hold and changes, it effectively retroactively makes the episode no longer influential, but cringeworthy. The shows on this list all have had at least one episode or more that might have been controversial for its time but is way too outlandish to air nowadays.

Here are 25 Sitcom Storylines That Wouldn’t Fly Today.

25 Married…With Children – S02E13: “You Better Watch Out”

Already a season in and Married…With Children had established itself as a far cry from the sitcoms of the time. So when the raunchiest sitcom on TV puts a disclaimer before their first ever Christmas episode, you better heed the warning. As the Bundys get ready to celebrate the holidays, Al is lamenting the bigger better mall that opened up near his mall.

To ring in the holidays, the new mall had Santa parachute in to give out presents. Thanks to a mishap, Jolly St. Nick crashed and died in the Bundys yard, forcing Al to save Christmas as only he could.

24 Seinfeld – S04E11: “The Contest”

For a show that was supposedly about nothing, Seinfeld broke all kinds of new ground. This was a show that had laughs about shrinkage, male girdles, and the soup lines in New York. Nothing was off topic or off the table.

There’s no chance you could pull off an episode like “The Contest” today. We’ve grown increasingly more and more PC. So even with all of the different euphemisms that the group used for being the Master Of Their Domains, it wouldn’t be enough and initial premise would’ve never gotten out of the writer’s room.

23 Family Guy – S03E22: “When You Wish Upon A Weinstein”

Right out of the pipeline, Family Guy was not going to be Fox’s replacement for The Simpsons. Creator Seth MacFarlane’s crass comedy about the Griffins made Matt Groening look like Shakespeare.

The show was unceremoniously canceled several times during its early days, thanks to how far they were willing to push boundaries. One such episode was (at the time) only released as part of a DVD set. Peter basically takes a Jewish Man to try and help Chris with his math. All before thinking if Chris becomes Jewish, he’ll be smart.

22 The Simpsons – S13E15: “Blame It On Lisa”

Every so often when The Simpsons happen to offend someone, it was usually in an “oh no, you didn’t” sort of way. However, thirteen years into the show’s run, they found a way to upset the entire nation of Brazil.

In “Blame It On Lisa,” the family and Lisa head to the country to try and find her pen pal, they find all kinds of stereotypes that offended the Brazilian travel board enough to want to sue Fox, log before the army of rats showed up during the episode.

21 South Park – S05E04: “Scott Tenorman Must Die”

This episode is seldom mentioned on lists like this. Probably because of how much more outlandish the show got through the years. However, there’s a whole lot in this episode that you could never get away with today (unless you’re South Park).

Fifth-grader Scott Tenorman pulls a prank on Cartman that has him eat a part of his nether regions. Clearly, the punk had no idea who he was messing with and was met with Hannibal Lecter-like repercussions for his crimes.

20 How I Met Your Mother – S09E14: “Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment In Slapmarra”

Besides the entire last season of How I Met Your Mother being a complete letdown, they also decided to offend several groups throughout the remaining episodes. The elderly might not have been too offended by being parodied as zombies, but an entire episode involving the final slap is the big offense here.

It was only a few years ago that this episode aired, and it incited some to create the Hashtag #HowIMetYourRacism. The ep was supposed to be in the vein of old Kung-Fu movies, and it was. However, someone forgot to tell the writers that it’s kind of wrong to put American actors in Asian roles.

19 Saved By The Bell – S03E13: “Running Zack”

When child sociopath Zack Morris was met with the task of having to make a presentation about his ancestors, he did what any irresponsible teenager would do. He shirked off his homework until the last possible second and then crafted an awful story about he hailed from a great tribe of Native Americans.

Zack pulled stuff like this all of time, but this bigotry towards what wound up being his own culture was a new low for him. Like the Funny Or Die series says, Zack Morris Is Trash.

18 Two And A Half Men – S12E15 & 16: “Of Course, He’s Dead”

Obviously, some of the shows on this list are always offensive and have always been known for being offensive. So, when they cross a line, that line is generally barbed wire. The entire concept of Two And A Half Men was offensive – putting a really young kid (at the time) in a house with complete hedonist that would make Caligula jealous.

In the show’s finale, it is finally revealed that the crazy stalker Rose had not only faked her quarry, Charlie’s passing, but she’s actually had him locked up for four years. That might sound like a Law And Order episode, but it was always par for the course for this series.

17 Family Matters – S08E07: “Stevil”

As if creating a suave version of himself to get with Laura wasn’t bad enough! Family Matters Halloween show one year had the neighbor boy try his hand at ventriloquism. Then the dummy got hit by lightning and Stevil was born.

The dummy doesn’t just eliminate every one of the Winslows, he does so in a fashion that would make some horror movies look like sitcoms. While it was just a Halloween show, nowadays unless its Treehouse Of Horror, Halloween episodes are more treats than tricks.

16 Diff’rent Strokes – S05E16 & 17: “The Bicycle Man, Parts 1 & 2”

During the eighties, a lot of sitcoms would have “A Very Special Episode.” These episodes would go right for the jugular and try to address a real-world problem. Sometimes with the show’s sense of humor intact, other times the veneer was completely dropped in favor of the story.

One of the most famous instances of this was on Diff’rent Strokes. Mr. Horton, the owner of a bike shop lures Arnold and his friend Dudley in more and more with ice cream and girlie-mags. He asks Arnold to keep these meetings a secret. It’s all downright creepy because it should be, and it never should have been fair for a 22-minute happy go lucky sitcom. No matter how serious an issue the show wanted to tackle.

15 The Mindy Project – S03E04: “I Slipped”

Relationships have long been fodder for sitcom fuel. But The Mindy Project’s third season episode, “I Slipped” broke new ground (no pun intended). Trying new things has always been a topic of conversation for couples. So, when Danny decided to be adventurous and go for the gusto, so to speak, Mindy doesn’t buy his excuse “I slipped” and decides to investigate.

For over fifty years, sitcom relationships have never really delved into depictions of what positions the deed can be done in. Thanks to this episode and the current climate, it might be another fifty years before it happens again.

14 Tiny Toon Adventures – S02E03: “Elephant Issues, One Beer”

Out of all of the shows on this list, Tiny Toon Adventures is probably the most innocent. It’s just younger versions of our favorite Looney Tunes characters on their own madcap antics. For some reason, the writers decided to try and teach little kids about the dangers of driving under the influence.

In “One Beer,” Buster, Hampton, and Plucky get lit, drive off a cliff, and pass away. You read that right. The ep was banned in the US, because cartoons passing away due to this was a little too harsh for afternoon cartoons.

13 Ren And Stimpy – “Man’s Best Friend”

As one of the original Nicktoons, The Ren And Stimpy Show was inspired lunacy for adults, while disguised as a kids show. But it was so popular that Nick let well enough alone and let creator,  John Kricfalusi have his fun.

Until an unaired episode from the second season forced Nickelodeon to not only reign in the show, but its creator as well. “Man’s Best Friend” would have had Ren beat the heck out of George Liquor with an oar. It led to John K. being fired and was not aired until the show returned on Spike in 2002, but it’s still pretty disturbing even for a cartoon.

12 The Secret Diary Of Desmond Pfeiffer – S01E05: “Pilot”

Similar to the knuckleheads who tried to put Heil Hitler, I’m Home on the air in the UK, several morons thought it would be a good idea to try and make another dark chapter of history into a light-hearted insensitive sitcom.

The Secret Diary Of Desmond Pfeiffer actually lasted four episodes before the plug was pulled in favor of good taste. To paraphrase Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park, the writers realized they could make a show like this, they never debated if they should.

11 You Can’t Do That On Television – S08E02: “Adoption”

“Kids can be cruel” is an old saying. Because they learn everything from their elders and have no filter as to what is completely wrong to say. But the writers behind kid’s sketch show, You Can’t Do That On Television should have known better when they wrote an episode about Adoption.

The thought of making fun of kids for being adopted is completely deplorable. Toss in jokes about abuse and neglect make this another bad mark for a Nickelodeon series. With all of the pain and anguish families go through just to be able to adopt a child, there is no way this episode would air today. The friggin’ thing actually aired twice before being pulled.

10 Too Close For Comfort – S05E10: “For Every Man, There’s Two Women”

There is an episode of Law And Order: SVU where a man claims that he was taken advantage of by two women. Somehow, it was a sitcom’s “Very Special Episode” that beat them to the topic nearly 20 years earlier. On the eighties series, Too Close For Comfort’s episode, “For Every Man, There’s Two Women,” Monroe states not only was he taken, but he was taken by two women. They demanded that he cooperate, and he had to cooperate all night.

The entire frightening ordeal is played up for laughs by the other characters, and even Monroe from time to time. But to watch this episode today would be a rough 22 minutes to get through and laugh about it.

9 Married…With Children – S03E10: “I’ll See You In Court”

Banned episodes are all over the TV landscape. An episode can be banned for a variety of reasons, but when there’s an episode banned of a series that just about every episode is worthy of banning, then you know you’re in for some insidious and nefarious subject matter. Submitted for your approval, “I’ll See You In Court,” the banned episode of Married…With Children.

In what seems like the makings of a police procedural, Al and Peg head to a hotel for some husband and wife relations. They decide to watch a movie to get them in the mood, and are shocked when they realize it’s the neighbors, Steve and Marcy. Once all four realize the hotel is taping them, they decide to sue.

8 All In The Family – S08E03: “Edith’s 50th Birthday”

You could never even have a show like All In The Family today. Archie Bunker is a relic from another time – the lovable bigot with a heart of gold. Most episodes involved all kinds of crass comments from Archie that are challenged by his “Meathead” son-in-law. But perhaps a family’s worst nightmare happened when the Bunkers celebrated Edith’s 50th Birthday.

