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Who said you can't coin your own term? What is "Boning the Fish"? It's a moment. A defining moment when you know that your favorite TV Show, Celebrity, Movie Series or Music Group has reached its peak. That instant you know from now on...it's all downhill. Some call it a climax of sorts. We call it "Boning the fish". From that moment on things will simply never be the same.

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NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) - Random Topics
This is hard to say as a Nintendo fan, but I vote for the Wii. Not because it's a bad system in itself and innovates with the motion controllers and the casual gaming. But that's where the problem lies. It's the first system to focus almost entirely on that demographic. Hardcore gamers take a significant backseat. It hasn't fully boned yet, but will become that way if the next system doesn't add back focus to the hardcore gamers as well. It's a shame because the hardcore games out there they do have (Fallout 4, Mad World, etc.) are equally fun and very creative with the Wiimote. Nonetheless, it's still the start of the turning point. Awesome party system, poor solo-player system. -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 2, 2009, 6:26 am

Airplane! - Movie Series
This past week, I watched the original Airport and Airport 75 for the first time in years. I knew that Airplane! was a spoof of these (among others) but I was stunned to see just how effectively Airplane! had spoofed them. If you're fairly familiar with Airplane!, then it's now almost impossible to take the Airport movies seriously - in your mind, the scenes in the serious movie set up a joke, but you never get the punchline. Similarly, I now can't watch Leslie Nielson or Lloyd Rridges in a serious role without expecting "Don't call me Shirley!" or "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking/smoking/amphetamines/sniffing glue". Definitely a case where the spoof has had a more lasting impact that the thing it was spoofing. -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on October 2, 2009, 6:25 am

VH1 - Random Topics
VH1 used to be innovative. Unlike MTV, it's regular programs actually related to music - whether behind the scenes of videos, behind the music, or old movies with musical themes. Then the videos dropped -- enter MTV's twin. -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 2, 2009, 6:20 am

Dance Dance Revolution - Random Topics
Supernova 1 was the start of the boning. Released so long after Extreme (previous version), had syncing issues (you could step to the beat perfectly and it scored you poorly), and was released during the arcade decline. However, it is still fun and popular with hardcore fans so hasn't fully boned yet. -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 2, 2009, 6:15 am

Halloween (Holiday) - Random Topics
I think when schools had to start banning having a halloween celebration at the schools- no costumes, candy or fun etc. it was just another example of how politally correct engineering killed something that was generally just fun for kids. So perhaps Schools have boned the fish in this case, but Halloween was just a victim of it! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on October 2, 2009, 6:14 am

Donkey Kong Country - Random Topics
I think the core series, the Country series 1, 2, and 3, are definitely the strongest of the bunch. And since the Land series on the GameBoys were more or less remakes of those, I basically consider them the same games. 64, in my opinion, was slightly weaker. They just didn't put a lot of thought into a lot of elements in the game that remain under-developed. Also, I didn't see the worth in making new characters. It should've just been Donkey, Diddy, Dixie, and Kiddy, and they could've added that weird orangutan one for kicks. The other two new Kongs in that game weren't all that special. I would love to see the Country series return for the Wii or the DS. They're just excellent games with excellent gameplay. It'd be much better than these odd Konga drum things or whatever they are. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on October 2, 2009, 1:07 am

Warriors of Virtue - Movie Series
A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ripoff that makes TMNT look like Shakespeare. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on October 1, 2009, 11:37 pm

Highlander: The Series - TV Shows
OMG guys, they made a straight-to-internet Highlander reunion "movie". It looks like they made it on a budget of $12.37. They couldn't even afford to get Duncan MacLeod! It's up on Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/42573/highlander-reunion -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on October 1, 2009, 11:33 pm

Judge Judy - TV Shows
This show is horrible. Not only is Judy biased toward the 65+ crowd but she is also biased toward women. You know who will always win. And don't get me started on the over the top dramatics she is doing to get ratings. And what is up with the bailiff? -- Submitted By: (MCS) on October 1, 2009, 11:08 pm

Roseanne - TV Shows
The best thing about this show was the fact that working class people could relate to it. The only thing that got old was that Becky was horrible. The addition of David was also bad. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on October 1, 2009, 11:00 pm

Dexter - TV Shows
just recently came across this show and loved the first season! now im caught up but i watched them so quickly i must have missed something. i thought batista was sleeping with the detective that was an undercover prostitute, not laguardia (sp)? guess ill have to do some backtracking! -- Submitted By: (dek067) on October 1, 2009, 9:46 pm

Chicago - Music Groups
I have to agree with that. When the lead singer goes it is time to hang up the instruments. They should have enough money to retire. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on October 1, 2009, 8:29 pm

Titanic - Movie Series
could still see it today - king of the world, my heart will go on and all. well past the 1997 hype it lives up to a rewatch time and time again. (i'm not sure how this is a movie series though...unless we're counting the youtube parody trailer for Titanic 2: Two the Surface lol) -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 1, 2009, 8:27 pm

Legally Blonde - Movie Series
both movies equally as enjoyable. -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 1, 2009, 8:20 pm

Leprechaun - Movie Series
truly god-awful. why did elaine from seinfeld get her movie starts with this? -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 1, 2009, 8:19 pm

