Though the Cleavers, Bradys and Sopranos have all left us, the small screen is still filled with fun and interesting families: the cops on Blue Bloods, the wacky but warm-hearted Chances from Raising Hope, the Dunphy household of Modern Family, and even — 22-seasons-old and still going strong — television's first animated clan, the Simpsons. Out of all these, which TV family would you most want to be a part of? Sound off in our poll!
While this fall's other new shows are predictably populated by hard-bodied lawyers, cops and teenagers, executive producer Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) broke the mold with Mike & Molly — a sitcom featuring shockingly normal-seeming people. With charming one-liners replacing six-pack abs, stand-up comic Billy Gardell and Gilmore Girls alum Melissa McCarthy not only look like average Americans, but their honest, vulnerable romance somehow makes even fat jokes feel warm and cuddly. ...
The Walking Dead
With its putrid zombie hoard, The Walking Dead is the ultimate Halloween gift for fans of gore: There are splattered heads, swarming flies and enough tattered, rotting flesh to make most watch through splayed fingers. But peel back just a thin layer of the decaying skin and you'll find the heart of AMC's newest drama is entirely human — racing 90 beats a minute, pumping furiously to stay alive. "There's us and the dead. We survive this by pulling together, not apart," says deputy sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).
"It's a story that anyone can relate to," explains Robert Kirkman, author of the acclaimed comic-book series on which the show is based. "The zombies are representative of disaster, but the focus is on the people — everything they go through."
Rick Grimes is an Everyman with everything: a wife, a son...
Cloris Leachman and Martha Plimpton
An hour-long Halloween episode of Fox's Raising Hope, airing October 26, has the Chance family dressed for tricks and treats, including senile Maw Maw (84-year-old Cloris Leachman), who rocks her...
Omari Hardwick (Dark Blue, The A Team) will guest star on an upcoming episode of NBC's Chase as Chris Novak, a hard luck criminal facing prison who escapes prison to exact revenge on those who betrayed him. While being hunted by Annie Frost...
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory created good chemistry by pairing Sheldon (Jim Parsons) with Amy (real-life brainiac Mayim Bialik). After Blossom, the former teen star earned her doctorate at UCLA, making her Hollywood's most famous actress with a Ph.D. We asked Bialik about her other life and our chances of seeing new couple Sheldon and Amy (aka "Shamie") get physical this season...
Kelli Giddish and Eddie Cibrian
TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive first look at next week's episode of Chase, with guest star Eddie Cibrian (CSI: Miami). In an episode titled "Above the Law," sparks fly between U.S. Marshal Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish) and a bounty hunter (Cibrian) as they track down a white collar fugitive who's jumped bail...
When people see Martha Plimpton, they often think, "Oh, that girl," as in the gawky teen who climbed into the caverns with Mouth, Chunk and the kid with all the cool gadgets in The Goonies. "I turned 14 on that movie," she says. "We had no idea there would be reunions and T-shirts and fan sites 25 years later!"
But while her peers hit rehab and the reality-TV circuit, the daughter of actors Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton became a rare thing for child stars — a character and stage actress. She filled her
Gather round, Gleeks, we want to hear from you! Which Glee cast member do you think is the best performer? Rachel is usually New Directions' biggest star with all the solos, but Mercedes can really belt it out. Kurt stole the show after his father's heart attack, but Brittany's dancing makes us a slave for her. Sound off in our poll after the jump...
Vanessa Williams has made Wisteria hot again as the flashy and privileged Renee, Lynette's frenemy (and Bree's romantic rival). Between scripted dramas and reality TV — whether they're getting romantic with the local handyman or flipping over a table — it seems housewives are all over the small screen. So tell us: Who do you think is the hottest housewife on television right now?
Vote in our poll after the jump...