While the family is prepping for her surprise birthday, she is taken and hurt. The second half of the episode has Edith and the entire family going through all of the motions that you might find a family go through on SVU.

7 Beavis And Butt-head – S03E01: “Comedians”

As if smashing frogs with a bat for fun wasn’t bad enough Beavis And Butt-head pushed moronic mayhem to new heights in the first episode of the third season. The idiots decided to try their hand at stand-up comedy. They inadvertently burn the place down. Literally one month later, a 5-year-old kid burned down the family trailer, eliminating his little sister in the process.

Gallows humor is great and all, but when it supposedly inspires real-life incidents, perhaps it’s time to quit while you’re ahead.

6 Curb Your Enthusiasm – S08E03: “Palestinian Chicken”

Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm whole point was to see how offensive the character of Larry David could be while the entire audience was in on the joke. Fans all knew the show was in good-nature, if not occasionally mean-spirited fun (much like David’s previous Seinfeld). The episode in question that ventures a little too far, even by HBO standards is “Palestinian Chicken.”

Larry begins the ep by not believing his friend, Marty when he decided to rededicate himself to Judaism. Things get a little more racially charged when Larry muses how it’d be easy for a Jewish man to be unfaithful to his wife in a Palestinian restaurant, which is what exactly what he does. He gets down with a Palestinian woman while the two hurl racial epithets at each other.

5 That 70’s Show – S06E05: “I’m Free”

In today’s current political climate, you would never see a character like That 70’s Show’s Fez, much less the show’s patriarch, Red. The end of the show’s fifth season had Fez (which is short for Foreign Exchange Student) marry Red’s baby girl, Lori in order to stay in the country. Red had a heart attack at the news.

What would now be a very controversial topic continued a few shows into the next season. An INS agent comes to town to check on the validity of their marriage. All the while Red keeps taunting Fez the whole time that he’s going to spill the beans.

4 Friends – S07E04: “The One With Rachel’s Assistant”

A man picking his jaw up off the floor at the sight of a beautiful woman or a woman sheepishly fawning over a man. Both situations have long been rife for quick laughs on sitcoms, but when it’s a person in a position of power leering at their subordinate, that could be misconstrued several ways from Sunday.

Rachel Greene was certainly not above falling head over heels for men on Friends. However, in “The One With Rachel’s Assistant,” she hires a dude to be her assistant, just because he’s cute. Then she gets annoyed when he takes a shine to Phoebe instead.

3 Married…With Children – S03E06: “Her Cups Runneth Over”

Women all over the world probably can understand Peg Bundy’s plight when her favorite brand of bras is discontinued. Steve explains to Al that there is a specialty shop that might have her support system and off the duo go on Married’s raunchiest (and one of its funniest) episodes ever.

Some of the jokes might not play so well these days, but two men trying to find the perfect bra for one of their wives, it’s not at all PC anymore (and it wasn’t then; a protest started because of this ep). Like some of the other entries on this list, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t pretty funny.

2 Seinfeld – S04E19: “The Implant”

“You double-dipped the chip,” sure as the driven snow wasn’t the only memorable line in this episode of Seinfeld. Guest-starring the vivacious Teri Hatcher as Jerry’s girlfriend, Sidra, “The Implant” dove into territory never before seen on TV. Like the old commercial says “is it real, or Memorex?”

There would be about 973 protests about this episode and its depiction of women. Much less the scenes where Elaine and Sidra are in a schvitz together. Take the main storyline, George’s attempt to get discount airline tickets for a funeral, and Kramer swearing he saw controversial author Salmon Rushdie; and you have the makings of a huge hashtag #CancelSeinfeld campaign should this ep be released today.

1 South Park – S14E05 & 06: “200/201”

Comedy Central censored images of the prophet during the South Park episode, “Cartoon Wars.” Several years later, Trey Parker and Matt Stone were at it again, this time celebrating their 200 and 201st episodes.

The ep featured everyone the show has ever ripped into come back for revenge. As for the subject matter of the show, these two were fairly tame. However, because of the imagery of Mohammed and the threats of radical groups, they stand as the only two eps to never be repeated on Comedy Central.

Do you know of any other sitcom storylines that wouldn’t fly today? Let us know in the comments!



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New York Comic-Con: 26 Biggest Announcements (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities)

It might not be as big as San Diego Comic-Con, but New York’s pop culture celebration is just as eventful. This year’s New York Comic-Con was littered with scoops. Whether it’s juicy rumors or brand new trailers, there was plenty to see and talk about. Of course, the convention weekend can get a bit overwhelming — the onslaught of news, panels, and footage seems endless. Thankfully, we’ve collected all of this biggest topics for those of you who are lost amidst all of the comic book news.

For this list, we’re going to cover the most important stories of this year’s New York Comic-Con, including some big ones that just happened to drop during the week rather than at the convention itself. The list will even feature a few big rumors that have come out of the con for some good measure — or for those of you who just like some gossip. Even those who attended the convention might have missed some of the major stories, so use this as your post-NYCC guide to recap the weekend as things begin to wind down.

We know it’s difficult to keep track of all this news, especially after the convention weekend. This list should make things a bit easier. Even if you didn’t attend, the bombardment of news is probably still filling your news feed. So after you’re finished watching trailers all day and unpacking your NYCC hauls, settle in and we’ll break everything down for you.

Here are the 26 Biggest Announcements From NYCC (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities).

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

The new Aquaman trailer was the highlight of the weekend for many. It revealed a surprising amount of footage — some would say too much. The extended look — roughly five minutes long — featured a plenty of unseen footage.

Audiences were treated to a sequence involving Arthur and Mera in desert ruins, another look at Atlantis, and even an extended action sequence between the two leads as they are chased by Black Manta. Perhaps the biggest spoiler in the trailer was the reveal of Aquaman’s iconic orange and green outfit.

29 Hellboy First Look

While no footage from the Hellboy panel has been released to the public, convention-goers were treated to a poster reveal and an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The panel footage wooed many fans in attendance and featured a tone that balanced the movie’s violence and gore with humor. It saw Hellboy receive his iconic handgun and show off the Hand of Doom, and it highlighted his especially shaky relationship with his ally Ben Daimio.

The trailer’s money shot had Hellboy in all-out demon mode, rising out of a pit sporting a flaming sword and crown.

Hopefully it won’t be long before this footage is released to the public.

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil’s new trailers suggest a return to the grounded crime-noir tones of the first season with some big new developments. The first trailer reveals that not only is Kingpin out of prison, but he appears to design a smear campaign to turn New York against Daredevil.

One of the ways this may be happening is through a Daredevil impostor, who is none other than the hero’s most famous villain, Bullseye. Bullseye is the subject of the second new trailer, exploring his life as a government agent-turned-assassin under the employ of Kingpin.

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

Titans has already received flak for the marketing’s seriously dark tone. Now, after the first two episodes were screened for viewers at NYCC, it is getting the same criticism.

Not only does Titans sport the DCEU’s same dark tone, but apparently the show is even more violent than the films.

The footage featuring Robin displayed some extremely violent and lethal combat, complete with the same amount of gore and disrespect for human life one might find in — well, anything but a comic book show. With that said, the show did receive a warm reception from the audience, so maybe Titans has potential after all.

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

The Walking Dead is losing its lead character this season, with the confirmed departure of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln. His impending exit has been talked about for months now, but fans still don’t know how his character will be written out of the show. In a new rumor, it seems that Rick Grimes might meet a brutal end.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Andrew Lincoln joked that he might not “make it through the credits sequence” teasing Rick’s potential demise. Fans don’t want to say goodbye to Rick, but it will be even harder to do so if he is torn apart by walkers. Can’t somebody get a happy ending on this show?

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans weren’t left out of the fun this year, with a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The trailer promises a ride that might be just as intense as the first season, with plenty of action, character beats, and visuals so gorgeous that one would think the show had the budget of a feature-length film.

Amidst the sizzle of the trailer is a big reveal — the inclusion of a young, bearded Spock.

The character is supposedly connected to the “Red Angel” visions that Burnham is experiencing, though details on his appearance in the season are still under wraps.

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few months out but panel attendees were treated to the first 35 minutes — and apparently what they saw was incredible. Reactions to the NYCC footage is overwhelmingly positive, citing the stylish animation and and lighthearted tone as some of the film’s standout elements. These early reactions come off the back of a new trailer for the film, which shows off several more of the alternate universe versions of Spider-Man.

Of course, this was only the first 35 minutes. Much of the movie is still under wraps and it has a long road ahead of it, being only one of many tentpole releases hitting theaters this December.

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

SYFY’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Deadly Class comic series made a big showing this year. Between the close collaboration with series writer Rick Remender, the promise of intense action, and the Russo brothers at the helm (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers Infinity War), this long-awaited series has the potential to be a household name.

Not only does the show seem like a contender for the “next big thing” in comic book television, but it finally has a release date.

This was revealed to be January 16 in a new trailer that focuses on the coming-of-age aspect of the anarchic action series.

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

The first image of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was released on Thursday, getting fans hyped for the first real TV show in a galaxy far far away. The photo was released alongside new details about the show, namely its title: The Mandalorian.

Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensThe Mandalorian centers on a warrior from Mandalore travelling across the galaxy. The title character wears the iconic armor that the planet is known for — a costume shared by fan-favorite character Boba Fett. Plenty remains unknown about the series, though it is set to premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

Marvel fans will rejoice if this rumor comes true — during all of the Daredevil buzz over the convention weekend, Vincent D’Onofrio made a very reassuring tweet.

