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March 31st, 2017 by Hulu Editors
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February 13th, 2017 by Martin Moakler Social Community Manager
On this illustrious Galentine’s Day, classic ‘80s sitcom The Golden Girls returns in all its pastel glory to Hulu. Picture it: four hilarious senior ladies with dead and ex-husbands who didn’t yet have Facebook to harass their adult kids, so they spent their time dating, laughing, exchanging insults, and eating cheesecake. But how do the lives of these grandmas apply to the Millennial-on-the-Go? Since there is nary a text or a cell phone in the series, their world may seem alien, so we’ve put together this Golden Girls 101 so you can jump right in and watch all 180 episodes starting today.
Dorothy Zbornak: Acid-tongued substitute teacher from Brooklyn, who moved into the house after her husband left her for a younger woman. In terms of other sitcom foursomes, she would be a Carrie or a Hannah, but let’s be clear: she would totally make them cry.
Blanche Devereaux: The epitome of Southern Belle, this merry widow owns the house where the girls frequently hear about her libidinous exploits, both past and present. Think of her as a Samantha or a Marnie, whose men Blanche would no doubt seduce.
Rose Nylund: A grief counselor who moved from Minnesota to Miami after the death of her husband, this trusting and gullible naïf looks at the world through dumb-colored glasses and describes it with a gefuhrkenurk stable of Norwegian words. Think of her as Charlotte or Shoshana as a child. Also, we made up the word gefuhrkenurk.
Sophia Petrillo: Sicilian immigrant and mother to Dorothy, a stroke left her without the filters of polite society. With wisdom and apt insults in spades, she is both mother figure and rebellious teen of the group. She’s like the Jessa of the group, but she also alternates between the Miranda and Magda.
Miami: 1980s playground of swinging senior citizens and Don Johnson. Miami’s got style… Blue sky, sunshine, white sand by the mile. Think of it as a Southern New York.
Stan: Dorothy’s ex-husband, identified by his bad toupee and worse catchphrase, “Hi. It’s me, Stan.” He’s the Mister Big and Adam of the group. He’s also a yutz.
Shady Pines: The retirement home of terror which burned down, enabling Sophia to move in with Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose. In the realm of other foursome sitcoms, think of it as Staten Island.
Picture It: How Sophia conjures up a location and era before imparting the wisdom of her experience.
Back in St. Olaf: How Rose begins any story about her simple and bewildering hometown of St. Olaf, Minnesota.
Cheesecake: Ambrosial pastry with which all of life’s problems can be solved at the kitchen table.
The Rusty Anchor: Watering hole and pickup spot where the girls can find available suitors with dead wives and all their hair.
Lanai: It’s just a patio. That’s all.
All 180 episodes of The Golden Girls are now streaming on Hulu. Thank you for being a friend who watches it.
February 12th, 2017 by Liz Brown
Alec Baldwin set the record for the most times hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend with his 17th appearance at the helm of the show. One might think that after 16 appearances, Baldwin might have run out of steam. One would be wrong.
Check out a complete recap of the episode below.
*Warning: Complete spoilers of the episode follow*
SEAN SPICER COLD OPEN
Melissa McCarthy’s impression of President Trump’s rageaholic press secretary was such a hit last week, she was back for this week’s cold open with even more ire — and a gargantuan stick of gum. In what was, no doubt, a nose thumbing at rumors that Trump was upset his press secretary was played by a woman, “SNL” also brought in Kate McKinnon to play newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
And after last week’s viral hashtag #RadicalMooseLambs, McCarthy’s Spicer busted out the dollies again to explain how threatening travelers who look like Disney’s Moana get treated by airport security. And props to the propmasters who propped up Spicer’s podium onto a hoverboard this week so McCarthy could attack the press pool in a speedier and more intimidating manner.
ALEC BALDWIN’S 17TH MONOLOGUE
How do you make your “SNL” monologue fresh when you’re hosting the show for the 17th time? You keep it simple and just make fun of yourself. For Baldwin’s record-breaking 17th monologue, he was joined on stage by 23-year-old cast member Pete Davidson who wasn’t even born the first time that Baldwin hosted. Davidson proceeded to express shock and awe as he and Baldwin looked back at photos of Baldwin’s early hosting years and Davidson pointed out how handsome Baldwin was in his younger days while he now looks like someone “who’s been soaking in water for 23 years.”
This week’s amazing commercial parody featured the classic candy company supplementing their usual Valentine’s Day heart-shaped box full of candies with a super uncomfortable and entirely inappropriate Black History Month box of chocolates. The assortment of candies were molded into the faces of heroic figures from black history including the Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Cream.”
This sketch took aim at this year’s intensely politicized Super Bowl commercials, with two advertising teams battling it out to pitch their big game campaigns for Cheetos. One team went all in by sharing an ad that was a triumphant tale of illegal immigration a la the 84 Lumber commercial. They also proposed a version with a transgender Chester the Cheetah. We gotta admit we’d like to see that.
