Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Top 10 Television Theme Songs of All-Time

TV theme songs are sometimes the most important parts of every show. The theme is kind of pervasive because it finds its way into the music that’s in the show, and that’s going to make the show more interesting. You’re going to feel so ready to watch it, and then you’re going to keep hearing the music once it on. With that said, these are the 10 best themes, and some of them are going to hit you harder than others.

TV Theme Song #10: Saved By The Bell
Saved By The Bell's theme song is a sign of the times. You are a 90s kid if you remember this theme, and it never changed. The kids started out in middle school, but they ended up finishing off in college with a slightly altered song. Still, the song is the perfect one for the times, and the it’s going to remind you what it was like when you were in school, or just waking up and getting there on time. 

TV Theme Song #9: The A-Team
The A-Team theme is iconic, and it has been copied so many times. Anyone who wants to make a reference to the A-Team is going to copy the theme, and you’re going to recognize it after two notes. It’s that cool, and it makes you want to watch them build out a car to complete their next mission while BA complains about flying and threatens to choke out Murdock.

TV Theme Song #8: The Flintstones
The Flintstones are a modern Stone Age family, and they’re in the town of Bedrock. It’s a theme that anyone will remember, and it’s still a cartoon that’s popular today. There are a lot of kids who’re watching this show because their parents introduced them to it, and you as well will remember it exactly word for word as soon as it starts playing.

TV Theme Song #7: The Brady Bunch
This is the story of a lovely lady and her new husband. It was a show that was iconic for the times, and people are still referencing it to this day. The music turns up in all their movies and specials, and the song is one that anyone will learn when they listen to it with friends. We keeping talking about Marsha, Marsha, Marsha, but the theme song is still the most important part of this show.

TV Theme Song #6: Family Guy
There is no other show where the family dog is a struggling writer, and it points right back to the theme. You are totally ready for this show when you hear the theme, and you are going to get into it so much that you might actually have to rewind it to listen to it again because you were not enjoying it enough the first time.

TV Theme Song #5: The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory theme song is a great song that’s going to be the favored song of little kids who got to sit up and watch it with their parents, or it’s going to be the theme song of the couples that grew up watching this show together because they got married. They wanted to be like Penny and Leonard, and now they might be. This song will always be their favorite because it talks about how we got through world history in 30 seconds.

TV Theme Song #4: The Simpsons
The Simpsons theme song has been covered by everyone on the planet. A drum corps does the Simpsons theme song for fun, or you can hear it at your kid's band concert. It’s everywhere, and everyone knows it. The Simpsons are a firm part of our culture, and their theme song just reminds you of the time you started watching their show.

TV Theme Song #3: SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants has a theme that everyone knows. Parents are going to learn it when they watch the show with their kids, and it’s going to be one of the first songs that kids learn while they are watching the show. It’s still going strong, and it still has all the nautical nonsense you wish. You get to sing it with your kids, and you get to laugh because it is preparing you for what’s still a perfect cartoon.

TV Show Theme Song #2: Cheers
Some people will say that Cheers has the best theme song because it welcomes you to the bar. It tells you that everyone knows your name, and it reminds you that you’re valued when you go into the bar. This is a big deal for bar patrons, and it reminds that home is not always a house.

TV Show Theme Song #1: The Office
The theme song to the Office is a reminder that this show is unlike any other. you can feel yourself peering into their office when the song plays, but you are more than ready to see all of them get on each other's nerves. It is that much fun to listen to. Though it’s just a melody, it’s become so catchy and fits in so well with the theme of the show, it’s no wonder it’s #1 on our list.

You'll enjoy all ten of these songs, even if you don’t watch all of them. In fact, the song might be the reason that you start watching. So go listen to them all today!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Top 5 Best Sega Genesis Video Games

Top 5 Sega Genesi Video Games
God bless the 16-bit video game system!  Sega Genesis, known in Japan as the Mega Drive hit the stores in 1990.  It went up against the ever-popular Nintendo Game system as well as the early arrival of the home PC gaming movement.     While Nintendo was an 8-bit system, the Sega Genesis was the first video gaming system on the market, console-based wise.   
In its time, the Sega Genesis sold over 30 million units around the world.   The system, failing by the wayside to the stability of the Nintendo sales, and then eventually, the introduction of the Nintendo 16-bit system, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Genesis fell off the market in popularity. In the end, Sega tried to re-coop interest via the public in their brand via the introduction of the ahead-of-its-time CD-Rom console system Sega Saturn, but that too, didn't make the cut up against the Nintendo juggernaut.    But, the Sega Genesis was not without its fans, or without its run of wonderfully under-rated games that were exclusive to the system.    What follows is our list of our favorite Sega Genesis video games.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What Can We Expect From Hail! Caesar When It Hits Theaters Tomorrow?