When a fan tweeted that the world will never see the him as Kingpin in an MCU film, D’Onofrio responded with “Who says?”

Marvel’s Netflix shows have been especially vague in their references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Kingpin show up in a Tom Holland Spider-Man film would be the perfect connection. The chances are slim, but at least there’s hope.

20 Bane On Gotham

Gotham‘s fifth and final season was revealed in a trailer this weekend, promising quite the grand finale. The trailer hints that Gotham will be adapting the classic No Man’s Land comic book story this season, and also teased another big bad.

Actor Shane West has been cast as Bane, one of Batman’s greatest adversaries and one of the only major rogues that the show hasn’t yet adapted. Bane’s appearance so early in Bruce Wayne’s life has been met with mixed reactions among fans, but at least that suggests a bombastic end to the pre-Batman series.

19 The X-Men Go To Space

New York Comic-Con got an extended look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, despite being subject to what seems like endless delays. The exclusive footage, which still has not been revealed to the public, gave fans a look at the fully-formed X-Men team and their upcoming cosmic adventure.

Highlights of the footage included an argument between Mystique and Professor X, Jean Grey absorbing a solar flare, and the team going on a rescue mission in space.

While most of the movie likely takes place on Earth, it’s nice to know that the movies aren’t above digging into the spacebound shenanigans that the comics do.

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

Among the many DC Universe announcements this weekend was the trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series, which has taken many fans by surprise. The show looks like a quirky adult comedy with Harley breaking the fourth wall and using foul language.

The show is already being compared to the likes of Deadpool, with positive reactions coming out of NYCC. It also features a great cast, with Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes among the voice talent. It is set to release late in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s superhero darling The Umbrella Academy came to play during NYCC, with a handful of new images and even a trailer exclusive to the folks at Comic-Con. An Umbrella Academy movie has been in the works for many years, but after the switch to television and some time in development freefall, it finally seems right around the corner.

The series — which consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes — seems to be maintaining its gothic comic book aesthetic.

The show looks like surreal than its counterpart on the pages, but it already has people excited. Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15, 2019.

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

Those who attended the Doctor Who panel were in for quite the event. The attendees got to see the premiere of the new season as well as have an in-depth talk with the season’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The audience’s response to the episode was ecstatic to say the least, and that sentiment seems to be shared by viewers around the world.

Not only was the show a critical hit, but its viewer ratings were record-breaking. The premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” peaked at 9 million viewers, which the highest the show has ever had! Sounds like the new season of Doctor Who is off to a fantastic start.

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

Last year’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was a massive hit and the trailer for the new season looks just as enticing.  Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday are back on their surreal fantasy roadtrip, accompanied by even more colorful characters and bizarre, unsettling visuals.

The footage teases a war between Mr. Wednesday and Mr. World, with an especially striking shot of Wednesday in his true form: Odin. 

American Gods is a trippy, gorgeous series that many may have missed last year, and with such a great-looking sequel on the way, now might be the time to go back and binge. The second seasons drops in 2019.

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

A full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the web early last week, revealing a spooky-yet-fun adaptation of the comics, as well as a revival of the late ’90s sitcom. Sadly, Archie fans will be disappointed to hear that Sabrina is not currently attached to the hit CW series, Riverdale.

While the Sabrina was originally set to appear on the CW as Riverdale’s companion show (much like CW’s Arrowverse), the move to Netflix seems to have stifled the idea. Still, Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is holding out hope for a potential crossovers so that the original plan can come to fruition.

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

Those of you eagerly awaiting Game of Thrones… well, we don’t have any good news for you. But, if you want more content from the mind of George R.R. Martin, an adaptation of his book Nightflyers has received a new trailer and a first-episode premiere at New York Comic-Con.

The sci-fi thriller follows a crew they struggle to survive on their space mission.

Not everything is as it seems on the vessel, as the show promises some solid horror scares as well as a character-driven story. The show doesn’t officially premiere until December 2nd, but at least sci-fi horror fans have something to look forward to.

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

Dreamworks Animation has been launching hit after hit lately — between shows like Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender, their work has earned them much success on Netflix. The newest series from the studio, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, dropped a poster and teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con that looks like promising fun for young viewers.

The reboot of the ’80s television show sports new cartoony visuals, witty humor, and a diverse cast of characters — even including a same gender couple. While the show’s initial reveal was met with some backlash, the trailer seems infectiously pleasant and fun.

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

While Titans got plenty of attention at NYCC, the next DC Universe original series got a brief first look. Doom Patrol is set to release next spring, but panel attendees were show some exclusive photos of Brendan Fraser’s character, Robotman. Fraser appeared at the panel and talked through the first look.

Seeing as Doom Patrol is currently filming, it shouldn’t be long before official footage hits the web.

The Robotman design look remarkably accurate to the comics, which has gotten many fans even more excited for the obscure property’s TV adaptation. Supplementing this news was the casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man — another big name

10 The Spawn Trilogy

Fans hoping for a Spawn trailer at NYCC were out of luck this weekend, but series creator Todd McFarlane spoke at length about his plans for the newly rebooted movie. McFarlane explained that he envisions an ambitious trilogy of Spawn movies, with each one visually and tonally distinct from the last.

The first film might be described as a kind of existential horror-superhero film, with characters wondering if what they see is even real. While the project is still a ways off, the Jamie Foxx-led vehicle is going to emphasize the dark tones of the book with a hard R-rating, as well as cater to the now-older readers of the comic series.

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

DC Comics and Warner Bros wanted to spotlight their DC Universe streaming service at this year’s NYCC, several small news breaks on he various related properties. Not only did they show footage of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn, but they also revealed the service’s content release schedule over the coming year.

While no specific dates were given, the timeline depicts various release windows for the service’s different original series.

While Young Justice: Outsiders seems to have been split into two parts, Doom Patrol will drop next spring followed by Swamp Thing in the summer, with both Stargirl and Harley Quinn dropping next fall.

8 Pet Sematary First Look

Horror fans might not have had much to talk about at Comic-Con, but during the convention some promo images dropped for the reboot of a Stephen King classic. The first images of the Pet Sematary remake were released, featuring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

The best image of the bunch comes in the form of the Creed family cat, Church, looking meaner and mangier than ever.

While an evil cat may not be the scariest thing you’ll find in Pet Sematary, it’s a nice preview of the Stephen King spookiness to come, especially after the success of 2017’s It. Pet Sematary is set for release on April 5, 2019.

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

A new trailer for the second season of Runaways shows that the series has moved way past high school drama, and further into superhero action territory. The trailer features the Runaways’ comic book hideout, huge action set-pieces, and plenty of superpowers to go around.

Highlights of the trailer include a kiss between Nico and Karolina, a battle on an airport runway, and a glimpse at Gert’s pet dinosaur Old Lace. The first season of the show was a quiet hit among the newer Marvel properties, but this season promises a much deeper dive into the superhero genre that fans of the series are have been waiting for.

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

One reveal snuck in towards the end of Comic-Con — a very short trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Although very brief, the trailer is made up of all-new footage.

The trailer consists of baby Hiccup in his father’s arms as he is told about the legendary world of dragons.

During his father’s narration, the titular Hidden World is given a brief tease as hundreds of dragons flutter across a cavernous landscape. It ends with a shot of Hiccup and Toothless overlooking a town covered in dragons. It’s not as extensive as the film’s last trailer, but it might hold fans over until the film’s release on February 22, 2019.

5 Good Omens Trailer

It’s a great year for Neil Gaiman lovers as they got not one, but two different Gaiman projects revealed at NYCC. First was the second season of American Gods, and now Amazon’s adaptation of Good Omens. 

The trailer for the new series pits Michael Sheen and David Tennant against each other as an angel and a demon who must join forces in order to prevent the apocalypse. The dark subject matter is contrasted by the show’s whimsical tone and David Tennant’s devilish charisma. It sets up what looks to be a very fun buddy comedy about he end of the world.

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

Fans of director Peter Jackson were treated to the first 25 minutes of his next project, Mortal Engines, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Mortal Engines is another expansive world, like the Tolkien material that Jackson has worked with before, but with a post-apocalyptic twist.

The most talked about elements of the footage were the massive scale of the world and the jaw-dropping visuals.

The Mortal Engines footage introduces viewers to Hester, a girl who lives in a world that was ravaged by the “60 Minute War” that destroyed civilization. Now the world consists of giant cities on wheels that fight each other. Audiences won’t see it for themselves until December 14.

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s hyper-violent superhero comic The Boys has finally been revealed with a brief teaser trailer . The teaser features a public service announcement from Vought International, a company that facilitates the operation of the Seven, this world’s league of superheroes. At the end of the PSA, the titular Boys can be seen sitting on a couch, rudely gesturing to their televisions.

The Boys is already setting itself apart from the traditonal superhero fare, and with good reason — the series is about a team of people who keep out-of-control superheroes in check– by blackmailing them, stealing from them, and beating them up. It’s extremely adult-oriented and it already looks like fun.

2 Voltron Ends in December

The release date and synopsis for the eighth and final season of Voltron was revealed at New York Comic-Con, finally bringing the critically acclaimed Netflix series to a close.

The last season will feature the final battle between the Paladins and Witch Haggar.

A few promo images were released as well — one featuring the villain Honerva and another depicting the Voltron Paladins in a control room with Shiro commanding the gang in a background role. While no footage was shown at NYCC, the release date was confirmed to be December 14. The show’s final season will premiere on Netflix.

