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These Are The 10 Most Culturally Impactful Video Games of 2020

While 2020 hasn’t been a great year in many regards, it has been a progressive one for gaming as a whole. As we approach the start of 2021, it is time to look back at some of the best games we experienced this year.

We have put together a list of nominations for the most culturally impactful games of 2020. When we say culturally impactful, we mean these games caused a social media uproar and the ability to be at peace during the chaos we experienced in this crazy year. While there were many great games released throughout the course of 2020, we have selected ten that had the biggest influence this year (even if some of them didn’t release in 2020.)

1. ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

Released in March, Animal Crossing: New Horizons finally showed the guys how girls feel when they are on the game all of the time. New Horizons was so good that Nintendo Switch consoles were virtually sold out everywhere, marking the beginning of the system being flipped on eBay. 

Animal Crossing was one of the major games of 2020 that allowed people to feel at ease during the Coronavirus pandemic’s beginning stages. The game’s impact still lingers as many people changed their iOS themes to Animal Crossing ones when the new update kicked in. If we had to choose a game of the year, this one would be in our top five for sure.

2. ‘Final Fantasy VII’

Also released in March, Final Fantasy VII is actually a remake of the original one made in 1997. Despite the first version being released over twenty years ago, the remake was still highly anticipated by fans worldwide. Final Fantasy is one of the many games that blend anime and gaming cultures, proving that these two subcultures are becoming a dominant force in entertainment. As of August 2020, the remake has sold over five million units worldwide.

3. ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’

Now you may be asking why we said Call of Duty: Warzone and not Modern Warfare. Here is why: we consider Modern Warfare to be one of our least favorite Call of Duty games ever to be released.

In our opinion, it had bad maps, and the spawn system was not player-friendly from a competitive standpoint as we consider ourselves ‘try hards.’ We believe Modern Warfare‘s success was mainly due to the release of a new battle royale mode called Warzone. Combined with games like Fortnite, this is where we began to see the rise of celebrities playing video games while some also ventured into streaming. This game definitely makes its way into our top five simply because of that mode.

4. ‘Fortnite’

Fortnite is probably one of the most underappreciated and hated games in the world, but it remains one of the best shooting games ever. We have this game ranked here because it has averaged over 100,000 streams this year alone. With the inability to go to movies and concerts due to the pandemic, Fortnite was able to give us entertainment through the Travis Scott Astronomical event and the Tenet trailer world premiere.

5. ‘Valorant’

Teased in February and released in June, Valorant will be one of the best esports games leading into 2021. This is a culturally impacting game for a lot of people who didn’t get the chance to play CS:GO nearly a decade ago. This game has the potential to be bigger than CS:GO because it’s more internationally accepted and praised, which matters in the gaming landscape. Valorant had literally millions of people watching content creators simply to get access to play the game early, so for that reason, we had to include it on this list—especially with the potential we see it having in the future.

6. ‘The Last of Us Part II’

One of the most anticipated releases of the past few years, The Last of Us Part II, earned massive praise from critics and fans of the series alike. The winner of numerous ‘Game of the Year’ awards, The Last of Us Part II followed The Last of Us’ Deuteragonist, Ellie, as she sought revenge against those that had wronged her, as well her battles against the hordes of Infected that plague her world. 

Admiration for the game was far from universal, though; many fans and players were not happy with the narrative direction it took. The discourse surrounding the game became increasingly heated, with some of the game makers even receiving threats of violence. 

In many ways, the conversation about The Last of Us Part II became even more culturally impactful than the game itself. Thanks to the discourse and the awards the game received, we knew that The Last of Us Part II more than deserved a spot on this list. 

7. ‘FIFA 21’

We think that FIFA 21 is the most underrated game on this list. Now you may be asking why we chose to include this as one of the most impacting games, given that the game didn’t exactly receive glowing reviews.

The cultural support surrounding FIFA is crazy, and we think that this will be a huge esports game next year. We feel that it is the best sports-simulated game out there. There has also been a big increase in Twitch viewership, and we believe that it is only going to get bigger heading into 2021.

8. ‘Fall Guys’

Fall Guys can probably make you rage faster than trying to convince your mother that you can’t ‘pause the game.’ Fall Guys gave us a feeling of nostalgia because it reminded us a lot of Mario Party. This game pulled some insane numbers as viewers watched more than 100 million hours in August as Fall Guys Players flopped like penguins. There was even a landmark moment as Timthetatman attempted to get his first victory. This is also where we see how strong the gaming community is as we have seen content creators such as Ninja donate millions of dollars to purchase skins as charitable donations.

Unfortunately, games like Fall Guys experience the ‘Starburst effect’ as we are currently seeing the Fall Guys hype fade away as fast as the flavor in a Starburst.

9. ‘Among Us’

One of the biggest games we saw towards the end of the year, Among Us, originally came out in 2018, but it wasn’t until this year that we saw the game’s full success. There were memes, TikTok videos, and we even witnessed politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulling in over 700,000 views on Twitch during her live stream event with fellow streamers in early November. We still believe Among Us has the potential to grow with the game recently being added to Nintendo platforms with a scheduled release to Xbox in 2021. According to Super Data, Among Us had half a billion active users on it last month, making it the most popular game ever in terms of monthly players. 

10. ‘Spider-Man: Miles Morales’

Spider-Man, Spider-Man’ (you know how it goes). Miles Morales is one of the best games to drop this year in terms of diversity. Now this game wasn’t anything fake or crazy, but it showed the authenticity in the origins of Spider-Man. We don’t consider this the most impactful game of the year, but it was extremely anticipated with people purchasing the PS5 specifically for this game. Representation matters, and it was beautiful to see a game like Spider-Man deliver that in Miles Morales.

When it comes to 2020, this year was definitely carried by esports and gaming.

When we didn’t have sports, we had esports.

When we didn’t have movies and concerts, we had games to entertain us.

We think this year was the start of us seeing what the digital world will be like. We are only going to see games become bigger, better, and more impactful after this year.


P.S. Cyberpunk 2077 would have been on this list, but you know.

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Grind Money

Mike Novogratz Talks Cryptocurrency, Wrestling and Criminal Justice

From cryptocurrency to wrestling, Mike Novogratz has some stories to share. The ex-hedge fund manager (current CEO of Galaxy Investment Partners) has dominated the business world and done it his way, the whole time. He sat down with our very own Tyler Schmitt to talk about all of the life experiences that have led him to this point. 

Mike Novogratz

Pressure isn’t real.

When Mike Novogratz wrestled in high school, he was good, but not great. 

“It drove me a little crazy. Why wasn’t I great?” 

He looked back on a few different dynamics that didn’t allow him to succeed on the biggest stages. Those stages were defining moments for Novogratz. 

“I look back at wrestling as ‘how to give me resilience.’ No one goes undefeated. You get the shit beat out of you loads of times. How do you get back up and go at it again?”

He attributes the pressures, worries, and anxiety as the reasons he struggled in those big moments. It was wasted energy. 

“Pressure isn’t real. It is a fake concept. You can’t go through life worried about what happens if you lose.”

