Friday, January 19, 2018

Fri-Yay: The Return of NBC Thursday Night Sitcoms; Everything Sucks at Netflix

It's time for another edition of Fri-Yay! That means we will take a look back on some sitcom happenings in recent days or weeks or other fun sitcomy stuff. It's a sitcom lover's paradise! Happy Fri-Yay!

NBC Thursday Sitcoms

by Vincent

Although this hasn't been the best season for network television, there have been a few bright spots, even in a year with a rather underwhelming freshman class, particularly for sitcoms (the fall's only promising sitcom The Mayor was just cancelled, before it could really live up to its potential). In terms of network comedy, the ultimate bright spot is one that started last year but has expanded this year - the return of NBC's Thursday night comedy line-up. For television fans, NBC Thursdays was long known as the night where you could go to watch smart and high-quality sitcoms, starting with when the night featured shows like Cheers and The Cosby Show in the mid-late 1980s, continuing into the '90s with Friends and Seinfeld, into the 2000s and early 2010s with The Office, 30 Rock, Community, and Parks and Recreation. However, over the course of the 2010s, the power of the night gradually began to fade. NBC attempted to replace departing veterans The Office and 30 Rock with shows that mimicked their sensibilities without quite capturing them - shows like Go On, The Michael J. Fox Show, and A to Z. (If you remember any of those shows, you're in the minority.) Finally, during the 2014 - 2015 TV season, NBC nixed comedy on Thursdays altogether, replacing it with The Biggest Loser and The Blacklist.

However, for the first time in nearly five years, NBC once again has a full slate of sitcoms airing on Thursday nights - and for the first time in even longer, all of them are worth watching! From the consistently funny and charming Superstore to the "possible best show on TV" The Good Place to the uneven but generally worth watching Will & Grace revival to worthy 30 Rock heir Great News, NBC has once again put together a Thursday night line-up full of comedies worth watching. Sure, unlike the line-ups glory days, most of the people watching are likely doing so on demand or on streaming, not on Thursday nights, but it still feels "right" to have Thursday night be a home of great comedy again on NBC. Also encouraging is that the night, with the exception of poor Great News, seems to be catching on with audiences. Maybe the secret to saving NBC's Thursday nights after all was just - surprise - putting in funny, interesting sitcoms that people want to watch.


Everything Sucks!

It's awkward. It's exciting. It's heartbreaking. It's high school. Everything Sucks! launches globally on Netflix on February 16, 1996 2018. The 90s high school experience: Desperate, heartfelt, awkward, exciting, and free of smartphones. Set in the real life town of Boring, Oregon in 1996, Everything Sucks! is a quirky, funny coming of age story that revolves around Boring High School's A/V Club and Drama Club - two crews of nerdy-edgy outsiders, who join forces to make a movie and endure the purgatory known as high school. The series stars Peyton Kennedy (American Fable, The Captive) and Jahi Winston (The New Edition Story) as students Kate Messner and Luke O'Neil, with Patch Darragh (Sully, Boardwalk Empire) and Claudine Nako (Grimm) as their respective parents. The 10-episode, half-hour dramedy is created by Ben York Jones (Like Crazy, Newness) and Michael Mohan (Save the Date, Pink Grapefruit), who will both serve as executive producers.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, January 20

Will & Grace - "There's Something about Larry" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace's (Debra Messing) old friend Larry (guest star Tim Bagley) decides he's in love with Will. On Jack's (Sean Hayes) first day as a Lyft driver, he hits his wacky neighbor Val (special guest star Molly Shannon). Karen (Megan Mullally) steps in to bail out Jack, but then needs Jack to bail her out.

Superstore - "Golden Globes Party" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Amy (America Ferrera) throws a party to prove how great she's doing post-divorce, she's forced to enlist Dina (Lauren Ash) and Jonah's (Ben Feldman) help, and Dina ends up making the ultimate sacrifice. Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) and his wife Jerusha (Kerri Kenney) are forced to conduct some personal business at Amy's home.

The Thundermans - "Revenge of the Smith" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Excited to be honored for their heroism with a school mural, Phoebe and Max learn that the artist holds a personal grudge,and the tribute isn't what they imagined.

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & BeyDawncé" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Nicky, Ricky and Dicky accidentally turn Dawn into "BeyDawnce" using techniques they've learned in their human behavior class to help her overcome her fear of auditioning for the Glee Club.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 15)

Friday, January 19

  • Jason Ritter (The Class) - Watch Jason on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • J. K. Simmons (Growing Up Fisher/Family Tools) - J. K. is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Nicole Richie (Great News) - Nicole appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry teaches Harry his signature jump pose on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly talks about the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original Morning Show Mystery: Mortal Mishaps on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Tia Mowry (Instant Mom/The Game/Sister, Sister) - Tia makes DIY hairstyles on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen is a guest on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • AnnaLynne McCord (Let's Get Physical) - AnnaLynne appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December/January)

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
01/09 - Girlfriends - The Complete Series
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