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

This rumor went viral during the weekend of NYCC — “Avengers: Annihilation” may or may not be the name of the still untitled Avengers 4. Speculation over the film’s name has driven fans mad in recent months, with “Annihilation” being yet another choice amidstthe rumored titles titles like “Avengers: Forever”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “The Last Avenger”.

Annihilation comes from the name comic storyline of the same name, though it bears few similarities to the Infinity Gauntlet story that the films are adapting. Seriously, Marvel, just call it “Avengers: Assemble” and get it over with already. Don’t keep us waiting!

What announcements from New York Comic-Con excite you the most? Make sure to leave a comment before you go to share your thoughts!



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2018-10-08 07:10:26 – Jonathan Figueroa

10 Best Disney Movies According to Rotten Tomatoes (And 10 With Almost 0%)

After all these years, Disney movies remain the gold standard in family entertainment. Starting from the back of a realty office in Hollywood back in 1928, Disney is now a brand worth billions of dollars. But it’s not just money—Disney’s cultural influence is worldwide and manages to stay relevant with each subsequent generation. There’s no underestimating the power of nostalgia; chances are if someone grew up liking Disney movies, they’re probably a fan for life. Walt Disney pioneered the idea of feature-length animated movies, an idea considered ridiculous at the time. They would be too expensive to make, and what self-respecting adult would pay money to see a full-length animated film? Turns out everyone wanted to, especially those with kids. At the time, there was no such thing as a full-production studio dedicated to animated films—so with the profits of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Walt Disney built one. From there, it was only a short period of time before Disney branched out into producing live-action films, and before anyone knew it, Disney dominated the family entertainment market.

Since then, Disney has expanded its intellectual properties to include Marvel, Star Wars, ABC, and 20th Century Fox. This makes Disney virtually unstoppable. Some meme artists have even depicted Mickey Mouse as Thanos, with its individual properties the different gems in the Infinity Gauntlet. But there were a few hiccups along the way. Disney has had tremendous success with its films, but people tend to forget that even the mighty occasionally fall. Here are the 10 best Disney movies according to the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, along with the 10 worst.

20 Best: Pinnochio (100%)

Pinnochio was Walt Disney’s second animated feature, released shortly after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Like its predecessor, it had gorgeous visuals with a painstaking attention to every element of the production. Unlike Snow White, it initially flopped at the box office. Luckily, Walt Disney had faith in the movie and gave it a second release to recover production costs. The plan worked, and Pinocchio eventually earned enough money to put it back into the black.

The iconic “When You Wish Upon A Star” theme from the film is still synonymous with the Disney brand.

The artists of Pinnochio helped pioneered advances in effects animation, which specialized on non-character elements that move, such as water or fire. The animated ocean effects during the Monstro sequence were the most ambitious water effects ever achieved for its time.

19 Worst: That Darn Cat (13%)

If nobody remembers this movie, it’s partially because it came in and of the theatre pretty fast. A remake of Disney’s moderately successful live-action That Darn Cat from 1965, the 1997 version was not nearly as successful. Starring Cristina Ricci as Patti, the plot features a cat that becomes “witness” to a kidnapping gone wrong. Patti eventually convinces the authorities to investigate and she becomes central in helping to solve the details of the crime and eventual rescue.

The reviews of the film were dismal. One critic described it as “…a desperate dip into utter conventionality: dull car chases, explosions, inept slapstick.” Another says it is a “…disappointing, rather warmed over Disney offering.” Despite this, Cristina Ricci was nominated for two awards for her performance in the film, a Kid’s Choice Awards, and a Young Artist’s Ward.

18 Best: Mary Poppins (100%)

The mostly live-action Mary Poppins was a smash-hit. It earned 13 Academy Award film nominations and won five, including Best Actress, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. It’s easy to see why. Julie Andrews brought her amazing charisma to the performance, dazzling audiences with her ability to sing, dance, and easily handle comedy intended for children. The songs are memorable, with several such as A Spoonful of Sugar and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious becoming part of the American culture.

Disney had experimented with combining live action with animation before, but never in such an ambitious way. For many, their favorite part of the film is where Mary Poppins, Burt the Chimney Sweep, and the Banks children jump into the chalk drawing and have a little adventure in an animated world. Disney is releasing the sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, in December of 2018.

17 Worst: My Favorite Martian (12%)

Based on the 1960’s television show of the same name, My Favorite Martian tells the story of a humanoid Martian (Christopher Lloyd) that crash lands on earth. He enlists the help of a reporter in a funk to put him up while he tries to repair his spaceship and get home.

Though reviews were generally kind to Christopher Lloyd, the movie as a whole was mostly disliked by critics.

Said one reviewer on Rotten Tomatoes, “An utterly pointless and unimaginative remake based on the classic ’60s sitcom…a meteoric misfire.” Another gets right to the point: “A terrible movie. Beware.” My Favorite Martian did earn three nominations…of The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. It was nominated for Worst Resurrection of a TV Show, Most Botched Comic Relief and Most Painfully Unfunny Comedy.

16 Best: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (100%)

Like most Disney movies, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was adapted from existing source material. It’s based on characters from short stories from the author A. A. Milne. The film focuses on young Christopher Robin and his stuffed bear, and a menagerie of other stuffed animals come to life. The movie is a collection of animated shorts edited together into a feature-length film.

Surprisingly, the Winnie the Pooh franchise is worth much more than one might imagine. Variety estimated the sales of merchandise related to Winnie the Pooh topped over $5 billion, which among Disney properties, is second only to Mickey Mouse. Disney released a live action movie, Christopher Robin, based on an adult Christopher Robin rediscovering Winnie the Pooh and his friends in August of 2018.

15 Worst: Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (11%)

One would think that after one of the most stereotypical happy endings of all time, writers would have a hard time coming up with a good sequel for Cinderella. One would be right. Cinderella II: Dreams Come True is actually an anthology movie that ties together three Cinderella short stories into one film. The first story describes her struggle to be herself as a new princess. The second follows Jaq the mouse feeling left out. And the third shows how Cinderella tries to teach one of her step-sisters how to smile. Seriously.

This direct-to-video sequel wasn’t liked by critics. One top critic says simply, “Do not see this film.” Another, quite dramatically, announces, “A screaming black vortex of total, irredeemable awfulness.” A quick glance through other remarks reveals similarly negative responses. Nevertheless, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True still made approximately $120 million in sales.

14 Best: Toy Story (100%)

Toy Story was ambitious in scope, it being the first animated Disney feature that was fully animated with CGI. Audiences had never seen this kind of animated film before and impressed audiences made the movie a runaway hit. Though CGI animated movies have come a long way since then, Toy Story still holds up. The interplay between Woody the Cowboy (played by Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is the highlight of the film. Though they have different perceptions of reality, they learn to work together to make sure they don’t get left behind in their boy Andy’s move.

Toy Story garnered three Academy Award nominations and won a Special Achievement Academy Award for being the first feature-length computer-animated film. It has two hit sequels, with a third in production.

13 Worst: Blank Check (11%)

What if a kid found a blank check that allowed him to spend a million dollars? That’s the intriguing premise behind Blank Check, a movie that didn’t really build a successful story out of this great idea. Through an implausible series of events, young Preston Waters is given a blank check to help pay for a bicycle accident involving a car. But he’s given the wrong check, and the person who gave it to him is a criminal. Preston spends the rest of the movie spending lavishly while trying to avoid the authorities and the criminal who is hot on his tail.

One top critic explains it’s “One of those smart-aleck kid adventures that manages to be entirely obnoxious with very little effort.” A Rotten Tomatoes super reviewer hilariously opined, “If you loved Home Alone, you’ll still gonna hate Blank Check!”

12 Best: Darby O’Gill and the Little People (100%)

Though many modern audiences have never heard of Darby O’Gill and the Little People, it probably remains the most successful movie ever made about Leprechauns. In the film, the aging laborer and caretaker Darby O’Gill has spent much of his life trying to catch the Leprechauns. One day, in his old age, he is actually caught by them. He spends the rest of the film strategizing how he will spend the three wishes granted upon him by Brian, the King of the Leprechauns.

The film also features a young and dashing Sean Connery as Michael McBride, the love interest to Darby O’Gill’s daughter.

Though it won no awards, it has been critically well-received over the years and had state-of-the-art special effects for its day.

11 Worst: Mr. Magoo (7%)

The character of Mr. Magoo was a successful cartoon character from the late 40’s through the 50’s. The running gag for each story was that millionaire Mr. Magoo was practically blind, which led him into comically dangerous situations. Mr. Magoo was also amazingly lucky, which seemed to save him every time.

The Disney adaptation starred Leslie Nielsen, an actor beloved for being able to handle silly comedy with a straight face. But it just wasn’t enough to save the film, which seemed to suffer from the repetitive and unfunny gags. Critics were beyond cruel to the film. One announced, “The movie is an insult to the intelligence of the entire human race.” Another agrees, “Mr. Magoo is transcendently bad. It soars above ordinary badness as the eagle outreaches the fly. There is not a laugh in it. Not one.”

10 Best: Toy Story 2 (100%)

After the runaway success of the first Toy Story, a sequel seemed inevitable. Somehow avoiding the curse of most sequels being inferior to the original, Toy Story 2 managed to be a moving story which many think is even better than the first. It also introduced a brand new character to the saga, Jesse the Cowgirl.

Toy Story 2 has one of the most heartbreaking songs in Disney’s collection, When She Loved Me, performed by Sarah McLachlan. The song describes being abandoned by the child she loved, a sequence that left hardly a dry eye in the house. It went on to become a smash hit, just like the first one. Though it won no academy awards, it won many independent awards and some argue it is the best Toy Story movie of the entire franchise.