Kate McKinnon returned as the CNN-spurned Kellyanne Conway in this “Fatal Attraction” parody that had Conway stalking Jake Tapper, begging to be let back on air after being banned for fabricating “The Bowling Green Massacre.” She’s not gonna be IGNORED, you guys.
Alec Baldwin played a ruthless drill sergeant screaming at new recruits, except for one who just happens to be his big handsome son (played by Mikey Day). Baldwin can’t help but whisper encouraging comments to his progeny in between insults flung at the other young soldiers, and it’s as awkward as your mom waving at you from the sidelines on your first day of high school football practice.
ED SHEERAN PERFORMS “SHAPE OF YOU”
Nothing controversial about this performance of Sheeran’s new single “Shape of You.” We love a soulful ballad from the 25-year-old pop star, but it was nice to see him rocking out to something we could dance to.
Colin Jost and Michael Che sat back and kept letting the Trump administration do their work for them.
Our favorite joke from Che this week referred to Trump’s proclamation to the judges who slapped down his immigration ban, saying “I’ll see you in court!” Che joked:
“Trump’s the guy who gets his ass kicked in an alley and then screams ‘Let’s take this outside!’”
And on the confirmation of the controversial Jeff Sessions as Attorney General this week, Colin Jost said:
“The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Jeff Sessions as our new Confederate general. Sorry, Attorney General.”
UPDATE GUEST: ELIZABETH WARREN
Apparently, there’s no member of the current political establishment that Kate McKinnon can’t imitate. This time, she took on Senator Elizabeth Warren who was silenced on the floor of the Senate this week, and yes, she persisted.
UPDATE GUEST: GUY WHO JUST BOUGHT A BOAT
This is the first update segment we’ve seen from this year’s new cast member Alex Moffat, playing a “guy who just bought a boat.” He launches into three minutes of hilariously nauseating terminology about his Totes McGotes awesome lifestyle in a segment that has us hoping his yacht ends up lost at sea.
UPDATE GUESTS: GREG AND SHELLEY DUNCAN
Mikey Day and Leslie Jones guest star as a couple who have been experimenting with “50 Shades of Grey” style lovemaking in the bedroom, and it looks like Greg has been taking on the submissive role pretty hard due to his clearly visible injuries.
TRUMP PEOPLE’S COURT
Of course, “SNL” couldn’t let Baldwin get through an episode without performing at least one sketch as Donald Trump. In this segment, he takes his battle with the 9th District Circuit Court to the lowest court in the land—The People’s Court. And yes, he loses again.
It’s all about the guest appearances on “SNL” these days and alum Tracy Morgan popped up in this sketch as one of Beyonce’s fetal twins in the womb along with Kenan Thompson. Morgan dropped a hilarious “Destiny’s Child” diss saying that Beyonce should have no problem carrying twins since she spent 10 years carrying two grown women named Michelle and Kelly.
LESLIE WANTS TO PLAY TRUMP
In this digital short, Leslie Jones reveals that it’s been her dream to step in for Alec Baldwin in the role of our 45th president. The segment features Jones having a meltdown in creator Lorne Michaels’s office, being kicked out of 30 Rock, and then being swept away by Melania in a stretch limo. We can’t wait to see what kind of tweet this inspires.
ED SHEERAN PERFORMS “CASTLE ON THE HILL”
We loved Sheeran’s upbeat acoustic pop-rock blends this week, proving that he’s more than just a guy who writes dreamy ballads for us to slow dance to at homecoming.
“SNL” ended the night with a sketch more appropriate for a junior high school comedy show than the longest running late night comedy show on TV. It was about kids taking the annual fitness test in gym class, with one student trying to break the school record, except that when he does his sit ups, he farts. Loudly. That’s it. It’s just…a farting during sit-ups sketch. Yup. Just farting. The end.
February 5th, 2017 by Liz Brown
This week’s episode of “SNL” was heavy on political commentary, with a handful of goofy concept sketches thrown into the mix for a little balance. The long-running late night comedy show proved they’ll be pulling no punches when it comes to President Trump’s administration, and they’re coming at him from every angle they can find, including inviting special guest Melissa McCarthy to step in with a groundbreaking impression of Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Check out a complete recap of the episode below.
*Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below*
OVAL OFFICE COLD OPEN
Alec Baldwin is hosting “SNL” next week, but still showed up this week to play President Trump because there was just too much material to work with. In this segment, Trump called world leaders, trashed them and their homelands, and threatened to start wars with each and every one of them.
His call to the Australian President concluded with him shouting: “No refugees! America first! Australia sucks! Your reef is failing! Prepare to go to war!”
His call to Germany’s Angela Merkel (who is clearly desperately yearning for Obama) featured the line: “Last week was Holocaust Remembrance Day, and as you know 6 million people were at my inauguration.”
