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Homestar Runner - Websites
Years later, it's still one of the funniest things on the net. And whenever I wear my (well-worn) Homestar Runner t-shirt, the nostalgic recognition of people on the street is priceless. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on January 3, 2013, 8:29 pm

Office, The - TV Shows
For me, I didn't envision the show lasting past Steve Carell leaving. It's a simple matter: Despite the fact that The Office functions as an ensemble show, Michael Scott was the emotional crux of the plot. Even if he wasn't always the focus, he was the one you remembered. Even when he was trying to be the center of attention, what he was doing was highlighting how wonderful all these other characters were. With Michael gone, the other characters had to be shifted in characterization because no one had this all-important role in the ensemble anymore. I stopped caring about these characters and their lives. Why? Because Michael Scott cared about them most of all, and he made me care about them in the process. Without him, the rest of the characters are irrelevant. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on January 3, 2013, 8:25 pm

Legends of the Hidden Temple - TV Shows
You ready, Olmec? LET'S ROCK AND ROLL. Loved this show. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on January 3, 2013, 8:21 pm

Roundhouse - TV Shows
Roundhouse for me was a superior kid-oriented sketch comedy show, much better than All That. The cast was multi-talented and energetic. The unfortunate death of cast member Dominic Lucero changes the legacy of the show indefinitely, but I think if the show had continued, it would be one of those truly unforgettable and easily recognized Nick shows like Clarissa Explains It All or Rugrats, instead of being the more unsung cult classic that it is. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on January 3, 2013, 8:20 pm

Entourage - TV Shows
I LOVE watching an entire cast fight desperately for screentime while undeserving of any of it. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on January 3, 2013, 8:17 pm

Friends - TV Shows
The last great classic sitcom. Sure, it pulled every possible, illogical boning move it could, but it also gave up some of the funniest moments in TV, some of the most classic quotes, and the ensemble of six was and still is one of the strongest ensembles in TV. I think we all look back at it now as a reminder of a bygone era, but that's a lot of TV. Sitcoms from the 80s don't make as much sense as much more current sitcoms do. Friends may not be timeless, and it is far from perfect, but I can't think of many stronger shows that weren't on a slow death-march from their seventh season on. Friends had an undeniable momentum from beginning to end. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on March 31, 2011, 1:35 pm

Daria - TV Shows
I still rock friends' minds when I tell them Daria was spun-off from Beavis and Butthead. Seriously, the shift from that show to this one I think represented a shift in sensibilities in general. I don't remember much of Beavis and Butthead, I remember laughing every once in a while but the humor was generally ineffectively juvenile. Then Daria appeared and I really loved it. I thought it was brilliant: great voice acting, funny plots, and well-made scripts. The show still stands as one of the funniest animated shows and I think, a little ahead of its time. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on May 19, 2010, 11:15 pm

Scrubs - TV Shows
The show was amazingly consistent throughout its run and they should have quit while they were ahead. While I think the show boned with Kim (because I just don't like Elizabeth Banks as an actress, at all) the re-start of the ninth season with the medical school and all just couldn't sustain. I watched a few of the first episodes and I thought, "This is actually starting stronger than where the very first season of Scrubs started." But it's devolved quickly and sadly, it's just treading water now. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on March 10, 2010, 11:26 pm

30 Rock - TV Shows
I watched it when it started and was bored as hell through the pilot. So I've missed the past couple seasons but started tuning in again because everyone around me who watches it loves it. It's pretty good. I think it's a lot more hit-and-miss and it makes me sad sometimes that it survived over Studio 60, but it's great to see Fey and Morgan on TV still and Baldwin is just great fun. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on March 10, 2010, 11:23 pm

Modern Family - TV Shows
What a great cast to assemble. It's GREAT to see O'Neill as a patriarch character again. He's one of the best of the show, followed by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his partner. Best gay couple on TV. I'm still not quite buying the dad, Phil, as a character but he's very funny. The show is emotional and comical, and one of my favorite new comedies, as well as one of the best comedies on TV now. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on March 10, 2010, 11:22 pm

Sara Ramirez - Celebrities
Awesome actress and an awesome singer. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on December 25, 2009, 6:10 pm

Saturday Night Live - TV Shows
Seriously, it's this season. I think SNL gets by a lot on reputation more often than not. But there's always some break-out sketches and definitely some break-out performers every season. Post-Will Ferrell and also Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig has been that performer for me and there've been some really creative stuff like the Digital Shorts from Andy Samberg and I always love Armisen in drag or Bill Hader and even Kenan who's finally coming into his own. But this season, really? I mean, really? They've re-done sketches, they've re-aired old commercials a week after, they've recycled all the same ideas...I mean, this week, with James Franco, they just re-did the kissing family sketch. It was essentially the same format as it was last time. And they've done that several times now. They had the awkward Christmas dinner with Hugh Laurie and they did it again with Joseph Gordon Levitt but it was at Thanksgiving and they sang a different song at the end. Then they had what I thought was the absolutely brilliant sketch of the Broadway musical characters coming together to figure out how to save Broadway. Then like three weeks later they did basically the same sketch with everyone as Sunday Comics characters like Garfield and Charlie Brown. It was exactly the same! And now, how many times have they done this exact same Lawrence Welk sketch? It's even just the same song basically, with different-sounding backing tracks. What is going on!? Have they really gotten lazy? They can't possibly think this is a GOOD idea to do. I really think the decline of quality is REALLY starting to show with what basically feels like a season of them doing one big episode and rotating the host into the same roles. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on December 20, 2009, 3:31 pm

