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Check your brain at the door and let 30 minutes roll by. The Animated Series Years: As a Saturday morning cartoon it was only mildly successful before blossoming into a cult hit on Comedy Central re-runs.
The subsequent live-action series returned to Fox but ran for only nine episodes, proving that The Tick was probably best left to a more colorful atmosphere. Nelson, as later evidenced by The Incredibles, was pretty much born to be the harried father. Like any of these shows, you had yourself a few goofball comic relief characters who existed just to give out-of-nowhere monologues like this one.
I mean, just look at the absurdity of the fourth wall-breaking going on here. But still, genocide is a rough way to end a sitcom. The Magic School Bus Years: Frizzle has what, eight or nine kids in her class, tops, right? Is it safe to assume that all the other students were say, eaten by dinosaurs while time traveling or absorbed by white blood cells while fighting viruses inside Ralphie? I just found myself wondering if their parents ever had to sign any permission slips for their children to be exploring deep space or the interior of an active volcano.
Space Ghost Coast to Coast Years: A rather brilliant parody of both late-night TV talk shows and radio programs in the vein of Coast to Coast A.
A rare example of a series that carried out the exact number of seasons five it initially planned, it was as such well-planned from the start and featured deep continuity. Compared to the various Star Trek series of the decade, it most closely resembled Deep Space Nine, which aired its pilot only weeks before Babylon 5 debuted. Unsurprisingly, there were myriad accusations out there of which show had the more original idea, but despite lacking the prestige of the Star Trek name, Babylon 5 more than managed to hold its own.
Katz, Professional Therapist Years: Katz is a pretty lazy one—a crudely drawn psychiatrist listens to a procession of stand-up comedians do their typical material and offers his professional opinion. Katz ends up being fleshed out pretty well as a stressed but well-intentioned guy who is legitimately trying to help his patients.
Most importantly, the show gave early exposure to plenty of significant comedians, including Louie C.
Voyager has a particularly cool initial premise—after a freak accident, the ship is stranded 75, light years from home, and even with access to warp drive, its crew is facing an estimated year trip to friendly space.
This essentially gave the writers a blank check to embrace any part of the Star Trek mythos they wanted, because any time a new alien species was introduced it was always simply a denizen of the uncharted space lanes where they were traveling. Likewise, there was always a driving plot point available in their quest to get home—how will the crew try to shorten the journey or take a short cut this week?
Unlike so many other Star Trek series that were about exploration, this one was the inverse—exploration gone awry. The show really had a lot going for it—Jon Lovitz was perfect in the role, and it was a completely fresh take on a career that few had ever put a comic spin on before.
Today, the character is probably remembered for his Simpsons crossover as much as anything, but for a few years The Critic was as funny as anything on TV. It received an absurd 83 Emmy nominations throughout its run, and each of the four main stars won an individual Emmy, making it one of only three sitcoms to achieve that feat.
Saved by the Bell Years: As a central character, Zack Morris is like a slightly preppier version of Ferris Bueller, a schemer and philanderer with no shortage of friends. Slater or weirdo geek Screech Powers. One of the nice things about Saved by the Bell is that it felt like a truly ensemble comedy—everybody got their little moments to shine with regularity, except perhaps for Tiffani Amber Thiessen, who was mostly there to be the archetypal idea of hotness. Its fatalism was deep, dark and often hilarious, and one got the sense that few shows have ever actually captured the zeitgeist of their subjects more accurately.
Running back to back with Murphy Brown for CBS during much of its run, it was thematically similar in its strong, opinionated female characters.
The Drew Carey Show Years: Warrior Princess was certainly a deeper show than Hercules: Lucy Lawless was the main reason why, a certifiable badass with an awesome, chakram-like weapon that seemed to delight in defying every known law of motion. Also remembered for giving birth to Pinky and the Brain as supporting characters, Animaniacs functioned as a sketch show of sorts, with segments that touched on the legacy of cartooning, reveled in slapstick violence or were simply absurd for the sake of absurd—it was hard to ever know what you were going to get.
The songs are the undeniable highlight, startlingly brilliant in their conception and performed with deftness by all three voice actors. You gotta love the dual references to The Twilight Zone and its film adaptation that Shatner and Lithgow share in this scene. Beverly Hills, Years: This one was about a family of Minnesota transplants arriving in Beverly Hills and the West Coast culture shock they especially the kids receive upon arriving in high school.