9 Worst: A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (5%)

A Kid in King Arthur’s Court is very loosely based on Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, a story that has been adapted into several other films. Modern ’90s kid Calvin Fuller is playing baseball for his team when an earthquake hits. A chasm opens up on the field and he falls in. Calvin is inexplicably transported to England in the age of King Arthur, where he quickly wows the locals with his modern knowledge. While there, he also falls in love with the local princess.

Critics seemed to be surprised this was a Disney film. One critic laments, “Rarely do the well-financed wizards at Walt Disney Pictures cook up a movie this badly written, acted, and directed.” Another says, “Sitting through it, I found myself shuddering at what Disney may have in store for next summer.”

8 Best: Old Yeller (100%)

Old Yeller was famous for ruining many a childhood with a depressing plot twist, the on-screen demise of its titular dog. After saving his family multiple times over the years from bears, wild hogs, and wolves, Old Yeller finally seals his fate when he fought off a rabid wolf to protect his people. Not only did the the dog pass away, but its owner and best friend Travis had to put him down himself because he had been infected with rabies. This scene has become one of the most famous tear-jerking live-action scenes in all of Disney’s films.

Despite the bummer plot development, the film was still a critical and commercial hit. And it still managed to leave on a high note—by the end, Travis adopts Old Yeller’s puppy and names him Young Yeller.

7 West: Meet the Deedles (4%)

As handsome as Paul Walker was, even he couldn’t have saved Meet the Deedles. The story describes the hapless Phil and Stew Deedle, brothers who are in high school and avid surfers. Their father becomes disgusted with their lazy behavior and sends them off to a boot camp where they can learn some discipline.

In an extremely unlikely series of events, the Deedle brothers assume false identities as park rangers and…hilarity is supposed to ensue.

As with most movies received this badly, the Rotten Tomatoes reviews are hilarious to read. One critic announces dryly, “If all of this sounds ridiculous, it is.” Another is much more cruel, saying, “Dumb is one thing, but this sorry attempt at action-comedy from stuntman turned director Steve Boyum is in an intelligence-deprived class all its own.”

6 Best: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (98%)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was Disney’s first animated film feature and the first animated film to gain massive success. It was actually the profits from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves that allowed Disney to build its first full-fledged production studio in Burbank, California. From there, Disney was unleashed to produce dozens of huge hits.

Early forecasters predicted Snow White would be a huge flop, but Disney had the last laugh when the film was finally released. Critics, even the ones predicting its failure, absolutely loved it. Audiences flocked to it and children adored it. Walt Disney received a special Academy Honorary Award for making a “significant screen innovation.” The Honorary Oscar came with seven little miniature Oscars. As with Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, Disney is producing a live-action adaptation of the film.

5 Worst: Mulan 2 (0%)

Did we ever even need a Mulan 2? According to critics, the answer is a resounding “no.” The original Mulan was a hit in 1998, following the adventures of the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a woman who became a fearsome warrior against all odds. Mulan 2 features a convoluted plot wherein Mulan prepares to get married and go on an important mission at the same time, trying to prevent several kingdoms from collapsing against the Mongolian hordes.

The plot doesn’t sound terrible, but it didn’t deliver. Critics seemed to dislike it mainly for being bland. One explained, “If it were any more trivial, it’d be invisible. Mulan II is, rather, more conceptually offensive.” Another spoke bluntly, “It’s harmless, sure, but it’s also charmless.” Another sequel was planned but eventually shelved.

4 Best: 101 Dalmatians (98%)

With 101 Dalmatians, Disney opted to develop a somewhat obscure children’s story.  This was a bit different from the popular fairy-tale adaptations that Disney had been known for. After a bachelor and his new blushing bride get married, their respective male and female adult Dalmatians breed a large litter of puppies. An over the top villain, Cruella de Vil, steals them along with other Dalmatian puppies with plans to eventually turn them all into a fur coat. The adult Dalmatians and other animals lead efforts to rescue ALL the puppies and bring them back to safety.

101 Dalmatians cut costs by adopting a more minimal animation style but still was a critical and financial success.

The movie was adapted into two live-action movies in the ’90s and also had an animated sequel in 2003.

3 Worst: The Big Green (0%)

Not many Disney fans know this film even exists. The Big Green was released in 1995 and tells the story of a scrappy British teacher who introduces kids with low self-esteem in a small Texas town the game of soccer. Sort of a Bad News Bears for the soccer crowd, the movie follows these underdog kids as they go from losers to heroes.

However, according to critics, it’s derivative and not as good as either of those films. Perhaps the poster, which features a young kid getting hit in the groin by a soccer ball, is the first sign the “comedy” wasn’t up to par. One critic writes, “The Big Green is at its worst and most desperate when resorting to ridiculous hallucinations and silly sped-up photography to get laughs, and it’s at its best when… well, it’s over.” Yikes.

2 Best: Cinderella (97%)

It’s hard to believe, but Disney suffered a bit of a downturn during WWII and by the late 40s was financially doing poorly. Disney turned back to its classic roots and decided to produce Cinderella, an old story based on folklore and also told in a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. The movie not only brought Disney out of debt, but gave the studio enough capital to create its own film distribution company, begin production on other films, and start building Disneyland and Disney World.

The movie received critical praise not seen since Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Pinnochio. Many noted its rich colors and backgrounds, realistic human animation, and memorable music. It was later nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Original Song for Bippity Boppity Boo.

1 Worst: Kronk’s New Groove (0%)

The Emperor’s New Groove was a unique and charming Disney film that has become somewhat of a cult classic over the years, featuring the voices of the hilarious David Spade and Patrick Warburton. Its sequel, Kronk’s New Groove was not received nearly as well. Part of the problem may be the thin plot, which has something to do with Kronk running a restaurant, falling in love with a camp counselor, and trying to impress his father. Yzma returns as a villain but doesn’t really have much to do.

Voice talents notwithstanding, the resulting film was a dud with critics.

Pointed out one, “Great voice talents, but weak storyline and frankly not much groove.” Another astutely observed, “It’s just too generic, and generic is not what we want from a sequel to a film that managed to escape the Disney mold.”

Which of these films did you love most? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-07 06:10:17 – Gary Gunter

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

6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It)

There are sitcoms that everyone loves, and then there’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — a series which has managed to turn off many with its despicable characters and depraved sense of humor. From faking cancer to trying to eat a homeless person, there are no depths that are too low for the owners of Paddy’s Pub. But you don’t get to thirteen seasons without making a few fans in the process.

While It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia might not pull in the biggest numbers, the show has maintained such a rabid following over the years that one has to wonder if they’ve accidentally gotten there hands on some raccoon meat. But the more likely scenario is that many people have just as twisted of a sense of humor as the makers of this FX series.

The sitcom was created by Rob McElhenney with the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, who would go on to portray Mac, Dennis, and Charlie on the series. Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito fill out the rest of the main cast as Dee and Frank Reynolds, and for over the last decade, fans have been happily following the bizarre misadventures of the Gang. Of course, it’s impossible to imagine anyone else in these leading roles. With over 130 episodes, there has been no shortage of supporting characters and celebrity cameo, some of which have been a lot better than others.

Here are 6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It).

20 Saved: Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds

In a sea of despicable characters, Dennis Reynolds has slowly revealed himself to be the most reprehensible of them all. Dennis may have begun the series as one of the more sensible members of the Gang — albeit one with an extremely short fuse, but he’s slowly revealed himself to be a cool and calculated sociopath. One who also happens to have a heavy side of narcissistic personality disorder.

While Glenn Howerton didn’t want to name the character after himself for fear of people drawing an unwelcome comparison, that hasn’t stopped Howerton from taking the character to some extremely dark places. He’s more than a little convincing when he lays out one of his manipulative plans. While his temper tantrums may be over-the-top, you never doubt the authenticity of the rage and frustration Howerton has embedded into his performance.

19 Saved: Mary Elizabeth Ellis as The Waitress

One of the most prominent recurring characters on It’s Always Sunny, the Waitress has been a part of the series since the very beginning. She is the unrequited love interest of Charlie throughout the majority of the show — though it seems like the tables have turned in recent episodes.

The Waitress is portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who had previously worked with Charlie Day on an episode of Reno 911! The two were married shortly after It’s Always Sunny began, adding another layer of hilarity to the dysfunctional relationship between the two characters on screen.

Ellis fully commits to her performance as the down-on-her-luck waitress.

She’s an example of the tight-knit community working behind-the-scenes that has made the series such a success.

18 Hurt: Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty

While sitcoms usually lend themselves well to celebrity cameos, It’s Always Sunny has created such a distinct world that more often than not these cameos end up feeling out of place. There have been a few instances where they’ve managed to pull them off. Josh Groban popping up in one of Dee’s fantasies seemed fitting, and Dax Shepard manages to blend in fairly well into the episodes where Mac and Charlie join a cult.

In the case of Jason Sudeikis and a number of other celebrities, the cameos just end up coming across as distracting. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Jason Sudeikis playing Schmitty — an ex-member of the Gang who makes an unexpected return. The whole time, you never forget that you’re watching Sudeikis, which just doesn’t work for the tone of the series.

17 Saved: Mary Lynn Rajskub as Gail the Snail

Though she’s only appeared in three episodes of the series to date, Gail the Snail is definitely one of those side characters that we’d like to see more of. She first appeared back in the season five episode “The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention”, where she is the clingy cousin of Dennis and Dee who talks with a lisp and has the disgusting habit of slurping her saliva. Dennis and Dee have found that the only way to get rid of her is to dust her with salt, hence her nickname of Gail the Snail.

The character is portrayed by the talented Mary Lynn Rajskub, who is best known for playing Chloe O’Brian on 24.