“It is a lot more complicated.”

Novogratz pivoted from wrestling by spinning those same lessons learned and applying them to business and life. He explains that the narratives built up in our head, are simply that. They are stories. Once you understand that they are stories, it becomes easier to let go of those pressures. 

“We don’t teach enough life lessons. It is not integrated into our curriculum.” 

Novogratz mentioned that his own son, 23, is a thinker. 

Based on the political instability, economic instability, and the constant change occurring every day, Novogratz thinks things are harder for young adults now, more than four decades ago. “It’s hard to know what to be building too. Yes, it’s harder now to be a 22 year old than when I was a 22 year old,” he says. 

“… A revolutionary spirit.”

When asked about cryptocurrency, Novogratz is aware that most people will believe he solely invested in it for money. But in actuality, there were more motives that pushed him to do so: “It was that, at the core… is a revolutionary spirit. The old system is broken.” 

He says to look at Uber. 

“Most of the wealth… it went to a small group of people. Uber is all about labor. It is the working class and they have none of the equity.” He believes that crypto currency can give people the opportunity to be a part of that “small group of people.”

“It is probably immoral.”

When you reach the status that Novogratz has eclipsed, there are always people trying to chop him down to their level. It can be business decisions, questioning his societal responsibilities, or his moral compass. Novogratz knows this and tries to maintain that awareness even as he reaches new heights. He embraces questions, even when they are personal. 

One of these questions is whether or not it is ethical to be a billionaire. 

“There are people who have done very well who have done very unethical things… Then, you look at Lebron James… I don’t think he has done anything unethical.” 

Novogratz understands why people question the status of billionaires. He gets it. That doesn’t mean that the criticisms don’t sting, at times. 

“The question hurts if you think you have been a good citizen and made your money in a fair way. But if you step back and take your personality out of the way… should we have a system that allows Jeff Bezons to make 275 billions?” 

Even when Novogratz considers different points of view, even hypothetical scenarios, he does admit, it can be troubling to think about. 

“It probably is immoral.” He battles with that thought everyday. He realizes that it is a very hard argument.

Mike Novogratz

You are not your worst moment.

ONE37pm’s discussion with Novogratz shifts towards another topic that interests Novogratz, and that is justice. 

“I fell in love with the line, ‘you are not your worst moment.”’ He believes that. It is a fundamental principle of his. Novogratz believes that where you are born highly affects your behavior. 

He says that when you consider those things, it is impossible to look at the existing criminal justice system without disdain and frustration. “We have a criminal justice system that comes from the roots of slavery. They leave more traumatized when they leave than when they started,” he says.

Novogratz believes that that needs to be flipped on its head. He understands that there must be consequences and punishment, but people have become distracted from what is important. 

“How can we help someone?”

Novogratz explained that he hired someone in his office who did 12 years for manslaughter. He says that he is one of the nicest, most thoughtful people he knows. 

Novogratz has done enough in the business world. He is married. He has children. He has accomplished so many tasks that he set out to accomplish. He has his eyes now set on justice. It isn’t because of an obsession. It isn’t because of his own past. He has an innate, genuine curiosity for the acts of criminals. 

It isn’t easy. He knows that, especially with how fast things change and move. But seeing a man with the means of Novogratz, attempting to do something proper with it, is refreshing. 

Even in regards to the criminalization of cannabis, or the consequences faced by people who battle with alcohol or drug addiction, Novogratz learned a valuable lesson from his wife: “Be gentle.”

He also thought he was nice to people. But he never considered himself gentle. His biggest evidence of that is his mindset with himself. He realized that he needed to be more gentle with himself first. 

“I used to throw papers away if I didn’t get A’s.”

He now looks at his own children and laughs at the outrageous standards he was trying to emulate as a child. He needed to be more gentle with himself. 

For a man with so much on the surface, in his discussion with ONE37pm, he also shows so much depth. 

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Gaming Interviews

Inside the Screen with Adin Ross

On this week’s episode of Inside the Screen, Don speaks with popular creator Adin Ross. If you are unfamiliar with him, he made headlines earlier this year, while streaming his 2K gameplay with Bronny James.

During that interaction, Bronny’s famous father, basketball superstar LeBron James, hopped on to chat with Ross for a couple of minutes, a big fan of the four-time NBA Champion.

Their conversation was incredibly insightful for those looking to enter the YouTube and Twitch spaces heading into 2021. Ross talked about how the E-Dating Show has helped him grow his following despite the pandemic.

“It has been F***** crazy. When NBA 2K was dead, I made the hashtag make 2K fun again. If you do not know me, I made a hashtag that went number one worldwide ‘Make 2K fun again,’ all the content creatives retweeted it and stood by my side,” said Ross.

“Honestly, bro, 2K was s***, all gaming was s***, and I knew I had to switch it up. So, I went from averaging 10,000 views or 11,000 to doubling it. E-Date really helped me because people love it. It is interactive, it is like a tv show, and that is where it took me to that next step.”

 

Recently, Twitch banned the words  “Simp,” “Incel,” “Virgin,” and other “sexually focused terms.” If used by streamers or chatters on the popular streaming game service, they are subject to losing their accounts, according to ArsTechnica

Twitch COO Sara Clemens said that the terms would be barred specifically when used in a context that “negatively refer[s] to another person’s sexual activity.” Twitch later clarified in a statement that “using these terms on their own wouldn’t lead to an enforcement [action], but we would take action if they were used repeatedly in a harassing manner.”

So, how will this policy change affect Ross and others like him?

“Dude, it’s f***** ridiculous, it is scary as s***, and I can’t be myself. It is really going to be hard to figure out what we are going to do, but we will get there when we get there. I’m going to try my hardest not to get banned. The hardest thing will be that I can’t say these words that I say to my friends.”

You can watch the full interview with the Adin Ross and the Don above, and you can follow Adin Ross on Instagram and Twitter.

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Culture News

These Are The 20 Best Dispensaries in Seattle

Six years ago, Washington was the second state in the United States, after Colorado, to authorize the sale and use of recreational cannabis. 

Since then, Seattle has grown into one of the biggest hubs in the cannabis industry, not just in Washington but in the world. Tourists come from all around the world to participate in the cannabis culture. Every year, the Emerald City hosts HempFest, the largest hemp festival in the world. According to an April 2019 article on Thrillist, over 516 retailers in Washington State spent over $1 billion on flowers, edibles, concentrates, and other products. 


We here at ONE37pm decided to name the Top 20 cannabis shops in the Seattle area that you should check out the next time you’re in the area.

1. Clutch Cannabis in Seattle

People arriving in Seattle are warmly welcomed and guided by their first legal experience with the same enthusiasm as regular pick-ups of their daily projects.

When you look at the menu and descriptions on the site, it helps narrow down your choices, and customers always trust the suggestions they’re  given.

Some of their products include Strawberry Shortcake [Indica], Cookies & Cream [Hybrid], Rainbow Sherbet [Hybrid], Orange Daiquiri [Indica Hybrid], and Duct Tape [Hybrid].