Airplane! - Movie Series
I gotta give credit to a movie that has comedy suspense in a space shuttle for the sequel and the oddity pulled it off. the first one was a classic but the second one was just about as enjoyable. boning was spared easily on this one. -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 1, 2009, 8:18 pm

Die Hard - Movie Series
It was starting to bone for me with Die Hard 3. It was still fairly entertaining but Bruce's character was not in enclosed areas anymore and wasn't always in imminent danger til the end. The puzzle-solving aspects was far-fetched for me (esp him and Samuel Jackson in a "dangerous situation" trying to fill water jugs in a park lol. And the n* sign in the beginning just seemed like pointless shock value. But the 4th one got back on track. Situations where he was in danger due to circumstance and then it became personal. And the updated theme with networks and the internet blended well.Sure, he had to lose his wife in the story, but it gave for him to be cynical and edgy again. Good job. -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 1, 2009, 8:12 pm

Jurassic Park - Movie Series
The third movie was definitely the boning point. JP2 was still entertaining but not groundbreaking like the first. But it was getting old choosing to have a subset of the original crew in each sequel. I'm surprised they don't bring back the kids in the 4th one (the girl, fortunately, left show biz and became a successful painter in real life and did not suffer child star doom). -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on October 1, 2009, 5:21 pm

Happy Days - TV Shows
It had to be when Richie & Ralph left,I can't believe it went on as long as it did afterwards. I really felt sorry for 'Potsie', because his character became completely redundant. He was practically reduced to walk-on parts (surely the writers could have used him better), he didn't even have his singing anymore as Joanie & Chachi seemed to do most of the singing later on. -- Submitted By: (Phil.JS) on October 1, 2009, 2:18 pm

Video Games - Random Topics
Video games boned when people started only playing them and doing nothing else. Get out of your house and get some exercise, sunshine, and fresh air already! -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 30, 2009, 9:48 pm

Sesame Street - TV Shows
Elmo I think had premiered when I was starting to get too old for it. The character was not too bad, it is just the fact that he has taken over. Give me Grover, Cookie Monster, and Snuffy any day. I didn't know Cookie Monster cut down on cookies but it makes sense. Trying to encourage these fat-ass children to eat better. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 30, 2009, 9:44 pm

Mystery Science Theater 3000 - TV Shows
The post-Dr. Forrester host segments were where I'd say it boned. Two of my favorite episodes, Space Mutiny and Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders, are from that era, and the theater parts are pure gold, but the host segments are painfully unfunny. It's hard to believe they were even made by the same people. Still, the show as a whole never got bad, and will be dearly missed. Keep circulating the tapes! -- Submitted By: (Hanglyman) on September 30, 2009, 3:39 pm

Captain Planet and the Planeteers - TV Shows
One of my most hated cartoons of all time. And I love Cartoons- give me Mighty Orbots, Centurions or MASK any day in the 80's. Planeteers can go have some slaw and chips with vinegar over at LJS with Captain Planet! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on September 30, 2009, 8:52 am

Captain Planet and the Planeteers - TV Shows
This is one of my all-time favorite shows as a kid. Contrary to what people say, it is NOT overly preachy. This is the best it gets in displaying graphically (even if animated) pollution takes its toll on the environment. Even if there is only one planeteer (especially heart- it helps get the animals to follow Ma-Ti's lead and he knows a few good moves too) they can be saved. Kwame was my favorite as he was voiced by LeVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame). People, look at this show with your heart, not your eyes or ears. -- Submitted By: (AaronGookin) on September 30, 2009, 8:36 am

Star Trek TNG - TV Shows
Exploding Console, Thanks for going to the trouble for the step-by-step discourse re Tasha Yar's daughter! I know you were doing your best trying to rationalize the preposterous. Sometimes preposterous situations work in fiction if brought forth via logical steps and if the scenarios prove clever and/or funny. Unfortunately, Exploding Console, your well-intentioned discourse doesn't change my POV that the show boned via writers having needlessly dug themselves into a hole over a minor character who was not only annoying but a bore! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 30, 2009, 7:14 am

Love Story - Movie Series
"Love means never having to say you're sorry". *GAG* -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on September 30, 2009, 7:00 am

Jon and Kate Plus 8 - TV Shows
Sadly, you're right, JLER2562! Then, when these poor, sweet children have psychological issues, there will be a reality show about that.... *shakes head in disgust* -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on September 30, 2009, 6:59 am

Bugaloos, The - TV Shows
Thank you for reminding me of the character names. As a kid/early teen, I had a crush on Joy. She was so pretty! Benita Bazaar was hilarious too. -- Submitted By: (ocfernan) on September 29, 2009, 11:11 pm

Kitchen Nightmares - TV Shows
Gordon Ramsay began taking on failing restaurants in the UK in 2004, and found chefs who were lazy and/or clueless, oblivious owners, food that was anything but fresh, dirty kitchens, out-of-style dining rooms, and more. After the success of Hell's Kitchen in the US, Fox decided to give Gordon Ramsay a US adaptation of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Yes, the formula is different, but I get so much pleasure when GR berates people who clearly shouldn't be in the restaurant business because the food they serve is hazardous to their customers' health (I've been poisoned by restaurants twice in my life). My favorite episodes to date: The Seascape, Dillon's/Purnima, Fiesta Sunrise and Hannah & Mason's. All featured chefs and/or managers who had no respect for food or for the customers they were serving it to. Not coincidentally, all also featured great bollockings from Gordon. -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on September 29, 2009, 9:10 pm