Rather, he was simply intended to be a one-time appearance as a nerdy kid who took Laura out on a date, but the reception was so strong that he quickly became a regular cast member. By the end of the second season, this pastiche of nerd tropes had become possibly the most popular and quoted character on all of primetime television, and Family Matters may as well have been renamed The Urkel Show.
In fact, I vividly remember people mistakenly referring to the show as Urkel. The adventures of Tommy, Chuckie and the rest were dependent on some spectacular voice acting and a unique, instantly recognizable animation style full of comically exaggerated, bizarrely shaped characters.
A bottle full of chocolate milk. Scott Bakula plays Dr. Likewise, the body-jumping mechanic meant any number of guest stars could appear and Dr. Sam could go anywhere—he even leaps into the body of a chimpanzee in one episode. Deep Space Nine Years: Rather, DS9 was an advanced but static outpost where emissaries of various alien races came to congregate, trade and conduct business.
The show featured the first and still only black commander-in-chief as lead protagonist and was noted for the diversity of its alien cast and their well-defined characters. It was never quite as popular as Next Generation, but that was a tough assignment to follow. However, ratings recovered as her hair grew back in, and Russell won herself a Golden Globe.
Still, it was a rather close shave. Like a nightmarish Ralph Steadman drawing come to life, it flew in like a bomb on Nickelodeoncompletely unlike anything else they were airing at the time.
Its frightening imagery, harsh language, toilet humor and out-of-nowhere sexual innuendo sent parents into fits, but its influence was equally pervasive. The Real World Years: All one needs, as it turns out, is a bunch of drunk, stupid young people making poor decisions to stay on the air for 29 seasons.
Huge props also to Christine Cavanaugh, who provided the nasal, unexplainably accented voice of Dexter, which made him sound like a miniature, histrionic Peter Lorre. Of course, he ultimately had the last laugh as the fish-out-of-water story of Fresh Prince became popular immediately and survives in syndication to this day. The Powerpuff Girls Years: For a sitcom to take such an overt stance was practically unthinkable, but Murphy Brown was a program committed to its ideals as well as entertainment.
Mad About You Years: Mad About You was the kind of show you watched alongside your clucking spouse, pointing out how many of the same idiosyncrasies you shared—exactly how it was depicted on Seinfeldby the way.
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Helen Hunt in particular really grew into her character over time, going on an unbroken streak of Emmy wins from It could have been an interesting format, but it proved unpopular, and the storylines gradually changed to reflect the more prominent soap operas of its days. Taking place in the small town of Rome, Wis. The show went through seven different mayors over the course of four seasons—they essentially had the lifespans of Spinal Tap drummers.
Methods of demise included shooting, decapitation and spontaneous human combustion. It stayed relevant when it could by writing episodes structured around court cases that had just been in the headlines, and the characters built such legacies that they became ripe for parody. Unfortunately, it went up directly against ER in its first season timeslot and lost in the ratings pretty handily.
It remained a moderately successful show for CBS in other timeslots while Christine Lahti and Peter Berg settled in as series regulars and fan favorites. The Wonder Years Years: The show featured some of the best-developed characters of any sitcom, especially owing to the trademark narration by Daniel Stern, which examined all the events with the knowledge of age.
The Wonder Years was filled with those kinds of revelations. He is later killed along with Yael by Jeremy when he rigs his car that crashes on the road.
Francois Arnaud as Tommy Castelli season 4a devious new producer on Everlasting who is brought in to handle the new games format for the show's All Stars season. He proves to be a match for Rachel's underhanded manipulation techniques, and eventually starts a relationship with her, leading to their engagement.
In the series finale, Quinn scapegoats him as a rogue producer to protect Rachel. Suitor[ edit ] Freddie Stroma as Adam Cromwell season 1; guest star season 2a rich British playboy and the "suitor" on Everlasting. He is reluctant to do the show, but is hoping the publicity will improve his "bad boy" reputation and help with his business ventures.
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As Adam becomes savvy to the producers' manipulations and what will make the show "better", he alternately plays along, and does some kindnesses to individual contestants. He also begins to develop an attraction to Rachel and has an affair with her, but it ultimately ends in heartbreak when he later finds out from her boss Quinn about her fragile mental health, and she convinces him to end his affair with Rachel.
