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The Ex Factor

5 Pop Culture Exes We’re Glad We Never Dated

Catch Maggie Wheeler (Janice!) as Marc's ex on tonight's brand new Maron.

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On tonight’s brand new MaronMarc’s journey back from addiction and storage locker-dwelling takes him directly to his ex-wife (played by the hilarious Maggie Wheeler). Maggie is of course famous for playing Janice from Friends, one of pop culture’s most infamous exes. While the exes in our list below may have wreaked havoc on their former paramours, we have to admit they’re pretty entertaining. We don’t want to meet them on Tinder, but we can’t stop watching them.

5. Mystery Woman, Blues Brothers

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Universal Pictures

Jake Elwood’s ex-fiancee (played by Carrie Fisher) is a romantic Terminator: wielding an ever-increasing arsenal of weapons, she will not stop until she takes out our heroes. She doesn’t just want to delete Jake’s number — she wants to delete him.


4. Alex, Fatal Attraction

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Paramount Pictures

Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) has a hot weekend with co-worker Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas). But when the happily married man tries to put their one-night stand behind him, she goes to terrifying lengths to claim him back. Let’s just say no bunnies come out of this one unscathed.


3. David, Fear

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Universal

Mark Wahlberg’s intense hunk sweeps Nicole (Reese Witherspoon) off her feet, but soon turns murderous when she breaks up with him. Wahlberg is pretty scary as the literal ex from hell, and he doesn’t even drop any rhymes.


2. Gideon, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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Universal

Ramona’s seven evil exes gang up to make Scott’s life a grueling gauntlet, but it’s Gideon (Jason Schwartzman) who has her under his control. It takes Scott realizing his mistakes and teaming up with both Ramona and Knives to take out Gideon. And that haircut is just the worst. What did Ramona ever see in Gideon, anyway?


1. Janice, Friends

Janice Friends
NBC

With her knack for turning up at the perfect moment, Chandler’s on again/off again girlfriend is the epitome of the ex who just won’t go away. But OH MY GOD is she the kind of character we love to hate.

Watch what happens when Marc meets his ex-wife in a clip from tonight’s brand new Maron:

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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