Star Trek TNG - TV Shows
Tasha Yar's daughter was the same age as Tasha (she was in her mid 20s) because of time travel. In one episode, time travel shenanigans cause the previous Starship Enterprise to travel into the future. It's the classic hero goes into the future and history records them as vanishing so nasty stuff happened because they weren't there and the future is now a heck hole. Only difference is that in the episode it was the present that became the heck hole. Anyway, to ensure the historical event turned out right, the alternate Tasha went back with the previous Enterprise because in the real time line, she died. History reverted to its proper form (if such a thing exists) but the alternate Tasha continued to exist on the previous Enterprise. Sometime during the battle, the bad guys captured her, and she ended up going with an official (or something) in exchange for amnesty for the other crew members captured. Her daughter was born a year later. Since this was now some time in the past, by the time she caught up (so to speak) to the present, the daughter was an adult. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on September 29, 2009, 8:16 pm

City Guys - TV Shows
This was a pretty good Saturday morning show in the same vein as Saved by the Bell and California Dreams. I want to know what they paid Ms. Nobles. She was the principal as well as a homeroom teacher and anything else that needed to be done. I actually attended the taping of the show where she got married and the actors that played Jamal and Night Train stood by the door when the audience left and shook hands which was nice. After we left I think they took Ms. Nobles' new husband to the roof and threw him off because he was never seen, heard from, or mentioned again. Tough city. -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on September 29, 2009, 7:16 pm

Rude Customers - Random Topics
You have to be a fool to be rude to your waiter. Did you see the movie Waiting? These people are preparing your food that you will put in your mouth and eat. Always be nice to your waiters. -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on September 29, 2009, 7:09 pm

Jon and Kate Plus 8 - TV Shows
Day one. Both of these morons are crass, selfish monsters for exploiting their children this way. I feel so sorry for those kids and you know they're going to have serious psychological issues from all of it. -- Submitted By: (JLer2562) on September 29, 2009, 3:55 pm

France - Random Topics
There's nothing wrong with the language, since Romance languages are the prettiest and sexiest. But France tends to be filled with American hating snobs. They're rude and they seem to forget that America saved their asses in WW2. They're ungrateful. -- Submitted By: (JLer2562) on September 29, 2009, 3:40 pm

Monday Night Football - TV Shows
Howard Cosell should never have been fired the way he was. He commented on Washington Redskins WR Alvin Garrett's elusiveness when he said, "That little monkey gets loose, doesn't he?"--but because Garrett was black, some idiots thought it was a racial remark. Ever try catching a monkey in your backyard? Other mistakes in MNF history: O.J. Simpson as commentator, Joe Namath as commentator (Howard Cosell is right, most ex-jocks suck as broadcasters; guys like Sean Salisbury and Trev Alberts are rare exceptions), and Dennis Miller as commentator. -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on September 29, 2009, 3:25 pm

TAXI - TV Shows
Another show that Tony Thomopolous (head of ABC's programming department from the '70s until 1985) killed by moving it from one night/time on the ABC schedule to another. Thank goodness that the show's first four seasons are on DVD (just for the sake of contrast, Life Goes On and Benson have had only their first season on DVD, but not subsequent seasons). What an eclectic set of memorable characters (my favorite was Christopher Lloyd as Reverend Jim Ignatowski). -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on September 29, 2009, 3:18 pm

Star Blazers - TV Shows
Yeah, the new movie comes out on December 12th. The website is http://yamato2009.jp/ -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on September 29, 2009, 2:11 pm

Comcast - Random Topics
Comcast sucks. I daresay people are better off switching to satellite. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on September 29, 2009, 11:26 am

M. Night Shyamalan - Celebrities
Thanks for clearing that up for me, Mythigator! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 29, 2009, 9:45 am

Robert Duvall - Celebrities
Robert Duvall brings class and dignity to every role he plays, even when the character is a slimeball like Frank Burns in the M*A*S*H movie. Still rocks! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on September 29, 2009, 6:32 am

Jay Leno Show, The - TV Shows
Couldn't he just retire with dignity? He must really want to stay away from the wife. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on September 28, 2009, 11:34 pm

M. Night Shyamalan - Celebrities
Hi, Peli ... Actually, Mel Gibson's character in Signs was an Episcopalian priest. Like Roman Catholic priests, "E-priests" wear black clerical garb and are referred to as "Father." Unlike R.C. priests, though, E-priests CAN marry and have children - there's no celibacy requirement for the clergy as there is with the R.C. Church. Getting back on topic, M. Night's problem is that his first high-profile film, The Sixth Sense, captured lightning in a bottle, and therefore severely ramped up film audiences' expectations for his subsequent films. Just about anything will come up short compared to The Sixth Sense. While M. Night's films declined in quality after T.S.S. (with the exception of Signs being better than Unbreakable, IMO), the boning didn't occur until Lady in the Water. T.S.S. was awesome, Signs was pretty good, even The Village was OK (albeit predictable), but Lady in the Water was the point at which things went underwater. It wasn't even that much of a story, and M. Night's basing the movie on his kids' bedtime stories and casting himself as an integral character (instead of a quick cameo) came off as extremely self-indulgent. The Lady in the Water is a boned fish - pass the coleslaw, please! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on September 28, 2009, 10:10 pm