2. Evergreen Market – North Renton

Complete with a super friendly staff who make you feel at home when you go in, if you are a first-time customer and do not really know what you are looking for, the staff is really patient and will  help  you find the right product.

The store is very clean, and they have an express window that makes things really easy for on-line pickups or when you already know exactly what you want. By far, this is the best dispensary in the Renton, Washington area due to the fantastic customer service and the offers they provide.

Products include: Cake Crasher [Hybrid], Black Cherry Soda [Hybrid], Wedding Cake [Indica Hybrid], Grape Cake [Indica Hybrid], Big Smooth [Hybrid], and Blueberry Muffins [Hybrid].

3. Uncle Ike’s Capitol Hill Marijuana Dispensary

If you are on Capitol Hill and need a dispensary to go to, Uncle Ike’s is the place to go.  They have an excellent inventory selection, and you can pre-order online and pick up can be completed in one hour, and it is a straightforward process.

Products include Girl Scout Cookies [hybrid], Pearly Glue [Hybrid], and Blackberry [Hyrid].

4. Have a Heart | Recreational Cannabis Dispensary in Skyway

Have a Heart in Skyway is a great shop to visit.  Their prices beat out a lot of their competitors in Renton, and the addition of your phone number to their loyalty program makes it even better. The choice is smaller, and it is a smaller place, but for someone who likes shopping for the same products, this is a great location.

Their products include Phat Panda, Freddy’s Fuego, Tree Hawk, Green Crack, Orange Zkittlez, and OG Chem. The staff is fast, friendly, and cool. There’s usually a line, but the online ordering is so fast, you can even make it there and go to that line instead.

5. Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis Dispensary in Seattle

The location is such a convenience to customers. It also has competitive prices to other dispensaries in the Seattle area. 

It works like a properly oiled machine. You can also pre-order and have the option of coming to retrieve your order when they text you to tell you that it is ready. They also have curbside pickup which makes it extremely convenient.

Products include Blue Dream NWCS B75 [Sativa], Strawberry Mad Dawg 4EverTree C160D [Sativa] Girl Scout Cookies 4EverTree C161 [Hybird], and Gorilla Glue Banger Series A3 [Hybrid].

6. Origins Cannabis West Seattle Marijuana Dispensary

The staff is very knowledgeable and helps customers find what they are looking for. I strongly recommend this location for all your cannabis needs. They are extremely skilled and professional.

If you are looking for some fire weed and try some of their Master Headband from Sensi Organix. Customers say it is some of the best weed that they have ever smoked.

Products include Sun Sokd Jack Herer, Sparket Lemon Cookies, Sun Sokd Pineapple Muffin, and Origins Gas Mask.

7. Pot Shop on Dexter Ave

With exceptional customer service and an online ordering system that is simple to use, they offer a relaxed atmosphere with budtenders that make me feel like a valued customer, not just some other number.

Products include Milk Chocolate Squares [Hybrid], Water Yer Melon [Hybrid], ManBearPig OG [Hybrid], and Raspberry Haze [Hybrid].

8. The West Seattle Marijuana Store

This joint has some of the nicest and most knowledgeable staff in the Seattle area.

They have various daily offers for edible products, oil/wax, pre-rollers, flowers, and cartridges. Highly recommended. Just as an FYI before you head over, they only accept horizontal IDs.

Products include Wavy Blue by Okanogan Gold, Trainwreck by High-Frequency Farms, and Dutch Oven by Columbia River Reserve.

9. Dockside Cannabis Recreational Dispensary – SODO

A great store with even better people. Superb visuals on all products, non-pressurized environment. . Kiona’s Lemon Cheesecake Thai is a customer favorite, but also the Lazy Bee’s Tesla Tower, which is a hybrid.

The pre-rolls are a terrific value for someone that is looking for short hits.

Their products include Allen Wrench [Sativa], Purple Punch [Indica Hybrid], and Slurricane [Indica Hybrid].

10. Ganja Goddess Cannabis Shop in Seattle

The degree of professionalism and customer service has clients who want to come back each time. Everyone is so knowledgeable and willing to give authentic feedback about the products and I never feel that I am pushed toward a particular item. It is always worth traveling to SODO to support a diverse and women-led company.

Their products include Legit Infused Cone Blueberry Tart [Sativa], Legit Infused Cone Kush Breath [Indica], and Rogue Raven Cone GG4 [Sativa].

11. Green Fire Cannabis in Seattle

There are plenty of reasons to love this place with good prices, bargains, and a wonderful selection, but the atmosphere and the employees really make a difference. Clients who come here continuously use joints as an excuse to exchange pleasantries with some really chill folk in a very comforting environment. It is good to sit down and talk—great layout for the shop.

Automatic discounts as you buy more volume. I tried a low-shelf Green Crack from Buddha  Cannabis and top-shelf Jack the Ripper from Northwest Finest. While the top-shelf was more visually appealing, I think their lower-priced stuff is of good enough quality that you do not need to overspend.

Their products include: Creme Brulee [Hybrid], Purple Punch [Indica], Zen CBD, Lemon Agave [Hybrid].

12. Kush21 Premium Recreational Cannabis in Burien, Washington

There is nothing but great things to say about this store and the people who work here. Customers always feel they are getting their money’s worth, and bidders are truly caring and knowledgeable individuals. 

They have quality products that are seriously affordable through “rock bottom pricing”($5 pre-rolls, and $3 edibles, FTW) and offers like their morning and late-night happy hours where you can score a 10% discount.

Their products include: White Widow Flower (Pagoda) [Hybrid],Outrageous Tangie flower (Pagoda) [Sativa], Lemon Peel flower (Pagoda) [Hybrid], and Wedding Cake Flower (Creekside Cannabis) [Indica].

13. The Reef Cannabis Capitol Hill, Seattle

The Reef is one of the best cannabis stores in Seattle. It is located on Capitol Hill, and they always provide you with products at a good price.  As with any store, make sure you do your research on what you need for your choice of cannabis. There is indoor cannabis and outdoor cannabis. Indoor cannabis is always going to be more potent than outdoor cannabis. They are equipped with a full line of hybrids, sativas, and indicas. They also provide online help and share their picks online. If you are a veteran customer, they also offer a 25% discount.

Their products include Adak OG, Aliens on Moonshine, Banana Punch, Bazooka Bro, and Bifrost.

14. American Mary in Ballard

It is an excellent establishment. The staff is friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and very entertaining to speak to. The staff is friendly, helpful, competent, and super fun to talk to—immaculate layout, and it is very easy to find what you require. The store also comes with great prices and a cool loyalty program. They also offer a wide variety of marijuana, edibles, CBD, and cannabis products for whatever you are looking for during your visit.

Their products include COSMIC: Grape Ape [Indica], Forbidden Fruit [Hybrid], and ORGROW: Dutch Dragon.

15. Mr. O.G. in White Center South Seattle.

It is an amazing store! Customers have never been dissatisfied with the quality of the products and the personnel is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional.

The Wonder Rub is a customer favorite at this location. This is often used by massage therapists while working on their client’s forearms, hands, and neck after a shift. Their other products include Alien Fruity Pebbles, Lemon Slushee, and Presidential Kush 1g by Green420.

