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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.81
*-And every other night.

Seriously, the best show on TV begins it's second glorious season tonight on FOX, preceded by the Simpsons and followed by a bunch of other shows.

According to FOX, their rip-roaring Sunday night is thus:

7e/6c: King of the Hill [9th season]
7:30e/6:30c: Malcolm in the Middle [6th season]
8e/7c: The Simpsons [16th season]
8:30e/7:30c: Arrested Development [2nd season]
9e/8c: My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss [Reality TV Crap]

Looks okayish. At least Simpsons/AD will be good.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.01
Being in the process of watching the DVDs, I really can't agree more. Too funny for words.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.85
Have only seen a few episodes, but really liked it. Hilarious tonight. Blue himself, oh mercy.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.02
You guys have not made a huge mistake. The more you watch, the more everything piles up on top of itself and calls back and you just can't contain your glee. My oh my.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
Annyong, everybody.

I was hyped for this season debut, and I was definitely satisfied. Unfortunately, I bought the season one DVD on Friday and blew through it this weekend. I think I burned myself out on Arrested Development hilarity and wasn't able to enjoy this episode as much.

What struck me, though, is the tremendous internal consistency the writers have, especially when they go for jokes that reward the careful viewer. There were several instances in this episode where little lines that would be funny on their own were much funnier for me (having just watched the whole first season) because they were verbatim repeats of lines from previous episodes. What works even better is when the lines are repeated by a different character and without any trace of irony or recognition.

That said, I want to hear Shapiro's response to this episode, since he's the resident AD expert. Where's this sucker rank?


And, on another note: am I the only one who thinks that GOB might well be the greatest character on television? I know, I know: Homer Simpson is still atop the pantheon. But GOB is fast becoming just the most innately funny character on TV. His idiot intensity is unrivalled. I keep thinking of his monologue from the season one finale, where he talks about "old GOB" having to crawl on top of some woman and "f**k" to save the family. That, and the scene in an earlier episode where he's telling Michael that he also slept with the ethics teacher, Mrs. ____. Michael then says, "No, Mrs. ____ was the CIVICS teacher. We both had her." GOB, with his unparalleled madness says, "Oh, yes, we both had her." Just genius.

Final oddness: was watching the finale of season one last night, and the wife pointed out the doctors/nurses/patients dry-erase log board in the background in one of the hospital scenes. The nurse scheduled for that shift? "Ratchet." Nice.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.81
And because I was at work, I set my trusty VCR to tape it. Only my no-good brother was in my room and interrupted the VCR taping timer, so no Simpsons or AD for me.

I am a man without joy.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.02
Heinous. suprnova.org has your hookup. Eeeeeventually.

Jeb: I'm abuzz with Arrested joy at the moment, but it's late and I need a day to process it all. Precious, precious continuity. I'm plenty excited at all the stuff they set up for the new season. I shall write up a more detailed post tomorrah but for now suffice to say ~~~~~~. It looks like he's dead.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.48
I was going to make a thread on this but I'll can post it here since this thread is talking about Fox's Sunday lineup.

Why the hell does Fox act surprise when their 4PM game goes past 7. When WAS the last time the late afternoon game ended before 7PM... It throws their entire schedule off. Just start your first Sunday show at 7:30 as the football game usually finishes between 7-7:30.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.09
    Originally posted by Net Hack Slasher
    I was going to make a thread on this but I'll can post it here since this thread is talking about Fox's Sunday lineup.

    Why the hell does Fox act surprise when their 4PM game goes past 7. When WAS the last time the late afternoon game ended before 7PM... It throws their entire schedule off. Just start your first Sunday show at 7:30 as the football game usually finishes between 7-7:30.






