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Best '90s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 9th 2009 1:00PM
We know, we know ... another "best of" list.

But this isn't any old list – our Top 40 TV Shows of the '90s is just the first in a new series of countdowns in which we'll put our AOL Television seal of approval on the top 40 series of every decade.

Every other month we'll tackle another decade, going all the way back to the '50s, to recall the best comedies (hello 'Lucy'), the best prime-time soaps (do you remember who shot JR?), the best cop shows, animated series and groundbreaking TV shows.

So kick off 50 years of silver-screen bests with the greatest shows of the '90s, including everyone from 'Beavis,' 'Buffy' and 'Simpsons' to 'Freaks and Geeks' and teens on the 'Creek.'

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Christopher Gorham gets a new role

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 13th 2008 2:21PM
C. Gorham Ugly BUgly Betty's Henry is going to Harper's Island. Actor Christopher Gorham has been cast on the new mystery Harper's Island. Good for Chris, but what about his other character, Henry, the lovable geeky accountant on Ugly Betty? That remains in question.

On Harper's Island, which CBS is calling a Ten Little Indians/Twin Peaks-style horror mystery in which a wedding party on a Seattle island find themselves cut off from the mainland with a murderer on the loose. The killer is doing away with characters week after week and everyone is a suspect or a victim.

In addition to Christopher Gorham, actor Bill Pullman (Sleepless in Seattle) is also in the show as a jovial, drunken Uncle Marty.

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Medium: Being Joey Carmichael - VIDEO

by Paul Goebel, posted May 6th 2008 8:23AM

One Happy Family(S04E15) "All right, one more time for the slow kid." - Lee Scanlon

When I was in grade school, sixth grade to be precise, everyone brought their lunch to school in a small brown paper bag, sometimes, girls used a cute version (white bag with hearts, pink bag with kitties) but other than that, there were no exceptions. If anyone was foolish enough to bring their mid day meal to school in a lunchbox of any kind, they would pay dearly. For example, my friend Lance who quickly earned the nickname "Lunchbox Lance" all because of his love for the rock band Kiss. Thankfully, it never occurred to Lance to fight back like the young man in Allison's dream. However, now that I am an adult and I collect vintage metal lunchboxes, I would pay a hefty price for the lunchbox that young man used to bludgeon his tormentor.

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Medium: Partners in Crime - VIDEO

by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 15th 2008 8:02AM

The upstanding Det. Scanlon(S04E12) I had all but forgotten about Kurtwood Smith. I've been a big fan ever since Robocop and this character is really fun to watch. I only wish the writers had given his character a different name. Every time someone calls him Agent Cooper, I flashback to Twin Peaks and I feel like I'm betraying Medium by wishing that Peaks was still on the air.

One of the best things about Smith is how he can be so menacing while still keeping a smile on his face. In fact, I find him scarier when he smiles. I felt the same way when Red would actually say something nice to a member of his family on That 70's Show.

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TV Squad giveaways reminder

by Keith McDuffee, posted Nov 2nd 2007 11:48AM
twin peaksIf you haven't entered our latest giveaways yet, here's a reminder that some are ending today. You've got until 5PM Eastern today to enter the Twin Peaks Definitive Gold Box edition DVDs and the Criss Angel Mindfreak season one DVDs. You've got until Monday to enter the CMA Awards iPod giveaway and the My So-Called Life complete series DVDs. Just head on over to the post linked above, read through the rules and make the applicable comment there (not here!) We'll notify the winners next week.

Good luck!

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 29th 2007 6:02PM

Dark Shadows The BeginningHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Angel - Collector's Set
  • Arrest and Trial - Best Of
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book 3
  • The Benny Hill Show - Thames Years 1969-89 Megaset
  • Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes - Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Vol. 5
  • CSI: Miami - Season 5
  • Checkmate - Best Of Season 1
  • Cimarron City - Best Of
  • Dark Shadows - The Beginning, Vol. 2
  • Everybody Loves Raymond - Complete Series
  • Family Affair - Season 4
  • Family Guy - Freakin' Party Pack
  • Hardcastle and McCormick - Season 3 (Canada)
  • Laredo - Best Of Season 1
  • Magnum, P.I. - Season 7
  • The Mickey Rooney Show - Hey Mulligan
  • My So-Called Life - Complete Series
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Vol. 12
  • October Road - Season 1
  • The Outer Limits - Vol. 3
  • The Real McCoys - Season 2
  • Riptide - Season 2
  • Riverboat - Best Of
  • Scrubs - Season 6
  • Sgt. Preston of the Yukon - Complete Collection
  • Tate - The Complete Series
  • Twin Peaks - Definitive Gold Box

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Giveaway Monday: Twin Peaks - Definitive Gold Box Edition!

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 29th 2007 9:04AM
Twin Peaks Gold Box EditionToday we've got five copies of Twin Peaks - Definitive Gold Box Edition on DVD for five lucky, random commenters. The set is the complete series with TONS of extras, on sale in stores on October 30 (tomorrow).

