As Billy Madison once sang "Back to school/back to school/to prove to Dad/that I'm not a fool." There are several reasons so many shows have at least one "back to school" episode (some even have more than one!), the primary one being that schools generally start around the same time as the fall TV season. Timing, as great minds have noted, is everything. Besides that, the first day of school is a universally shared/reviled experience! But maybe the biggest reason of all is that just like any insecure middle schooler, a returning series wants to make it clear how much cooler and more attractive they've become since the spring. With that in mind, here's a list of our favorite back-to-school-themed episodes : Full House S3E2 : Back to School Blues Full House was a terrible show (and I say this as someone who is still known to watch hours of its reruns on Nick at Night), but it has stuck in the collective memory of millennials because of a few choice episodes, this being one of them. DJ excitedly heads off to her first day of junior high, only to find out she's not dressed sluttily enough to sit with the cool girls. To make matters worse, she has the same slammin' outfit as the lunchroom monitor everyone thinks is a HUGE LOSER thus rendering her a HUGE LOSER by association. She eats lunch in the phone booth (oh man) listening to the operator recite the date and time. Oh Deej, take it from me, it doesn't get better. Community S2E1 : Anthropology 101 The first season of Community was kind of a split decision. The first 12 or so episodes were a fairly traditional (if such a thing can be said of a single-camera comedy) sitcom before veering into the weird, pastiche-heavy, practically anthology-like glory it became. This second season opener was its pilot should have been, taking all the genre clichés of the back-to-school episode and turning them on their sides. The Simpsons S5E3 : Homer Goes to College You try tutoring Homer Simpson in nuclear physics and see how far you get. When a person's view of college comes from repeated viewings of Animal House -esque comedies and considers it his moral duty to pick on nerds , getting him a passing grade in something the vast majority of the educated public doesn't understand becomes an exercise in nihilism. And yet Homer's tutors, with their Star Trek obsessions and rock collections, try their hardest — only to find themselves facing expulsion. If there's one thing The Simpsons taught us, it's to never try. Degrassi The Next Generation S3E1 : Father Figure (1) Degrassi ! It's so REAL! Except that at its best it's also completely and utterly ridiculous, going so far beyond soap opera territory that it's an entity unto itself. One thing it does accurately capture is the identity confusion of the teenage psyche — it just spins it out to epic proportions. Poor Emma Nelson is just trying to figure out who she is, both in terms of the high school social structure and as part of a blended family, so she runs off in search of her biological father without telling anyone of her intention. I'm not sure where this stacks up against her battles against STDs and eating disorders, but she can't even claim the gold medal in the misery olympics that is Degrassi High School. Friday Night Lights S2E1 : Last Days of Summer Season 2 was probably Friday Night Lights ' weakest season, but FNL at its worst was still better than pretty much anything else at its best. In the season premiere, Coach Taylor is off in search of greater glory at TMU while Tami, in the final days of a pregnancy, has to deal with her teenage daughter's histrionics. Matt Saracen is dealing with his mentor's abandonment, while Tyra and Landry... sigh... take the law into their own hands. To be clear "The Last Days of Summer" isn't on the list because it's great, but because it proved that this gem of a show still had stories to tell after its first, perfect season. As the great Tami Taylor once said, "There's no weakness in forgiveness." It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia S6E9 : Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth The gang (as they're known) really shouldn't be allowed any contact with developing minds. How they were not legally barred from working near or with children after their ill-advised community service escapade is a mystery. Yet here we have Charlie doing his best Good Will Hunting , janitor savant impression, while Mac, Dennis, and Frank hijack Dee's drama class in order to show their incredibly racist, homemade cinematic masterpiece: Lethal Weapon 5. Also there are juggalo jokes. Given the current state of public education in Philadelphia, this may be a chilling portrait of things to come. Frasier S8E11 : Motor Skills This one should ring true for those who are used to being at the top of every class, only to find themselves suddenly out of their depth. For me it was a class called "20th Century French Literature and the History of Ideas" but for the brothers Crane it was auto repair. Despite being multiple degree holders and leading lights of their profession, this is the first episode in which we see Frasier and Niles in a class. They fail miserably and decide to turn into happy underachievers — and manage to fail miserably at that as well. Mad Men S6E12 : The Quality of Mercy Northeastern boarding schools are the source of much literary fixation, so it only makes sense that a literary show like Mad Men might find itself besotted by the idea as well. Sally, whose recently crushed innocence still has a few softly sparking tendrils of life, applies to Miss Porter's to get away from her nightmarish parents, only to find 1) that girls from boarding schools are kind of awful ( myself included, jk?), and 2) creepy Glenn has become a champion of women's safety to the detriment of his budding sex life. What are your favorite back-to-school episodes? Let us know in the comments — unless you want to get an F for participation. Leah E. Friedman is the editor of SideReel.com. You can follow her musings on Twitter .
