Over the course of the show’s first two seasons you could pick out Bart Gets An F, as it’s still the most watched episode in the show’s history, its pilot Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire, Bart The General for its use of homage, or Bart The Daredevil and Lisa’s Substitute for their combination of huge laughs and heart. The likes of Stark Raving Dad, which co-starred Michael Jackson, Mr Lisa Goes To Washington, Bart The Murderer, Saturday’s Thunder, Flaming Moe’s, Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk, Radio Bart, and Colonel Homer are all bona-fide television landmarks. There’s one episode from ‘The Simpsons’s’ third season, though, that just pips the others when it comes to iconic status, especially since, back in 1992, it was the first ever new episode to beat a new ‘Cosby Show’ episode in the ratings, too.
When The Flash began back in 2014, I grew to love it very quickly. In part that was simply because of the level of quality it maintained – I’d still argue that Fast Enough, the first season finale to The Flash, is one of the best episodes of the show to date, as well as being one of the best episodes of superhero television in general – but also because it offered something a little different to what we’d seen before. The Flash was coming at a point when superhero properties felt particularly desaturated and cynical – with Arrow on the small screen and Man of Steel exploding into cinemas, The Flash was a meaningful step in the opposite direction.
It’s an indisputable fact that Steve Buscemi makes anything 15 times better. While ‘Broad City’ has never and hopefully will never verge close to being as atrocious as the above, co-creators and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson have recognised that even their delightful show could also be elevated by Buscemi. YUPPPPPP #BTS #BC4 (anyone know Steve Buscemi's handle???)????????????
This week’s Legion takes us deep into David’s mind. It was a lot slower and it delved deep into David’s backstory… and even if the exposition was delivered in a rather neat way, it was still a lot of story to tell. What the hell is going on in David’s mind?
Louis Theroux has covered everything from scientology to alcoholism and gambling additions throughout his impressive career as a documentary filmmaker, but now he is taking on a brand new subject: Donald Trump.
The 26-year-old star, who won the tenth series of the TV talent show last year, has admitted that he’s managed to keep hold of the staggering sum, only dipping into the jackpot to purchase a designer handbag for his sister. Richard explained to BANG! Showbiz (via The List): “I bought my sister a Michael Kors handbag – it’s the one she wanted.
Jessie Buckley does love a period drama! Critically acclaimed for her role as Marya Bolkonskaya in last year’s War and Peace, Buckley had rarely been seen in anything set in modern times – TV mini series Shades of Love is the only exception. Having made her mark with second place to Jodie Prenger in I’d Do Anything, Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s hunt for Nancy in 2008, music became Buckley’s focus until graduating from RADA in 2013, when Shakespeare beckoned with stage roles in The Tempest, Henry V and The Winter’s Tale.
Okay Nashville fans, this is going to be a bit of a combo review with some thoughts about the latest episode (“Stand By Me,” episode 5.08) and a few about season 5 in general. In episode 8, Rayna and Deacon continued to show off their sweet, sexy, healthy marriage, even in the midst of the stalker drama (more on that in a bit).
As much as we can expect the show to return to its bad patterns in a few weeks or so, I’m at least looking forward to some new episodes, which is a blessing in itself. Well, Rick wrestled a zombie from the junkyard apocalypse, Daryl and Carol reunited and the show continued to have a level of smirking self-awareness. It was fun and I’m particularly enjoying certain aspects of these new episodes.
A new trailer for The Leftovers Season 3 has appeared online, with Kevin Garvey jetting off to pastures new. As you can see, The Leftovers hasn’t stepped away from its grim and gritty tone, with just as much violence, soul searching and civil unrest as the previous seasons.
‘Silicon Valley’ has always done a superb job of reshuffling its plot while testing but ultimately maintaining the relationships between its characters. While the above trailer might have been a little low on laugh out moments, even though the footage of Richard getting his foot trapped in the door after kicking it in frustration immediately made me chortle, it suggested that fourth season of ‘Silicon Valley’ sees the show undergo something of a reboot. From the clip we can ascertain that Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and Jared (Zach Woods) form a new faction of Pied Piper after Big Head (Josh Brener) and Erlich (T.J. Miller)’s company Bachmanity became the new owners of Pied Piper at the end of the third season.
While ‘Veep’ has never given us a reason to doubt its credentials, the end of its fifth season, and the fact that Selina Meyers was no longer in the White House, meant that you couldn’t help but ever so slightly question where the sitcom was heading. WARNING: The below footage features some explicit language that some people might find offensive. All I needed was 33 seconds to make me start counting the hours, minutes and seconds until ‘Veep’s’ return.