I'll give the explanation on this one: This past Sunday was not a doubleheader day for FOX, as it was CBS that had doubleheader action. Thus, those who received Pittsburgh/Philadelphia at 1 PM did not receive a 4 PM game on FOX, and thus at 7 PM FOX went to their regularly scheduled line-up at the normal time. For those receiving the 4 PM game though, they have the programming will be joined in progress, since FOX's 7 PM show isn't like CBS's 'We Will Go To 60 Minutes 90 minutes late if necessary and push late local news to 4 A.M.' philosophy.
Good episode of A.D. this week, decent episode of the Simpsons.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.26
A Punisher-loving buddy of mine who I've been trying to get to watch AD finally tuned in tonight, and then got all excited since Tom Jane did that utterly random cameo. A new AD fan is born, though from an odd beginning.

* The Seaward/C-Word joke
* All of Tobais' camouflaged spyjobs
* "I just want my kids back"

What a hilarious episode.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.54
Definately a solid episode tonight.

Plot Threads Continuing:
-The Many Loves of Lucille Bluth
-Tobias & Lindsay Have An Interesting Marriage.
-Michael Trying To Bail Out the Family.
-The Continuing Legal Problems of George Bluth Sr.
-G.O.B.'s Quest for Respect
-Buster, In The Army Now

And they all dovetail quite nicely into each other. Ah, good writing makes me happy.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.02
A staggering continuity explosion of references to previous episodes.

"Ah, good writing makes me happy."

Seaward/c-word and the rock-scissors conflict culminating in "Unfortunately, the whole incident was covered by the paper" were two of the deftest jokes I've ever had the privilege of being told.
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I love the fact that George Sr. was unable to call off the Mexican cops because he didn't know the Spanish word for "brother". Brothero!



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.42
They did a Mexican-word-for-"brother" gag? Oh man I love this show so so much. I picked up the first season on import for a ridiculously low price, and it's just the funniest and best-executed comedy show in like a decade. Plus as Justin said it's superbly structured and thought-out, and incredibly rewarding towards regular/careful watchers. I cannot wait for the second season to get over here.



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And I thought I caught a Mickey Mantle reference at tthe top of the show. Of course Tom Jane played Mickey Mantle in "61*". This show is just fucking great.

I seriously haven't had appointment television on a network since "Sports Night". And this is better.



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    Originally posted by DJ Ran
    And I thought I caught a Mickey Mantle reference at tthe top of the show. Of course Tom Jane played Mickey Mantle in "61*".


If Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" had been playing in the background to trumpet his appearance, it would have been the greatest episode ever. :)



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.55
    Originally posted by Freeway
    9e/8c: My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss [Reality TV Crap]


I don't want to knock this off topic but since everyone posting is watching Fox when it comes on anyhow, you really are doing yourself a disservice IMHO if you flip away from Obnoxious Boss. I don't think I've enjoyed a show this much since Oz left tv, and they're about equal in their sense of misanthropy. I know in the end it will have a twist to make things not quite so cruel, but watching the guy who plays the boss do his thing is just absolutely hilarious. Don't flip after AD, really honestly and truly don't! :)



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.54
    Originally posted by Blanket Jackson
      Originally posted by DJ Ran
      And I thought I caught a Mickey Mantle reference at tthe top of the show. Of course Tom Jane played Mickey Mantle in "61*".


    If Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" had been playing in the background to trumpet his appearance, it would have been the greatest episode ever. :)


I thought the Mickey Mantle reference was on the terribly sub-par episode of the Simpsons, when Marge tells Lisa she can have Mickey Mantle as a rolemodel instead of her.



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.38
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    A staggering continuity explosion of references to previous episodes.

    "Ah, good writing makes me happy."

    Seaward/c-word and the rock-scissors conflict culminating in "Unfortunately, the whole incident was covered by the paper" were two of the deftest jokes I've ever had the privilege of being told.


I'm all about the physical comedy, myself, and I loved the return of Dr. Tobias Funke, Master of Stealth -- and Buster doing the Buster Keaton homage.



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    Originally posted by Freeway420
    ,I thought the Mickey Mantle reference was on the terribly sub-par episode of the Simpsons, when Marge tells Lisa she can have Mickey Mantle as a rolemodel instead of her.



That was it. That's what I get for being half asleep through a forgettable "Simpsons", Watching "AD" with rapt attention and then falling asleep.

Edit: Clean it up, jackass

(edited by DJ Ran on 15.11.04 1828)


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