He did all this with Steve Bannon—an unidentified “SNL” cast member dressed as the Grim Reaper—standing over his shoulder and egging him on. We can’t even wrap our minds around what’s going to go on next week with Baldwin hosting the full show.
KRISTEN STEWART MONOLOGUE
Stewart took the stage and opened by saying that she was there to promote her movie “Twilight” which has been available on iTunes for the last eight years. Then, she launched into ripping President Trump for the 11 tweets he posted a few years back about her breakup with then boyfriend Robert Pattinson.
“I don’t think Donald Trump hated me,” said Stewart. “I think he was in love with my boyfriend.”
Then she imagined Trump’s ire for her will likely continue because: “I’m hosting SNL and I’m like SO GAY, dude.”
She topped off her monologue by pulling a Jenny Slate and dropping the f-bomb, saying that hosting “SNL” is “the coolest f—ing thing I’ve ever done.”
The Trump administration ridicule continued with this digital short called “Welcome Video,” which was a re-edited version of the video people see when their arriving at a U.S. airport from another country. Like, HEAVILY re-edited, with an expanded list of the all-new procedures people will have to go through to get in the country and prove they’re not Muslim, including blood samples, stool samples, and full-on eating a hot dog in front of security.
“SNL” took a breather from politics for this sketch about a group of students from UConn who were now required to participate in “Dry Fridays” because they’d been busted drinking in their dorms. Everyone had pretty normal stories about embarrassing moments they’d gone through while drunk, except Kristen Stewart’s character whose behavior went way too far, including getting a “No-Hawk” (a reverse Mohawk), pounding 40 beers, getting naked, grabbing a chainsaw, and cutting down 35 pine trees.
TOTINOS WITH KRISTEN STEWART
We’ve been in love with Vanessa Bayer’s Super Bowl Totino’s Pizza Rolls commercial parodies for years and we were pretty sure she couldn’t top herself, but we were wrong. This year’s commercial featured Bayer’s character finding her true love—a French woman named Sabine played by Kristen Stewart. Bayer and Stewart proceed to have a passionate affair in the kitchen behind that couch full of Big Game-watching “hungry guys.”
SEAN SPICER PRESS CONFERENCE
This was the sketch of the night.
Former host Melissa McCarthy stepped in as a special guest star to play White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, opening by screaming: “I DON’T TALK SO GOOD!”
We honestly don’t want to take a thing away from this sketch by recapping it. We just have two words: “Radical Mooselambs.” That’s it. Just watch.
ALESSIA CARA PERFORMS “SCARS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL”
Cara’s first “SNL” performance was flawless—evocative, emotional, and beautifully performed.
Surprise, surprise. This week’s update dove headfirst into this week’s political controversies and kept on swimming the whole way through. A few of our favorite jokes included the following:
On Kellyanne Conway’s discussion of the “Bowling Green Massacre” (an event which never happened) on MSNBC this week, Colin Jost said: “In response, Congress launched an immediate investigation into Hillary Clinton’s role in the Bowling Green Massacre.”
On Trump’s controversial travel ban, Michael Che said: “We’re learning which Muslim countries are threats and which countries have Trump hotels.”
And in something a little more lighthearted and non-political, Colin Jost commented on a man busted for smuggling cocaine onto an airplane in three tuna cans by saying: “He faces 10 years in prison and the death penalty for bringing tuna onto an airplane.”’
UPDATE GUEST: DAVID ORTIZ
Kenan Thompson reprised his role as Red Sox star David Ortiz, rooting for Super Bowl contenders the New England Patriots. This segment was basically just Thompson making fun of the beloved baseball star’s accent and announcing that he’ll be cooking a penguin as part of his personal Super Bowl feast.
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD SUPER BOWL EDITION
This sketch was a chance for the “SNL” cast to bring out their favorite impressions: Kate McKinnon as Justin Bieber, Leslie Jones as Samuel L. Jackson, Kenan Thompson as Steve Harvey and Alex Moffatt as Casey Affleck, who Thompson commented looked like “the first half of a commercial for antidepressants.”
This “Meet Cute” digital short was…cute. It starred Kristen Stewart and Pete Davidson as two people who have an instant chemical attraction when they meet at a coffee shop, agree to meet for dinner that night, but exchange no identifying details about each other and where they’re going to meet. What followed was a fairly funny sequence of Stewart prepping for her big night and Davidson desperately searching the city of Manhattan for a brown-haired girl named Claire.
ALESSIA CARA PERFORMS “RIVER OF TEARS”
Fine. We’ll admit it. “River of Tears” made us weepy. We’re not ashamed.
The final sketch of the night was a take-off on Charlie and the Chocolate factory with Kristen Stewart playing Charlie who gets totally pissed off when she finds out her grandpa (Pete Davidson) hasn’t been crippled with polio all these years. He’s just old and didn’t feel like standing up. This one fell a little flat, but we’ll let it slide because this episode was so full of energy.
“SNL” returns live next week with Alec Baldwin hosting for a record 17th time and the return of musical guest Ed Sheeran.