Hail! Casesr Coen Brothers

Hail! Caesar, the new comedy by directors Joel and Ethan Coen hits theaters tomorrow across the United States, and while the Coens have earned themselves high-status in Hollywood, even earning Academy Award nominations for such heavier fair as Fargo, True Grit, and Inside Llewyn Davis, their comedic work often times has left American audiences polarized. 

Certainly, they've hit the mark several times when it has come to pure comedy, an example of such would be 1987's Raising Arizona, and more recently The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Are Thou?--the previous, Lebowski, earning major cult status in the wake of its release.  There is even a yearly gathering of fans of the movie who dress up like characters, quote lines, drink and bowl at a bowling alley in the Midwest.  

And while these movies have maintained their fan bases for many years, it's the Coens' foray into genre-bending; the point where they mix-genres like comedy with who-dun-it, or remade slapstick films of the Hollywood 40s, with movies like Burn After Reading, Intolerable Cruelty, and Hudsucker Proxy that have caused audiences to leave the theater scratching their heads.

Which it why it's fascinating to consider the premise of Hail! Caesar, the Coen's 17th feature film, and it's premise:   "Eddie Mannix"-- a Hollywood "fixer" is tasked with getting a movie production back on track after its star, "Baird Whitlock," played by George Clooney is kidnapped by a grouped called "The Future."     Whereas, Hail! Caaser is being marketing across American TV as being a goofy comedy of sorts, its central premise of a kidnapping in 1920's Hollywood is a notion that is anything but humorous.     And yet, its likely that the story line of Hail! Casear will more likely be the same spirit of those previous Coen Brothers' films that left audiences completely polarized.      It's altogether possible that we may have another Hudsucker Proxy on our hands when this is released tomorrow.  

The ultimate question in mind is:  What can we expect from Hail! Caesar tomorrow?   Will it be just a comedy or will it be a slapstick comedy in the spirit of the classic movies of the 1920s, 1930s, or 1940s that came out of Hollywood like Bringing Up Baby, Ball of Fire, or any other from slapstick era.    There is a part of all this, that hopes that Hail! Caesar exudes some of the aesthetic and comedic ideal that the Coens' really hit a home run with in The Big Lebowski.  Certainly, based on the preview for the movie that has been in heavy rotation the last couple weeks on American TV, we'll be treated to something that seems like it could be very unique in terms of Hollywood releases, as we know them today, but really, not so unique, in the world of the Coen Brothers.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What's Considered a Successful Sitcom Run?

What makes a television sitcom truly successful you may wonder? Well, within the television industry there are many different factors believed necessary for a sitcom to be a victory, one of the biggest being luck.

By industry standards, a television sitcom isn’t considered successful until after it has run over 100 episodes. Considering that there are on average 22 episodes per season for a show, the show needs to run for four and a half seasons before it’s a success story.

Aside from luck, one of the most important factors that must be present to have a successful television sitcom is a strong, solid director. The director is responsible for the way that the program’s made. They hire the cast and crew, and make sure that filming is running on schedule. Without a strong director to keep everyone on track and ensure the quality of the show, it’s very hard to have a successful sitcom that’ll last the ages.

Additionally, a good story line is a must have for any show to become successful. There must be a story line that can hold the attention of the audience. There needs to be a back story that also runs through different episodes that keeps the audience engaged, and wondering what’ll happen on the next episode.

Along with the story-line there needs to be characters that the audience can relate and connect with. If the audience cannot connect with the characters on some level, then they’re less likely to watch the show. Throughout the series there needs to be continuous character growth and development that also enhances the show, as well as the character. How will a character handle things both on a physical level and on a mental level?

Having great characters is important, but having the right cast to portray those characters is just as important. If the wrong actor or actress is cast for the part, it can throw off the dynamics of the show and the chemistry between the characters. Chemistry occurs when you bring two characters together and they change in some fundamental way as a result of their relationship. Just as in real life, chemistry is vital between your characters.

As you can see, luck will only get you so far, and with the right combination of story-line, cast, characters, and a director to hold it all together, you can have a successful sitcom program that the viewers will love for many years to come.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Top 5 List: The Weirdest Movies You've Never Seen (But Probably Should)

Top 5 Weird Movies
People have always been attracted to oddities.   If we go back to the 1940s, even through up through the late 1960s--people have been attracted to things outside the norm, freaks, sideshows, disturbing images and things that are out of their temporal comprehension visually.   As the movies are suppose to offer us escape from our daily lives, it makes sense that movies should be afforded the opportunity to be weird.  To be dream-like, surreal, horrific, and even puzzling.      Which is why we've crafted this weird, over-the-top list of incredibly strange movies that you have to see to believe.   

