T5F: Spin-Offs

5.┬áThe Facts of Life If you grew up in the '80s, you either fell right into the Diff'rent Strokes sweet spot or Facts of Life. I was definitely in the Facts of Life camp. And let's be honest, the premise for Facts of Life seems a bit safer than its predecessor- a rich, old white... Continue Reading →


Thank You

Vulture, for this video, which reminded me that Charmaine was on an episode of VEEP. Thank you.

T5F: Ultimate Episodes We Love

The theme this Friday is ultimate episodes... basically, the episode of a show that is both exceptional on its own and completely embodies what the show is all about. There are fantastic episodes of television that I've enjoyed that work in part because the show took a huge risk and stepped outside of itself for... Continue Reading →

Top Five Fridays: TV “Star” Encounters

by Beal In the first grade, local weatherman Kevin Orpurt visited my elementary school. The student body gathered in the gymnasium and sat on the floor (wow, this is even more low rent than I originally remembered) for Kevin's captivating presentation about weather patterns and storm facts, probably, I can't actually remember, because I was... Continue Reading →

And Now a Word From Our Sponsor

Just a quick note to let you know what's going on behind-the-scenes at NTO, just so you don't get the impression that Beal and I are too busy sucking down bon-bons and arguing over which one of us should single-handedly bring down the NCIS empire (that was last week). At the moment, I am easing... Continue Reading →

Top Five Fridays! Continued…

by Judi 1. Saved By the Bell- "Jessie's Song" (1990) There's a reason why this Saved By The Bell episode is possibly the most famous "Very Special Episode" in sitcom history (so much so that it prompted a mention in Beal's overview of today's topic) and nothing encapsulates the After School Special/Over-Dramatic Ridiculousness of Jessie... Continue Reading →

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