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October 21, 2014

'South Park' Season 14, Episode 13 Recap

['South Park' - 'Coon vs. Coon and Friends'] This was the final episode of the only four-parter in 'South Park' history, including the episode 'The Coon' from last season. My guess is that we'll eventually see a DVD compilation of these episodes. In one sentence, this was a good episode with a weak ending. In previous multi-part episodes, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are usually trying to...

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'The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror XXI Recap

['The Simpsons' - 'Treehouse of Horror XXI'] The nice thing about the annual Halloween special of 'The Simpsons' is that the creators are free to tell stories without worrying about such handicaps as continuity (not that it's ever got in the way of a good story). They can kill anybody in any of the Halloween stories. Since it doesn't "count" as a true 'Simpsons' story, it doesn't matter. The...

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Why a Sequel Series to 'Smallville' Is a Bad Idea

In a recent review of 'Smallville,' TV Squad's Mike Moody referenced an online article which mentioned the possibility of giving the show an 11th season. Having an 11th season of 'Smallville,' or even bringing the characters back for a sequel series (whether it's called 'The Adventures of Superman' or 'Metropolis' or whatever comes to mind), is a bad idea. And here are four reasons why: 1....

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'South Park' Season 14, Episode 12 Recap

['South Park' - ''Mysterion Rises'] The title of tonight's episode was presumably influenced by the title of the next 'Batman' movie in the franchise 'The Dark Knight Rises.' After last week, I was still expecting the show to do its usual "reboot" to normalcy despite the open-ended conclusion, but I guess Trey Parker and Matt Stone had more to say about the superhero genre. Either that or too...

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'South Park' Season 14, Episode 11 Recap

['South Park' - 'Coon 2: Hindsight'] The superhero genre has a great deal of potential satire left to mine, leading Trey Parker and Matt Stone to an episodic sequel of last season's 'The Coon.' This time the Coon (a.k.a. Eric Cartman) has assembled his own superhero team called Coon and Friends (named so only because he rejected the suggested name "Extreme Avenger League"). There were...

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'South Park' Season 14, Episode 10 Recap

['South Park' - 'Insheeption'] There are some episodes of 'South Park' that seem to come from tangentially related sources to congeal into a cohesive story, some more interesting than others. While this week's episode wasn't as entertaining as last week's (sorry, Jersey haters), it did have more than a few funny moments. The two inspirations for this week's episode seemed to be the...

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Top 5 Celebrity Narrators in Television History

They're heard, but not seen. TV show narrators have set the scene for viewers for decades, their familiar voices cluing us into what to expect (or how to react) to certain plot developments. And more often than not, these off-screen narrators are well-known celebrities -- making their comments and asides all the more familiar and comforting. While compiling a list of our five favorite celebrity...

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'South Park' Season 14, Episode 9 Recap

['South Park' - 'It's a Jersey Thing'] As a New Jersey native, I should have been really offended by tonight's episode of 'South Park.' Sadly, I was laughing too hard to notice. When the creators get an episode right, there is nothing else on television quite like it; it's very in-your-face satire. Obviously, this episode was lampooning Jersey-based reality shows, such as 'The Real...

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'The Simpsons' Season 22, Episode 3 Recap (VIDEO)

['The Simpsons - 'MoneyBART'] This was the last episode of 'The Simpsons' until their annual 'Treehouse of Horror' on Nov. 7, so if this doesn't satisfy your 'Simpsons' cravings until then, you're S.O.L. As far as episode quality goes, it was a fair episode with a cute ending. I'm a sucker for endings where the family resolves some sort of internal conflict. Tonight's episode had Lisa...

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'South Park' Season 14, Episode 8 Recap

['South Park' - 'Poor and Stupid'] After the big hullabaloo regarding Matt and Trey's 200th and 201st episodes of 'South Park,' it was a bit surprising that they would continue working under such censorship from Comedy Central. However, cooler heads probably prevailed upon the realization that the contracts were still signed whether they liked it or not, and so we are treated to the second half...

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