16. Ruckus Recreational Marijuana On Capitol Hill

The staff was thorough, knowledgeable and the prices were among the lowest I have ever seen on concentrates. The locations were perfect if you are within the Seattle Capitol area. The Cherry Pie wax is really thick, only costs $10 a gram, and is super potent.

The location has other great strains like RSO Cinex, OMG Sykes, AC/DC Live Resin Refine, Super Lemon Haze Activated Distillate, Double Delicious, and ATF Distillate Cartridge.

17. Ponder Cannabis Shop Seattle, Washington

Ponder Cannabis Shop has a very knowledgeable staff that helped customers understand more about marijuana. They also found customers quality weed within their budget. They have a good selection and even organized their strains per farmer vs strain type (Sativa, hybrid, and so on). 

Their selections of concentrates include Refine, Dabstract, Oleum, SPR, Rouge Raven, and Bodhi High.

18. The Bakeréé- Georgetown

The staff is very knowledgeable and able to answer any questions customers may have in mind. They offer discounts during happy hour, and their prices are more than reasonable.

This store offers a great experience for beginners or people who are not so well informed. However, if you are someone who knows what you are looking for and wants to skip the entire indica/sativa conversation, this is a store for you.

Their products include Pennywise CBD by Western Cultured, Pineapple Express Pre-Roll by Gabriel, Platinum OG by Blue Bastard, Purple Kush Pre-Roll by Burnwell, Narnia by Soulshine, and Middlefork by Royal Tree.

19. The Novel Tree Bellevue, Washington

Their inventory now consists of a competitive selection. The staff is welcoming and highly knowledgeable and when you walk through the door, the doorman shares the discounts that they have that day. 

Many dispensaries have employees who check IDs and have no idea what the store is selling. That is not the case here as every person working the door of this establishment has a broad knowledge of the products they’re selling.

While their products are on the costly side, they charge a premium because of their location. Also, because they obtain their supplies from medical producers and processors.

Their products include Blue Cheese [Indica], Sunset Sherbet [Hybrid], Grapefruit [Sativa], Bruce Banner [Hybrid],  The Jack [Sativa], Ice Cream Cake [Hybrid], Raindance [Hybrid], and Juicy Fruit [Hybrid].

20. Higher Leaf Marijuana Kirkland

Some high-quality cannabis that is a little bit more expensive. As with most dispensaries, the more you spend in advance, the less you will have to spend in the long run, and this is definitely true here. You won’t have to take as much because they do have some really good quality green, but it’s expensive even for the Eastside. 

Their prices are about 4.5-5.5x markup when the industry standard is normally around 3.5-4x. That aside, the staff is very familiar and knows the complete menu indoors and outdoors.

Their products also include Headband [Indica], Poison Fruit [Hybrid], and Gas-N-Fruit Trim.

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Entrepreneurs Grind

Open Dialogue With Sunday’s CEO and Founder, Coulter Lewis

Coulter Lewis, the CEO and Founder of Sunday, is a rising entrepreneur in the lawn care industry. Lewis recently sat down with ONE37pm’s Phil Toronto on the latest episode of Open Dialogue to discuss Sunday, where he came from, and what he’s working on in the future. 

So, what exactly is Sunday?

“Sunday is a data-driven ad tech for your backyard. Where we plan a ton of information on your property to help you prepare your land, which is more responsible and safe for your kids and pets,” said Lewis. “It is really easy, it is focused on lawn care, and specifically having a great looking lawn without the toxic chemicals.”

Lewis was not always involved in the lawn industry. In fact, he has been involved with several different business sectors.

“I did a lot of different things, I actually started in the high performance automotive industry making really silly cars faster. I designed low production parts for Porsche cars and Mercedes cars. That first out of school job and something I wanted to do. I loved cars and still do. I wanted to do that, and chemical engineering,” said Lewis.

“So, I got to do some really fast and loose engineering, and while I was there, I realized that I was more interested in designing more broadly than just cars. I went to a place called IDO, which is a design agency, and I worked there in a more project capacity. Helping large companies innovate in services, experience, sometimes products, intangible things. It was an amazing experience for me to be surrounded by incredible people, but I ended up leaving there and starting a brand with my wife called Quinn’s Foods. So, Quinn is a CPG snack brand that is in just about every grocery store at this point. We have been building that company for ten years and named it after our first son Quinn.”

He continued: “When I started looking at lawn care, I realized that it is our third largest crop. By land area, it is tied with wheat at 40 million acres, and it is ten times more land than all the organic farms combined. So, if you half care about all the environmental and human health implications, well, this is a huge piece of it. Not only is it a huge piece of it, but it is also in your backyard,” Lewis said.

“The reality of it is that nothing has moved forward since the 1950s, but we put five-times more pesticides in our backyards than we do with industrial farms. It is some of the most polluted lands in the US in your backyard literally.  There was a huge opportunity to fix that chasm, and at that moment, it was full speed ahead.”

Of course, there was nothing like that on the market at the time, and it would have to be created. It would take a certain amount of time to test different products until they found the perfect one, and they most certainly did.

“We did a full year of testing different products across the US, and what we learned is the thing that we really need to deliver was about the cool new branding and better ingredients…People really do not know about lawn care, and they should because it is agriculture; It is complicated. It is turf science. We have a Turf Ph.D. as our Chief Science Officer,” shared Lewis.

They are looking to get deeper into the lawns specifically and help their customers continue to learn more about this space. To help their neighbors become customers, they are also developing more products to control weeds and other things in the yard. 

Make sure you check out the latest Open Dialogue episode above, and you can also follow Coulter Lewis on Instagram and Twitter.

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Sports Strength

The 5 Best Moments of LeBron James’ High School Career

Today marks the birthday of sports and cultural icon LeBron James.

James has accomplished just about everything imaginable in his storied career, so it almost seems odd to think that there was once a time where he was a young bull with a lot to prove. To understand James’ ascent to where he is today, you have to also understand how pivotal his high school career was to his development. To this day, I’m not quite sure we will ever see a high school athlete like James in terms of hype, popularity, and expectations. Adding to the fun, the St. Vincent-St. Mary’s team was loaded with talented players and familiar names such as Romeo Travis, Dru Joyce III, Sian Cotton, Corey Jones, and even Maverick Carter during James’ freshman year.

I spent my childhood alternating between New York and Ohio in the early 2000s. It was truly a magical time in the Ohio area as James was something of a ‘modern-day prodigal son.’ In 2002/2003, the entire state was buzzing over the possibility that Cleveland’s unfortunate luck could be turned around by securing the number one pick in the NBA Draft (which, of course, ended up being James). The then seventeen-year-old was on magazine covers, and the media frenzy was insane, with James and his team having multiple games broadcasted locally and nationally. Many years later, James is a sports legend, four-time champion, successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, and more. Every career has a beginning, and for James, that start is at St. Vincent-St. Mary high school. Here is a list of the King’s top five high school moments.