This is undeniably a very different character, and it’s impressive just how committed Rajskub is to playing someone so hilariously obnoxious.

16 Saved: David Hornsby as Cricket

The Gang has dragged their fair share of individuals down into the dirt with them, but none are more apparent than Rickety Cricket. Portrayed by David Hornsby, Cricket is a former classmate of the Gang who was once infatuated with Dee. He debuted in season two as a clean-cut priest who has slowly transformed into the addicted hobo that we have today.

Hornsby has been such a prominent member of the show that last season he was given his own episode with “A Cricket’s Tale”, which cleverly intertwined the character’s other brief appearances throughout the season into the story. Hornsby has also been a big part of the show behind-the-scenes as well, serving as an executive producer and a writer of nearly 30 episodes.

15 Hurt: Brian Unger as The Attorney

It’s Always Sunny has a number of supporting characters who re-emerge every few seasons, only to be dragged down by the shenanigans of the Gang once again. Brian Unger plays one such character with the Attorney, who the Gang often visits for legal advice only to contradict everything the lawyer has to say.

As a former correspondent of The Daily Show, Unger is really good at playing the straight man.

In fact, he’s too good, which makes it hard to believe that he would put up with these self-centered, narcissistic characters for more than a few episodes. Often, these supporting characters are revealed to be a little bit off in their own right, but Unger is just too normal to make his character mesh with the series.

14 Saved: Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds

Danny DeVito first popped up in season two of It’s Always Sunny, and his casting as Frank Reynolds quite literally saved the series. While the higher-ups at FX reportedly loved the first season, not enough people were watching to warrant a second outing. McElhenney, Howerton, and Day were given the ultimatum to add a bigger name or face cancellation. While they worried how DeVito would fit into the series, the veteran actor has more than proven himself as a worthy member of the Gang.

The insane things that DeVito will do for the character are a testament to the actor’s commitment. Even more impressive is how you never feel like you’re watching a performance. DeVito becomes Frank Reynolds. Even when he’s not delivering lines, just watching him futz about in the background is already hilarious enough.

13 Saved: Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly

It’s Always Sunny has turned all of its leading actors into stars, but Charlie Day is the biggest breakout of them all. Since appearing on the show, Day has worked on a number of hit films, including Horrible Bosses, Pacific Rim, and The Lego Movie.

His star power has no doubt helped the show remain on the air for so long.

Thanks to Day’s performance and musical talents, the character of Charlie has no shortage of memorable moments. Bird law aside, Charlie may be the least intelligent member of the Gang. In a lot of ways, he’s the heart of the show. Charlie certainly has his share of questionable moments, but they often stem from ignorance rather than malice, which set him apart from the other employees of Paddy’s Pub.

12 Hurt: Sean “Diddy” Combs as Dr. Jinx

Whenever Sean “Diddy” Combs pops up in a movie or TV show, he often plays a fictionalized version of himself. In It’s Always Sunny, he plays the unorthodox Dr. Jinx who utilizes alternative methods to treat his patients.

Not only is the cameo distracting, but Combs’ performance is pretty flat. It almost seems like the actor is reading off cue cards, and when Dr. Jinx is seen playing the bass guitar during a musical performance at Paddy’s Pub, it’s pretty obvious that Combs isn’t actually playing. The rapper may have stolen the show as Sergio in Get Him to the Greek, but whatever worked for him on that movie isn’t back on display in the sitcom.

11 Saved: Artemis Pebdani as Artemis

Artemis is one of the few supporting characters who can actually hang with the Gang without her life coming apart at the seams. She first appeared up in season one, where she befriends Dee after the two meet in an acting class. She’s also had a relationship without Frank throughout her time in the series.

The character is portrayed by Artemis Pebdani, who landed the role right at the start of her professional acting career.

While she’s continued to reprise her part as the fun-loving and wild Artemis, the actress has enjoyed success in a number of other shows, including Scandal and Masters of Sex. Though a number of supporting characters seem to have fallen off in recent years, Artemis has already popped up this season with “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot”.

10 Saved: Lynne Marie Stewart and Sandy Martin as Charlie and Mac’s Moms

Every since Danny DeVito debuted as Frank Reynolds, it was abundantly clear why Dennis and Dee are they way that they are. After all, Frank is just as self-absorbed and conniving as the twins. In that respect, we’ve also gotten to see how Mac and Charlie are a result of their childhoods by getting to know their moms over the course of the series.

Lynne Marie Stewart does a perfect job of playing Charlie’s mom, a kind-hearted woman who was far too overprotective of her son — which explains Charlie’s numerous irrational fears. Meanwhile, Sandy Martin is the total opposite, as Mac’s mom doesn’t seem emotionally invested in her son at all — which explains Mac’s constant desire for approval. Together, the two are a perfect comedy duo, which is on full display in “Old Lady House: A Comedy Situation”.

9 Hurt: Seann William Scott as Country Mac

In season nine, Seann William Scott made a one episode appearance as Mac’s cousin — who the Gang deems far cooler than Mac. Just like Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty, this is another star cameo that can’t help but feel distracting. Scott has made a career playing characters who are too cool for school thanks to movies like American Pie and Role Models. That might seem like he’s the ideal fit for Country Mac.

Wouldn’t it have been even funnier if the Gang idolized a character for no other reason than to get under Mac’s skin?

With the success of It’s Always Sunny, we’re sure that they could have a star cameo every few episodes. Since they’re kept to a bare minimum, it seems that even they know these roles can be a bit ostentatious.

8 Saved: Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney as Liam and Ryan McPoyle

The McPoyles are the perfect example of just how dark and twisted the humor on It’s Always Sunny can actually get. They are a large inbred family with the two most prominent members, Liam and Ryan, being former classmates of the Gang. They popped up in a number of episodes between seasons one and nine, where they’re often at odds with the owners of Paddy’s Pub.

Liam and Ryan are played by Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney throughout their time on the show. Both fully commit to the unsettling nature of these characters. They might be creepy, but that doesn’t stop them from being a hilarious comedy duo. Our only complaint is that they’ve been absent from the series for the last few seasons.

7 Saved: Catherine Reitman as Maureen Ponderosa

One of the weirdest characters in all of It’s Always Sunny, Maureen Ponderosa is the ex-wife of Dennis Reynolds who slowly makes her transition into becoming a cat in the later episodes of the show. Much like Rickety Cricket, her transition from seemingly normal to totally unhinged takes place over the course of a few seasons — better-allowing audiences to buy into the ridiculousness of it all.

Catherine Reitman seems totally devoted to this outlandish and often unsettling performance.

Since appearing on the show, Reitman’s notoriety has only continued to grow. She currently plays the lead on Workin’ Moms — a show which she also created — along with popping up as another recurring character in Black-ish.

6 Hurt: Guillermo del Toro as Pappy McPoyle

Writer/ director Guillermo del Toro was apparently such a big fan of It’s Always Sunny, that it was one of the reasons he cast Charlie Day in Pacific Rim. In return, del Toro was given this cameo appearance as Pappy McPoyle — who is most likely the grandfather of Liam and Ryan.

One problem right off the bat is that del Toro was cast to play someone who is most likely from Ireland— a fact which the director himself made fun of in a behind-the-scenes interview. This may have been the reason that Pappy McPoyle was given such an over-the-top appearance, which is really the worst part of the character. The McPoyle’s are indeed odd and unsettling, but they’re still somewhat believable.Pappy McPoyle, on the other hand, looks like some deranged wizard who has no place in the series.

5 Saved: Wade Boggs as Himself

The best episodes of It’s Always Sunny usually finds the Gang confined to a single area, where their personalities can do nothing but bounce off the walls and wreak havoc on themselves and anyone in their vicinity. This is what makes “The Gang Beats Boggs” one of the best episodes in the series.

The episode finds the five Philadelphia natives trying to beat Wade Boggs’ record of consuming 70 drinks during a cross-country flight.

While the Gang’s antics are usually based on nothing but nonsense, this true story only adds another level of hilarity to the episodes. The cherry on top is a brief appearance by Wade Boggs himself. In an interview, Charlie Day said that not only was Boggs happy to participate in the episode, but that his real-life record was a lot more impressive than previously thought.

4 Saved: Michael Naughton as the Waiter

Michael Naughton first appeared up in “The Gang Dines Out,” where he is a server at one of the finest restaurants in Philadelphia. He’s crossed paths with the Gang a number of times since, and every time the Waiter emerges worse for wear.

Just this season, Naughton appeared in “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot,” where he is now working as a flight attendant. Once again, the Waiter tries to get the Gang to acknowledge how they’ve sabotaged him in the past. But once again, the Gang can’t remember who he is.

Naughton plays the Waiter with a kind of obsessive desperation beneath his everyman facade; he seems like someone who really would let the Gang get the better of him. He’s also the kind of supporting character that rewards loyal fans every time he pops back up.

3 Hurt: Stephen Collins as Bruce Mathis

Stephen Collins popped up in season two and three of It’s Always Sunny, where he played Bruce Mathis, the biological father of Dennis and Dee. Bruce invests most of his time and money helping out various charities around the world, making him a polar opposite of his children. This also made Collins — who was best known for playing Reverend Eric Camden on 7th Heaven — seem like an ideal fit for the part.

In the years since, Collins has both been accused and admitted to being an abuser. The actor has obviously not appeared on the show since, but going back and watching these episodes with Collins can be more than a little discomfiting.

2 Saved: Kaitlin Olson as Dee Reynolds

With Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton working on the show right from the very beginning, the actors were afforded the opportunity to mold their characters as they saw fit. However, the character of Dee Reynolds was developed before an actress was cast, and she was originally meant to be the Gang’s voice of reason.