In no particular order:

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Greatest Jack Black Movie You've Never Seen (But Should)

Jack Black Airbourne (1993)
While Jack Back might be best known today for his roles in movies like Shallow Hal, Kung Fu Panda, School of Rock, Bernie and Nacho Libre, what most don't know or have forgotten about Black is that he came up threw the Hollywood ranks as a character actor before beginning the box office superstar that he is today.       As a character actor, Black has had memorable roles in both big-budget Hollywood movies as well as in low-budget indie films throughout the 1990s.  

Additionally, Black used to be a writer and at-times player on the influential HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show.

Black has had stand-out roles as a character actor in such films as Bob Roberts, Waterworld, The Cable Guy, Dead Man Walking and High Fidelity.  

But there is one film that Black has appeared in that most haven't seen to date.   In Airbourne (1993), Black plays a flunky hockey player tough guy who, along with a few of his jock friends, begin to bully a new kid who moves into town from California.     Set in Cincinnati, beach teen Mitchell Goosen moves to the Midwest from California to be with his extended family while his parents are off working in another country, and in the process he stirs the pot.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Learning The Dating Game By Watching Television

There are definitely a few tips we could all learn about dating from our favorite TV characters. From heightened sexual tension that never culminates until Season 6 and so on to finding true love from a one night stand, here are some tips on dating from the best in television. 

Be Open-Minded
Sometimes the best relationships can be found with the most unlikely of people. Take Penny and Leonard Hofstadter from TheBig Bang Theory or Cece and Schmidt from New Girl. Maybe your "type" isn't the best match for you after all. Have an open mind and date people that’re different from the type of person you always go for. You may be surprised and find what you were looking for all along.

Get to Know Your Deal Breakers
Are they a low-talker or a close-talker? We all know what type of partner we aspire to have, according to Seinfeld, but those relationships don't always necessarily work out the way we want them to. Why? Nobody’s perfect. Everyone's quirks begin to shine through sooner or later. Know what qualities makes a person sponge-worthy to you. 

Have Confidence 
Whether you're a more of a Don Draper or Andy Dwyer type, confidence is the key to success. Own who you are and what you’ve to offer as a partner because that’s a big turn on and can turn any first date into a second one.

Try, Try, and Try Again
In the end, all of us might as well be Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother, with a blue French horn in front of Robin Scherbatsky's door. Playing the dating game means always being up for new experiences and meeting new people. Some dates go well and some don't. Patience and the belief that you’re deserving of love is key. Sometimes you've already met the one you're truly meant to be with and the timing just wasn't right.

If there's anything that TV shows have taught us, it's that we're all deserving of love. Whether your love life is on again / off again relationship like Rachel and Ross from Friends, or in a perpetual state of single-hood like Samantha Jones from Sex and the City, the journey to finding love alongside family and friends is one of the best journeys that life has to offer. Enjoy it and hold on tight for the ride.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Top 5 Stand Alone, Monster-of-the-Week Episodes of The X-Files

Top 5 X-Files monster-of-the-week episodes

With The X-Files returning to television this Sunday on Fox at 10pm EST / 7pm CST we thought that we'd look at a few of our favorite episodes of the show this week in preparation for the show's amazing return to the airwaves (although only for 6 episodes, bummer), and while a couple days ago we covered (what we thought were) the best episodes to crash course oneself regarding the mythology of the show, today we're looking at five of our favorite episodes from the series that served as pulp fiction, standalone novellas that featured, not so much a story line that advances the shows overall mythos, but really served as fun, creepy existential forays into the heart of monstrosity and mystery.   While these types of episodes, certainly, were perhaps the main inspiration for show creator Chris Carter (he has indicted the 70s show Kolchak: The Night Stalker was a major influence),  these episodes feature some sort of natural or supernatural monster being behind a series of grizzly murders wherever Mulder and Scully find themselves investigating.    While these monsters, certainly, in the first season of the series were often times doofy, and even worse, blatant rip-offs of classic genre films of earlier days, these episodes have become the fan favorites and perhaps equal in segmenting a certain populous when it comes to the show's fan base then, and especially today.

What follows are our favorite X-Files monsters or our favorite X-Files stand alone monster-of-the-week episodes from the series (in no particular order):