If you don't worship at the altar of Shonda Rhimes, you've likely found yourself lost in a conversation more than once.
When did jam suddenly become so sexy? Is "bitch baby" what all the cool kids are saying these days? Why is the color of someone's hat so damn important?
Words that you thought you knew have suddenly seemed to take on different meaning. To help guide you through the complex lexicon of Shondaland, we created a glossary of the most important terms and phrases from Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.
Dictionary: A license to kill
Shondictionary: a nickname given to ...
Courteney Cox, John Cho
What's in a name? A lot when it comes to show titles. Naming a show isn't easy. You want to be brief but convey what the show is about, catchy but not cliché, original but not too out-there, inviting but not alienating. The last one sounds like a no-brainer, but tell that to ABC. For a network nicknamed the Alphabet, it has been the worst title offender in recent years. (But hey, they are into irony.)
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Here are 13 of ABC's worst titles:
Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer
On Sept. 22, 1994, Friends premiered on NBC, and haircuts, coffeehouses, lobsters, trivia games, pivoting, Thanksgiving, pickup lines and break(-up) lines were never the same again. The sitcom phenom's cultural impact endures and its popularity remains unrivaled, but could we have foreseen all that by the time Chandler (Matthew Perry) shared his Liza Minnelli dream?
In honor of the series' 20th anniversary, Joyce Eng and Sadie Gennis decided to break out the pilot and look back at the one where it all began.
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"The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate": Having left her fiancé Barry at the altar ...
It's been five years since CBS premiered Harper's Island, and in the words of another famous island inhabitant, "We have to go back!" A woefully underrated horror murder mystery, the 13-episode series, which is available on Netflix, follows a group of family and friends that heads to the titular locale for a destination wedding, only to learn that there's a killer among them. At least one character gets whacked each episode, always in spectacular fashion. It was awesome, and it got the shaft (no pun intended). CBS canceled the show after moving it from Thursdays to Saturdays, natch, but if they know what's good for them, they'd bring back the dead.
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Here are six reasons why CBS should resurrect Harper's Island — and why you should (re)watch.
How did it take everyone so long to discover that Hannibal is a cannibal? Seriously.
Throughout Hannibal's two seasons, Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) demonstrated a penchant for wordplay and thinly veiled allusions to his unorthodox diet. Yet when Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) first posed the theory of Hannibal's cannibalism, the FBI acted as though he were the crazy one. Say what? Hannibal practically confessed in every episode! Ignoring those cannibal puns is what was actually crazy.
Boy Meets World
On Friday, Disney will attempt to revive TGIF when the anticipated Boy Meets World sequel series Girl Meets World debuts. But while the idea of revisiting Cory Mathews (Ben Savage) and Topanga Lawrence (Danielle Fishel) is millennial catnip, when was the last time any of us actually watched Boy Meets World?
Yes, we have fond memories of celery and undapants, but can we definitively say the show is everything our collective nostalgia hyped it up to be? Does the wholesome sitcom really deserve a large-scale reboot or does its pilot play as painfully dated 21 years later?
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Armed with the original Boy Meets World pilot, which premiered Sept. 24, 1993, on ABC, Joyce Eng and Sadie Gennis decided to find out.
Olivia Pope's gut is never wrong, but how can we be sure anymore when we can't even see it? Since Scandal opted not to write in Kerry Washington's pregnancy, Shonda Rhimes & Co. have come up with interesting ways to handle Bump Gate.
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Check out the 14 most ridiculous ways we've seen so far.
There have been conflicting reports about whether or not 'N Sync will be reuniting at the VMAs this Sunday. And while Lance Bass seeminglyshot down the rumors, we refuse to believe that is anything but a red herring used to build even more excitement when they storm the stage in all their formerly frosted-tipped, dreadlocked glory. So in the name of hope, here are the five things we want to see if when 'N Sync reunites.
Charissa Thompson, Joey Lawrence
If you are watching Splash earnestly, you're doing it wrong. ABC's celebrity diving show is no game-changer to the reality genre. It's not going to dethrone The Amazing Race at the Emmys, let alone make the nominees list. Splash is terrible — but in the most amusing way possible. It's categorically ridiculous, daffy, harmless (well, except for you, Chuy), lighthearted, addictive and fun — and really, isn't that what TV should be? Don't believe us? Here are eight reasons why it's time to get off a get off your TV high horse and, uh, dive in.