To enter, simply leave a comment below before 5:00PM Eastern, Friday, November 2, simply telling us why you'd like to own this series. As always, we'll randomly choose five winners amongst the eligible entries. Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating why you'd like to own a copy of Twin Peaks - Definitive Gold Box Edition on DVD.
  • The comment must be left before November 2, 2007 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Five winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Five winners will receive a copy of Twin Peaks - Definitive Gold Box Edition DVDs (valued at $99.99).
Click here for complete Official Rules.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 2nd 2007 6:05PM

Pink PantherNew TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • The Brady Bunch - Complete Series
  • Entourage - Season 3, Vol. 1
  • Law and Order - Season 5
  • The Lost Room - Complete Mini-Series
  • Mind of Mencia - Season 2 (Uncensored)
  • The Pink Panther Show - Vol. 5: The Ant & The Aardvark
  • Roseanne - Season 7
  • She-Ra - Season 1, Vol. 2
  • Tom Goes To The Mayor - Complete Series
  • Twin Peaks - Season 2

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Chiller's horrific schedule

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 16th 2007 4:17PM

hitchcockNot long ago Kevin hepped us all to the new Chiller channel from NBC/Universal for DirecTV. Now we have a full schedule and some details on some more of the programs that will be a part of the new horror-themed channel. Here's what folks can look forward to:

  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • New Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985 version)
  • Night Gallery
  • Tales From the Crypt
  • Friday the 13th: The Series
  • Freddy's Nightmares
  • G Vs. E
  • American Gothic
  • Monsters
  • Twin Peaks

The new channel launches on March 1. Sitcoms Online has the full schedule here. As Kevin pointed out, it's all recycled content, but it's good recycled content (at least to a horror fan like myself), so I'm not complaining. Aside from the TV series, the new channel will also feature movies like The Shining, Psycho, Cat's Eye, The Andromeda Strain, and some of those great Abbot and Costello Meet [Blank] flicks.

One final thought: No Tales From the Darkside? What's up with that nonsense?

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Several DVD sets change release dates

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 31st 2007 2:59PM

Twin PeaksOK, so you're one of the people who is waiting for the first season sets of The Streets of San Francisco and/or The Untouchables to be released. But now comes word that both Paramount sets have been delayed a week.

The Untouchables set will now be released on April 10, a week later than originally announced, while the Streets of San Francisco set will also be released on April 10.

But there's one piece of good news, for fans of Twin Peaks: the second season will actually be released a week earlier than previously announced, on April 3. That's a Paramount title too. Maybe they wanted to get this one out a week earlier than the other two releases for some reason.

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Twin Peaks second season on DVD in spring

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 11th 2006 6:25PM

twin peaksOver a year ago I mentioned a rumor that David Lynch would be bringing Twin Peaks back to television, possibly as a series of TV movies. As it turns out, that's not true. Lynch put the kibosh on the rumors an interview with Suicide Girls, and stated he has no intention of revisiting the series. To be honest, I'm not that bothered by his decision. Twin Peaks had a decent run considering how bizarre the show was, and it seems more than a little foolish to come back to it at this late date. Of course, someone should tell that to Sylvester Stallone, too.

There is some good news for Twin Peaks fans, however. In another interview with iF Magazine he said that the second season of the series would be available next spring. TVShowsOnDVD also has an unofficial announcement that the DVD will hit stores in April of next year, so keep your eyes peeled.

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MacDowell and Boyle join Showtime pilot

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 14th 2006 12:01PM
Andie MacDowellThe single-camera Showtime pilot Insatiable, which revolves around a small town in which everyone has an addiction, has added an impressive roster of actresses to its cast. Currently in negotiation to appear are Andie MacDowell, Laura Flynn Boyle and Andrea Martin.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ensemble comedy emulates the tone of Twin Peaks. Alright, I have no idea what that means. So, let's move on.

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Lost is NOT the best TV drama of all-time

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 15th 2006 8:49AM

KlostermanYou know, I really want to like Chuck Klosterman. He's probably the only person in the world who takes pop culture more seriously than I do, and he often has some interesting things to say. But more often than not he's simply maddening. And you know what else? The guy is just incredibly wrong, time and time again.

Case in point: in the new Esquire, he calls Lost "the best network drama in the history of television." Sorry Chuck, but you are sadly mistaken.

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Tony Jay dead

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 18th 2006 3:28PM

Tony JayYes, the headline would usually include the "at (age)," but I can't find anything that says what his age was. Nothing on the IMDB, and nothing on his site either.

You would recognize Jay's voice as much as his face, as he voiced an incredible number of cartoons over the years, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Reboot, Spiderman, Teen Titans, Superman, The Mighty Ducks, Gargoyles, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as a massive number of videogames: World of Warcraft, X-Men Legends, Lionhearts, various Star Trek games, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and just about every other video game ever made that used a voice. But he had live action roles in TV and movies too, including Lois and Clark, Newhart, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Mr. Belvedere, Twin Peaks, Beauty and the Beast, Eerie, Indiana, Matlock, Murphy Brown, Picket Fences, and The Golden Girls. He was also a Royal Shakespeare Company actor and a singer.

He died earlier this week after surgery for removal of a non-cancerous growth on his lungs.

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What are your all-time favorite season finales?

by Joel Keller, posted May 8th 2006 8:06PM
Who Shot JR?The Boston Phoenix has a cool article that lists ten classic season finales, which range from the universally familiar ("Who Shot J.R.?") to the arcane (an episode of Twin Peaks).

Whitney Matheson of USAToday.com chimes in, listing some that the Phoenix forgot, all of which which happened to occur in the last few years.

One of my all-time favorite season-enders was the Seinfeld episode "The Opposite", mainly because of two lines:
1. "My name is George. I'm unemployed and I live with my parents."
2. "Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle... Costanza?"

What are your favorite season finales? Let me know in the comments.

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