It’s a fact — Halloween breeds the best festive television. Of all the holidays that lead TV execs to scream, “WORK THAT IN, DAMNIT!” at their writing staff, October 31st gives sitcoms, crime shows, cartoons and dramas much more creative breathing room than the other biggies. Think about it — no one has to learn an important lesson about family (Christmas), romantic relationships aren’t paramount (Valentine’s Day), and nobody’s got to be thankful for nothin’ (Thanksgiving — clearly). As kids, watching our favorite characters dress up for the big night meant we could officially start counting down the days until we could get so jacked on free candy, we’d nearly barf. This year, why not recapture that magic (minus the hurling) and make 2014’s freakiest Friday your best ever? Start by taking a look at some festive TV favorites that’ll have you flashing right back to your trick-or-treating days. Read more on Ask Men…
Of the many icy, headband-wielding women who have traipsed across our screens in television history, Blair Waldorf is by far one of the most legendary. While “Gossip Girl” has long finished filming, Blair’s freakishly coordinated clothing and conniving power plays still linger in my heart. She may be a bitchy control freak, even a bully, but she never pretends to be anyone but herself, and that’s what makes her my favorite Upper East Sider. Every teenage “Gossip Girl” viewer could relate to the fact that no matter how hard Blair tries to create a veneer of perfection, she still struggles with feelings of inadequacy against her sunny, effortless BFF Serena. The self-awareness that separates Blair and Serena is ultimately what makes Queen B so superior. Serena continuously sees herself as some kind of compassionate goddess, oblivious to how selfish her every move is, while Blair is proudly self-serving and a never-ending fountain of grim-but-true wisdom. So, apropos of nothing (okay, maybe it’s to balance out all the attention Serena’s real-life counterpart Blake Lively has been getting lately), here are some of Blair’s most striking zingers after the jump.
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Dear People Who Decided “American Horror Story” Should Air At 10 p.m.,
First, let me begin this letter as a thank you note for providing us fantastic entertainment and a weekly dose of Jessica Lange since October of 2011. Every season of your mini-series has been compelling, addictive and straight up scary, as expected. This brings me to my next point: why did you choose to have your hour-long, frightening show air at 10 p.m., just before most of the adults in the world have to turn out their lights and go to bed? Not cool. Keep reading »
“Degrassi” is returning to MTV Canada on October 28, and while these days it looks nothing like the previous versions of the show we once knew and loved, it’s still totally reason to celebrate. The original “Degrassi Junior High” series paved the way for the “Degrassi: Next Generation” series I binge-watched in high school, and the addictive saga of overdramatized teen crises still continues today. That school must be cursed, because its students are always facing an impossibly high (some might even say statistically unfathomable) amount of personal issues at any given time. I wouldn’t say the show mishandles teen issues, but it definitely adds its own uniquely overdone flavor to the characters’ plights — and that’s what we love about it. After the jump, 20 gloriously memorable “Degrassi” moments. Keep reading »
Know-it-all alpha dudes without a care in the world are great and all, but who doesn’t love that their neurotic sidekick just as much? TV and movies are full of lovable, mildly troubled neurotic souls who spend their days worrying, analyzing and questioning every event — and I have a major crush on them. The traits that make these guys so quirky also make them thoughtful and loving, right? Not all of them are the perfect boyfriend material I wish they were, as exhibited by their many failed onscreen relationships, but a girl can dream, can’t she? Here are 12 neurotic characters I’m totally into.