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13 modern TV comedies set in the 80s and 90s

Louisa Mellor Feb 16, 2018

To mark the release of Netflix’s 90s-set Everything Sucks!, here are a dozen more recommended nostalgic comedies…

The 90s felt so good that some of us never left. We’re still there, wearing Converse All-Stars, drinking blackcurrant Hooch and listening to Natalie Imbruglia. When we zone out in the monthly budgetary planning meeting, we’re doodling band logos and daydreaming about Alicia Silverstone in that Aerosmith video.

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This Friday welcomes new nineties-set high school comedy Everything Sucks! to Netflix. A sweet comedy set in the real-life town of Boring, Oregon in 1996, it’s the story of two outsider kids Luke and Kate, a would-be filmmaker and the principal’s daughter. It’s piled with retro references that will wrap around nineties kids like a warm blanket (and, if they’re insufferable pedants,
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The Fosters Season 5 Episode 15 Review: Mother's Day

One of television's greatest mysteries is how a series like The Fosters has graced our screens and touched our hearts with transformative storytelling, authentic characters, and capable actors, but greater award recognition and accolades have eluded the series for half a decade. 

They've rightfully been nominated and/or won GLAAD, Teen Choice, and Television Critics Awards, but to have never been considered for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, or if I may be audacious, the prestigious Peabody, is confounding. 

The final season of The Fosters has resolved itself to not go out with a whimper, and The Fosters Season 5 Episode 15 was no exception.

Sure, this series is groundbreaking and progressive -- transgressive even. It's bold, topical, and occasionally controversial. It hasn't taken on some of its subject matter flawlessly. There were times when it was melodramatic or clumsy, but it has been all the better for having tried.

As we
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Everything Sucks!: first trailer

Joseph Baxter Kirsten Howard Feb 7, 2018

Netflix has released a big trailer for their new 90s-set show, Everything Sucks!, which is likely to tug at every nostalgic heartstring...

While the insane array of original series on Netflix probably can’t be accurately categorised by any one offering, the streaming giant has taken a special shine to nostalgia, evidenced by the embracing of the 1980s-era idiosyncrasies of Stranger Things, its fostering of the 2001 (early 1980s-set) cult film Wet Hot American Summer into a television franchise, as well as Full House spinoff Fuller House. However, teen comedy series Everything Sucks! brandishes a mantra that fits in the angsty era in which it will take place: the 1990s.

Here's the first trailer...

Amongst the array of 1990s iconography and tropes lies an irreverent take on the high school experience, that – in a comparison that can’t be evoked enough – is clearly reminiscent in tone
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The Best Post-Super Bowl TV Episodes of the Last 35 Years

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The Best Post-Super Bowl TV Episodes of the Last 35 Years
Until the 1980s, the networks didn’t give much thought about what they aired after the Super Bowl — it was sometimes golf, “Lassie,” or nothing at all. But then, in 1983, NBC aired the second episode of new action hour “The A-Team,” turning it into an immediate hit. The next year, “Airwolf” launched behind the Super Bowl, and in 1988, ABC found success debuting “The Wonder Years” after the game, solidifying the strategy of premiering brand new shows — at least temporarily.

The gambit wound becoming a bust by the 1990s, as post-Super Bowl shows turned into quick failures: “Grand Slam,” “Davis Rules,” “The Good Life” and “Extreme.” NBC came up with a new strategy in 1996, running an episode of its biggest show there — “Friends” — which allowed it to charge hefty ad rates for what was assuredly a big event.

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Apparently The Wonder Years Was Cancelled Because of a "Ridiculous" Sexual Harassment Claim Against 16-Year Old Fred Savage

For those of you who have ever wondered why the classic series The Wonder Years was canceled, actress Ally Mills, who played Norma Arnold in the series, said it due to a sexual harassment scandal involving 16-year-old Fred Savage, which she says was "completely ridiculous."

This is the first time anything like this has been talked about regarding the show. While talking to Yahoo, Mills explained:

“When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not The Wonder Years was going to be renewed. And that’s because of a completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage — who is, like, the least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever walked the face of the Earth.”

The sexual harassment lawsuit was filed in 1993 by a 31-year-old costume designer named Monique Long. It wasn't just against Fred Savage, though. It was also filed against 20-year-old Jason Hervey,
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Did “The Wonder Years” End Because of a Sexual Assault Lawsuit?

The good news about this story is it shows that the issue of sexual harassment has been around for at least 30 years, and most likely even before that. The reason it is good news is not because women were being sexually harassed, but that the #metoo-ers can’t claim they “discovered” the problem and are actively doing something about it. In the case of “The Wonder Years” the sexual harassment victim was a behind-the-scenes woman who made the claim against the stars of the show. One of the interesting things about this claim made 30 years ago is that the

Did “The Wonder Years” End Because of a Sexual Assault Lawsuit?
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‘The Wonder Years’ Star Claims Sexual Harassment Allegations Ended the Show

‘The Wonder Years’ Star Claims Sexual Harassment Allegations Ended the Show
Thirty years after the family comedy “The Wonder Years” premiered on ABC, the show’s star Alley Mills now claims sexual harassment allegations prevented the show from returning for a seventh season.