City Slickers - Movie Series
The first movie is a classic. It was a good standalone that did not even come close to deserving a sequel. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 28, 2009, 9:40 pm

Star Blazers - TV Shows
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GINpo3188yk Prepare to get your Ass Kicked-AGAIN by none other than Star Blazers a/k/a Yamato- New Animated Movie is out in Japan- Wow is this some kick ass material- watch the YOUTUBE trailer! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on September 28, 2009, 8:09 pm

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) - TV Shows
Update- Ive gotten into the third DVD release (last 13 episodes) of the 2002 -02003 Masaters of the UNiverse Cartoon series- how did this show get cancelled- it is one of the best kids actions cartoons of all time, and the story writing is complicated and layered like some of the good moodern TV drama's (The Shield and Breaking Bad?!?) If you havent seen this show- pick it up on DVD- amazing to see He Man and the Masters of the Universe be so freaking cool, in fact cooler than they ever were- the 2002 show unboned and de-fished everyhitng about He-Man!!! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on September 28, 2009, 8:07 pm

Flip Flops (Footwear) - Random Topics
These "shoes", need only be worn in 4 places: 1) the beach; 2) the shower at a public camping ground; 3) walking from your front door to the end of your driveway to get your paper; and 4)your backyard. They are NOT to be worn to the following places: 1) church; 2) work (unless you work at the beach); 3) the grocery store; 4) the theatre. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on September 28, 2009, 11:41 am

Robert Duvall - Celebrities
I have to agree, Stephanie! How he was able to project a symphony of heroic angst and emotions in his few onscreen moments as the mute Boo Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird" more eloquently than lesser actors could have done with the most verbose soliloquys is something that has to be seen to be believed- and something scholars will study for centuries! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 28, 2009, 11:35 am

Queen - Music Groups
While I agree that Freddy Mercury was unique, I wouldn't want to see the band dissolve just because he's not there. I think they've done pretty well in overcoming a major obstacle that was beyond their control, and they're out there playing those great songs live for another generation. Better to hear the songs from the surviving members of Queen than from a cover band or to never have the opportunity to hear them performed live. Queen's glory days are behind them, but they never boned. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on September 28, 2009, 10:13 am

Star Blazers - TV Shows
One of the first anime shows I ever saw, and still one of my favourites after all these years. Never boned. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on September 28, 2009, 10:06 am

Spider-Man - Movie Series
While I agree that the third movie tried to cram in way too much, and that a good deal of it made no sense at all (the butler knew Spidey didn't kill Harry's father, but just never got around to telling him?), I have to say that the franchise started going downhill in part 2. Spider-Man 2 had the most kick-ass Spidey villain, Doc Ock, who was just right. But Ock kept taking a backseat to the subplot of Peter balancing his priorities, and that dragged the movie down. Part 2 wasn't the worst of the movies, but it failed meet its potential, and it was a disappointing sequel. I think it marks the beginning of the downward slide. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on September 28, 2009, 9:34 am

Blair Witch Project, The - Movie Series
Liked the first. It was a nice little movie that left the scares up to the viewer's imagination. It held my interest, and actually had more of an effect afterward, while settling down to sleep in the dark. But, how do you make a sequel to a fake documentary built around video footage found in the woods? I knew it couldn't be done well, but I also knew the movie was profitable enough that common sense would go out the window in the mad rush to make more money. Whether somebody seriously believed they could catch lightning in a bottle a second time, or the intention was to slap the profitable name on a crappy horror movie for a quick buck, I don't know. All I know was that Blair Witch 2, an attempt to make the sequel a traditional horror film by setting the story in the "real world" outside the first movie, was a complete failure as both a sequel and standing on its own. Totally misguided pursuit of more money. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on September 28, 2009, 9:23 am

Robert Duvall - Celebrities
This man could never BTF! He is one of my favorite actors. Every role he has played has been amazing. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on September 28, 2009, 9:15 am

Mamas & the Papas, The - Music Groups
I agree. I will never be able to listen to the Mamas and The Papas again after this latest revelation. I had read Michelle Phillips' autobiography back in the late 80's and alot of what she told was pretty unbelievable...they all seemed to lack a moral compass. Add plenty of drugs on top of that and it was out of control. That being said, I still appreciated their music. They had a harmony that has yet to be matched. John Phillips was a musical genius. It's terrible to find out he was not only a loser drug addict but a freak-show pedophile. Ewwww!! -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on September 28, 2009, 9:09 am

Family Guy - TV Shows
I don't know where to begin... this is easily one of the worst shows on television right now. Not funny, the animation is horrendous, and it is so overrated amongst the American youth. -- Submitted By: (Donut) on September 28, 2009, 12:49 am

iCarly - TV Shows
I know it is probably meant for younger audiences, but my goodness, is this show bad. It is painful to watch. -- Submitted By: (Donut) on September 28, 2009, 12:46 am

Major League Baseball - Random Topics
Until baseball finally gets a salary cap the game will keep being dominated by teams like the Yankees while smaller teams like the Pirates and Marlins are forced to cobble together a team with what's left over and forever serve as a farm club for bigger teams. -- Submitted By: (TheAdamantiumElbow) on September 28, 2009, 12:29 am

Big Mouth Billy Bass - Random Topics
Big Mouth Billy bass is one of thosethings that's funny the first couple of times until you've heard everything it's gonna say then it gets annoying. -- Submitted By: (TheAdamantiumElbow) on September 28, 2009, 12:15 am

