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Spot the baby actor!

If you’re just checking in, here’s an update: British television has largely consumed my summer. And if you’re just checking in on British television, here’s an update on that: Britain has about ten actors. They’re all wildly talented, and they all take turns appearing in each others’ shows and blockbuster films and it’s FINE. It’s fun, actually—it’s like a game. Spot the actor. A friend who’s marathoning her way through Doctor Who texted me in a frenzy when she realized that Cassandra was Madam Hooch in Harry Potter (her exact words: “OMGGG I’M BEATING OUT A SAMBA RIGHT NOW”). These are the exciting moments brought to you by the BBC.

In honor of England’s bigger-on-the-inside entertainment industry, I figure it’s time to talk about our favorite “spot the actor” moments. You know what I’m talking about: those “I had no idea who you were the first time I saw this, but now I know and love you and look at you you’re such a baby!” moments. We’ve all been there. Let’s discuss.

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“Chappy’s heart rate has slowed WAY down”–TV’s Best Extreme Weather Episodes

As a native Floridian who went to college in Boston, lived in Alaska for a year, and is now kickin’ it in New York, I absolutely live for the drama of a Floridian cold front. Calm down, Florida. It’s sunny in the mid-40s. Alaskans would eat their mittens for that kind of weather. Buy a scarf and a cup of hot coffee, watch these episodes, and tell me if you still think you’ve got it rough. (more…)

Romance According to Television

Personally, I’m still of the mindset that a lollipop taped to a construction paper heart should be an acceptable Valentine at any age. It’s personalized and there’s candy involved; WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM US, WORLD? But for an outside-the-box wooing experience, look no further than your favorite shows. If TV is to be believed (and if it isn’t, I’ve made a hug mistake), these are the most foolproof ways to romance that special someone in your life: (more…)

Audience Participation: What’s Your Favorite Extreme Weather Episode?

I’m a sucker for a good TV storm. Strand your characters somewhere, huddle them together, make them talk things out, I’m sold. TV storms are so much better than real-life storms.

So while those of us in the Northeast ride out Nemo (which is not an ok name if you’re not a cute little Clownfish), I thought I’d check in with you. What are your favorite extreme weather episodes? (more…)

You Beautiful Tropical Fish: The Finest Lady Friendships on Television

TV these days! Guy love gets ALL THE LOVE, and then the guys get to come between the ladies and turn them against each other. Not on my watch, dudes. There are still some ladies out there who celebrate each other, don’t take themselves too seriously, and are genuinely happy for their friends’ success. Amy Poehler teaches me that every time she laughs in an award’s face. (more…)

Not Even a TVmouse: My Favorite Holiday Episodes

When I was almost two years old, I fell asleep at the table on Christmas Eve. My parents decided to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas anyway. When they got to the line, “Not a creature was stirring, not even a—,” I didn’t move or open my eyes, but I did yell out, “MOUSE!”

TVmouse loves a good holiday story. (more…)