The BBC confirmed today that not only will The Blue Planet return for another series later this year, but also that Sir David Attenborough is once more on-board as its presenter. The seminal 2001 series is among the very best of the esteemed BBC Natural History Unit’s considerable output. It sits alongside Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Life as a true masterpiece of the TV nature documentary format.
Channel 4 made a crazy decision to switch their Sunday night schedule with little explanation and cancel the fifth episode of Homeland season six last night. Homeland finally returned to screens last month and has had fans gripped from the start, as Clare Danes reprised her role as the Central Intelligence Agency officer Carrie Mathison who battles with bipolar disorder and in this season, the turmoil caused by the incoming of a new US president.
Don’t worry Walking Dead fans… the show is not going anywhere for a long time if its creators are to be believed. Fare thee well fellow traveller. Well MOVIEidol reckons that the last thing we’re going to see on the show or in the comics (or both) is a cut to Carl 40 or 50 years in the future and the scene will reveal that the whole show has basically been Carl as an old man telling his companions (maybe his grandkids?) the story of his father Rick during the zombie apocalypse.
The Carter family got ever smaller recently when Danny-Boy Hatchard’s troubled character finally bowed out of Eastenders after months of dealing with crippling depression and getting himself into more and more trouble with his tolerant wife Whitney and his dad Mick Carter. Many speculated that Lee Carter was going to commit suicide as the culmination of his harrowing storyline that saw him bullied at work, unable to live up to his own unrealistic expectations of the husband he should be, and dealing with the guilt of his many ill-advised decisions. In recent episodes Lee left Whitney leaving a note saying that he didn’t love her anymore.
Instead, Emma Robert’s Vee survived and the film ended happily ever after. What if the film had had the guts to end it with the shock death and the potent socio-political message? As much as I wanted it, it never materialised and the film is likely to disappear and be forgotten.
The final lot finally – it has dragged a bit, hasn’t it? We’ve seen a lot of people who didn’t make it through, and the first two this week fell into that pool.
In such a tight competition though, Gary’s reasoning made sense: A new mix of boys would be at a disadvantage going into the final against Nightfall and Five to Five, who’ve basically owned the last two weeks. Thus Drive made it through intact, though I admit I was hoping Iron Sun’s charismatic Jordan and Harry, whose vocal was again outstanding this week, could have joined them. Singing poignant Beatles songs (Something in the Way She Moves for Drive, The Long and Winding Road for Iron Sun) there was very little to choose between them in the sing off.
Season Seven Part 1 of The Walking Dead didn’t exactly help to bring in new fans, in fact, it pretty much-convulsed viewers every week. The expectation hasn’t been this low for a TWD premiere in years so it makes complete sense that we were so unenthused for the rest of this season that the newest episode was actually pretty good. For a lot of reasons actually, This isn’t the sort of episode that everyone likes but really only serves as a full on zombie action extravaganza.
EastEnders star Danny-Boy Hatchard thanked fans for their support last night as his character Lee Carter bowed out from the show. Fans saw Lee abandon his wife Whitney leave Walford for Dover and a fresh start, after months of struggling with depression and mental health issues. The actor posted a video to Twitter on Friday night, telling fans that the response from fans had been amazing, and getting to portray mental illness and have a “positive impact on someone else’s life” had been an honour.
Coronation Street fans were left aghast last night after the shows storyline involving child grooming took a dramatic and dark turn. Bethany Platt, at the centre of the latest storyline involving under-age grooming and sex rings, lost her virginity to abuser Nathan Curtis after his friend Mel spiked the 15-year old and got her drunk at a nightclub. Viewers saw Bethany, played by actress Lucy Fallon, undressed in Nathan’s bed after being taken to his flat.
EastEnders fans were rocked by the news that Danny Dyer, who plays the much-loved character of Mick Carter, would be taking a break from the show this year due to ‘exhaustion’. Say it isn’t so, guys! We’re not sure we could handle Mick leaving the show – and let’s face it, if Mick goes, so does the rest of the Carter clan. Well, thankfully EastEnders producers have confirmed that Danny’s short break is NOT permanent.
Watching the Shakil and Bex saga unfold on EastEnders has got us feeling all kinds of teenage angst over the past few months, with Bex’s heartache-laced guitar-strumming providing a fitting backing track to the weeks of tears, traumas and Snapchat-based naughtiness. Now, viewers can get the chance to hear Bex’s songs in full after the actress, Jasmine Armfield, made her latest ballad ‘Boxed Up Broken Heart’ available online. EastEnders hasn’t been this meta since Billy ran in the Olympics!