Thanksgiving with Friends
The Thanksgiving episode is a rite of passage for any American sitcom. New Girl – which we here at CulturePoppe just j’adore more and more – hit gold with their first Hanksgiving Dudesgiving Thanksgiving episode (“It’s like a Prince video!”) this week, and the annals of TV history are littered with other fine examples. But no sitcom did Thanksgiving better than Friends. For each one of the landmark show’s 10 seasons, Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey never failed to deliver a laugh-filled Gobble Day. Some of the show’s finest, funniest and most memorable happenings occurred on Thanksgiving – including that “One with All the Thanksgivings.” But for me, the very best, the funniest Thanksgiving episode – and one of the best episodes of the show period – was season 6’s “The One Where Ross Got High.”
I really dig Drake. His proper album debut Thank Me Later was a collection of atmospheric and brooding rap tailor-made for cold, rainy days and warm, breezy nights. He’s continued in much the same vein – albeit improved even – with Take Care. Yes, he probably spends a bit too much time navel-gazing over how “tough” it is to be a star, but he also tackles heartache and pain in a way that few other hip-hop artists do. The washes of synthesizers, bleak airy space and sparse production combine with his ever-improving flow to create a pleasantly languid mood that’s periodically interspersed with more ambitious tracks like “Lord Knows,” backed by a gospel choir no less. The title track – a tender ode to love, featuring Rihanna – is a standout.
I have been an evangelist for Community since season 1. It boasts one of the most talented comedic casts working today – every single player (except for Ken Jeong’s tired caricature of a character) is a comedy MVP – and it’s the most forward thinking and consistently brilliant sitcom on television right now. The ragtag group of Greendale college students – led by that guy up there – consistently bring the smart and smart aleck funny week after week. In fact, the show has really been on a roll this season – constantly topping itself. Yet NBC – in another move of infinite non-wisdom – has pulled it from the schedule for mid-season. It’s not canceled – yet – but when a show is pulled like that, it’s not a good sign. It’s time to rally behind this gem and show NBC what a grave mistake they are making. The fact that a brilliant show like this is on the bubble, while the universally and justifiably maligned Whitney sits pretty is beyond acceptable. It’s time to #SaveCommunity. #sixseasonsandamovie.
The Muppets are back! And I couldn’t be a happier camper. After a couple of misfires – I’m looking at you, Muppets in Space – Kermit, Miss Piggy and the whole gang are back to claim our hearts and funny bones again, thanks to the dedication and fandom of Jason Segel. The Muppets opens November 23, and you can believe that I will be there front and center. Here’s hoping a new generation falls in love with this crazy group as much as mine did. My favorite Muppet endeavor, you ask? The Muppets Take Manhattan. No question.