Star Trek: Voyager - TV Shows
I thought the cheesy modern-man-bashing and platitudes injected into every five or ten episodes of Star Trek: TNG were bad. DS9 stepped back on it quite a bit, and even acknowledged that a socialist utopia - as the Federation was until then portrayed; where no one cheats, no one lies, no one murders, no one steals, and everyone can just join hands and get along - cannot logically exist. That was better in my book, but with Voyager -- OMFG the pendulum swung so far in the other direction it was ridiculous. It *easily* overtook TNG for preachiness by the end of the first season. -- Submitted By: (Replicant10k) on September 27, 2009, 10:33 pm

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - TV Shows
This is basically "Pimp my Habitate For Humanity." For as much they can put into one house, they could've made two or three houses for families. I liked it at first, but I eventually got bored of it because it felt like a "Same story, different family" show. -- Submitted By: (mamaluigi) on September 27, 2009, 8:03 pm

Joanie Loves Chachi - TV Shows
I'd point out how it boned Day One but it would be as challenging as shooting ducks (or fish) in a barrel!Lame! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 27, 2009, 4:24 pm

New Mission: Impossible, The - TV Shows
Why did they even bother? Not only were the new characters even more boring than the originals but they didn't even keep the one good thing(the opening theme)! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 27, 2009, 4:17 pm

M. Night Shyamalan - Celebrities
The last one of his movies I bothered with as "Signs" and I liked how he was able to scare the audience with the unseen entities. I mean, at the theater I saw it in, I heard one guy yell 'I'm OUTTA HERE!' and actually RUN out of the theater with a friend never to return even though this was totally taking place on a movie screen. Still, I agree that water ending was a bit flawed- and I also thought it was odd that they kept referring to Mel Gibson's minister character as 'Father' even though it's well known that Catholic priests called that aren't allowed to wed or acknowledge offspring. Moreover, I thought it a bit much that Gibson's character would STILL consider Shyamalan's character a friend- despite him having fatally run over the minister's late wife! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 27, 2009, 4:14 pm

Garfield (comic strip) - Random Topics
I guess when Garfield went from being a hidden gem curmudgeonly cat-about-town who taunted Odie and prowled the streets to a lovable pop-culture icon who almost never left Jon's house! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 27, 2009, 3:52 pm

Rockford Files, The - TV Shows
I liked how Jim was a persistant detective in finding out the info (and it was fun to imagine what his reactions would be upon hearing his callers' messages on his then-cutting edge answering machine). Even though James Garner himself produced this, he wasn't afraid to let Jim be somewhat flawed. Occasionally, Jim would do underhanded stuff that would backfire on him- yet he remained a genuinely likable character! Before I forget, I like how Jim treated his elderly father Rocky- not as a nuisance,nor as someone with whom he a zillion unresolved issues but as an actual friend. The updated movie they did about 20 years after the last show was almost entirely forgettable but it was cool that Jim actually was STILL upset over Rocky's death despite being on the verge of old age himself (and they paid tribute to performer Noah Beery, Jr.). -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 27, 2009, 3:45 pm

I Love Lucy - TV Shows
I have to agree with Samurai Panda about every sitcom owing something to this show! What's especially interesting is that both Lucy and Desi started their performing careers as a means to salvage their own individual families who had each been scattered to the winds due to circumstances beyond their controls and they created this show as a means to work together so they have a family together! Highlighting Lucille's ambitious dreams when she was younger and toning down Desi's excesses so that Ricky was nothing more than a flirtatious rogue- with a very strong dose of atomic chemistry between the two, nothing short of magic was created here- especially bringing in the somewhat more jaded older couple of Fred and Ethel who had long quit having ambitions to be more than battling trucemates. Oh,and in addition to the excellent scripts that created these characters who stayed believable even in the most outrageous and absurd circumstances, it didn't hurt that they untapped the potential of Lucy and Ethel (and sometimes Ricky and even Fred) to do some of the funniest physical comedy ever. (e.g. In 'Job Switching'while Lucy and Ethel on the candy line became one of television's most marvelled bits EVER, Ricky and Fred were no slouches in combatting an overflowing pot of rice and literally tripping over themselves- which bruised Desi's ribs). As Lucille Ball once put it, she wasn't funny but 'what I AM is brave'- and that's what proved comedy gold! Perhaps the most REAL moment ever on the show was when Lucy and Ricky find out she's going to have a baby after so many years of no children and the affection between the characters literally channelled the Arnazes' sincere affection for each other at that time- and elation over their family expanding. Which makes it all the more ironic that the show wasn't able to shine as brightly once Little Ricky was born because it seemed the writers didn't know what to DO with him. In the early years, aside from a few cozy moments of oohing and ahhing over him for audience approval, they usually bundled him off to elderly Mrs. Trumble so they'd have no impendiment to getting into their own comic messes (and,oddly enough, Mrs. Trumble NEVER seemed to leave her apartment except when she was taking Little Ricky to the park or zoo). Then, a mere three years after his birth, they had him in kindergarten as a boy drumming prodigy who would occasionally pipe up a quip or two but generally was well behaved and stayed out of everyone's way-except when Ricky or Lucy wanted him for a number. Perhaps, none of the writers had raised children on their own but he never seemed like a regular child. Then, too, it's somewhat become well known that while the Arnaz parents had each very much wanted to have children for a long time, they themselves didn't quite know what to do them once they arrived and were babies and children who couldn't be as easily controlled as could scripts and lighting. Lucille especially seemed to value her work over everything else including her children because it was likely the one thing she COULD control- even though she and Desi both loved their children a great deal. Alas, the demons that had haunted the Arnazes in earlier years spun out of control once they achieved success with this show and, in the end, they had to surrender the show as well as each other to survive. Neither would again achieve the acme and genious of this show. Desi's one post-Lucy attempt as an offscreen producer "The Mother-in-Law" was a virtual recycling of the Ricardos and Mertzes- and only lasted two seasons despite the pairing of movie and TV comedy legend Eve Arden with the always fun Kaye Ballard. And Lucille? Yes, she achieved unparelled business success as a woman executive running Desilu Studios and, among other things, launching "Star Trek" into orbit. And, yes, Lucille and Desi both remarried but they treated their subsequent spouses more as servants who not allowed to challenge any of their edicts rather than the near equal companions they themselves had been to each other. Moreover, Lucille seemed to become too afraid to try to break in new characters as a performer- and all subsequent attempts from Lucy Carmichael in 1962 to Lucy Barker in 1986 were fainter and fainter echoes of Lucy Ricardo- and she was rarely seen without clownish makeup and gigantic red wigs (yet dyeing her real hair beneath) even when she no longer performed. And yet, despite all this angst they'd each wreaked on the other, Desi had the most poignant summation to it all when he was on his deathbed and conveyed to Robert Stack to read his words at a tribute to Lucille he knew would take place after he was no longer in this world -and he had nothing to gain by not being honest. "P.S. 'I Love Lucy'- it NEVER was just a title!" Despite all the above behind-the-scenes stuff, NOTHING can take away the joy this show has given the world by making millions laugh for nearly six decades so,IMO, it can never really bone! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 27, 2009, 3:24 pm

