TV Club Classic: Only one monkey butler on this week’s Classic Simpsons, but he’ll train others

The kids of Springfield Elementary have long been one of The Simpsons‘ most fertile subgenres. Take some combination of Bart and Lisa, Nelson and Milhouse, Sheri and Terri, and Skinner and Krabappel, shake ‘em up, and good episodes come out. “Das Bus” may be one of the best examples—here, in the middle of the relatively uneven and clearly-declining ninth season, […]

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TV Club: A disappointing Saturday Night Live premiere at least offers one cast member a chance to break out

“I’m not an actor, I’m a [pop] star!” According to the internet (which would know), the internet was ablaze with even more than usual preemptive dudgeon as Miley Cyrus’ third hosting gig grew near. The facts that this is her third hosting stint, that she’d done serviceable work in her last two appearances, and that she is hardly the first […]

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What’s On Tonight: Head to Texas for a second helping of The Leftovers

Top pick The Leftovers (HBO, 9 p.m.): One of the most arresting, disorienting, heartbreaking, and polarizing shows of last year returns for another year of rampant PTSD, white outfits and chain-smoking, dogs for whom feral doesn’t go far enough, and the increasing desperation of trying to live in a world that can remove two percent of its population at random […]

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Newswire: Someone just spent $450,000 on a model spaceship from Star Wars

Setting a new record in the field of “nerds spending good money on fake Star Wars crap,” auctioneers Profiles In History have announced that someone just spent $450,000 on a spaceship model from the iconic 1977 film. Specifically, the craft in question is the blockade runner, the ship carrying Princess Leia and the Death Star plans, which is boarded at […]

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