Thankfully, Kaitlin Olson nabbed the role, and over time Dee became just as hilariously pathetic as the other members of the Gang.

Being a former member of The Groundlings, Olson clearly had talent as a comedic performer — which might also explain why Dee fancies herself as a bit of an improv comic. The actress isn’t afraid to make Dee as embarrassing as possible, which adds an element of cringe-comedy to the show that’s not found in the other characters.

1 Saved: Rob McElhenney as Mac

Without Rob McElhenney, there would be no It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The struggling actor/writer decided to put plans for the series into motion after a number of other projects fell through. With the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, McElhenney made a short episode of the series, which he used to pitch the sitcom. Over a decade later, McElhenney still serves as an executive produces while continuing to write a number of episodes.

As far as his role of Mac is concerned, McElhenney isn’t afraid to take the character in different directions.

He put on a whopping 50 pounds for season seven and Mac finally came out of the closet for good last year — just a few of the many ways McElhenney has kept the show feeling fresh after thirteen seasons.

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2018-10-07 02:10:26 – Dylan Dembrow

SNL Distances Themselves from Kanye West During Weekend Update

The week after Kanye West’s unaired pro-Trump ramblings during the season 44 premiere of Saturday Night Live, a few of the show’s cast members have made their feelings regarding the incident clear. Though Leslie Jones had previously expressed hope that the show might steer away from politics, that definitely wasn’t the case with this episode, which began with Matt Damon guest starring as Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings. And things only got more political from there.

West, who performed as the musical guest for the Adam Driver-hosted episode, donned a “Make America Great Again” hat for his final performance of the night. While performing “Ghost Town” with Kid Cudi and 070 Shake, the rapper invited the SNL members up on stage to close out the night. Though the cameras were off by this point, West apparently took a break from singing to launch into an aimless rant that touched on Donald Trump, slavery, and the media that was captured by audience members like Chris Rock. A week later, the Weekly Update team was joined on air by Pete Davidson to discuss what happened.

Related: SNL Weekend Update Defies Censoring with ‘S-Hole’ Trump Sketch

Davidson began by commenting on West’s mental health and calling West’s speech “one of the worst, most awkward things” he’s ever experienced while working on the show, comparing it to an encounter with Chevy Chase. Davidson refutes West’s claim that he was bullied for wearing the MAGA hat but pointed out that everyone wears “stupid” things, including himself.

The comedian continued, addressing West’s belief that slavery isn’t real, and pointing out how wrong that is. He added that West is “a genius, but like, a musical genius,” thus insinuating that he doesn’t want to hear about politics from the rapper. Davidson then addressed the importance of mental health, albeit in joke form. West expressed that the person he is now is “the real” him, because he isn’t taking prescription medications. Davidson, who has been open about his own struggles with bipolar disorder, encouraged West to reconsider getting on medication, mentioning how well it works for him. He sent his point home with a well-received statement: “Being mentally ill is not an excuse to act like a jacka**.”

This is far from the first time that West has pushed the buttons of his peers in the entertainment community: a reference to the sunken place from Get Out sparked a tweet from the film’s writer and director Jordan Peele. He also hilariously sparked comparisons to Avengers: Infinity War big bad Thanos last month. West has been on SNL in the past, and this probably isn’t enough to earn him a ban, but considering his choice to shut down his social media accounts following the incident, he may not be willing to go back in the future.

More: Kenan Thompson to Star in New NBC Sitcom, Might Leave SNL

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2018-10-07 01:10:58 – Becca Bleznak

Kenan Thompson to Star in New NBC Sitcom, Might Leave SNL

Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson is set to play the lead in a brand new NBC sitcom, which might prompt the comedic actor to leave SNL. Importantly, nothing is set in stone as of yet, and Thompson has not made any official statement concerning what he will decide to do now that NBC has decided to move forward with producing the sitcom. However, if the sitcom is ordered to series, Thompson may have no choice but to say goodbye to his SNL gig.

NBC’s new comedy is titled Saving Larry, and stars Thompson as a father who must juggle the challenges of raising his children on his own following the death of his wife, and the presence of an overbearing father-in-law. Notably, SNL creator Lorne Michaels is also a producer on this new single-camera sitcom.

Related: Leslie Jones Hopes SNL Season 44 Focuses Less On Politics

Though news of Thompson’s casting in a new NBC sitcom is an exciting one for comedy fans, there’s a bittersweet element to the announcement. Deadline reports that Thompson might in fact end up leaving Saturday Night Live behind in favor of Saving Larry, due to the fact that it would be difficult for the actor to balance the workload of starring in two series full-time. This is despite recent comments that Thompson would like to stay on SNL forever.”

Thompson is SNL’s longest-tenured cast member, having starred in a whopping 15 seasons to date. He began his stint on the venerable sketch series back in 2003, and has gone on to become one of the show’s most celebrated and recognizable talents, even collecting an Emmy nomination for his work playing a host of famous characters. Whereas some consider SNL to be especially strong as of late thanks to cast members like Thompson and its ongoing political commentary on the Trump administration, others beg to differ. The NBC variety show was in headlines this week when original cast member Chevy Chase offered some scathing critiques of his old series, claiming that he was “amazed” that Michaels had “gone so low” with the quality of its recent sketches.

If Thompson leaves, SNL might in fact be in a bind, as it would bid farewell to what is arguably its strongest talent. It would follow other recent major departures such as Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan, both of whom left last year and whose absences are still felt in current episodes. Still, Thompson’s potential departure does have a silver lining. SNL is famous for showcasing new and upcoming talents and jumpstarting careers, and though Thompson’s absence would leave a hole in the cast, it would leave room for other young talents to come in and begin their own journeys to comedic success.

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2018-09-21 07:09:12 – Caitlin Leale

8 Iconic Sitcom Characters Fans Barely Noticed Were Recast (And 12 Way Too Obvious)



When it comes to sitcoms, there has been a longstanding tradition of recasting characters during a series run. Whether this happened immediately, mid-series, or in a show’s final season, it’s been an occurring theme in television since the early days of black and white programming. On some occasions, TV shows never fully recovered from a character’s recasting. Other times, the show soldiered on despite an actor’s notable absence. Surprisingly, in some cases, audiences never even noticed the switch.

The reasons behind these unexpected changes are vast. There are many instances of an actor not getting along with their co-stars and proving themselves difficult to work with. Sometimes, the replacements came because of a child who wasn’t interested in having a job at such a young age. In the infamous case of the two Beckys on Roseanne, Lecy Goranson simply wanted to go to college. In other instances, the transition is still a mystery.

Whatever the reason for the outcome, the recasting of sitcom characters still happens today, which is shocking considering how public behind-the-scenes drama is in the era of social media. It seems showrunners just become attached to their characters and would rather see an acting shift than starting from scratch…

Here are 8 Iconic Sitcom Characters Fans Barely Noticed Were Recast (And 12 Way Too Obvious).

20 Obvious: Aunt Viv (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

The Aunt Viv switch has a long and ugly history, which is unfortunate considering Janet Hubert is the obvious fan favorite. After three seasons, she left the role and was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid.

Unfortunately, Will Smith and Hubert have had a long-standing feud over the replacement, both with drastically different ideas of what went wrong. Other actors on the show, including Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks), have claimed that she was difficult on set.

While the cast loved working with Reid, audiences agreed she never lived up to Hubert’s standard. When the actors reunited recently without Hubert, the drama resurfaced, proving the tension has yet to fade.

19 Barely Noticed: Morgan (Boy Meets World)

When it comes to the Matthews children, Morgan was an undeniable cutie but she was often overshadowed by the other kids on the show. Lily Nicksay (now Gibson) portrayed the character for the first two seasons of the series.

Lindsay Ridgeway, the face you’re probably more familiar with, took over the role in season three and continued until the series ended after season seven. According to Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter), Nicksay was too young and uninterested in working.

Despite the fact that Ridgeway was three years older than Nicksay, the change didn’t make much of an impact on the show.

In a cheeky movie, both actors appeared in the series finale of the show’s spin-off, Girl Meets World.

18 Barely Noticed: Lily (Modern Family)

Lily, the adorable adopted daughter of Cam and Mitchell, was originally played by Ella and Jaden Hiller, who were mere babies at the time. They were replaced by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons in season three.

The switch was no secret, but if it didn’t happen during the internet age, the change probably would have gone completely unnoticed.

Babies change so much that it never really feels like a different actress took over the part.

Anderson-Emmons was only four when she was cast and audiences have watched her grow for the last seven years. She’s often praised for her deadpan delivery and sarcastic take on the character.

17 Obvious: Ann (Arrested Development)

Originally, the part of Ann Veal (George Michael’s painfully plain and dull girlfriend) was meant to be played by a different actress in every episode. However, Mae Whitman stuck around after replacing Alessandra Torresani in season two.

Torresani only played Egg, uh, Ann for one episode so the change wasn’t considered a big deal by fans. In fact, the switch probably would have gone unnoticed if it wasn’t for Whitman’s longstanding career in Hollywood.

By the time she joined Arrested Development in 2003, Whitman had already appeared in over 30 films and television shows, including Independence Day. Since Whitman was such a well-known face, the recasting of Ann Veal was much more obvious than it needed to be.

16 Obvious: Carol (Friends)

The role of Carol Willick-Bunch was only played by Anita Barone is the series’ second episode, but the switch to Jane Sibbett was still glaringly obvious.

This was due to the fact that the two women looked absolutely nothing alike.

Sibbet also dove in and portrayed Carol with great energy, comedic timing, and likability. Of course, Barone cannot be blamed for not matching up considering she wasn’t given the same opportunity to explore the character.