In season 2, Quinn briefly brings back Adam to participate as a consultant to the show's new suitor Darius in an episode on the new season of Everlasting, and to try to ruin Rachel's budding romantic relationship with Coleman and to get back together with her, but is unsuccessful at doing so when she does not want to get back together with him after he broke her heart.
Britt as Darius Beck season 2the first African-American suitor on Everlasting and a professional football player, who hopes that being on Everlasting will help polish his image after being involved in a public relations scandal. Caitlin FitzGerald as Serena Wolcott season 3Everlasting's first female suitor who is a successful Silicon Valley venture capitalistwho comes on the show to seek a husband when she is tired of being single.
She almost leaves Everlasting when her father dies, but she is coaxed back by Rachel with feigned assurances that she will likely win. She eventually wins Adam's heart and gets engaged to him, but later leaves him at the altar on their televised wedding day after she finds out from Rachel about Adam's affair with her off the set. Nathalie Kelley as Grace season 1a contestant who is a swimsuit model.
She and Adam have an immediate sexual attraction, and though Quinn does not see her as an acceptable winner for the competition, Grace is determined to win, but she comes in second place losing to Anna to win Adam's heart.
Ashley Scott as Mary Newhouse season 1one of the oldest contestants who is a single mother with an abusive ex-husband. Quinn, finding Mary uninteresting, pushes her to step up her game, not knowing that Shia has tampered with Mary's mood stabilizing medication and given her alcohol. Bipolar and struggling with post-traumatic stress disorderMary begins to unravel under the pressure put on her by the manipulations of Rachel, Quinn, Shia, and Chet.
She later commits suicide during the production of the show. Breeda Wool as Faith Duluth season 1, guest season 4a contestant who is a shy and insecure Christian virgin. Rachel later helps Faith realize that she is a lesbianand is in love with her female best friend back in her hometown in Mississippi. Kim Matula as Tiffany James season 2a contestant who is the wealthy daughter of an NFL team owner who hopes that being on Everlasting will help her step out of her father's shadow.
Bart Edwards as Jasper Hunt season 3a contestant who is a successful Wall Street investment banker who seems like he will make the perfect power couple with Serena. He returns for the show's All Stars season.
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Alex Sparrow as Alexi Petrov season 3, recurring season 4a contestant who is a "bad boy" ballet dancer and an ostensibly recovering cocaine addict. Natalie Hall as Candy Coco season 4an outspoken contestant who is a single mother and stripper. Although she had never been on the show before, she is invited to All Stars by Quinn as a cross-promotional tactic to market another reality show she's set to star in, Stripper Queens, under the pretense of her being a superfan of Everlasting.
Meagan Holder as Noelle Jackson season 4a fan favorite All Stars contestant who had previously been runner up on her original season. She hopes to have a second chance with her original season's suitor, Rodrigo, who is also set to be on All Stars. Alejandro Munoz as Rodrigo season 4a flirtatious and charismatic soccer player, All Stars contestant and former suitor.
Other regulars[ edit ] Gentry White as Romeo Beck season 2Darius' cousin and manager who moves into the Everlasting mansion with him.
Recurring[ edit ] Amy Hill as Dr. Wagerstein seasons 1—2a therapist employed by the show who feeds the producers personal information about the contestants to better manipulate dramatic moments from them. Martin Cummins as Brad seasons 1—2an executive at the network that airs Everlasting, who was later fired by the network after Chet returned to work. Mimi Kuzyk as Dr. Olive Goldberg, Rachel's overprotective psychiatrist mother. Donavon Stinson as Dan, the assistant director of Everlasting.
Christopher Cousins as Gary Taylor season 2—3the president of the television network that airs Everlasting. Tracie Thoms as Fiona Berlin season 3—4a high-end executive who is a lesbian and a close friend of Quinn since early in their careers. She later becomes the President of the television network after Gary is fired.
Tom Brittney as Roger Lockwood guest season 1, recurring season 4a friend of Adam's who appears on Everlasting as a guest. He rapes a contestant on the show, Maya.
Rachel later invites him back for All Stars, despite him not being an actual contestant, hoping to manufacture drama surrounding the incident. Natasha Wilson as Maya season 1, season 4a contestant who is a wine waittress.
Shia gets her drunk which results in Maya being raped by Adam's friend Roger.