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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: ‘Scandal’ Takes on Police Brutality

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Scandal tackles #BlackLivesMatter in a heart-wrenching police brutality plot. … Read More

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The American Dream as Nihilism: Why ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Never Gets Old

As befitting a comedy staple that’s been on air for a decade, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an easy show to take for granted, or to reduce to not quite “must see TV” because it plays better in reruns. Part of this is due to its well-trod consistency: every episode follows a similar formula for the demented, self-centered assholes who make up “the gang,” where they get into one scrape or another, jokes upon jokes are made, and then the credits roll. It is not a show with morals or anything close to a one true pairing, which is part of the reason it can just be a show, super funny and pleasurable in half-hour bites. … Read More

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The 25 Best Episodes of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ Ranked

Tonight, FXX premieres the tenth season of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. It’s nothing less than remarkable that the series managed to get to Season 10 (and has been renewed for two additional seasons), but it’s even more impressive when you realize just how many amazing and riotous episodes the series has had — and trust me, Season 10 will bring some instant classics as well. To celebrate Sunny‘s landmark tenth season, here is a rundown of 25 must-watch episodes of the series, whether you’re a new viewer or just want to revisit some classics. … Read More

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FX and FXX Announce ‘Archer,’ ‘It’s Always Sunny,’ So Many More Shows Returning in January

Season six of Archer! The final season of Justified! The third season of The Americans! Season 10 (wow) of… Read More

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Why the Hell Does ‘Modern Family’ Keep Winning the Best Comedy Emmy?

There are certain traditions that we can count on in popular culture. Super Bowl parties. Oscar red carpet gawking. Beyoncé idolatry. MTV VMA hand-wringing. And every year, when the Primetime Emmys hand out their award for Outstanding Comedy Series, you can reliably depend on a nation of television viewers slapping their foreheads, gritting their teeth, and growling, “Jesus Christ, Modern Family AGAIN?!” And last night, as reliably as Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, ABC’s family sitcom won the prize for the fifth straight year. It has won every year it’s been on the air. Why, oh why, does this keep happening? … Read More

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The 6 Shows You Should Be Watching on FX & FXX

FX launched 20 years ago, in June of 1994, with the tagline “The World’s First Living Television Network.” fX, as it was stylized back then, divided its programming in two categories: repeats of classics (BatmanEight Is Enough) and original shows broadcast live (Sound fXThe Pet Department). fX tried to be an interactive and Internet-friendly network, even devoting an entire show — Backchat — to answering emails. That version failed, but the experimentation was telling — it’s a network that has always wanted to be a step ahead of the rest. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘It’s Always Sunny’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Both Renewed Forever

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, FX and Bravo announce upcoming slates, an Office alum stops by New Girl, and Game of Thrones continues forever. … Read More

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Are Niche Audiences the Future of Network Comedy?

Flavorwire is celebrating Memorial Day with The Year in TV, a series of features on the 2012-13 TV season, which ends this month.

Last summer, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told the assembled press at the Television Critics Association’s press tour that, in the coming season, they could expect a shift in the network’s approach to comedy programming — a move away from the likes of Community, Parks and Recreation, and The Office. “Those Thursday comedies, which the critics love, and we love,” Greenblatt carefully noted, “tend to be a bit more narrow than we’d ultimately like going forward… Those are great shows. But it’s a challenge in comedy to broaden… I hope these new shows we’ve got for the fall and the spring are also clever and also smart, but can also broaden the size of the audience.” Well, here we are a year later, and NBC renewed exactly two of their sitcoms for next season: Community and Parks and Rec. So much for broadening, eh? … Read More

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11 Shows That Wouldn’t Exist Without ‘Arrested Development’

Arrested Development fans are busy counting down the hours until Season 4 premieres this Sunday at midnight on Netflix, and here at Flavorwire, we’re no different. So, we’re passing the time by declaring this Arrested Development Week, all leading up to a Recap-a-thon on Sunday, when our own Jason Bailey will review the whole season, episode by episode. Click here to follow our coverage.

By now, the common wisdom is that Arrested Development’s original three-season run was influential and groundbreaking — but what, specifically, do we owe to the show? The dubious film career of Jason Bateman? David Cross appearing in those Alvin and the Chipmunks movies? The forgotten Fox animated flop Sit Down, Shut Up? Hardly. For your consideration, a brief survey of television programs that may never have existed were it not for the Bluth crew. … Read More

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