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TV Club: Futurama: “The Day The Earth Stood Stupid”/ “That’s Lobstertainment!”

“The Day The Earth Stood Stupid” (season 3, episode 9; originally aired 2/18/2001) In which uhhhh… der… Who is Nibbler? What is Nibbler? How is Nibbler? Why is Nibbler? Where is—ah, right, you get it, moving on. When the furry little cutie-pie was introduced back in the show’s first season (“Love’s Labours Lost In Space”), the joke seemed so obvious […]

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TV Club: The Middle: “Two of a Kind” / The Goldbergs: “As You Wish”

The Middle: “Two of a Kind” As long as it’s not something that turns into a habit, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a series delivering an episode that coasts almost completely on the charm of its guest stars, but it’s particularly acceptable when it’s a series like The Middle, which almost never goes down that road. Frankly, after having Jerry […]

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Movie Review: There are no Liam Neeson heroics in the fact-based hostage drama 24 Days

In the Taken films, Liam Neeson works alone, and gets shit done: The series is a gung-ho fantasy of a vigilante outpacing the authorities in the search for wrongfully imprisoned innocents. By contrast, the French docudrama 24 Days, about a young man who is taken and held for ransom, takes place in the real world; scrupulously based on a real-life […]

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Run The Series: We ride the Fast And Furious series from B-movie start to A-list finish

With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment. The summer of 2001 was a big season for sequels, even by modern standards. There were follow-ups to Rush Hour, The Mummy, and American Pie; even Jurassic Park III did well. In addition, many of that summer’s non-sequels became part […]

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TV Club: The Americans: “March 8, 1983”

There’s historical significance to the title of “March 8, 1983”: It’s the date on which Ronald Reagan made the most inflammatory remarks of his presidency, arguing that the United States should increase its nuclear arsenal in order to protect itself from the “evil empire” of the USSR. But from The Americans‘ perspective—which uses American history as context rather than content—March […]

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TV Club: Big Time In Hollywood, FL: “A Night In”

After last week’s action-packed episode, “To Catch A Paparazzi” (an episode of television featuring both Gooding brothers), “A Night In” has a high bar to clear, just in terms of keeping up the pace and possibly taking things to an even crazier level. It’s a lofty goal, because “To Catch A Paparazzi” was legitimately a cocaine-fueled nightmarish hellscape. By the […]

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Newswire: Adam Arkin to play a mob boss on the second season of Fargo

According to Entertainment Weekly, the second season of Fargo has found a villain: Sons Of Anarchy and Justified’s Adam Arkin, who was already signed on to direct the final two episodes of this season of Fargo. Arkin will be playing Hamish Broker, a “mid-level manager in the Kansas City crime syndicate.” EW says that Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley gave him […]

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