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Miscellaneous TV Write-ups

See below links to my miscellaneous write-ups on all things television for Culturess, /Film, and ScreenRant.

Culturess

10 shows that prove we’re in a golden age of queer comedies

77th annual Golden Globes live stream: Watch online

Abbi Jacobson and D’Arcy Carden to star in Amazon’s A League of Their Own remake

Bob’s Burgers: Our 10 favorite episodes, ranked by how much we love them

Bob’s Burgers: The definitive ranking of Thanksgiving episodes

Cheryl and Toni, Micah and Jose, and 5 other LGBTQ+ couples we’re obsessed with this year

Everything we know about HBO Max so far

GLAAD reports more LGBTQ+ characters than ever before on television

GLOW’s cancellation highlights a frustrating trend regarding which shows Netflix axes

Haute Dog is here to brighten up your 2020 with fun antics and cute dogs

Here’s how you can watch Hulu’s Hillary docuseries online

Hulu’s Hillary: A portrait of America’s most hated woman

James Comey is no hero, and Showtime’s The Comey Rule won’t change that

Netflix piloting a speed-binge feature for some terrible reason

No one asked for a Weeds sequel, but we’re getting it anyway

PEN15’s sophomore season is full of heart and magic

SNL’s cold open is the queer pandering we deserve

Space Force: Everything we know about Steve Carell’s new show so far

The Crown’s season 3 trailer is finally here!

The first Stranger Things 4 teaser arrives “from Russia with love”

Transgender actress Josie Totah set to star in Saved by the Bell reboot

Haute Dog’s Jess Rona spills the tea on competitive dog grooming

Haute Dog’s Matt Rogers shares the secrets of hosting and culture

The trailer for Shrill’s final season shows off a bold and brave Annie

Shrill’s final season is a bittersweet testament to friendship

Final season of Special sees Ryan fully embrace his identity

/Film

The 20 Best Bob’s Burgers Episodes Ranked

15 Shows Like Brooklyn Nine-Nine You Need To See

ScreenRant

Joe Pera Talks With You: The 10 Best Episodes, Ranked According To IMDb

Mrs. Fletcher: 10 Cringiest Moments From Season 1

New Girl’s Coach: 9 Major Characters Who Had to Leave Sitcoms

Queer Eye: 5 Things Netflix’s Reboot Does Better Than the Original (& 5 It Does Worse)

Queer Eye: We’re In Japan! 10 Hilarious & Unforgettable Memes

Sex Education: 10 Hilarious Memes Only Netflix Fans Will Understand

The Circle: 10 Things That Prove It’s A Reality Show Version Of Black Mirror

Bling Empire: Most Popular Cast Members, Ranked By Instagram Followers

Lupin: The Main Characters, Ranked By Intelligence

Molly

SNL 40: Growing Up a Comedy Nerd

In case you’re like most of the world and haven’t been watching NBC for the past few weeks, Saturday Night Live aired its 3.5 hour-long 40th anniversary special last night. The show was about 2 hours too long, but it was a fun tour de force for those who made SNL history and those who simply watched it.

Lorne Michaels explained that they invited anyone who ever hosted, was a musical guest, or was in the cast for at least a year. So, yeah, it was a big night (Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Laraine Newman, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, etc., etc.). Unlike normal SNL episodes where audience gags had random people in the crowd, last night’s audience gags would have Bradley Cooper and Chris Lowell giggling in the background, or Jon Lovitz the ghost watching on.

Overall, the whole thing was fun, but kind of one big circle jerk. One thing about SNL is it’s always had to balance its New York audience and the need to appeal to a wider, mass audience. Last night was no different. There was a long, sentimental montage about New York and 9/11 within the first hour of the show that, while appreciated, is still a bit boring for someone whose never lived outside of Oklahoma (or even been to New York). And then there were the jokes themselves.

I guess I was surprised that pretty much every single sketch was about SNL itself, which feels a bit like a missed opportunity considering all of the great talent there. Yes, it was a dream come true to have Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Jane Curtin behind the Update desk, but it would have been even better to hear them tell actual Update jokes for the full segment rather than tell a few throwaway masturbatory SNL jokes for 2 minutes.

Perhaps the weirdest part of the night was Eddie Murphy. SNL made such a big deal about bringing Eddie Murphy back for the first time since he left 30 years ago, I had pretty high expectations (along with a lot of other people, I presume). Before he came on, Chris Rock gave a full Eddie Murphy sermon, talking about how Eddie saved the show when it was near cancellation in the non-Lorne years and how there would never be a next-Eddie Murphy. All for Eddie Murphy to walk out and say, “Yeah, this is cool,” then be disappointed that they didn’t cut to commercial break sooner. Considering the show was at quite a lull then, it would have been nice if Murphy could’ve saved the 40th special, too, or at least act like he cared as much as Chris Rock.

All that said, last night was still fun to watch because it reminded me how much the show means to me and to a lot of other people. Throughout the special, they aired montages of old sketches and reduxed old sketches. Even the sketches I didn’t watch live were so immortal, I grew up with them (The Land Shark, Bass-o-matic, Mr. Bill to name a few). It was fun to relive every aspect of SNL history and rekindle my love for the show that started as a young child (probably too young–I remember singing the Ambiguously Gay Duo theme song on the playground without really getting the joke).

In short, SNL was my primary education in comedy, and last night was like the best family reunion ever–a little awkward at times when your weird uncle shows up late and drunk (I’m looking at you, Chevy), but you’re still glad you went.

Now go YouTube clips from last night, because I can’t pick just one to embed here.

Did you watch? I’d like to know what you think.

Molly