Category Archives: Top 5

Top 5 TV Moments This Week: Con Men & Fan Cons

Thanks to the election, about a third of my shows weren’t on this week, but the ones that were new had some truly memorable moments, including a Castle episode that put the “fan” in fantastic, some lovable bad boys on Once Upon a Time, and a historic tribal council. Here are our highlights from the past week of television…

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Top 5 TV Moments This Week: Dance Like No One Is Watching, Coif Like No One Is Judging

Left to right: Burt visits a gay bar on ‘Raising Hope’ (Fox), Klaus sports a new wig on ‘The Vampire Diaries’ (The CW), & Dallas and George share a kiss in the rain on ‘Suburgatory’ (ABC)

This week was a rough one. Sandy wrought havoc on the east coast, as well as the prime time TV schedule. If you’re reading this, congratulations on having electricity (unless you’re reading this on an iPhone that you charged at a 7-11). I hope you’re all safe and sound. TV has been dominated by coverage of Sandy and the aftermath, but in between all that, there were some great moments on TV this week. Here are five highlights from this past week…

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Top 5 TV Moments This Week: Bromance, Bromaine Lettuce, & a Broposal

 

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think it was November sweeps or something, because this week of TV was frakkin’ AWESOME. Proposals, guest stars, season premieres, Ford product placement—it was a red-letter week! Here are our top 5 moments from this week in TV…

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Top 5 TV Moments of the Week: September 30th to October 6th

Left to right: Alan Ruck guest starred on ‘Ben and Kate,’ Julianna Margulies returned as ‘The Good Wife,’ and Andre Braugher gave a spectacular performance on ABC’s ‘Last Resort’

1. Alan Ruck as Principal Feeney on Ben and Kate—The second episode of Fox’s new comedy Ben and Kate combined two of my favorite things: Alan Ruck and Boy Meets World. The Ferris Bueller’s Day Off actor played a school principal named Feeney—as in one “e” away from, “Feeny! Fee-he-hee-ny!” Considering Ruck has guest starred on some of my favorite shows (Fringe, Cougar Town, Greek), I think this is a good sign for Ben and Kate.

2. Danny Castellano reading Catching Fire on the subway in The Mindy Project—It was pretty subtle, but if, like me, you’re obsessed with what people are reading on the subway, you might have noticed the surly Jersey boy was trying to read the second Hunger Games book while he sparred with Mindy during their commute. Just add this to the list of reasons why Danny Castellano is my soul mate. (See also his obsession with Bruce Springsteen.)

3. The return of The Good WifePolitical intrigue! Legal jargon! Purple ties! Rough sex! The best drama on network television (that isn’t Fringe) is back, people!

4. Thomas Lennon on How I Met Your Mother—I’m so glad the HIMYM writers found an excuse to keep Klaus around for a few more episodes. Thomas Lennon (17 Again) is one of those rare comic actors who is both a master of physical comedy, and he knows just how to deliver a well-written joke.

5. Andre Braugher’s performance on Last Resort—Hello, Emmys? This is Pop Culture Nexus. Yeah, no need to worry about the Best Actor race this year. Just give it to Braugher right now for his role as Captain Marcus Chaplin on ABC’s Last Resort. In the pilot episode, we saw Braugher portray the strength and determination of a captain who dares to question orders. The second episode gave Braugher a chance to show some of Chaplin’s weakness, as we watched him break down over the death of his son. This show still gets my vote as the best new drama, and Braugher’s outstanding performance is one of the reasons why.

That’s a wrap for this week’s TV highlights. Leave a comment below with your favorite moments from the past week of TV, or tweet it to us!

-Mary & Louise

Five Books To Read After ‘The Hunger Games’

If you’re like me, you might be suffering from some serious Hunger Games withdrawal. How can we be expected to wait 18 whole months for the Catching Fire movie to come out? That’s longer than a walrus’ gestation period! WALRUSES WILL BE CONCEIVED AND BORN BEFORE WE SEE THE SECOND HUNGER GAMES MOVIE. Just to give you a frame of reference. Lucky for you, I’m sort of an expert on dystopian young-adult fiction (don’t judge me), so I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of books that will help distract you from the fact that The Hunger Games saga has ended and it’s going to be at least one walrus pregnancy before we get another fix.

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Five Children’s Movies That Scarred Us

You know, sometimes you look back at movies you watched when you were little and you think, “Wow, how did I not grow up to be a sociopath after watching that?” Because let’s be honest, kids’ movies are full of some pretty upsetting themes, like parents dying, animal cruelty, or Bill Murray eating a hard-boiled egg off the floor of a chimp’s cage in Osmosis Jones. So for this edition of Top 5 Tuesday, let’s take a look back at some of the most traumatizing movies from our childhood that still haunt us to this day…

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Top 5 Baseball Movies

Baseball season is upon us! To celebrate the start of the season and Top 5 Tuesday, how about we tally up our top 5 baseball movies? I think there might be more movies about baseball than any other sport. Unless we’re counting Bruce Willis shooting things as a sport. I’m sure everyone would have a different list of their top 5, but for what it’s worth, here’s ours…

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Before They Were Stars: 5 Awesomely Random Roles From Our Favorite Actors Before They Hit It Big

For this week’s Top 5 Tuesday, we’re taking a trip down Memory Lane, with a brief detour down ’90s Nostalgia Boulevard. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that our favorite actors were once unknowns (at least those who weren’t born to pop culture royalty, like Ivy Blue Carter), but if you look at the acting career of most big-name stars, you’ll find that at some point early on they were a victim/suspect/patient on ER or Law & Order, or in a beer commercial. Here’s a look at some of the best “OMG that’s him!?” moments from our favorite actors…

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Top 5 Pop Culture Inspired Tattoos

Have you ever loved a movie, a book, a TV show, or an icon so much that you decided to get it permanently inked on your body? Well, these people have. Today, we salute them. This week’s Top 5 Tuesday features our favorite pop culture related tattoos, from Star Wars to Joss Whedon.

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Top 5 Things We Love About ‘The Hunger Games’

Only three more days until the premiere of the Hunger Games movie, and I’m so excited I might actually be peeing right now! After waiting three years for my beloved Hunger Games to be brought to life on the big screen, it seems only fitting that this week’s Top 5 Tuesday should celebrate the occasion, so here are our top 5 favorite things about The Hunger Games. (We’ll keep it to the first book in the series to avoid spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read past book one.)

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