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is entering it's ninth season on a new home, with the launch of FXX. The cast doesn't seem to worried about the change though, and put all fears to rest during the TCA summer press tour, Friday (August 2)."If you love 'It's Always Sunny', you're going to find it," says Charlie Day, who plays Charlie and also writes for the show, with the cast noting they mostly use DVRs and Netflix to watch TV. "I remember when we did 'Taxi', the big fear was moving from one night to the next," Danny DeVito says. "Viewing habits were so different in those days."They also aren't devastated by the lack of awards recognition they receive. Kaitlin Olson says she didn't even realize Emmy nominations had been released until she saw people complaining on Twitter that "It's Always Sunny" was shut out. "It's like how Gary Oldman still hasn't won an Academy Award,"... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia-cast-on-fxx-emmys-and-season-9.html
FX sets premiere dates for three of its hit comedy series, all debuting on its new comedy offshoot network, FXX. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans can look forward to the start of the show's 13-episode 9th season on Wednesday, September 4th at 10/9c, followed by The League's season 5 kick-off at 10:30. Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell also premieres that evening, starting its 5-night-a-week run at 11pm. Will you be tuning into these FXX comedies on their brand-new network? Sound off in the comments and stick with us for more upcoming fall TV buzz from Celebified.
The ninth season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is fast approaching, and will be launching on the newly-christened FXX network. What could the gang possible have in store, after eight seasons of mayhem?Well, the cast sat down to talk about their upcoming season before taking the stage at Comic-Con 2013. One episode will find a flu epidemic hit the city, something the gang is deathly afraid of catching. It seems they are preparing to audition to be the a capella opening act for Boyz II Men, and a flu would ruin their vocal chords. To be safe, they quarantine themselves in the bar.Kaitlin Olson and Glenn Howerton agree that it's a ridiculous idea for an episode. However, as Olson puts it, "We just wanted to be able to sing a Boyz II Men song, so we made an episode about it." As for the song they'll be performing, get ready for the "Always Sunny"... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/07/its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia-cast-spills-season-9-secrets.html
When "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" returns for its ninth season, it will be debuting on an entirely new network. The show, along with "The League" and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" are jumping from FX, to the all new FXX.The network is more aimed at comedy. It will launch Monday, September 2, with its three flagship shows premiering September 4. "Always Sunny" will air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, starting with "The Gang Broke Dee" as their premiere. The episode was screened at Comic-Con 2013, to the delight of fans in attendance."The League" will follow, Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET, and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" will broadcast nightly (Monday through Thursday) at 11 p.m. ET. The show is also adding a Sunday night "best of" episode. No premiere date has been announced for "Legit," but it will be returning for a second season as well, moving to the network.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/07/its-always-sunny-the-league-and-more-get-fxx-premiere-date.html
FX is bringing its usual suspects to San Diego Comic-Con this year. Returning fan-favorites "Wilfred," "Archer," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "Sons of Anarchy" will be having panels and booth signings throughout the four-day event. Unlike most networks that only show teases and sizzle reels from their series' upcoming seasons, FX is going to be rolling out even bigger reveals. Both "Wilfred" and "It's Always Sunny" will premiere new episodes, while "Archer" and "Sons of Anarchy" are showing first-look clips and footage. Here's the full information released by FX about the network's Comic-Con presence: Thursday, July 18 "WILFRED" FOX Booth Signing - 1:00-2:00pm Panel - 4:00-5:00pm: Screening and Q&A: Elijah Wood stars as "Ryan," a young man struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world until he forms a unique friendship with "Wilfred," his neighbor's canine pet, played by Jason Gann, who co-created and starred in the Australian version of Wilfred in 2007.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/07/comic-con-fx-bringing-sons-of-anarchy-archer-its-always-sunny-wilfred.html
The singer will appear as himself in an episode titled “The Gang Saves the Day." http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/pj0m0Z1rhVY/story01.htm
brightcove.createExperiences(); If you're like us and wondering if Charlie and The Waitress will ever officially hook up on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," we have a pretty decent spoiler for you courtesy of Charlie Day. Zap2it recently sat down with Day, who portrays "Alway's Sunny's" Charlie Kelly and serves as writer and executive producer on the longrunning FX show, to discuss his role in the upcoming Disney-Pixar prequel "Monsters University."When asked if his "Always Sunny" character's unrequited love for -- uh, make that obsession with -- The Waitress (played by his real-life wife, Mary Elizabeth Ellis) will ever be consummated, Day gives a pretty solid hint as to what's to come in Season 9. "I will say this: There is a bit of a fantasy sequence that may be animated, and influenced by some Pixar movies," Day says. "And you may get to see, potentially, what would happen if it worked out. But the reality... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/06/its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia-season-9-charlie-days-the-waitress-spoiler.html
When the new season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" begins on the new FXX network, there's going to be some exciting things afoot. The show's creators have been sharing bits and pieces from the set as the season is taped, but the big news came May 14.Rob McElhenney, a co-creator of the show who also plays Mac, tweeted a photo of himself with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners on "Game of Thrones." With the photo was a simple message, "If ur wondering whether or not Benioff and Weiss wrote an episode of Sunny this year the answer is, of course, yes."What hasn't been revealed is what the episode will be about. "It's Always Sunny" has tackled a bunch of issues, from professional wrestling to cannibalism, but what would the "Game of Thrones" mindset bring to the show? Sword fights and dragons, maybe?As for what else to expect from the ninth season of... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/06/game-of-thrones-showrunners-write-its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia-episode.html
Here's a treat for "It's Always Sunny" fans. At the end of every episode of the FX series, there's a hidden message that is revealed when played backward. And now, you can check out all of them from Seasons 1 through 7 below in one place. Read More... http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/G_EECuBq9Yw/its-always-sunny-hidden-messages_n_3360966.html