Television Breakdowns

You’re The Worst

This week is the premiere of what may be my favorite new show of last year: YOU’RE THE WORST. Created and written by Stephen Falk, the series is about narcissistic writer Jimmy and pathological liar, PR rep Gretchen and their amusingly terrible relationship. They are joined by each of their best friends, Jimmy’s roommate and former […]

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Video Game High School

Do you guys play video games? I definitely do not, at least not since I was nine and we had Donkey Kong for Super Nintendo. I could not beat that game, nor could I figure out how to operate any other game we bought for the system. I also once was on medieval/fantasy withdrawal late […]

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Community

COMMUNITY is one of my favorite shows and is definitely one of the best written. They are so incredibly economical with their beats. If you watch the show, you can see that when they do their genre episodes there is typically one (maybe two) clear storylines but the more “traditional” stories (as traditional as COMMUNITY […]

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Weird Loners

I typically walk away from a single friends comedy premieres that immediately implies two members of the group will end up together. When HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER first aired, I could not stand that the pilot was forcing Robin and Ted on the viewers but the ending of the pilot remedied this issue in […]

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Fresh Off The Boat

FRESH OFF THE BOAT, Season One, “Fajita Man” FRESH OFF THE BOAT on ABC is new this year, telling the story of Eddie Huang and his Asian immigrant family as they move from Chinatown, D.C. to Orlando, FL in the ’90s. The show fits nicely alongside two other ABC Comedies: THE GOLDBERGS, which shares “Boat’s” […]

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The Flash

THE FLASH: Season 1, Episode 11, The Sound and the Fury Since we are talking about structure. I want to give you guys as many examples of possible. When I read books on screenwriting they always use the same examples even though there are a million television shows and they all have their own unique […]

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Let’s Talk About Structure

There are thousands of books on screenwriting and television writing and they all make their case for breaking down structure, with many attempting to make the case for a new structure. It is so frustrating sometimes, trying to figure out which form of structure you should use, especially in television. When I was in school […]

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