Mills played Norma Arnold, the mother of Fred Savage and Jason Hervey’s characters on the drama, which ran from 1988 to 1993. In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Mills said a costume designer, Monique Long, brought a lawsuit against Savage and Hervey for physically and verbally harassing her on set.

“When we shot the series finale, nobody knew whether or not ‘The Wonder Years’ was going to be renewed,” Mills said in the interview. “That’s because of a completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage who was like the least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever walked the face of the earth.”

People reported in 1993 that Long said Savage repeatedly told her, “Oh, Monique
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'Wonder Years' Mom: 'Ridiculous' Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Ended Show

'Wonder Years' Mom: 'Ridiculous' Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Ended Show
Nearly three decades after The Wonder Years first made its TV debut, actress Alley Mills is claiming that a "ridiculous" sexual harassment lawsuit is what brought the beloved ABC show to a sudden halt in 1993.

Mills, who played wholesome matriarch Norma Arnold in the Sixties-set teen drama, told Yahoo! Entertainment that a lawsuit brought about by her costumer, Monique Long, against her TV sons Fred Savage and Jason Hervey, ultimately led to the show's cancellation after six seasons.

"When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not The Wonder Years
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'Wonder Years' Star Alley Mills Says "Completely Ridiculous" Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Ruined Show

The Wonder Years is one of the most well-known and beloved sitcoms in TV history, and now one of the show's stars says it was derailed due to a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Fred Savage, Jason Hervey and others in the early 1990s.

Actress Alley Mills, who played mom Norma Arnold on the show, recently told Yahoo the show never got back on track after a former costume designer for the ABC classic accused the men of constant verbal and physical harassment.

“When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not The Wonder Years was going...
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‘The Wonder Years’ Was Canceled Due to a ‘Ridiculous’ Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Fred Savage, Says Alley Mills

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Twenty-five years later, “The Wonder Years’” cancellation still raises questions. The final episode was filmed in such a way that allowed it to serve as either a series or season finale, depending on the voiceover narration that was added to the closing scene; exactly how and why ABC chose to end things has remained a point of contention among viewers. Now Alley Mills, who played matriarch Norma Arnold on the family drama, says the show was canceled due to a “completely ridiculous” sexual-harassment lawsuit filed against stars Fred Savage and Jason Hervey.

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“When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not ‘The Wonder Years’ was going to be renewed,” Mills tells Yahoo in a video interview. “And that’s because of a completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage — who is,
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‘Wonder Years’ Mom Says Show Axed Over ‘Ridiculous’ Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Fred Savage

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‘Wonder Years’ Mom Says Show Axed Over ‘Ridiculous’ Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Fred Savage
The Wonder Years” actress Alley Mills is opening up about the reason the hit ABC period show was canceled after six seasons — and she blames a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fred Savage that she called “ridiculous.” “When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not ‘The Wonder Years’ was going to be renewed,” Mills, who played Norma Arnold, said in a recent interview with Yahoo (watch it below). “And that’s because of a completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage — who is, like, the least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever...
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NBC Orders Four Multi-Cam Comedy Pilots, Including Two From Ep Sean Hayes

NBC has ordered four multi-camera comedy pilots, marking the network’s first comedy orders for the 2018-2019 season, Variety has learned.

Two of the projects boast “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes as an executive producer. The first is titled “Like Family” and follows Aubrey and Artie, who formed the tightest of sibling-like bonds growing up together in foster care. But they are now discovering that such closeness makes adulthood even more complicated.

Suzanne Martin will write and executive produce with Hayes and Todd Milliner also executive producing via their Hazy Mills banner. Universal Television will produce along with Hazy Mills, which is under an overall deal at the studio.

Martin previously created the TV Land comedy series “Hot in Cleveland,” which ran on the cable network for six seasons. She also created the “Hot in Cleveland” spinoff series “The Soul Man” starring Cedric the Entertainer, as well as the NBC comedy “Crowded.” Hayes executive
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Child Support: Season One Ratings

ABC has achieved pretty good results rebooting classic television game shows like $100,000 Pyramid, Match Game, and even The Gong Show. Now they're trying out a new spin on the concept, with the Child Support TV show. A humorous take on the format, on the new series, in the end, it is up to children whether the adults win or lose. Does that sound like a Nielsen ratings winner? Will Child Support be cancelled or renewed for season two on ABC? Stay tuned. Fred Savage, who came to fame as one of TV's most endearing kids on The Wonder Years hosts Child Support, which was created by Ricky Gervais. Adult players have to answer ten questions correctly, in order to win the top prize of $200,000. When the grownups give the wrong answer, that’s when five cute and funny kids ride to the
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Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86

Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86
Peter Baldwin, who started as an actor and went on to become a prolific TV director throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, died Nov. 19 in Pebble Beach, Calif. He was 86.

Baldwin won a Primetime Emmy Award for directing “The Wonder Years” and a Cable Ace Award for “Dream On.”

