Posts Tagged ‘Married With Children’

Marry: Awful TV

I have a lot of stuff due next week which means I’ve been spending all my time procrastinating. Nothing helps me waste time more than awful television. If it’s not old re-runs Sabrina The Teenage Witch it’s the trashy ladies of The Bad Girls Club. I love quality programs and as soon as this week is over I will wonder what the hell I was thinking, but right now, I am enjoying the mind-numbing programming my boob-tube has to offer.

Bop: Adam Richman, Host of Man vs. Food**

Man vs. Food premiered this week on The Travel Channel. Host Adam Richman gets to travel to different cities across the country and take on some of America’s biggest food challenges. This week he was in Amarillo, TX where he hate a half pound burger with jalapenos and habenero sauce and a giant plate of chili fries. Then he learned how to make Chicken Fried Steak. All of this was to prepare for his food challenge: The Big Texan Steak Challenge. To win, Richman needed to eat a 72 ounce steak, a side salad, shrimp cocktail, baked potato and a roll in an hour or less. The best part about this show is that he’s not a competitive eater, just a guy who loves food…a lot. He plotted and stratagized and ended up finishing the challenge in about 30 minutes. It was borderline heroic…and made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. If that’s not someone worth bopping, then I obviously don’t know what love is.

Kill: Whoever thought of THIS.

They’re making pornogrpahic parodies of Married With Children and The Cosby Show. Nothing is sacred.

** I was this close to picking the Chicken Fried Steak as the winner of the Bop Award. This close. They sauteed it in clarified butter folks!

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Want to watch an old episode of Married With Children? Answer? Of course you do.

Don’t have 22 minutes or the old VHS tapes to get your dose of the Bundy family?

Do I have news for you.

Sony Pictures launched a site called The Minisode Network. You can watch 5-Minute episodes of some classic television programs like Married With Children, Silver Spoons, The Facts of Life, and Fantasy Island. The videos are streaming directly from their website, and they’re also on portals like YouTube and Hulu.

Part of me celebrates this venture. What a great way to remember some iconic television and introduce it to a new generation who doesn’t have the time or the patience to sit down with the entire series.

But the TV purist in me is a little sad. 5 minute episodes? How much can you possibly pick-up in a 5 minute episode? It’s the equivalent of SparkNotes, and if our generation needs SparkNotes for TV then we have serious problems on our hands.

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I am back from my self-imposed blogging vacation early to report on some pretty serious news that I just couldn’t stay mum about much longer.

  • Christina Applegate has breast cancer. She caught it very early and her chances of recovery are darn near 100% but the fact remains the same. I’m still very young, (despite the near fit I had when midnight struck on my birthday) but Christina Applegate is only 36. These celebrity diagnoses start hitting home as the folks get closer and closer to me in age. Christina Applegate? You mean Sue Ellen Crandall? Kelly Bundy? She’s got cancer? It’s a tough pill to swallow.
  • And in other “why is everyone getting grave illnesses?” news, Bernie Mac is suffering from pneumonia in Chicago hospital and he is in extremely critical condition. However, his publicist also mentioned that he is responding well to the treatment. I haven’t seen much of Bernie Mac recently but his sitcom was original and always good for a few laughs. His shining wit and creativity would be missed.

Let’s hope for a speedy recovery for both stars. We can’t lose anymore this year.

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