I am loving the latest season of 'Survivor'.
For one thing, every time I think about it, I get 'Heroes and Villains', the Brian Wilson song, in my head. For the uninitiated, have a listen. Now you can sing that in your head (or out loud if you're really talented) when the tribes march in for the next challenge.
For another, I love Boston Rob. Not in a 'TV crush' kind of way. My love for Rob is on a different plane from mere physical affection. It's the love that comes from watching countless hours of reality television and finding the characters grotesquely human - they change their minds, are inconsistent, or give up midway through a task because they are tired or hungry. Rob suffers from none of these problems. He behaves the way a written character would, God bless him. He even managed that most difficult of storylines, the unattainable girl, with aplomb.
Mental_Floss magazine puts your knowledge of the Mythbusters' mythbusting to the ultimate test with their "Myth...Busted?" quiz. Be warned. I scored an 8 out of 10 and the shame of defeat drove me to down an entire bottle of whiskey, disproving the myth that alcohol can't solve all of life's failures.
Parade.com has been kind enough to ask us to do another quiz; this time it's about the ABC smash Dancing with the Stars. Because I'm about as far from a DWTS expert as you can get, I decided to ask my assistant editor, Jane, to take the reins on this one. She did a pretty nice job, even though she only had the current season to work with.
Because the quiz has to do with events that happened outside the show, I actually did pretty well, all things considered; I got seven out of fifteen right. How did I do so well? Think of this key word: injuries! Wow, the show has had so many freak injuries, it looks more like Monday Night Football than a dancing contest (although Lawrence Taylor probably thinks it's all par for the course, given his Monday Night history).
Anyway, go take the quiz at Parade.com, then come back here and let us know how you did.
These questions and more are featured in a 24 quiz written by our illustrious leader Joel for Parade.com. I thought I knew 24 pretty well, but Joel managed to throw in a few trick questions that led me astray. Or then again, maybe I just don't know 24 as well as I thought I did. Nah, I think it's the trick questions.
Also featured on Parade.com is a nice little Q&A with Kiefer Sutherland, in which he talks about the possibility of a 24 movie, Barack Obama becoming President, and why he cried buckets over Bambi.
But first, take the quiz and report back on how you did. I'm not even going to admit my pathetic score. It's Joel's trick questions - yeah, that's it.
Since premiering in 1994, 'ER' has seen a lot of action -- and quite a few cast changes. George Clooney, Anthony Edwards, Julianna Margulies, John Stamos and many others have walked the halls of County General.
After 15 seasons of ups and downs, it's time to test your 'ER' knowledge by taking our quiz.
Since March 2000 when 'Survivor' first burst on the American TV scene, producer Mark Burnett has dispatched scores of wannabe millionaires to the ends of the earth to outwit, outplay and outlast one another.
How closely have you been paying attention?
Let's see if you can out-remember well enough to nail our quiz.
There are scads of Buffy and Angel trivia quizzes online, some totally lame, others a fun romp down Nostalgia Lane, still others so bizarre and obscure that you wonder about the mental health of the creators. I took 'em, I rated 'em, and now I'm sharing my thoughts with you.
Ultimate Buffy Trivia on Cool Quiz (1/5)
My apologies to Josh Spears, but this quiz was not very challenging. I got all of the questions right, as would just about any fair-weather fan (of which I am not!). It is a fun quiz to take if you love Oz, because many of the questions are about him, but it runs extremely slow and is relatively painful overall.
The gimmick here is: 'How Bionic Are You?' There are five different tests in the quiz. One is a math test, which I knew I wouldn't do well at because I suck at math (especially when I have to do quick math!). A couple of the other tests are hand-eye coordination, which were okay. But, I completely bombed (as in, 0%) the last two tests. I didn't even understand the fourth one and I can't even explain what happened on the fifth one, where I also scored 0%.
Go take it and tell me how you did: I'm sure everyone will beat my score of 28% Bionic!
A few bits of animation news from the past week or so:
So, back in June I told you about a new Web series from Cartoon Brew Films called Cartoon Dump. The series would feature some of the worst cartoons ever made. Well, now it's online. Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be thrilled to see Frank Coniff as Moodsy the Clinically Depressed Owl. I'm looking forward to more.
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader kicks off its second season next month with four one-hour episodes and a two-hour season premiere.
The premiere airs Thursday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m., followed by a new episode every Thursday, save for one episode airing on Friday, October 5.
I've only watched a few episodes of this series, but I can only take so many minutes of a yammering jackass behaving in a manner that proves he's not only less smart than a fifth grader, he's also vastly more immature.
Mental Floss has a clever little quiz in which you must determine whether various descriptions of bizarre crimes actually happened in real life, or are merely plots of various Scooby-Doo cartoons. I'd recommend taking the quiz before reading any further.
I surprised myself by actually scoring 9 out of 10. The only one I was fairly positive about was number four, as I'm fairly certain no Hanna Barbera cartoon would ever feature someone pointing a gun at someone else. At least, not lighter fare like Scooby Doo. I'm sure Batman has had various weapons aimed at him on more than one occasion.
I don't watch game shows, except for Jeopardy. I actually consider Jeopardy more of a quiz show because it requires some actual intelligence in order to win. That's not to say guessing the price of a bag of sponges or calling out one of the letters of the alphabet doesn't require a certain level of intelligence. I'm sure Wheel of Fortune has to weed out a lot of unqualified candidates:
M.C.: Okay, Steve, pick a letter.
Steve: Abraham Lincoln!
I have to say, I expected something a little more challenging from the folks at mental_floss. This TV theme song quiz was pretty easy (I scored 100%).
Okay, I'll admit that I got a couple of them correct through a process of elimination. If you had walked up to me and started playing the theme to What's Happening?, I wouldn't have been able to tell you what it was. I was too young to remember What's Happening?, but not too young to remember the syndicated spinoff What's Happening Now?, although I don't know how the theme to that series went, either, which is probably for the best. God knows I've spent many a night slamming my head in the oven door to erase any memories of The New WKRP in Cincinnati, also.
Anyway, go take the quiz and then come back here and let me know how you did.
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TV Squad readers are a diverse bunch, coming from different backgrounds, cultures and tastes. There is one thing that unites us all, however: we loves to party. That's why I invite all of you to play this crazy game I just invented called "Geraldo/O'Reilly, Yosemite Sam, Tasmanian Devil or Screaming Baby?"
Here's how to play:
Have one person play each of the following video clips for two seconds, and then have a group of blindfolded players try to guess if they're listening to an argument between Geraldo Rivera and Bill O'Reilly, Yosemite Sam losing his temper, the Tasmanian Devil spazzing out, or a toddler throwing a temper tantrum.
Happy Easter Sunday, everyone. Is everyone enjoying their day? Are you spending time with your loved ones, stuffing a rabbit with candy and cooking it over a fire pit, building a gigantic Jesus out of marshmallow Peeps, or whatever the heck it is you do to celebrate? That's great, I salute all your traditions, lovers of TV and stuff.
Since you've obviously decided to take some time to check out this blog, I thought I'd direct you to this nifty collection of TV quizzes. Some of them are harder than others, or maybe they're not, I guess it all depends on who much you know. Perhaps you're at a Paul Goebel level of knowledge, or maybe you only know as much as Bifford Glaffenploeg, who is a person I just made up, and therefore knows nothing about anything.
Anyway, have fun with the quizzes, then come back here and let me know how you did. I can't believe I actually missed two on the Disney or Warner Bros? quiz. I feel so common.
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