Carry On - Movie Series
Despite being critical disasters, the Carry-On films were brilliant and I can still watch them agagin and again today. I have lost count of the times I must have watched 'Carry-On Camping'. The last propper Carry-On film (in my opinion) was 'Carry-On Dick' in 1974. After that, Sid James died, Barbara Windsor and Hatti Jaques never appeared again, and Talbot Rothwell stopped writing the scripts. In the films that followed, a mix of ageing original cast members and unfunny newcomers struggled on with increasingly rude films. -- Submitted By: (Phil.JS) on September 27, 2009, 2:07 pm

Police Academy - Movie Series
If they had only made the one film, it would have been remembered as a classic. Unfortunately, because of the sequels, the whole franchise is regarded as a joke. What were they thinking of? -- Submitted By: (Phil.JS) on September 27, 2009, 1:52 pm

Bread - TV Shows
Once you have seen one Carla Lane comedy, you have seen them all. Misery, Misery, Whingeing, whining and more misery. Who can forget Julie (from over the road) constantly whining "Billeee...Billeeeeee..". I actually enjoyed the show at first, but after the cast changes everything seemed to fall apart. Nellie Boswell's non-sexual affair with Derek was a direct copy of Ria and Leonards romance in Carla Lanes previous show 'Butterflies', and Joey and Roxie's painfully emotional on-off love affair was just annoying. A funny thing happened after I stopped watching 'Bread', I discovered I couldn't watch any Carla Lane programmes again! Even ones I enjoyed years ago (The Liver Birds / Butterflies etc.), I just kind of realised they were all as depressing as each other. Anyway, i HAD to stop watching 'Bread', because if I had heard 'SHE IS A TART' one more time, I would have kicked the TV screen in! -- Submitted By: (Phil.JS) on September 27, 2009, 1:45 pm

Hercules (Disney movie) - Movie Series
Of all the Greek legends to make into movies for kids, Hercules is one of the worst choices. They had to drastically change the story from the original to make it kiddie-friendly. Hera is NOT his biological mother. Zeus slept with a human woman, Alcmene, after Zeus took the form of her husband Amphitryon, and Hercules (actually Heracles, meaning "Glory to Hera", named thus in a failed attempt to please Hera) was conceived. Hera was his worst enemy, not Hades. She made him suffer, drove him to kill his own children, put him into slavery and servitude, etc. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on September 27, 2009, 10:48 am

Lion King - Movie Series
I guess whether or not Disney copied Tezuka all depends on whom you ask. Well, copy or not, The Lion King was a very well done movie (I just like Kimba better). The Lion King 2 is a mixed bag. However, The Lion King 1 1/2 was HORRIBLE. Why would Disney allow their movie to be MST3K'd, by Timon and Pumbaa, no less? Not only that, but it takes the classic movie and injects Timon and Pumbaa into every scene. I mean, EVERY. SINGLE. SCENE. They were there at the presentation of baby Simba ("Let's ruin this scene by making Pumbaa fart and cause some of the animals to faint!"), they were there when Simba sang "I Just Can't Wait to be King" (TIMON made the tower of animals fall? I'm shaking my head right now.), they were there when Scar sang "Be Prepared" (They stay there, even though it's swarming with hyenas. No comment.), and they were there during the wildebeest stampede (they better run REALLY FAST to get back to the desert in time to meet Simba after he runs away). Granted, we learn about the warthog and meerkat's histories, but did they really have redo the movie with Timon and Pumbaa in nearly every scene? It was just another attempt to get money off the Lion King franchise, while ruining the memories of the classic. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on September 27, 2009, 10:11 am

