Community: The Annie of It All

5X3_Jeff_and_Annie_huggingI don’t know if I’ve said this yet on this blog, but here goes. I absolutely loathe the idea of endgame couples. I hate that word, I hate that idea, I hate people who use that word to win arguments over which ship is better. I hate it. It makes my skin crawl.

Part of that stems from the fact that I don’t like the idea of soul mates, in real life or in fiction. I’m firmly on the side of choice. Of waking up every day and choosing to be in this relationship. Of working at it. Of knowing that love is not enough, and that sometimes things fall apart even if you’re so right for each other. And of knowing that one failed love isn’t the end of the world. I guess that’s what really gets me about soulmates. Sure, on one hand its nice to think there’s one perfect person out there for you, but on the other hand there’s far too much room for error.

And that’s true of the television world as well. There’s far too much room for error when it comes to crafting a soulmate love story.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Emmy Noms

emmy-awards-imageOn Thursday, Emmy nominations come out. The Emmy’s are always a fun time for me; they’re a time to look back and think about what really worked on television the previous year, what made me laugh, what made me cry, what made me think and feel and rage. They’re a time for me to roll my eyes as that one show that I’ve never managed to get on board with gets nominated again. And they’re a time for me to scratch my head at some of the more questionable “comedy” entries.

I don’t think the Emmy Awards are necessarily the be all, end all of television accolades. For sure there’s a good amount of politics and campaigning and repeats. I, for one, have always felt that – since unlike any other award, shows and people are being nominated and awarded for the same project or character over and over again – there should b a gap year from winners. Like, if Modern Family wins one year, they should automatically be ineligible the next. Just to spread things around a bit. But I guess that would never happen.

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Community Rewatch: Gimme Zombies After Midnight

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I communityzombies1am a chronological girl. I have a very hard time with stories with weird timelines and I can’t do anything out of order. So if I want to reread the third Harry Potter or I’m going to dive back into Grey’s Anatomy after quitting in Season 7, I have to start at the beginning. I tell anybody I recommend Parks and Recreation to that they have to just get through Season One before they get to an excellent show, and I still make myself sit through it whenever I go to rewatch the show myself. And I will never be someone who watches Dr. Who since it’s virtually impossible to watch it all from the beginning.

But there are a few exceptions to this rule. I think there are a handful of shows, each with one magical episode that I will watch on its own at any time. How I Met Your Mother‘s “Slap Bet” is one of them. “The One With the Embryos” from Friends is another. “American Duos” from Psych. That one episode on Bones where Max is on trial. Glee‘s “Blame it on the Alcohol.” And from Community, it’s “Epidemiology.”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Black History Month

February is Black History Month. And as it’s winding down, I wanted to take the time recognize some of my favorite black characters, past and present, in television.

Diversity, in all its forms, is something that should be recognized and celebrated, and is a virtue that television is still struggling with. But I have faith that it’s working in the right direction. This season on broadcast tv alone saw the introduction of How to Get Away With MurderEmpireBlack-ishJane the Virgin, and most recently Fresh off the Boat – all programs that predominantly star and celebrate people of color. All five of these shows have done well both critically and commercially, and not just with niche audiences made up of the people the shows represent. More is needed. More is definitely needed. But strides are being made.

So please join me in celebrating just a small portion of black excellence in television.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Couples

Maybe I’m a week late since Valentine’s Day has just passed, but I thought on this inaugural edition of Top Ten Tuesdays I would start be spreading some love.

No matter what your favorite show is about – be it prison, family, superheroes, high school, or cops – someone, somewhere is falling in love. There’s no hiding from it. There’s no use telling a story without it in there somewhere. So let’s celebrate it.

Today’s list features my Top Ten Couples: canonical love stories featured on shows that have yet to reach their series finale. Not all these couples are currently together – in fact one hasn’t even managed to get themselves together yet, though their feelings for one another are definitely clear – but they’ve made a mark on their respective shows.

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