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The 10 Greatest Medical Shows on TV

If there is one thing television loves, it’s putting a group of attractive people in a hospital where they can simultaneously save lives and fall in love. Medical shows will exist for as long as TV does, but as NBC’s The Night Shift proven, it’s hard to create a medical drama that doesn’t come off as contrived and repetitive. Fortunately, there are plenty that are great. Here are ten of the best medical shows, from drama to sitcom to parody. All are well worth the watch. … Read More

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A Selection of Iconic TV Character Audition Tapes

Each September brings a flood of new shows, the best of which let us inside the world of unique and fascinating characters. But before we meet such memorable casts as those that populate Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Lost, the actors who play those iconic roles have to convince casting agents and producers that they’re the best women and men for the job. Although far too few audition tapes are made public, we’ve tracked down some of the most interesting ones out there, each telling in its own way. Now, if only we could get AMC to give us Jon Hamm’s Don Draper casting video, we’d be totally set. … Read More

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Hugh Laurie’s 20 Funniest House-isms

After eight years as your favorite cranky-but-brilliant TV doctor, tonight Dr. Gregory House will bring his signature snark to the small screen for the last time tonight in the medical drama’s two-part series finale. Will Hugh Laurie deliver such classic House mantras as “everybody lies” or “we’re missing something”? Will we get one final taste of his character’s extreme fondness for metaphors? As House memorably quipped in the pilot, “Treating illness is why we became doctors. Treating patients is actually what makes most doctors miserable.” In homage to his character’s unique way with words over the course of the past eight seasons, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favorite darkly funny House-isms after the jump. Be sure to add any zingers we missed in the comments! … Read More

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Medical Drama ‘House’ Says Goodbye

Dr. House will not be on call after his eighth season on Fox. Medical drama series House is saying goodbye. Creator David Shore requested an early decision from the network to end the show so he could prepare a proper farewell for his misanthropic physician and friends. With several new dramas on the… Read More

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WTF: Famous Pop-Culture Duos and Casts with Merged Faces

Well, readers, it’s Friday. And frankly, we’re feeling a little bit punchy here at Flavorpill HQ. Perhaps that’s why we are so entertained by a bizarre project that originated on a Something Awful form. The folks at Thaeger clued us in about a thread called “Famous duos… MERGED!” that has Photoshoppers switching or merging the faces of pop-culture pairs and groups — Jay and Silent Bob, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. This is, without a doubt, a silly enterprise, yet some of the Photoshops are so well done as to be eerie and disorienting. Freak yourself out after the jump. … Read More

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10 Shows We Wish Would’ve Quit While They Were Ahead

Last night House returned in its eighth season on Fox to less than stellar ratings. We don’t know about you, but we’re not surprised. What more can possibly happen on this show? The last season ended with a crash, literally, when Gregory House drove his car into long-time crush Cuddy’s house, and this season begins with his release from a short stint in jail. He’s already done the rehab thing. He’s already done the almost dying thing. So what now? Perhaps a DNR would have been in order at the conclusion of Season 6. But we know how House, and even more so, producers, feel about letting go. Below the jump, we’ve rounded up a few other series that should’ve walked away a few seasons before they did — and some that still haven’t. Add to our list in the comments! … Read More

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5 Real Things Doctor Shows Taught Us About Medicine

What can you possibly learn in medical school that you can’t during a weekend-long marathon of House? We’ve only experienced the latter, so we can’t say for sure — but the answer seems to be “a lot,” considering that our doctors keep disagreeing with our self-diagnoses. Hospital shows receive endless scorn for their medical inaccuracies, and the customary rebuttal is the fact that they’re nothing more than entertainment. But we can’t deny that these series have taught us some things about the field, so we’ve rounded up some of their profound, didactic, med-school-worthy, and factually correct lessons. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The National Film Preservation Foundation and the New Zealand Film Archive have discovered the first 30 minutes of what is believed to be Alfred Hitchcock’s directorial debut, a 1923 British film called The White Shadow. If you live in LA, mark your calendars for September 22, when it will “re-premiere” at the Academy of… Read More

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10 Satisfyingly Grumpy TV Characters

Ah, summer. For all its good qualities — the sunshine, the free concerts, the easily obtained popsicles — it does have its downsides. Read: notoriously limited TV options. And strangely, we’ve found that what we’ve really been missing isn’t the intrigue, the musical numbers or even our favorite heroes, but all the witty one liners and cranky back talk of all our favorite TV grumps. Granted, it may be more efficient just to have Ed O’Neill move in with us, but since that’s not an option (call us, Ed!), we’ve created this little roundup. Click through for our list of some of our favorite grouchy, sarcastic and ornery TV characters of all time, with a few quotes to hold you over until fall, and let us know which of your favorites we’ve missed in the comments! … Read More

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TV’s 10 Most Depressed Characters

Has anyone else noticed that there’s no shortage of depressed characters on television these days? The National Post‘s Robert Fulford wants to know why downers make for such good television in recent times, from modern sagas to historical retellings. Whatever the reason behind such writing and its success, there are certainly plenty of morose roles out there. Here are our picks for top 10 most depressed characters on TV today. Let us know who we missed. … Read More

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