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    Ranking Every Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Segment, From Worst to FirstThe Simpsons’ long-running Halloween specials are indeed a disturbing universe.
  2. On the Dan Harmon SituationOK, here’s what we know: Dan Harmon, the creator of Community, won’t be returning to his baby next season because…well, that’s the question, […]
  3. Community Season Finale (and Season) Wrap-UpSeason three of Community, which seems like it began 17 years ago, due in no small part to a hiatus that momentarily shook the world (a.k.a. […]
  4. A Visual Community Recap: “Curriculum Unavailable”I’m usually not a fan of a show trying to replicate its success. By that I mean, I typically don’t like it when a show takes a story or a […]
  5. ‘Community’ Recap: ‘Course Listing Unavailable’ At its core, “Course Listing Unavailable” is about what happens when someone you kind of know, but not really, passes away, and how you’re […]
  6. Community Recap: ‘Basic Lupine Urology’It’s not that Community hasn’t been very funny the past few weeks, but — actually, it hasn’t been. I professed my disappointment with last […]
  7. Community Recap: “Virtual Systems Analysis”When Dan Harmon and the cast of Community spoke at a PaleyFest event in March, right before the show returned from its hiatus, they spoke about […]
  8. Community Recap: ‘Origins of Vampire Mythology’How you feel about last night’s episode, “Origins of Vampire Mythology,” likely depends on how much you agree with Chevy Chase. As you’ve […]
  9. Listening to the DVD Commentary for Spaced, ‘Ends’Columentary (title sadly not pending) is a weekly feature, in which I’ll listen to the commentary track of a sitcom, and divulge, through […]
  10. Visual Community Recap: ‘Pillows and Blankets’“Do people go to classes?” Well, that was great. Honestly, I was a little worried about this episode before it aired. Community’s last […]
  11. Ten Notable Comedies in the Public DomainHave you ever wondered how the low-budget Mystery Science Theater 3000 was able to afford the rights to so many movies? Probably not, but just […]
  12. Listening to the DVD Commentary for Weeds, ‘Corn Snake’Columentary (title sadly not pending) is a weekly feature, in which I’ll listen to the commentary track of a sitcom, and divulge, through […]
  13. Community Recap: ‘Digital Exploration of Interior Design’“I loved 1984, I think kids should be forced to read it.” Honestly, if “Digital Exploration of Interior Design” had been nothing more than a […]
  14. Investigation: What the Heck Has Jim’s Dad from American Pie Been Up to?To many, Eugene Levy is Jim’s Dad, and Jim’s Dad only. Not a cast member of the brilliant SCTV or as a mainstay in Christopher Guest’s […]
  15. Listening to the DVD Commentary for Arrested Development, “Ready, Aim, […]Columentary (title sadly not pending) is a weekly feature, in which I’ll listen to the commentary track of a sitcom, and divulge, through […]
  16. Community Recap: “Contemporary Impressionists”“Cool. Cool, cool, cool.” “Hot. Hot, hot, hot.” Anyone who was concerned that the post-hiatus episodes of Community were going to be “less […]
  17. 10 Great Comedy Film Audition TapesWatching an actor or actress’ screen test or audition tape feels very voyeuristic, like you’re seeing something that’s not supposed to be seen. […]
  18. Inside The Simpsons’ ‘Life on the Fast Lane’Columentary (title sadly not pending) is a weekly feature, in which I’ll listen to the commentary track of a sitcom, and divulge, through […]
  19. 30 Rock Recap: “St. Patrick’s Day”Jesse’s at SXSW this week, and rather than do his Infographic Recap through homeless Wi-Fi, he asked me to take over for him. Thankfully, his […]
  20. Community Recap: ‘Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts’Things are not going to end well for Pierce, are they? Oh yeah: welcome back. It’s been just under 100 days since “Regional Holiday Music,” the […]
  21. Did The Office Screw Up the Florida Arc?When the episode “Special Project” ended, I was excited about the future of The Office for the first time all season. It felt like things were […]
  22. Listening to the DVD Commentary for The Office, ‘Business School’Columentary (title sadly not pending) is a weekly feature, in which I’ll listen to the commentary track of a sitcom, and divulge, through […]
  23. Yes, Dear < Taxi: What Older Shows Would You Like to See on TV Again?Erik Adams wrote an interesting article for the A.V. Club yesterday, called, “Is television a medium without a past?” It’s about how while the […]
  24. Why Community’s ‘Remedial Chaos Theory’ Is the Best Sitcom Episode EverIt’s my responsibility to convince you to vote for Community’s “Remedial Chaos Theory,” which aired a mere five months ago, over “Marge vs. the […]
  25. Listening to the DVD Commentary for Community, ‘Contemporary American […]Columentary (title sadly not pending) is a weekly feature, in which I’ll listen to the commentary track of a sitcom, and divulge, through […]
