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6 TV Shows That Need a Reboot

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In case you were under a rock and missed the news, Full House is coming back to TV, this time as a Netflix show called Fuller House. This is just the latest in a string of shows that’s been brought back from extinction, like Girl Meets World (the reboot of Boy Meets World), The X-Files, and the troubled Twin Peaks reboot.

Since 2015 is looking like the year of the TV comebacks, we sifted through the archives of television to come up with a few shows we think deserve another go. If any of the shows original stars want to start up a Kickstarter to get these projects off the ground, let us know. We’ll totally give you a dollar towards it.

6. Bosom Buddies

I will never not be 100% down for this. I don’t care that Tom Hanks is an A-Lister, or that the entire premise is nowhere near plausible. (Two guys dress in drag to live in a women’s only apartment complex because the rent is cheap.) Bosom Buddies needs to come back if only because, as his roles on Girls and Gotham have shown a new generation, Peter Scolari is awesome and needs his own show again.

Maybe this time around, the guys ended up turning their penchant for dressing as women into a successful drag act and are a popular draw at a cabaret in South Beach. Bosom Buddies meets The Birdcage. I’m just spitballing here, people, but don’t act like seeing Hanks and Scolari twerking to a Miley song in full blown drag wouldn’t be a riot.


5. My Two Dads

This show never made any kind of sense (why would a judge grant custody of a child to her mom’s ex-boyfriends?), but that really wasn’t ever a prerequisite for pretty much anything that happened in the ’80s.

However it DID end with Joey (aka the cool dad) moving to San Francisco with an old girlfriend and her daughter. Maybe something changed in San Fran. Maybe Joey finally realized he was living a lie and was really in love with neurotic Michael all along. Greg Evigan and Paul Reiser always had chemistry, I just don’t think anyone had the balls to call it what it was at the time.

My Two Dads can come back with a limited episode order. Make it a mini-series showing Joey and Michael’s eventual wedding. Maybe even have them adopt another kid together and give Nicole a younger sibling. It’s high time we all stop denying them the love those two men deserve with each other.


4. ALF

ALF was way ahead of its time, and considering that genre shows are dominating the airwaves, it only makes sense that the most famous alien life form (from the ’80s who isn’t E.T.) make a comeback. But there needs to be some modern twist.

Maybe this time around ALF stars in a reality show and helps the Kardashians take some city hostage or whatever it is they do. Or have him be the new Rob Kardashian. That family member obviously needs to be recast.

Or maybe add him to the cast of Grey’s Anatomy since rumor is McDreamy maybe McOuttie soon. I think ALF and Meredith Grey would make a stunning couple, no?


3. MTV’s Rock N’ Jock

I’m not even slightly kidding when I say Rock N’ Jock softball was hands down one of the greatest masterpieces to ever come out of MTV. I have been pining for the day that they bring this back. I know that there’s a rumor OG hosts Dan Cortese and Bill Bellamy are trying to make it so. Fingers crossed.

Sure, the other Rock N’ Jocks were ok, but softball took the cake. Probably because it was the one that required the least amount of skill and lent itself to the most amount of ridiculous shenanigans.

Roger McDowell was the MVP of every game because he was out of his damn mind and it was amazing. Plus anything that has Keanu Reeves on a team that Sam Kinison is the captain of is already the greatest thing ever.


2. Welcome Back, Kotter

This show used to be my favorite thing to watch when I was drunk at 3am and it was on Nick at Nite. I’m going to assume it’s just as good viewing while sober.

What isn’t to love about a cast of juvenile delinquents terrorizing the NYC public school system? But this time around, make it Welcome Back, Barbarino. John Travolta can reprise his role and take over as the ex-Sweathog-turned-teacher that returns to educate the next generation of misfits at his alma mater. Maybe then he’ll finally tell the story of the French Fry Phantom.


1. Married…With Children

Here’s the pitch: Kelly Bundy is married with kids, but her husband is in jail or something because of course Kelly would date a criminal. Bud lives in her basement, and still never gets laid, which may or may not be eerily similar to David Faustino’s life nowadays. Peggy and Al can occasionally guest star. Maybe have them babysit every once in a while when Kelly has to work the night shift at the strip club or something. Word is a Married… reboot is in the works. Let’s hope we see the return of Bud’s hip hop altar ego, Grandmaster B.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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Binge Don’t Cringe

Catch up on episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia.

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A brain can only take so much.

Every five minutes, all day, every day, ludicrously stressful headlines push our mental limits as we struggle to adapt to a reality that seems increasingly less real. What’s a mind to do when simple denial just isn’t good enough anymore?

Radical suggestion: repeal and replace. And by that we mean take all the bad news that keeps you up at night, press pause, and substitute it with some genuine (not nervous, for a change) laughter. Here are some of the issues on our mind.

Gender Inequality

Feminist bookstore owners by day, still feminist bookstore owners by night, Toni and Candace show the male gaze who’s boss. Learn about their origin story (SPOILER: there’s an epic dance battle) and see what happens when their own brand of empowerment gets out of hand.

Healthcare

From Candace’s heart attack to the rise of the rawvolution, this Portlandia episode proves that healthcare is vital.

Peaceful Protests

Too many online petitions, too little time? Get WOKE with Fred and Carrie when they learn how to protest.

What Could Have Been

Can’t say the name “Clinton” without bursting into tears? Documentary Now!’s masterfully political “The Bunker” sheds a cozy new light on the house that Bill and Hill built. Just pretend you don’t know how the story really ends.

Fake News

A healthy way to break the high-drama news cycle is to switch over to “Dronez”, which has all the thrills of ubiquitous adventure journalism without any of the customary depression.

The more you watch, the better you feel. So get started on past episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia right now at IFC.com and the IFC app.

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