Born in Winnetka, Ill., he was discovered by a Hollywood talent scout in his senior year at Stanford. He became one of Paramount’s “Golden Circle of Newcomers” and appeared in films including “Stalag 17,” “Little Boy Lost” and Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments.”

He served three years in the Navy and returned to Paramount, where he appeared in “The Tin Star” and “Teacher’s Pet” with Clark Gable and Doris Day.

After touring with Julie Harris in “The Warm Peninsula” play, Baldwin moved to Italy, where he appeared in films by Robert Rossellini, Dino Risi and Francesco Rosi. There he started
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Peter Baldwin, Emmy-Winning ‘The Wonder Years’ Director, Dies at 86

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Peter Baldwin, Emmy-Winning ‘The Wonder Years’ Director, Dies at 86
Peter Baldwin, the Emmy-winning television director whose many credits include “The Wonder Years,” “The Brady Bunch” and “Sanford and Son,” has died. He was 86. Baldwin passed away on Sunday at his home in Pebble Beach, California. He is survived by his son Drew, the CEO of Tubefilter and executive producer of the Streamy awards; as well as his wife Terry, two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also Read: David Cassidy's Last Words Will Break Your Heart As a director, Baldwin has more than a hundred credits on various TV shows, including “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Partridge Family,
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Peter Baldwin, Actor and Emmy-Winning TV Director, Dies at 86

Peter Baldwin, an actor turned prolific Emmy-winning TV director with credits including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Sanford and Son, Murphy Brown and The Wonder Years, has died. He was 86.

Baldwin died Sunday at his home in Pebble Beach, California, his son, Drew Baldwin, CEO of Tubefilter and creator and executive producer of the Streamy Awards, announced.

A former actor and contract player at Paramount Pictures, Baldwin cut his teeth behind the camera in Italy when he served as an assistant director under the legendary Vittorio De Sica on Woman Times Seven (1967)...
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Peter Baldwin, Actor and Emmy-Winning TV Director, Dies at 86

Peter Baldwin, Actor and Emmy-Winning TV Director, Dies at 86
Peter Baldwin, an actor turned prolific Emmy-winning TV director with credits including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Sanford and Son, Murphy Brown and The Wonder Years, has died. He was 86.

Baldwin died Sunday at his home in Pebble Beach, California, his son, Drew Baldwin, CEO of Tubefilter and creator and executive producer of the Streamy Awards, announced.

A former actor and contract player at Paramount Pictures, Baldwin cut his teeth behind the camera in Italy when he served as an assistant director under the legendary Vittorio De Sica on Woman Times Seven (1967)...
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Young Sheldon Season 1 Episode 2 Review – ‘Rockets, Communists and the Dewey Decimal System’

Martin Carr reviews the second episode of Young Sheldon

At just over twenty minutes the makers of Young Sheldon are vastly underestimating the attention span of their audience. This window into the formative years of a Big Bang alumni is engaging, strangely nostalgic and anchored by an understated performance from Iain Armitage. Ably supported by Zoe Perry and Lance Barber it allows events to develop naturally, using voice over, observational humour and measured delivery.

Key to the primary success of this pint-sized episode two relies upon being concise. You are never asked to digest too much information and in fact are given virtually nothing. In return these showrunners allow us to sit back and observe from a distance as Sheldon negotiates high school. Armitage conveys the adult trapped in a pre-pubescent body with subtlety without falling back on any obvious acting tricks. If anything his role is based around the
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Young Sheldon Season 1 Episode 1 Review

Martin Carr reviews the premiere episode of Young Sheldon

Anyone old enough to remember The Wonder Years will feel a pang of nostalgia having finished the Young Sheldon pilot. Narrated by Jim Parsons this coming of age prequel was always going to live or die on that key casting call and thankfully Iain Armitage gets it spot on. Intellectual without sounding arrogant, blissfully unaware without being condescending and more importantly instantly watchable.

His family from twin sister Missy through to older brother Georgie are also pitch perfect within ten minutes making the whole pilot enjoyable. There are familiar faces from the original Big Bang and enough throwbacks to Sheldon specific quirks to make you smile. However what became apparent very quickly is that this is no laugh out loud comedy. This is an origin story to test the water, hence its truncated running time of twenty minutes and economic set up.
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‘The Princess Bride’ Turns 30: Rob Reiner, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal Dish About Making the Cult Classic

‘The Princess Bride’ Turns 30: Rob Reiner, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal Dish About Making the Cult Classic
It’s no secret “The Princess Bride” was not a box office success when it opened in 1987. And it’s also no secret that thanks to home video, cable, DVD, and now Blu-ray, the charmingly funny fractured fairy tale directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel, has become part of the cultural landscape.

Stars Chris Sarandon, Cary Elwes, and Wallace Shawn once did a Q&A after a screening for an audience of 5,000 people. Rabid fans approached the stars reciting their lines — especially Mandy Patinkin’s “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,” and Shawn’s “Inconceivable.” Even Ted Cruz reenacted the hilarious scene featuring Billy Crystal as Miracle Max and Carol Kane as his wife Valerie during the 2016 presidential campaign.

But did you know the film once saved a woman’s life?

“Honestly, I’m not making this up,” said Reiner.
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