Binge Wrap-Up: Top 10 Moments from “The Office”

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Two months and nine seasons later, I can now say I have watched every single episode of “The Office” and have zero regrets about the most intense binge I’ve ever done. If “Seinfeld” and “Friends” were the pinnacle of sitcoms in the late 90s/early 2000s, “The Office” was the first great comedy to come out of the mid-2000s/early 2010s. Its documentary format paved the way for some truly fantastic modern comedies (“Parks and Recreation,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” the first two seasons of “Modern Family”), and it’s the reason Mindy Kaling has her own show. To cap off my binge, here are my 10 favorite “Office” moments:

*Note: The finale of “The Office” is perfect, and this list could have been filled with 10 moments from that episode alone. But for the sake of fairness to the rest of the show’s 200 episodes, I decided to not include it. 

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True Blood Series Finale: Could It Have Sucked More?

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By Josh Axelrod and David Oliver

We at Binge Central have been through a lot of series finales in our day. We know what a satisfying finale looks like, and how it feels to be completely let down as a show ends its run. The steaming pile of crap that “True Blood” gave us as its final farewell is quite possibly the worst series finale we’ve ever seen (honestly, worse than HIMYM). Never has a show gone out of its way to alienate its audience in just about every regard right as it was ending. Let’s dive in to this suckfest (This may not be the last suck joke).

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TRUE BLOOD, S7E9: ‘As much as I appreciate a compelling character drama’

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By David Oliver and Josh Axelrod

DAVID: The true death is near and I’m sadder than I thought I’d be.

 JOSH: Euthanasia has never sounded so humane.

JESSICA/HOYT/BRIDGETTE/JASON

Photo courtesy of Real TV Chat

DAVID: I’m pretty thrilled about how this love square is playing out, all things considered. Jason’s voiceover was pretty cheesy when Jessica and Hoyt were getting it on, but it was a well-earned payoff for the audience invested in the relationship. The writing really made sense to me as I talked about last week: Hoyt was never meant for the small town-settle down and have kids life like Jason was, and the women they’re going to end up with will reflect that. I’m so happy the show is ending with Hoyt back in the fold, it feels so organic. Also, Jason with the frozen peas on his penis was arguably one of the funniest parts of the episode. And Bridgette wins: “there’s nothing inside of you that’s missing.” Can these two just boink and get it over with already? Side note, no one at the airport would actually let you flirt your way onto a plane. I call bullsh*t. Continue reading

ROUNDTABLE: TRUE BLOOD, S7E6: Sookie’s the worst (or is she?)

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by Josh Axelrod and David Oliver 

Two words sum up this week’s “True Blood”: GODDAMMIT SOOKIE!!!! (Well, let’s discuss).

Sookie

JOSH: I repeat, GODDAMMIT SOOKIE!!!! How can you feel bad for her when every bad thing that happens on this show is more or less her fault? Alcide’s death was only because he was out looking for her. What was she busy doing? BEING VAMPIRE BAIT. And her faux flirting with Bill that turned into a neck-sucking session gave him the weirdest, fastest-evolving Hep V we’ve seen yet. I bet it’s her fairy blood that’s somehow speeding up the process with Bill. Either way, as Pam would say: “I am so over Sookie and her precious fairy vagina.” Continue reading