1. St. Vincent-St. Mary Beats Mater Dai

In a game broadcasted on ESPN 2, So Cal heavyweight Mater Dai came into this matchup ranked number 4 nationally. While the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish were ranked number 9; they were still widely considered the underdog heading into this game. Guarded by DJ Strawberry, James was held back for most of the meeting but made sure to get his teammates involved offensively to make up for it. ‘The Chosen One’ was 8-for-24 from the field, but he still logged 21 points as his team beat Mater Dai 64-58.

2. LeBron James 2003 McDonald’s All-American Game

Every year, the top male and female high school basketball players compete in the McDonald’s All-American showcase to highlight their skills to the world. As luck would have it, the 2003 event was held in Cleveland, Ohio, and James was sensational in front of many of the Ohioans that would go on to watch him as a member of the Cavaliers.

Representing the ‘330,’ James scored 27 points in a performance that consisted of masterful mid-air moves, dunks, and blocks. The sold-out crowd loved his performance so much that they gave James a standing ovation as he checked out of the game.

3. St. Vincent-St. Mary 2003 State Championship Win

If you have seen LeBron James’ 2008 documentary More Than A Game, or even his 2019 More Than An Athlete ESPN series, then you will know just how important this title was to him and the Fighting Irish. While the team had won two of the previous three state championships, they had just suffered a devastating loss to Roger Bacon the year before. With a bitter taste left in their mouth, the St. Vincent-St. Mary’s squad was on a mission for revenge, with James leading the way in a 73-40 blowout win against Alter High, closing out one of the best high school careers of all time.

4. LeBron James Scores 52 Points Against Westchester High

The title is pretty self-explanatory.

Going up against Trevor Ariza’s Westchester Comets, James unleashed a whopping 52 points proving his elite status as the top high school player in the world. At the time, this contest was considered a must-see, with 8,500 fans selling out the arena. Trevor Ariza was also one of the top-ranked high school ballers in the country, and apparently, this was going to be the game where the Comets “put a stop to James.” Well, that didn’t exactly happen, and in addition to a 52 point effort, the Fighting Irish easily pulled away after the first quarter. That matchup was an introduction to many of the high-scoring performances we have witnessed from James since.

5. St. Vincent-St. Mary Upset Against Oak Hill High School

Long before they were a part of the ‘Banana Boat Crew,’ LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were two teenagers on the top of the world enjoying their elite status as two of the country’s best high school players. The duo entertained fans and millions of viewers with James logging 36 points on 12-of-27 shooting and 8 rebounds, and Melo dropping 34 points on 14-of-25 shooting with 11 rebounds.

At the time, Melo’s Oak Hill Warriors were the number 1 ranked team in the country, and James’ Fighting Irish pulled off the upset in what is now considered a classic. James later went on to do his senior season at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s, while Melo won the 2003 NCAA title with the Syracuse Orange the following year. Both players wound up meeting each other again at the 2003 NBA Draft, and the rest is history.

LeBron James’ career has been one for the ages so far with many defining moments. Nearly two decades after these historic high school matches, James continues to dominate securing his fourth NBA title this past October with the Los Angeles Lakers. Surely there are more memorable games ahead, but for now, we’ll just let the King enjoy his birthday.

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Culture Movies/TV

The 20 Best Anime Films on Netflix

Demon Slayer just became the highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, surpassing the previous record-holder, Spirited Away. Anime movies are only getting bigger and bigger. With that in mind, we compiled a list of the best anime movies on Netflix for you to watch right now. Although Spirited Away isn’t in the catalog, there are some great options for everyone out there, from Hayao Miyazaki diehards to people looking to dip their toes in the genre. Without further ado, these are the 20 best anime movies on Netflix right now. 

1. The Castle of Cagliostro

While movies like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke have firmly found their footing as some of the greatest animated movies of all time, some older movies of Hayao Miyazaki’s go overlooked. The Castle of Cagliostro was the legendary director’s feature film debut, and it tells the tale of master thief Arsène Lupin III. The movie is thematically different from many of Miyazaki’s later entries, but still features his telltale beautiful portrait shots and witty characters. The Castle of Cagliostro is a must-watch for Studio Ghibli fans, as it provides amazing insight into the genesis of Miyazaki as a filmmaker. 

2. A Whisker Away

This is one of the most recent entries on the list; A Whisker Away released in English on Netflix this past June. The film depicts the story of Miya Sasaki, an unhappy middle school girl who receives a magical Noh mask from a mysterious seller, which grants her the miraculous ability to transform into a cat. As she spends more and more time as Tarō the cat, Miyo has to face numerous questions regarding the self and who she truly is. The animation is beautiful and the film poses questions about what makes us who we are. It’s introspective, colorful and adorable; you’ll come away from the movie with a totally new perspective on relationships and the self. The film was directed by Sailor Moon director Junichi Satoh and written by Anohana writer Mari Okada.

3. Flavors of Youth

Flavors of Youth is an anthology film, so it actually covers three seemingly disparate stories: “The Rice Noodles”, “A Little Fashion Show”, and “Love in Shanghai”. All of the segments of the film, which was a Japanese-Chinese co-production between CoMix Wave Films and members of Haoliners Animation League, take place in China, beautifully highlighting the country’s distinct cityscapes. Flavors of Youth is only 75 minutes long, with each segment making up roughly a third of the runtime. But directors Li Haoling, Jiaoshou Yi Xiaoxing and Yoshitaka Takeuchi manage to pack in tons of sentiment and commentary on family dynamics in the film’s short runtime.

4. A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice, which is based on the manga of the same name, is an incredibly heartfelt teen drama from 2016. The film investigates the horrors of teen bullying, invoking characters who have been both the perpetrators and victims of harassment. In this way, director Naoko Yamada (and original manga writer Yoshitoki Ōima) provides a less black and white narrative of teenage trauma. It’s a thematically dark film, rendered beautifully by Kyoto Animation. This movie is truly a must-watch; you will come away from it a different person than when you began.

5. Okko’s Inn

The 2018 film Okko’s Inn is based on the series of children’s novels of the same name, released between 2003 and 2013. The film tells the tale of young Okko and her grandmother Mineko (and a ghost or two) as they manage the Hananoyu Inn. It’s a beautiful movie, which includes scenes of cutting sadness peppered in amongst moments of pure joy. Unlike some of the other options on this list, Okko’s Inn is a great choice for children and adults alike. 

6. Expelled from Paradise

Expelled from Paradise is another great entry for fans of science fiction. The film, directed by Seiji Mizushima and written by Gen Urobuchi, tells the story of agent Angela Balzac, who works on the space station DEVA. The inhabitants of the station have no physical bodies; their minds have been inputted into a virtual reality environment. This is a super cool movie for fans of science-fiction world-building and post-apocalyptic/dystopian futures. The animation, from Toei Animation and Graphinica has a cool, paler color palette, but the complicated sci-fi narrative is what makes this 2014 film really stand out. 

