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Re-Watchterpiece Theater: The Pilot Episode of The Sopranos (1999)

Re-Watchterpiece Theater is a series that explores the organic way that attitudes about films change after you watch them a second time, a third time, or more, further down the line than the original viewing.

Today, Re-Watchterpiece Theater takes a mild departure from the norm. Rather than re-watching a film, this time I went after a TV show. Since James Gandolfini’s untimely death, HBO has lovingly honored him by placing the entire first season of The Sopranos back on OnDemand. Gandolfini’s death has caused a rebirth in interest in his tour de force role as Tony Soprano. Inspired by all of this, I’ve decided to take HBO up on their offer and revisit the first season of The Sopranos. It didn’t take long in the pilot episode for a lot of thoughts to start forming, especially deeper in comparison with my initial reaction to the show. Continue reading

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James Gandolfini (9/18/1961-6/19/2013)

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James Gandolfini passed away today. I’m not one for empty platitudes when actors and actresses die, but it’s hard not to feel something for Gandolfini, whose work has given me hours and hours of entertainment. He was universally beloved by his peers and by his fans. Everyone knows about his role as Tony Soprano, where he willed premium cable programming to a higher plane of existence. But he also had notable roles in In the Loop, True Romance, Zero Dark Thirty, Killing Them Softly, Cinema Verite, The Last Castle, and… you know what? He was notable in all of his roles. Instead of me listing them, just go check out his filmography on IMDb and watch some of those movies in the next few days. In his honor, here are some of my favorite Gandolfini scenes. It’s Soprano-heavy, as it should be, but that should take nothing away from what he achieved as an actor in other roles. Rest in peace, James Gandolfini. You’re eating braciola in heaven now. Continue reading

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A Very Special (Red) Wedding Invitation

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If you’re all caught up with Game of Thrones, then you realize that a very special wedding just took place. It was the kind of event that serves as a game changer for audiences. If you’re like me, that means you’re as big a fan of the show as ever. If you’re not caught up, then HURRY UP, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, so you can open this wedding invitation marking the event. Also, if you’re not caught up, stop reading because I don’t want to be responsible for spoiling anything. Continue reading

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Tale of the Tape: Bear Pit Fight Scenes

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If you watch Game of Thrones, then you know that there was recently an epic scene involving a pit with a bear in it, a blonde, and a heroic idiot who risked his life to save her. In other words, it was just like that scene in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. For all of their similarities, there were a few differences. Which bear pit scene was better? Only through the magic of the tale of the tape can we find out. Continue reading

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Charlie Kelly’s Ten Best Scenes

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A few weeks ago, I referenced Charlie Kelly from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as one of TV’s great lovable dumbasses. In fact, if there was a Hall of Fame of TV dumbasses, Charlie might have a whole wing. His dumbassery knows no bounds. It’s this dumbass behavior that has given Charlie one tremendous scene after another throughout It’s Always Sunny’s run. Here are Charlie’s ten best scenes. Continue reading

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Don Draper vs. Principal Skinner

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Friend and occasional TDYLF contributor Josh Katz recently pointed out an interesting fact about AMC’s smash hit, Mad Men. Specifically, Don Draper’s backstory is eerily similar to the story that The Simpsons writers created to flesh out Seymour Skinner’s backstory in “The Principal and the Pauper” episode. Just how similar are they? Find out after the jump. Continue reading

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Homer Simpson’s Thought Bubbles: A Collection

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One of the best parts of The Simpsons is the cacophony of stupidity that we see in Homer’s head whenever we see his thought bubbles. It’s hilarious- an orgy of dancing bears, monkeys, cows, clowns, and occasionally Flanders’ butt cheeks. Here’s a collection of Homer’s thought bubbles. I wish it was more comprehensive, although 19 examples is a good start. Continue reading

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Fun With Netflix Viewer Reviews: TV Show Edition

It’s time yet again for the article that’s easy for me and fun for you- Fun with Netflix Viewer Reviews! Volume eighteen of Netflix viewers writing funny reviews focuses on TV shows. These are presented completely unedited. Even when you think I might have edited something in or out of the copy, I assure you that I have not. Continue reading

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The Nine Best Television Butt Antics

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Let me assk you a question. How would you like to see a list that’s sure to send you over the moon? Not only that, butt it might even make you crack a smile. Don’t get left behind, lest you bottom out and look like a dumbass. By now, you’re probably wondering what’s the butt of all these jokes, these ass puns. Here are the nine best television butt antics. Continue reading

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Game of Thrones: The Flowchart

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Season three of Game of Thrones is just a few short weeks around the corner. Fans of the show are all anxiously waiting to find out the fates of Daenerys, the Imp, Robb Stark, Jon Snow, and all the rest. To put fans of the show in the mood, I’ve created this flowchart. Enjoy! Continue reading

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