Mercy - TV Shows
10% interesting medical moments, 90% dismal soap opera romance. No pacing at all. Sappy incidental music pops up at random. Too bad too, since Taylor Schilling (Veronica) actually has some range and projects a nice screen presence. Nurses are the largest employee category at every hospital and arguably the most important. They spend far more time at the bedside than the doctors and this show was promoted as telling their story. And in snippets it tries. But there's way too much soggy bun for that little bitty burger. It's possible Mercy will evolve, but somebody is going to have to step up to make that happen, and the idea of looking at hospital medicine in a non-exploitative way is foreign to network television. Incidentally, hospitals have departments: an ICU nurse doesn't have the same work life as an ER nurse, who doesn't have the same work life as a floor nurse, etc., etc., etc. Which are these? -- Submitted By: (JohnWest) on September 27, 2009, 6:44 am

Lion King - Movie Series
Disney ripped of (or tried to) people more often than not concerning copyright. The whole lawsuit around Winnie the Pooh is ample prove for that. But to say that they ripped of from Kimba is really nonsense. The stories are nothing alike. The characters are nothing alike. And the drawings are only in the way similiar, in that all drawings of little lions are somewhat similiar.That Simba sounds similiar to Kimba...well, this could only considered a ripp off, if the name "Simba" were part of the title. But since the movie got named "The Lion King" and not "Simba, the Lion Prince" or something similiar: Nope, no ripp off. -- Submitted By: (Swanpride) on September 27, 2009, 4:20 am

James Bond - Movie Series
The Bond movies are a long stories of boning and unboning. Sean Connery was great! His movies are the first golden age of the movies...it ended with the catastrophe which was Lazenby! The guy was simply not a good actor and especially not good enough to pull off a plot like that. Then came the silver age with Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton. They fit the bill, the movies were watchable overall, but he surely couldn't compare to Connery and movies like "Moonraker" were real boning moments. Pierce Brosnan brought the second golden age..Brosnan is a real good actor, he looks like Bond (and it is really a shame that he didn't get it the first time around) and the new modern tone of the movies gave fresh wind in the old series. I especially liked the new M, and the intro of "Die another day" is imho the best they ever made for a Bond. But with "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace" they really boned the fish. First of all: The whole "we tell Bonds past" idea doesn't make any sense when they have still the same M and Bond himself looks like a walking zombie. Craig looks too old for a normal Bond, for a young Bond he is definitly ancient. And he is blond! Blond! How could they? At the beginning of Casino Royal I actually thought that another actor on screen was supposed to be Bond and was totally surprised when Craig did the big chasing scenario. -- Submitted By: (Swanpride) on September 27, 2009, 4:07 am

South Park - TV Shows
The novelty of this show wore off about six years ago. Yes, it was funny, but like most shows, and particularly animated shows. it has been on too long. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 27, 2009, 12:02 am

Cougar Town - TV Shows
So far so good. Nice to see Courtney Cox and Christa Miller back on TV. Let's hope this gets a chance. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 26, 2009, 11:32 pm

Lea Thompson - Celebrities
Why is she not getting the status she deserves any more? Come back Lea! -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 26, 2009, 5:05 pm

Lion King - Movie Series
The Broadway production did not cause a fish boning. That is like saying a Broadway production of Snow White or Cinderella caused the Disney movies to bone. Besides, this series boned when they made a sequel to it. This happens with every Disney cartoon except The Rescuers. You just have to pretend the sequels don't exist. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 26, 2009, 5:03 pm

Sally Field - Celebrities
How does a talented actress like her end up pitching medicine? It is like James Earl Jones doing the phone commercials. Time to retire if that's all your doing. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 26, 2009, 4:57 pm

Democratic Party - Random Topics
How is one party more biased than the other? Again, something both parties are guilty of. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 26, 2009, 4:53 pm

Mamas & the Papas, The - Music Groups
Well, the recent revelation that Papa John had a ten-year sexual relationship with his own daughter MacKenzie will ensure no one will ever think of these guys the same way again. What hedonistic creeps they were. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on September 26, 2009, 4:30 pm

Ain't It Cool News - Websites
The site first made a name for itself reviewing leaked studio material or videos. When AICN started taking off, Harry started getting free studio visits and gifts from the studios. Then-- surprise, surprise-- Harry gives the movie a positive review. The whole site is nothing more than a Hollywood shill now; they gave glowing review to Godzilla 1998, Star Wars Episodes 1 & 2, Crystal Skull, and even Twilight! I finally had enough when Harry and the gang chastised people that downloaded Wolverine Origins and demanded a FOX news reporter Roger Friedman be fired for watching the leaked film. What hypocrisy, Harry! -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on September 26, 2009, 4:27 pm

V (1984) - TV Shows
To be honest, I never really accepted that the 'Red Dust' was much of a threat to The Visitors. Surely if the 'good' Visitors could be immune to it simply by taking a antidote pill, the 'bad' Visitors could easily replicate the antidote for themselves! The original mini-series was good, the follow-on series wasn't too bad until halfway through, half the cast disapeared and production values obviously dropped. Ham Tyler, Chris Farber, Elias, Robin Maxwell and Nathan Bates all left, leaving behind a skeleton cast to carry on, with cheaper sets and occasionally shocking special effects and lizard-masks. Also, the make-up and costumes made the show look like Dynasty. -- Submitted By: (Phil.JS) on September 26, 2009, 4:06 pm