7. Children of the Sea

Children of the Sea is a 2019 film from director Ayumu Watanabe and producer Eiko Tanaka (of Studio 4 °C). Like many of the entries on the list, this movie is also based on a manga of the same name, written by Daisuke Igarashi—who also wrote the screenplay. As the title suggests, the movie is set near the ocean and uses the backdrop to interrogate numerous questions regarding the relationships between humans and nature. The film follows the relationship between junior high student Ruka—and her two new friends, brothers Umi and Sora—and a series of aquatic supernatural phenomena. 

8. Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Mary and the Witch’s Flower was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a former animator for Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli. That much is clear when you watch his 2017 film. Yonebayashi certainly takes cues from legendary Miyazaki in its tale of young Mary Smith, who discovers “fly-by-night”, a curious flower which grants her the ability to become a witch for one night. This film is incredibly cute, and a great option not only for scratching your Miyazaki itch, but for anyone interested in discovering an up-and-coming auteur in the anime genre. 

9. Mirai

Mirai is an extremely cute movie that finds its biggest strengths in its simplicity. From legendary writer/director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, the critically acclaimed anime (it was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards, among numerous other accolades) tells the story of young Kun Ota as he adjusts to having a newborn sister. The screenplay was inspired by Hosoda’s own experience with his three year old son and explores family dynamics and coming-of-age, told through numerous invocations of fantasy and time travel. 

10. The End of Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion is widely considered to be one of greatest anime television series of all time. The television show tells the tale of Shinji Akari as he pilots the massive humanoid mecha Evangelion Unit 101 in a series of battles against the hostile alien race, the Angels. The End of Evangelion serves as a parallel ending to the TV show; it picks up where the 24th episode of the show ended and answers some of the questions posed in the series’ 25th and 26th episodes. You honestly can’t consider yourself a diehard anime fan if you haven’t seen this landmark film. 

11. MFKZ

MFKZ (Mutafukaz) is a French-Japanese co-production between Ankama Animations and Studio 4°C from 2017, directed by Shōjirō Nishimi and Guillaume “Run” Renard. MFKZ is a deeply chaotic and turbulent science fiction movie, which takes cues from many great films of the sci-fi canon. The English dub cast also includes some bigtime names, from legendary actor Giancarlo Esposito to Long Beach rapper Vince Staples. The film features a super unique animation style reminiscent of sketched-out video games like Borderlands. It’s truly worth a watch just for a glimpse of the unique animation style. 

12. Naruto Blood Prison

Naruto requires no introduction. Although this movie was met with semi-mixed reviews upon its 2011 release (2014 for North America), Naruto diehards are desperate for any content we can get with our favorite nine-tailed demon fox Naruto Uzumaki. Blood Prison depicts the story of iconic protagonist Naruto after he is wrongly arrested and sent to prison for attacking the Fourth Raikage. 

13. Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You

Unfortunately there aren’t a ton of Pokemon movies available on Netflix right now, but of the limited selection, I Choose You is certainly a cute entry to the franchise. Released as part of a 20th anniversary celebration of the anime series’ initial release, the film (based loosely off of the anime’s pilot) tells the story Pokémon Trainer Ash Ketchum and his pals, Pikachu, Verity, and Sorrel, on their quest to meet the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh. It’s not exactly a cinematic masterpiece, but certainly a fun watch for any big time fans of the franchise. It’s also exactly 1 hour and 37 minutes long, so we had to include it. 

14. The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words is only 46 minutes long, but manages to pack in a lot of narrative and themes of maturity and loneliness. The film was written, directed and edited by Makoto Shinkai and animated by the studio CoMix Wave Films. The narrative focuses on Takao Akizuki, a 15-year-old aspiring shoemaker, and Yukari Yukino, a 27-year-old woman, as they keep bumping into each other at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Rain, poetry and the Japanese garden are motifs throughout the film, contributing to the film’s overall aesthetic which highlights the beauty in traditionally gloomy spaces.

15. Lu Over the Wall

Lu Over the Wall, directed by Masaaki Yuasa (of studio Science Saru) and written by Yuasa and Reiko Yoshida, is a really cute entry on the list. The film tells the tale of Kai Ashimoto and his burgeoning friendship with ningyo (a fish creature from Japanese folklore) Lu. It’s a beautifully eye-catching and colorful film with a fairly simple narrative, making it an easy and fun watch for any fans of the genre.

16. NiNoKuni

NiNoKuni is a film adaptation of the renowned video game series of the same name. The games, which have been released since 2010, include animated sequences produced by legendary Studio Ghibli, and most of the games’ music was composed by Joe Hisaishi, the composer for all of Miyazaki’s films. The magic-filled adventure that is the 2019 film may not be a masterpiece, but it’s certainly a solid watch for any fans of the franchise.

17. Evangelion Death (True)

This film is another followup to the legendary anime series, Neon Genesis Evangelion. This iteration is an edit of the film Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth, which was released as the first installment of the film series following the anime. The film consists of a recap of the series’ first 24 episodes as well as a substantial amount of new animation, setting up the events of The End of Evangelion, mentioned above. You could hypothetically watch this movie as your first entry into the franchise, as it explains many of the events of the series. However, the anime series is truly a masterpiece, so there’s good reason to binge it before diving into the films. 

18. Sol Levante

Sol Levante is only 4 minutes long, but it’s still technically a film, albeit short. It is the first hand-drawn anime using 4K HDR technology, which allowed the artists to provide even more detail than traditionally permitted, giving the film an entirely fresh visual style. The film tells the story of a young warrior on a quest for a place said to grant wishes. The narrative aside, Sol Levante is an immensely innovative film for anime as a whole and the technological capabilities opening up to the genre.

19. Fireworks

Fireworks is a 2017 anime based on the 1993 live-action Japanese film, Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? It tells the story of a romance between Norimichi Shimada and Nazuna Oikawa. Although the film doesn’t break any barriers from a narrative perspective, the gorgeous music (composed by Satoru Kōsaki) and beautiful animation (who doesn’t love animated fireworks?) make it a great choice for fans of romance movies looking to get into anime. 

20. Berserk: Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King

The first entry from the Berserk: Golden Age Arc is such a banger. Based on the Berserk manga series, the first film tells the story of mercenary Guts in the war against Midland’s rival kingdom. The series is set in medieval pseudo-Europe dark fantasy world, and follows the tale of Guts and Griffith, the leader of the mercenary band called the “Band of the Hawk”. All three movies (released between 2012 and 2013) from the series are available to stream on Netflix, so this trilogy is a great option if you’re looking to binge. 

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Gaming Interviews

Inside the Screen with Owen Roe

In this episode of Inside the Screen, ONE37pm’s Don speaks with Evil Geniuses graphic designer, Owen Roe. Roe is only 17, but already has an impressive roster of clients for which he has created graphics and other designed assets. EG is one of the oldest brands in the esports space; the legendary org was founded in 1999. They did a huge rebrand in 2020, a project which Roe worked on heavily. 

Roe creates and shares beautiful posters daily on his socials, so naturally, Don begins the interview by asking him about how he got into the practice. “It basically just boils down to me wanting to get better,” he says, before adding: “as an esports designer, it’s really simple to fall into a repetitive cycle with these kinds of things.” By creating these daily posters, Roe has an opportunity to consistently flex his design skills outside of the realm of creating content for his clients. “It’s like free reign.”