House - TV Shows
The characters are some of the best on TV, and have remained so. House has been compelling and even in his "clean-up" this season has continued to shock and amaze. I love the show for its drama and character development. The medicine's pretty accurate too, it seems, at least my doctor cousin says, although some weeks are a little more far-fetched than others (expected on every show) but the fact that neither the soap opera or the medical suspension of disbelief has completely shattered the show at all for me is a great testament to its strength. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on December 13, 2009, 10:24 pm

FOX News - TV Shows
Oh, FOX News...The votes for this page say one thing but all the comments seem to say another. In the spirit of presenting both sides, I thought I'd leave a comment for the "rest of the world" that has such a "blatantly liberal bias." I'll admit MSNBC's faults if you admit FOX's. Here we go: Olbermann's become an idiot. He was a witty and intelligent reporter way back but he's not anymore, not when every person he meets seems to end up the worst person in the world. I don't know a single person who watches Chris Matthews anymore. He's had his time. As for Maddow, she's awesome. And I think she does one of the better jobs in all of media to present fair views. As for FOX, well Hannity went after Jon Stewart for some reason and wouldn't let it go, and then he was canceled. Coincidence? Unlikely. O'Reilly is the most undeserving person for his sense of entitlement. He gets to yell and bash and call everyone stupid from his stupid pulpit (in a manner similar to Olbermann, except he degrades people in dialogue) and the conservative media hails him a saint. Why? Why be represented by people like that? Conservatives and liberals both have stupid people saying stupid things on both sides, but O'Reilly proves to me the conservative side says it louder. And Coulter. Oh, God. I cannot wait 'til her Carrie Prejean-like sex tape comes out to knock this bitch off her high horse. They keep having her on and she's admitted she's not fair and balanced, and the network continues to pretend she is. Coulter's bashed every under-privileged demographic in the nation and I guess that's okay because the conservative party doesn't care about them anyway. Last, the FOX News slogan is fair and balanced but fair and balanced to what? It presents the conservative (occasionally heavily bordering on Christian) viewpoint and nothing else. Its hosts bash those who differ, and you can hear the spin when they have to report on some noble deed committed by a single mother. They hate it. They're practically saying rosaries for that person under their breath. And then there's Glenn Beck... -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on December 13, 2009, 10:20 pm

Desperate Housewives - TV Shows
I have watched the show from the beginning and have always admired the writing and the performances of the main cast. I actually really enjoyed the five year jump, but really, they didn't develop it enough. I thought it would be something we'd fill in the whole rest of the season but it only came up in two or three episodes that year. The format's remained the same and while it should feel tired, it still makes me come back every time. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on December 13, 2009, 10:06 pm

Daily Show, The - TV Shows
Jon Stewart has actually really made the show his own. I think it's a great presentation of things going on in the world but it was never meant to be a news station. And if people are watching it to get their news or get their opinions, then they're completely missing the point. It's all Stewart and his writers and his co-anchors and their views and they know it and the studio audience knows it and the general population at home knows it. But we love it because for the most part we agree. And Stewart's not just a Bush-basher. We've just had eight years of him, the majority of Stewart's time as anchor, so it's hard to remember if he's capable of making fun of anyone else. But he can! Obama's ripe for the picking. And he's done so. And as for opposing guests, there have been several and most notable is two appearances by Mike Huckabee. The second interview had to be vastly cut down and the entire thing (something lasting almost as long as one episode) went available online and I think it's a fair, honest discussion. There needs to be more of that. Too often, people bring anger and blind passion behind what they "believe" and I think Stewart approaching it from intelligence and humor changes the game. It'd be a better world if we could all do that. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on December 13, 2009, 10:02 pm

CSI Miami - TV Shows
You gotta love a good Horatio Caine monologue or one-liner... -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on December 13, 2009, 9:58 pm

Cleveland Show, The - TV Shows
I think the Cleveland Show is funny and has a decidedly different enough format from Family Guy. I think there's nothing really redeeming about the characters on Family Guy. Cleveland I feel is genuinely trying to be a good father to all three kids and I think that attempt at heart makes the humor come from a different place. My only problem with the show right now is Tim the Bear. I don't mind the religious stuff either way, I just think it's a horribly dumb character, completely lazy on both the part of Henry and MacFarlane. I think the Cleveland Show has started on a much better level than American Dad. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on December 13, 2009, 9:56 pm

Captain Planet and the Planeteers - TV Shows
The importance of Heart of course, is that without it, Captain Planet would simply be another Eco-Villain but with limitless powers at his disposal. But that aside, the show was corny and lame, but for whatever reason, my friends and I remember it fondly, maybe not necessarily for it being a great show, though. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on December 13, 2009, 9:52 pm

American Dad! - TV Shows
I think the show at first was a clone of Family Guy (clueless, boisterous father figure, shady but present mother, awkward geeky son, blah sister, talking animal, effeminate weirdo) but the show's gotten stronger as it's gone on. It's actually kind of refreshing. I still don't like some of the plots, though. Family Guy's a stronger show still, and probably always will be. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on December 13, 2009, 9:45 pm


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