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What's Your Favorite Brady Bunch Episode?

Susan Olsen, Christopher Knight, Sherwood Schwartz and Florence Henderson by Alexandra Wyman/ WireImage.com

Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island (he also wrote the catchy Brady theme song), got his well-deserved Hollywood Walk of Fame star Friday. With Florence Henderson (who played Mrs. Carol Brady) and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island) at his side, Schwartz joked that the Oscars had gotten the title of this year's Best Picture winner wrong. "Who says this is No Country For Old Men?" he joked. At 91, the kid's still got it!In honor of Schwartz's achievements, here are my 15 all-time favorite Brady Bunch episodes, in chronological order. (You're lucky I stopped at 15. I could probably rank 100 by memory.)"The Honeymoon": This is the pilot, in which Mike and Carol get married and combine their families, including three boys, three girls, a cat and a dog (who basically ruin the wedding)."Lost Locket, Found Locket": There was not a dry eye in the O'Connor household when we found out that Alice sent Jan the locket because she's a middle child too.... read more

Locke Pulled a Gilligan!

Surely I’m not the only one who flashed on Gilligan's Island at the end of this week’s Lost, after Locke inadvertently caused the farmhouse/communications hub to go boom when he typed the numbers “77” into the chess-game computer. As Sayid moaned, channeling the Captain: "Now look what you’ve done, Locke." (Another fine mess?) There goes our communications link with the outside world. Now we’ll never find our way home. If the soundtrack at that moment had bleated a comical wah-wah-wah, it would have been perfect.Not that I didn’t enjoy the episode. On the contrary. Lost continues its post-hiatus rehabilitation (in quality if not in ratings) with another strong episode, albeit not a work of art like last week’s Hurley joyride. (If you didn’t like that episode, what in the world are you doing watching Lost?) The Sayid flashback, a parable about the quality of mercy in a world tainted by torture, provided solid counterpoint to the taut suspe... read more

Dancing with the Stars I think...

Dancing with the StarsI think I was the only person in the office who didn't watch this over the summer, and I regretted it for months, so I had high expectations here tonight. The only problem is, it seems like the show's producers have decided that everyone else watching was a fan of the first season, so we got very little explanation of how the celebrities and partners were matched up, how long they had to learn their dances, what dances to expect in the coming weeks, etc. How about a little bit of love for the new people here? Master P says he got all the people in the 'hood to watch! OK, I'll cut to the dancing right away, like the show did: George Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska: I thought George would be pretty good, since he's older and maybe da read more

Dancing with the Stars I think...

Dancing with the StarsI think I was the only person in the office who didn't watch this over the summer, and I regretted it for months, so I had high expectations here tonight. The only problem is, it seems like the show's producers have decided that everyone else watching was a fan of the first season, so we got very little explanation of how the celebrities and partners were matched up, how long they had to learn their dances, what dances to expect in the coming weeks, etc. How about a little bit of love for the new people here? Master P says he got all the people in the 'hood to watch! OK, I'll cut to the dancing right away, like the show did: George Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska: I thought George would be pretty good, since he's older and maybe da read more

The Office So this is the new...

The Office So this is the new arrangement, then? The Office moves to Thursdays and commences with an entire half-hour of breaking my heart? One more gut-wrenching look of longing from Jim and I'm gonna make a special weekend trip to Lake Wallenpaupack myself, just so I can jump overboard. (But not like the guy who thinks the boat's pulling a Titanic and reasonably decides to make a break for it; my plunge would have a little more "Goodbye, cruel sitcom world!" panache.) The romantic atmosphere aboard the booze cruise — and a snorkel shot or two — finally persuades Pam's fiancé, Roy, to set a wedding date, and it's the straw that breaks the lovesick camel's back. Not only does our adorably twitterpated Jim break up with his hottie ex-cheerleader of a girlfriend (an always e read more

I have a question about a ...

Question: I have a question about a movie I saw a long, long time ago. I don't know the name of it, but I do know some details. It is about two girls who, while taking a trip, are stopped by a sheriff who arrests them and sends them to prison. They don't see much of each other while in prison, but when they do, they talk about how they were framed and how they both want to escape. I must note that these girls were pretty, and I think this is why the sheriff arrested them, because in this movie the warden and staff would use the girls in the prison at their own parties, forcing them to wear evening gowns and "entertain" their guests. As the movie progresses, these two girls finally plan a way out. While picking potatoes, they both decide to make a run for the fence or bushes. One girl gets away, but the other gets shot and killed. That is all I know about this movie. I really hope that you can come up with a name for me as I have been looking for a very long time to read more

SO LONG, LITTLE BUDDY

Bob Denver, whose portrayal of the pratfall- and blunder-prone titular first mate on Gilligan's Island made him an iconic television figure, died Tuesday from complications of cancer treatment. He was 70. Prior to being shipwrecked with the Skipper and Professor et al., Denver gave beatniks a prime-time face as Maynard G. Krebs on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. "It's a sad, sad day," sighs Denver's Island costar Tina Louise. (Ginger). "His boyish charm worked for both children and adults. He will be so missed." read more

Today's column was written by Matt Webb Mitovich.

SO LONG, LITTLE BUDDY

Bob Denver

Bob Denver, whose portrayal of the pratfall- and blunder-prone titular first mate on Gilligan's Island made him an iconic television figure, has passed away, his agent reported on Tuesday. The actor was 70, and had undergone quadruple heart bypass surgery earlier this year. Prior to getting shipwrecked with the Skipper and Professor et al, Denver gave beatniks a primetime face with his role of Maynard G. Krebs on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. read more

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Premiered: September 26, 1964, on CBS
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: An inexplicably enduring sitcom about seven stranded castaways on an uncharted desert isle. Despite a critical bashing, the show became a pop-culture phenomenon after it was released in syndication; and spun off three TV movies (including the immortal `Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island') and two Saturday-morning cartoons, one set in outer space (`Gilligan's Planet'). Gilligan's first name was never mentioned in the nearly 100 episodes.

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