One thing that sets Roe apart from some of the other guests who have been on the show is how he views his role as a designer. “I identify more as a designer than an artist,” he says, adding: “I’m doing this as a service for somebody.” He’s career-focused and views his design skill as a tool to be utilized for clients, in addition to its inherent artistic value.

Don also asks Roe how he got involved with Evil Geniuses. Although people anticipate a convoluted story, it’s actually a pretty simple tale that highlights the importance of social media and always shooting for the stars. “The way I got involved with EG was that someone retweeted a tweet saying they needed a graphic designer, and I just applied. That’s all,” he says. Sometimes it’s that simple.

Roe and Don speak a lot about the importance of designers and other more “back-end” contributors in the esports space. Speaking of esports designers and other talents, Roe says: “It’s probably one of the best incubators of talent, really, on the internet.” Owen has also clearly been thinking a lot about how important the job of a designer has become. “I don’t think a lot of us fully understand the positions that we’re in. I mean, we’re on the frontier of a booming industry,” he says. 

Don asks Roe if he sees himself creating content and aiming for a sort of influencer status, to which Roe responds no. “I want to be more of a backend guy,” he says and adds: “There are so many bright people on the back end. Like that’s the place where I want to be.” Don shares some of his insight as well: “The esports and gaming scene doesn’t need any more gamers.” There are so many more opportunities for people to get involved in esports than just as a gamer. Owen agrees, sharing a valuable insight: “If you’re an accountant or something and you want to work in esports, like, there’s a place for you. And you’re gonna be a lot more successful doing that.”

Don’s conversation with Owen is extremely illuminating because of how it demonstrates that esports is an industry, not just a sport or form of entertainment. As streamers, gaming organizations, and teams continue to burgeon, the need for contributors to support players and their brands is growing at a commensurate rate. For the esports industry to continue to thrive, we need designers, accountants, social media consultants, editors, and more. Esports isn’t just for gamers; it’s a business

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Culture Trading Cards

Pokemon Card Value and Price Guide: How Much Are Your Cards Worth?

The explosive recent rise in the value of Pokemon cards has opened the eyes of investors and former collectors looking to get back in the game. The original Pokemon base set (1999 1st Edition Shadowless) is the most collectible, with record breaking single card sales happening almost daily on eBay.

“Every generation defines what is nostalgic to them,” says Collectors Universe President Joe Orlando. “Pokémon started its rise in the U.S. during the late 1990s. Today, the young people who were playing the classic game then are now well into adulthood. As a result, the game has enjoyed a kind of rebirth in the hobby.”      

This list of 10 cards from the iconic original set breaks down the total population of each card graded by PSA, as well as their most recent sales to illustrate their current value.

What Makes a Pokemon Card Valuable?
Identify type and assess rarity
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The first step to identify if a card is potentially worth anything substantial is to check its type and rarity. In other words, how likely the card is to come across from any given booster pack or special event, and if it has any special characteristics, such as card material or Pokemon types.

There are a few indicators of rarity on any given card, though they’re quite subject to change depending on when said card was printed. A marker near the bottom of the card or near its name will indicate rarity: a circle means the card is common, a diamond means it’s less common, and stars mean it’s rare. More stars or with combinations of letters or symbols mean extra rare, including if those symbols are in the name or elsewhere on the card. Other characteristics that can up the rarity include: a higher printed number than there should be in a given printed set (e.g., 66/65); holographic artwork or reverse holographic, in which everything but the artwork is holographic; artwork that takes up the full card; artwork wherein the creature doesn’t cast a shadow; and any shining characteristics, not to be confused with holographic.

There are also special types of cards, like from the aforementioned special events that sometimes award cards to tournament winners. For example, one of the most coveted cards, the Trophy Pikachu Trainer Card, was only given out to competition winners in Japan and is so rare that it is considered priceless due to lack of sellers. And a Pikachu Illustrator card, awarded for a Pokemon award competition, allegedly sold for a cool $90,000 USD.

While rarity isn’t the only factor in appraising value, it’s certainly a major factor: Some of the highest-selling cards worth tens of thousands of dollars, or considered “priceless” from lack of supply, are only so because of small rarities like misprints or typos.

As for the more common cards that don’t match any of these characteristics, the consensus advice online is to sell those in bulk. Though the individual cards may only be worth a few dollars at most, a complete collection of them can likely fetch a little higher of a price. That’s not a terrible idea for someone wanting to get rid of a bunch of common cards and turn a profit.

How To Find the Value of Your Cards
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Taking your old cards out of the closet and researching to find their current value is the most common way people are getting back into Pokémon. When trying to figure out a card’s value, make sure to follow these steps:

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Step 1. Find the year of the card. Check the bottom year(s) of the card.

Step 2. Find the set the card belongs to. If there is no logo on the right side, it’s Base. Every other set has an indicator. 

Step 3. Identify the card with the name and number in the set. 

1st Edition Base
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  • The grail set, Charizard is on fire with a recent sale topping $225,000.00.
     
  • The graded population on this set is low, and the demand has become astronomical.
     
  • The last Sealed Box auction ended at $198,000.00.  
Shadowless Base Set
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  • Identical to the 1st Edition cards except they don’t have the 1st Edition Stamp. 
     
  • The Shadowless set is just as rare / more rare than the 1st Edition set.
     
  • Gem Mint Charizard has a much lower population and the price hovers around $90,000.00. 
     
  • Shadowless is the only other set with the Red Cheek Pikachu Error card.
Base Unlimited
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  • The Unlimited Set Boxes are over $35,000.00.
     
  • Gem Mint Charizard is around $30,000.00.
     
  • This set had 6-8 times the print runs compared to 1 print run each for 1st Edition and Shadowless.
Jungle Set
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  • 2nd Expansion set
     
  • 1st Edition Boxes worth over $25,000.00
     
  • Each Holographic card has a non-holographic version
     
  • Only expansion set where every holographic card has a no symbol version. 
Fossil Set
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  • 3rd Expansion Set
     
  • 1st Edition Boxes Over $20,000.00
     
  • Each Holographic card has a non-holographic version.
Base Set 2
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  • Combination of Base & Jungle sets.
     
  • Boxes over $25,000.00
     
  • PSA 10 Charizard valued over $8,000.00
     
  • Having the original Charizard artwork will always keep this set in demand. 
Team Rocket
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  • The 5th set, Team Rocket pays homage to the villains of Pokémon: Jesse, James & Meowth.
     
  • 1st Edition Boxes over $20,000.00
     
  • 1st Expansion set to have Charizard
     
  • After Base Set, Team Rocket is arguably the hottest Gen. 1 set to collect. 
Gym Heroes
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  • Focuses on 1st 4 Gym Leaders: Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge & Erika
     
  • 1st Edition Boxes are at $15,000.00
     
  • PSA 10 1st Edition Moltres is valued over $4,500.00
Gym Challenge
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  • Focuses on Final 4 Gym Leaders: Sabrina, Koga, Blaine & Giovanni
     
  • 1st Edition Boxes are valued over $20,000.00 
     
  • PSA 10 Charizard is valued over $5,000.00 
Promo Cards
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Pokémon had numerous promo cards: E3 promos, Black Star Promos and Prerelease promos. They were available at events, in magazines, by mail request and one was available with a VHS film. Due to scarcity, some have skyrocketed and the demand is increasing rapidly.  You can read more about Black Star Promos in this article.