  26. What Non-Comedy Songs Make You Laugh?A few days ago, I was listening to “O’Malley’s Bar” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on the subway, and when Cave sang, “I shot Richard Holmes in […]
  27. Listening to the DVD Commentary for Home Movies, ‘Get Away From My Mom’Columentary (title sadly not pending) is a weekly feature, in which I’ll listen to the commentary track of a sitcom, and divulge, through […]
  28. What Fans of Abruptly Canceled Shows Talk AboutI “Like” a lot of shows on Facebook. Why? I could say it’s because I like having my Feed updated with news reports and interesting links about […]
  29. Ranking the Anniversary Episodes of The SimpsonsThis Sunday on Fox, The Simpsons will air its 500TH EPISODE. To put that number in perspective, that’s nearly 100 more than the combined […]
  30. Tracing the Origin of the Word ‘Adorkable’People are finally coming around to enjoying, rather than irrationally hating, Fox’s New Girl. Rightly so, though before I go any further, I […]
  31. The Ten Most-Hated Rotten Tomatoes 0% ComediesThere’s something special about having a 0% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Like Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, for instance. What that 0% […]
  32. Shit X Says: The State of a Meme at the End of Its Life (Hopefully)It all began on December 12, 2011. That’s when “Shit Girls Say” was uploaded to YouTube and nearly broke the Internet when it was picked up […]
  33. Five Facts on the Most Popular Sitcom Episode of All-Time1. Fifty-nine years ago yesterday, 44 million people watched “Lucy Goes to the Hospital,” better known as, The Episode of I Love Lucy Where […]
  34. Let’s Just Fix NBC’s Thursday Night Scheduling Problem Right NowLast night saw the midseason break returns of Parks and Recreation, The Office, and Up All Night, as well as the season premiere of the sorely […]
  35. Ten Sitcoms You’d Be Surprised to Learn Have Fan FictionI may or may not have a friend, potentially a girl, who’s admitted to me that he or SHE’s read — and quite possibly even written — […]
  36. Ten of the Funniest Unaired SNL SketchesEarlier this week, we posted a video of the “Media-Conspiracy TV Funhouse Segment SNL Banned in 1998.” It’s media-opoly, it’s a media-opoly, […]
  37. Is It Possible for the Star of a Single-Episode Sitcom to Save Their […]Since 1961, only 10 American TV series have aired for only a single episode. If there is a God, that list will soon increase to 11 when ABC […]
  38. Ten Funny People Who Passed Away in 2011“Let’s all drink to the death of a clown.” Another year, another group of people funnier than you or I who passed away. Death’s such a bitch, […]
  39. The Five Worst Quotes from the Year’s Worst MovieI watched a lot of bad comedies this year. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Take Me Home Tonight, Just Go with It, Zookeeper, Big Mommas: […]
  40. How the Most Anticipated Comedies of 2011 FaredAs the saying goes, hindsight is the shit — or something like that. At the end of 2010, beginning of 2011, there were certain comedies we […]
  41. The Best Sitcoms of 2011 Not Named Community, Parks and Rec, or LouieWe talk about Community, Parks and Recreation, and Louie pretty much on a daily basis here at Splitsider. Ask any 10 random visitors to the […]
  42. From Robots to Bear-Fighting: Sitcoms Sure Do Love Their Bad Ass SantasSitcoms really only have four ways of handling Christmas: it can either be the Sentimental Episode, the Parody Episode (like all seven billion […]
  43. Checking In…with the Mix CDs I Made for Myself as a Teen, Which Included […]Back in the summer of 2002, when Jimmy Fallon released his first and only album The Bathroom Wall, I was at the peak of mix CD-making phase. […]
  44. Community Recap: ‘Regional Holiday Music’“Me so Christmas, me so merry.” “Regional Holiday Music” wasn’t the last episode of Community, but a part wouldn’t be too sad — more […]
  45. 58 Reasons Why I Love Community, One from Every EpisodeBefore Community aired its first episode in 2009, Joel McHale was the guy from The Soup, known to most only as “The Guy from The Soup”; Gillian […]
  46. Six Recent Examples of ‘Breaking the Fourth Wall’ Trope SubversionWhen I learned the meaning of the expression “breaking the fourth wall” (which Urban Dictionary surprisingly accurately describes as when “a […]
  47. Community Recap: ‘Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism’For the majority of Community’s two-and-a-half season run, the writers haven’t known what to do with Shirley. Ask fans of the shows what they […]
  48. The Nine Greatest Celebrity ‘Muppet Show’ HostsOne of my favorite Not the Nine O’Clock News skits of all-time begins with the Not Team relaxing at home, reading their newspapers. One after […]
  49. Which Comedian Had the Greatest Five-Year Span of Films?In the days leading up to the release of Tower Heist, one of the many, many stories I read about Eddie Murphy stated that from roughly […]
  50. When Did Great Sitcoms Have Their First Great Episode?Yesterday, not long after Splitsider published an article by Samer Kalaf about the long-term health of network sitcoms with long-term arcs, […]
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