As in real life, time and change go hand-in-hand with the quirky college show Community. During season 4, Jeff and Pierce graduated from Greendale, new showrunners came in to take over the series, and the ratings continued to plummet. The show was in a more precarious situation than it ever had been before, but those sorts of odds never disheartened the dysfunctional study group nor its internet legion of fans.
I feel like there’s something most young American women around my age can relate to – when we were young, we all wanted to be one of the Olsen twins. So here’s a quick rundown of notable Olsen shows and movies!
Full House - At 6 months old, the twins were double-cast as Michelle Tanner, sharing the role so as to comply with child labor laws. They were credited as “Mary-Kate Ashley Olsen” for the first 7 seasons. Over the show’s 8 season run, Michelle grew into a precocious troublemaker with a proclivity for shenanigans. While many fans of the show were endeared by her rascally ways, others saw her as obnoxious and were annoyed by the show shifting its main focus to her in the last few seasons.
Our First Video - As the title suggests, this straight-to-VHS movie was the twins’ first. To say more would follow would not just be an understatement, but a total disservice to the media empire the girls would eventually build. This particular video is a compilation of shenanigans in skit- and song-form, including “Brother for Sale” (the girls attempt to sell their older brother at the bargain price of 50 cents) and “Identical Twins” (a lie; they’re in fact fraternal twins.)
The Scoop: 2014 PG, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Arnett
Tagline: The story of a nobody who saved everybody
Summary Capsule: It’s conformity versus individual creativity in this tale of a LEGO world torn asunder. Also, there’s Batman.
The Scoop: 2001 PG-13, directed by Jerry Zucker and starring John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson, Seth Green, and Jon Lovitz
Tagline: 563 miles. 9 people. $2 million. 1001 problems!
Summary Capsule: A group of highly deranged individuals brave desert sun, cow snot, and Smashmouth concerts for $2 million.
The Scoop: 1997 PG-13, directed by Fred Schepisi and Robert Young, and starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin
Tagline: Don’t pet them.
Summary Capsule: British zoo fights for right to party!… and to stay open.
The Scoop: 2004 PG-13, directed by Steven Brill and starring Dax Shepard, Matthew Lillard, and Seth Green
Tagline: The call of the wild. The thrill of adventure. The mistake of a lifetime.
Summary Capsule: The boyhood chums set out to recover D.B. Cooper’s lost money and generally expose themselves to the elements of Burt Reynolds
The Scoop: 2014 R, directed by David Wain and starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, and Bill Hader
Tagline: He came…she came…they both came
Summary Capsule: David Wain and Company take the fight to romantic comedies everywhere