Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: ‘Community’ Returns to TV, ‘Sherlock’ Returns to Tumblr

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 time, we’re catching up on not just the past seven days in television, but a whole two weeks of programming, including the holidays. Read on for a preview of what awaits on your DVR. … Read More

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Flavorwire Staffers’ Most Underrated Cultural Items of 2013

With the end of every calendar year comes the customary influx of “Best Of” lists, definitively ranking the créme de la cultural créme of the last 365 days. But sometimes “best” doesn’t accurately describe the things that stick with us most, or that we irrationally love out of personal preference. So to cap off 2013, Flavorwire staffers listed their favorite cultural items of the year — the books, movies, and experiences we’ll be taking into 2014. Click through for the films, bands, and shows from the past year Flavorwire writers felt deserved a lot more love. … Read More

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15 Inexplicable Omissions from the WGA’s “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time”

The Writers Guild of America announced its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time” Sunday, culled from online voting by members of the writers’ union from both coasts. The list pretty much included the shows you’d expect (the top ten, in descending order: The Sopranos, Seinfeld, The Twilight Zone, All in the Family, M*A*S*H, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mad Men, Cheers, The Wire, The West Wing) — with a few notable exceptions. Yes, even in a list of 101 comedies, dramas, variety shows, and (weirdly) mini-series, they’re bound to make a few mistakes. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. In case you missed Breaking Bad creator/executive producer Vince Gilligan on The Colbert Report last night, here’s the interview. While he refuses to reveal to Colbert how the show will end, their “meth off” alone makes this clip a must-see.

2. Apparently Julian Fellowes is thinking about doing a Downton Abbey prequel… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. In case you missed it last night, here’s the full list of winners from the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, an evening which was dominated by Modern Family, Homeland, and Louis CK.

2. Fiona Apple shared some kind of garbled thoughts about her recent arrest for hash possession during a show in… Read More

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The Greatest Performances of the 2011-12 TV Season

Earlier this week, we took a look at the Flavorwire staff’s favorite TV shows of the 2011-12 TV season, which ended in May. But while June may start today, we couldn’t leave the season behind without also heaping praise upon the actors whose small-screen performances we’ve enjoyed the most in the past year. From sitcom stars who brought depth along with comic relief to thespians who rendered complex drama characters with subtlety and empathy, these are our picks for the greatest performances of 2011-12; add yours in the comments. … Read More

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10 TV Characters We Can’t Decide Whether to Love or Hate

For the past few weeks, Mad Men has been all about Roger Sterling. From his and Jane’s fateful acid trip to the amicable end of their marriage that followed to Roger’s subsequent re-evaluation of his life, Matthew Weiner is showing us yet another middle-aged man in a transition that may well build into a crisis. In the most recent episode, we saw the full range of Roger’s good and bad qualities: One minute, he was charmingly entertaining Sally Draper at her dad’s awards banquet, and the next he was inadvertently corrupting the poor kid by slipping off for some illicit sexual contact with her step-grandmother. Among other things, the moment got us thinking about TV characters we love and hate in equal measure, from the lotharios of advertising to pawns in Game of Thrones. … Read More

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David Simon Has a Blog, Is Ambivalent About Blogs

That’s right, fans: your favorite highbrow showrunner has launched a blog called The Audacity of Despair. David Simon revolutionized TV with The Wire, so we can only imagine that his blogosphere debut means it’s time for the rest of us to up our game. Although he’s professed that nothing he writes on his… Read More

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