However, it will always be a shame that audiences missed the opportunity to watch Sibbet be the one to break Carol’s pregnancy news to Ross.

15 Barely Noticed: Claire Tanner (Full House)

Every Full House fan loves the third season episode when Doris Roberts shows up as Danny’s mom. However, Alice Hirson played the part of Claire Tanner twice in the first season, including the series’ pilot.

By the time Roberts made her appearance, enough time had passed that audiences probably forget they’d ever met the character before, which was lucky considering how drastically different the actors portrayed the role.

Hirson had a sweet yet stern demeanor whereas Roberts brought her classic boisterous nature to the role. It’s a shame she never came back after that first appearance.   

14 Obvious: Laurie (That ’70s Show)

The Forman’s eldest child isn’t the first character that comes to mind when you reminisce on That ’70s Show, but Lisa Robin Kelly’s portray of Laurie Forman was excellent.

Kelly left the show during the third season and wasn’t mentioned again until she briefly returned in season five.

Her return only lasted four episodes, however, and she was ultimately replaced by Christina Moore in season six. While Moore definitely had the Laurie look down, she couldn’t match up to Kelly’s comedic timing and only lasted six episodes.

Perhaps if Kelly hadn’t returned for the brief period, the transition between actors wouldn’t have been so glaringly obvious. Sadly, the character never returned during the show’s final two seasons and Kelly passed away in 2013, leaving Laurie Forman as her legacy.

13 Barely Noticed: Frank (Seinfeld)

Jerry Stiller was so iconic as George Costanza’s father, it’s hard to believe anyone else ever dared take on the role. John Randolph, known for many classic films, played Frank in one episode during season four before Stiller claimed the role.

In retrospect, it’s more surprising to think that Seinfeld ran for so long before introducing the hilarious Constanzas in season four. Stiller remained a member of the Seinfeld family from seasons five to nine and is considered one of the funniest recurring characters of the series.

In fact, John Randolph’s scenes were eventually reshot by Stiller for syndication, so there’s a good chance you’ve never even seen Randolph’s appearance.

12 Obvious: Becky (Roseanne)

The Becky swap is perhaps one of the most memorable changes in sitcom history because the show chose to have fun with it. After five seasons of Lecy Goranson playing the eldest Connor child, there was no way to replace her without turning a few heads.

Goranson left the show to attend college and the creators weren’t prepared to let the character go, so they brought in Sarah Chalke. The girls look fairly similar, which later led to a very catchy “Identical Beckys” jingle.

Goranson returned to the show in season six and in a rare move, the two actors shared the role.

This became a running gag on the series until Chalke took the part over completely during the final season. Both women returned to the short-lived Roseanne reboot, with Goranson playing Becky and Chalke portraying a brand new character.

11 Barely Noticed: Marta (Arrested Development)

Leonor Varela, aka Marta 1.0, only appeared on the show for two episodes before leaving to film a movie. She was replaced by Patricia Velasquez, aka Marta 2.0, who played the character for the rest of season one.

The fight over Marta was one of the first big conflicts between GOB and Michael, but the change happened quickly, the switch didn’t make much of an impact on the series.

The character never returned after season one. A Marta 3.0 was featured in the show’s third season, but whether or not she was supposed to be the Marta was unclear.

10 Obvious: Mindy (Friends)

In another case of “this would have gone unnoticed if one actor wasn’t famous,” Jennifer Grey originated the role of Rachel’s pre-Friends best friend, Mindy.

In season one, Rachel starts seeing her ex Barry again, despite the fact that he’s engaged to Mindy. This is a serious breach of girl code, obviously. Then, in the season two finale, the character returns for the big wedding.

Jana Marie Hupp played the bride in one of the show’s saddest episodes (we love you, Richard) and she did just fine, but audiences were definitely disappointed that Grey didn’t make another appearance on the show.

9 Obvious: Ryan (Last Man Standing)

During the first season of the Tim Allen’s latest sitcom, Last Man Standing, the character Ryan was portrayed by Nick Jonas. He gets Kristen pregnant in high school, skips town, and returns in season two as a completely different actor, Jordan Masterson.

The two men do look similar, but you can’t exactly replace a Jonas Brother without ruffling a few feathers.

Considering the whole concept of the character is that he’s a “sissy Democrat vegan,” it’s no surprise Nick Jonas moved on to bigger and better things.

Masterson is expected to return now that the show has been un-canceled by Fox.

8 Barely Noticed: Chuck (Happy Days)

The disappearance of Chuck on Happy Days was so odd it sparked an entire TV trope called the “Chuck Cunningham Syndrome”. This, of course, is when a television character disappears and is never mentioned again.

Not only was Chuck an infamous forgotten character, but in his short life, he was played by two different actors.

Richie’s older brother was originally portrayed by Gavan O’Herlihy during the first ten episodes. Randolph Roberts replaced him in the second season, showed up for two episodes, and then was never to be seen again. At least he avoided jumping the shark, like Fonzie did!

7 Obvious: Darrin (Bewitched)

The story of Samantha the witch and her normal husband, Darrin, was incredibly charming and popular, but took a serious hit when they replaced the latter.

The network probably thought replacing Dick York with Dick Sargent was clever considering they had the same first name and looked strikingly similar.

Unfortunately, looks aren’t everything. The chemistry between Sargent and Elizabeth Montgomery didn’t even come close to that of her and York.

Sadly, Dick York’s departure was due to a back injury that led to a addiction. After he left Bewitched, he remained on his back for an entire year and fell on hard times for a while. Since audiences never warmed to Sargent, the final three seasons of the show took a major ratings dip.

6 Barely Noticed: Chris (The Partridge Family)

When the wholesome story of a singing family premiered in 1970, the youngest of the clan was played by Jeremy Gelbwaks. According to rumors, he was difficult to work with, and according to David Cassidy, had a “personality conflict” with the entire cast and producing team.

Considering he was only nine at the time, it’s hard to imagine just how difficult he was, but it caused him to be replaced by Brian Forster in the second season. Forster was considered the cuter of the two, a joke that came up often long after the show ended.

However, Gelbwaks and Forster both joined for future Partridge Family reunions, so things must have improved between Gelbwaks and the cast over the years.

5 Obvious: Nanny G (Cheers and Frasier)

In season ten of Cheers, it’s unexpectedly revealed that Frasier was married before Lilith to a famous children’s performer called Nanny G.

This was incredibly bizarre, but the character was played by Emma Thompson, so it worked.

Many years later, during the ninth season of Frasier, the character is seen for the second time in a hallucination in which Frasier is confronted by his past great loves. Dina Waters donned the silly costume this time, although, it would have been iconic to see Thompson again.

Finally, in season eleven of Frasier, we see Nanny G in the flesh for the first time in 14 years. This time, she’s played by Laurie Metcalf. Naturally, Metcalf is spectacular, but the fact that Thompson never returned was disappointing.

4 Obvious: Maggie (Diff’rent Strokes)

Dixie Carter played Maggie McKinney, Drummond’s girlfriend, during seasons six and seven of the hit sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. However, the show’s ratings dropped and it was canceled by NBC.

ABC decided to pick the show back up for a final season, but Carter chose not to return, and Mary Ann Mobley took over the role.

Considering the show was on its last legs, a casting change-up only added to the decline.

It was also odd that Mobley had played a different love interest of Drummond’s during an episode in season two. Any eagle-eyed fan would have found this addition strange.

3 Barely Noticed: Marilyn (The Munsters)

Beverley Owen played the “unattractive” Munster cousin for 13 episodes before leaving the ghoulish ’60s sitcom The Munsters. She had contractual obligations to remain on the show but allegedly loathed being there. She was reportedly often found crying onset, wishing she could go back to her home in New York.

Eventually, Owen was freed from her contract and was able to return to her home and fiancé, where she started her family and quit acting.

Pat Priest took over the role for the remaining 57 episodes, however, the two looked so similar that many people didn’t even notice the change.

2 Obvious: Marcia (The Bradys)

When The Brady Bunch ended in 1974, the cast probably didn’t think they’d continue playing the iconic roles for another 17 years. Maureen McCormick reprised her role as Marcia for The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, which aired for nine episodes in 1977. She also returned for the television movie The Brady Girls Get Married (1981) and the subsequent spin-off, The Brady Brides, which lasted ten episodes in 1981. In 1988, she reprised the role one last time in the TV movie, A Very Brady Christmas.

The final Brady show, The Bradys (1990), ran for six episodes with Leah Ayres portraying the eldest Brady daughter. While members of the fictional family had been recast before (Geri Reischl played Jan in the Variety Hour and Jennifer Runyon played Cindy in A Very Brady Christmas), the Marcia change was the most notable.

 Considering the fact that Ayres looked nothing like McCormick, the change just added to the extreme discomfort of it all.

1 Obvious: Harriet (Family Matters)

The departure of JoMarie Payton as Harriet Winslow was a huge surprise considering Family Matters was created as a spin-off for her character from Perfect Strangers.

She left the show halfway through the final season, which led people to believe that there was drama surrounding her absence.

Rumors circulated over the cast’s distaste for Steve Urkel, who originally showed up in the 12th episode of the series and wasn’t meant to return. Revamping the show around Jaleel White was certainly a shock to the cast, but considering Payton remained on the series for another eight years, it’s safe to say she parted for other reasons. According to the actress, she was just ready to do something new.

Judyann Elder only portrayed Harriet for the final eight episodes, but Payton’s absence made the last days of the show a disappointment.

Did we miss any obvious sitcom recastings? Let us know in the comments!



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