Vince Gilligan created something so incredibly good when he decided to be so bad. Breaking Bad changed the way we looked at a central character. With Gilligan's mission to take Walter White from Mr. Chips to Scarface, he made us slowly watch and attach ourselves to a very bad person. With Bryan Cranston performance as Walter White is so compelling, and intense it made for very good television. Looking back at the last 10 to 15 years, Breaking Bad will rank as one of the greatest shows on television.
From all the medical television shows out there, Scrubs managed to ring true for a lot of medical professionals. Creator Bill Lawrence was able to craft a very relatable comedy that had a good dose of heart. The everyday interactions between the doctors, residents, nurses, staff and patients was something everyone, for nine seasons really enjoyed.
The pilot episode does a great job establishing the characters of Dr. John "JD" Dorian (Zach Braff), Dr. Elliott Reid (Sarah Chalke), and Dr. Christopher Turk (Donald Faison), Carla, Dr. Bob Kelso, Dr. Perry Cox, and even the Janitor. It managed all that while still clearly maintaining the silly nature of the show and the heartfelt conclusions Scrubs managed to achieve in most if not all of its episodes.
Mad Men is a delightful look into 1960's New York life, using the crazy world of advertising as the perfect backdrop to this drama. At the center is the enigmatic and charming Don Draper, the genius ad man (or madman) at the Sterling-Cooper agency. Created by Matt Weiner, who used this script he wrote in 1999 to get a job with David Chase on the Sopranos, Mad Men is known for being authentic and real without being too over the top. The clothes, the brands, even the weather were meticulously researched and many historical events made their way into the seven seasons of this very popular show.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Sandberg, Andre Braugher, and Terry Crews is a brilliant and absurd comedy with heart. Created by veteran comedy writers Michael Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation, and Daniel J. Goor, a writer on Parks and Rec, this show is now in its third season on Fox. The writing on the show is solid, with incredible story lines that show off the absurdity in the characters, keeping things fun and funny, while never making light of the crimes they solve.
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We get to review the eleven season comedy juggernaut Always Sunny in Philadelphia. This show, even after all these years, is still going strong.Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day are the insane geniuses behind this "Seinfeld on Crack" style show. Also featuring Kaitlin Olsen, and Danny DeVito. In this episode of Script vs Screen we go through some minor changes we found in the script, mostly due to allowing the actors room to breathe and improvise within the lines on the script. The four main actors have such great chemistry, it is no wonder the comedy just explodes on stage. When Danny DeVito joined the cast in the second season it was like adding more gasoline to an already roaring comedy fire.
Fox's fantasy drama Lucifer centers on the titular character's recent "vacation" to Los Angeles. The show joins the spate of dramas that involve a special character teaming up with law enforcement to help solve crimes. Think Castle, Minority Report, Sherlock Holmes, Limitless, Bones, Forever, Elementary, and Sleepy Hollow. The police procedural is a comfortable format on television today, and Lucifer (Tom Ellis) offers the potential to be one of the most interesting of these quirky characters to team up with LAPD, and help detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German).
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As it is the case with our third episode we take a look back at a retro show, and we are delighted to take a look at the Fox Network juggernaut show Married with Children. It helped make stars out of Ed O'Neil, Katey Sagal, and Christina Applegate. Looking back it is almost hard to believe a show about a dysfunctional white trash family became so popular. But with such a strong cast, and a really lowest common denominator type of humor - jokes that included light misogyny, fat-shaming, and slutty blond references. Incredibly, it all worked into a fun, highly popular show.
Angel from Hell is a high concept comedy starring Jane Lynch as the titular character. Jane Lynch stars as Amy, a down on her luck Guardian Angel, who is somewhat desperate to have her earthly assignment, Allison (Maggie Lawson) accept her help and guidance. Dr. Allison Fuller is skeptical, but willing to befriend Amy, despite partially believing that her, "guardian angel" is probably just a crazy person.
We start seasons 3 of Script vs Screen with Fox's Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life. A cast of relative newcomers, with the Hangover's Justin Bartha and Battle Creek's Lisa Lapira. It's a Ferris Bueller meets Parker Lewis Can't Lose with a touch of over-the-top Workaholics/Hangover like antics. All directed to a Millenial demographic all trying to survive their 20's.
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