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - TV Shows
Gil Gerard was apparently always in conflict with the writers and producers in season 1, and was not happy with his wise-cracking character, wanting more serious episodes. This ultimately led to script writers walking out and wholesale changes to the second season. I do actually think that the stories were a lot stronger in the second season, but the new characters let the show down badly. Hawk would constantly state the obvious in a slow grave voice as though to ram the point home (when everyone else had worked it out 5 minutes ago). As for the doddery old Dr. Goodfellow, well, words fail me as to how bad he was and the Admiral was an incompetent fool. As for Buck himself, his ever expanding waistline and out-of-control hair didn't do him any favours. -- Submitted By: (Phil.JS) on September 26, 2009, 3:40 pm

Wal-Mart - Random Topics
"Mr. Ploot, Homer Simpson here. When you sold me this house, you forgot to mention one little thing. YOU DIDN'T TELL ME IT WAS BUILT ON AN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND!!" -- Submitted By: (Robert) on September 26, 2009, 12:01 pm

Public Libraries - Random Topics
Well said, MCS. I went to a library recently...every single computer there was being used for internet purposes. All 30 of them! What's worse is they weren't using them for educational purposes (like wikipedia, etc.), they were mostly watching videos on YouTube. Only a few people there were actually reading books. Another point: If the power goes out (like from a hurricane), how are people going to go on the internet? Their only hope of entertainment will be to read a book. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on September 26, 2009, 9:04 am

Democratic Party - Random Topics
Slavery? Now? No way. What's funny is how Whoopi Goldberg worried that putting Republican McCain in the white house would bring back slavery when most of the people who fought to keep it legal in the 1800s were DEMOCRATS. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on September 26, 2009, 8:51 am

BEATLES, The - Music Groups
When I heard about that "bigger than Jesus" thing I wanted to take the surviving Beatles and smack them all. -- Submitted By: (Replicant10k) on September 26, 2009, 8:47 am

Kid Rock - Music Groups
Looking forward to the time Kid organizes a massive police sting in which a bunch of pedophiles are taken off the streets because they can't read the damn concert ticket correctly. -- Submitted By: (Replicant10k) on September 26, 2009, 8:44 am

TLC - Music Groups
What about Rage Against the Machine's music video for "Sleep Now In The Fire?" Heck, even a fifteen second cameo woulda worked. -- Submitted By: (Replicant10k) on September 26, 2009, 8:32 am

James Bond - Movie Series
I love this series, but the newer films -- starting with Goldeneye -- are way too PC in some parts for my liking. -- Submitted By: (Replicant10k) on September 26, 2009, 8:25 am

Rage Against the Machine - Music Groups
The crack their frontman made about assassinating then-President Bush was when they boned the fish so hard they split it in two. I mean, WHO SAYS SOMETHING THAT DISGUSTING and WHAT THE HELL WAS HE THINKING? I'm surprised the Secret Cervix didn't cart him off to Club Gitmo. -- Submitted By: (Replicant10k) on September 26, 2009, 8:21 am

Marilyn Manson - Music Groups
Wow, yeah, like the metal scene really needs more sick freaks with leather fetishes and Satan crushes. If we could only get the Westboro Baptists to protest them it'd be an endless sea of fail all in one place. -- Submitted By: (Replicant10k) on September 26, 2009, 8:16 am

Dixie Chicks - Music Groups
They have the right to express their views of the government, as I have the right to criticize their infantile liberal caterwauling. I love the First Amendment! -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on September 26, 2009, 6:39 am

Democratic Party - Random Topics
Pro-slavery? What century does this person live in? Yes, they were, but in case you haven't noticed neither party is now, and has not been for many years. As far as intolerance, the Republicans are just as guilty. Seems to me that we need a third party as both have gotten a bit out of hand. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 25, 2009, 8:15 pm

Macaulay Culkin - Celebrities
Typical child star scenario. Get famous, have a few years of popularity, then disappear when you are a teenager. Very sad. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 25, 2009, 8:10 pm

Dixie Chicks - Music Groups
In the United States you have the right to criticize ALL elected officials. They were exercising that right. Get over it! -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 25, 2009, 7:57 pm

Democratic Party - Random Topics
I've noticed that the Democrats stopped believing that "Dissent is Patriotic" around...oh...January 20, 2009 -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on September 25, 2009, 7:03 pm

Law and Order - TV Shows
I always thought L&O had pathetic story lines but Season 6's opener has made me want to puke. They've officially gone into Boston Legal territory. -- Submitted By: (Replicant10k) on September 25, 2009, 6:57 pm

Will Farrell - Celebrities
When it got to the point where every single one of his movies was him doing the same character over and over again. -- Submitted By: (TheAdamantiumElbow) on September 25, 2009, 4:39 pm

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) - Random Topics
Yes, they suck, and in a big way. But they don't send millions of people to an untimely death based on their race, sexual preference, or religious beliefs, thus making them not really like Nazis in any relevant way. -- Submitted By: (reductio_ad_hitlerum) on September 25, 2009, 1:17 pm

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