What Are Your Pokemon 1st Edition Base Set Cards Worth?

If you own any of the cards listed below, condition is the biggest factor in figuring out what your cards are worth. The prices below illustrate what these cards are worth after grading in mint condition as PSA 9’s & 10’s. It is very unlikely that your cards will grade this high if they have been played with. If you have these cards laying around in less than mint condition, it still may be worth getting them graded as long as they are in pretty good shape. 

1. Squirtle First Edition $1000 – $2600
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Squirtle is the first evolution of Blastoise and carries the most value of any of the big three pre-evolutions. Be sure to assemble your Squirtle-Squad!

PSA Pop: 1418 – (10) 600 – (9) 633

Current Value: PSA 10 $2600 PSA 9 $1000

2. Charmander 1st Edition $574 – $1900
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Baby Zard’s value has taken a bit of a dip recently. but don’t be surprised if Charmander has a big run up with the prices of Charizard skyrocketing. 

PSA Pop: 1521 – (10) 652 – (9) 661

Current Value: PSA 10 $1900 PSA 9 $574

3. Bulbasaur 1st Edition $710 – $1700
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One of the most popular Pokemon, Bulbasaur delivers long term. With low populations, be sure to make Bulbasaur a top priority. 

PSA Pop: 783 – (10) 237 – (9) 416

Current Value: PSA 10 $1700 PSA 9 $710

4. Pikachu

Pikachu is the most well known Pokemon out there and considered to be a mascot of sorts. There are two versions of Pikachu in this set – with a red cheeked and a yellow cheeked variant. The red cheek is the more rare and valuable of the two.

Pikachu Red Cheeks $1100 – $6400
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PSA Pop: 890 – (10) 215 – (9) 545

Current Value: PSA 10 $6400 PSA 9 $1100

Pikachu Yellow Cheeks $495 – $1913
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PSA Pop: 886 – (10) 338 – (9) 361

Current Value: PSA 10 $1913 PSA 9 $495

5. Onix 1st Edition $88 – $291

Onix was the “final boss” of sorts that you battle against at the first gym in the Pokemon games. Onix’s value has jumped significantly in the last 2 weeks. 

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PSA Pop: 923 – (10) 376 – (9) 433

Current Value: PSA 10 $291 PSA 9 $88

6. Blastoise Holo 1st Edition $9469 – $31.975

Blastoise is the fully evolved version of Squirtle. It’s widely considered to be in the top 4 most valuable holo Pokemon from the original set. 

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PSA Pop: 1484 – (10) 98 – (9) 507

Current Value: PSA 10 $31.975 PSA 9 $9469

7. Charizard Holo 1st Edition $49,100 – $350,100

This card is the apex of Pokemon collecting. Even non-collectors know that the Charizard holo will make you the king of the playground, in any condition.

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PSA Pop: 2475 – (10) 120 – (9) 645

Current Value: PSA 10 $350,100 PSA 9 $49,100

8. Venusaur Holo 1st Edition $5010 – $22,615

Venusaur is the final form of Bulbasaur. Another one of the most popular holo Pokemon, Venusaur is one of the most stolen Pokemon by Mewtwo in both “Strikes Back” movies.

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PSA Pop: 1310 – (10) 133 – (9) 469

Current Value: PSA 10 $22,615 PSA 9 $5010

9. Mewtwo Holo 1st Edition $2900 – $20,100

Mewtwo is the evil clone of Mew and was the antagonist in “Pokemon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back”

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PSA Pop: 990 – (10) 80 – (9) 379

Current Value: PSA 10 $20,100 PSA 9 $2900

10. Lass $420 – $2,827
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Lass is one of the rarest trainer cards to pull. On top of that, the graded population is very low. The first english Pokemon card featuring a lady has been in demand for years, with sales for PSA 10 topping $2,500.

PSA Pop: 467 – (10) 99 – (9) 269

Current Value: PSA 10 $2,827 PSA 9 $420

11. Raichu $3,151 – $17,100
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Pikachu does evolve, but only with the help of a Thunder Stone. Raichu is capable of storing 100,000 plus volts of electricity.   

PSA Pop: 1253 – (10) 87 – (9) 381

Current Value: PSA 10 $17,100 PSA 9 $3.151.00

12. Chansey $1,954 – $32,433
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Originally known as Lucky, Chansey is known for assisting nurse Joy in the Pokemon Centers in the video games. Chansey is one of the toughest cards to find in PSA 10. 

PSA Pop: 1142 – (10) 47 – (9) 362

Current Value: PSA 10 $32,433 PSA 9 $1954

13. Dugtrio $227 – $1325
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The evolution of Diglett, Dugtrio is the triple headed angry Mole. Capable of creating tunnels at 60 MPH, Dugtrio is known to cause earthquakes.  

PSA Pop: 579 – (10) 137 – (9) 291

Current Value: PSA 10 $1325 PSA 9 $227.00

14. Dratini $305 – $760
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This adorable dragon Pokemon is highly desirable in the card community, topping $4,000 in PSA 10 earlier this year. Dratini is the original form of Dragonair & later Dragonite. 

PSA Pop: 627 – (10) 145 – (9) 371

Current Value: PSA 10 $760 PSA 9 $305

15. Machamp $1025 – $3711
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This is where things get hairy. Although Machamp is finally being properly labeled, most listed as 1st Edition are really the Unlimited version. Check the font, year(s) listed on the card or just check out our Ultimate Pokemon Guide for more information.  

Also, check out where Machamp lands in our Most Powerful Pokemon.

1st Edition: PSA Pop: 6641 – (10) 348 – (9) 2984

1st Edition Shadowless: PSA Pop: 181 – (10) 2 – (9) 21

Current Shadowless Value: PSA 10 $3711 PSA 9 $1025

What’s Ahead For Pokemon?
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The 25 Best Comedians On Netflix to Watch

In the realm of so-called “prestige entertainment,” comedy all-too-often gets written-off as being “too goofy” or “not serious enough.” Just think about how many comedy actors have had to take on more dramatic roles before winning an Oscar. But as true fans of the genre know, comedy is indeed high art.

Comics—well, good ones at least—don’t merely rely on cheap laughs, but rather smart, well-crafted hits that must not only strike a social nerve but be relatable to crowds of people, whether they’re in a live audience or at home watching TV. The best comedians even manage to transcend time, thinking up classic punchlines that can be enjoyed by generations to come. As for right now, you can catch some of the greats (of both past and present) streaming on Netflix.

1. Dave Chappelle: Collection One

It only makes sense to kick off this list with the long-awaited return of the legend, Dave Chappelle, and his debut Netflix collection which premiered in 2017. While the comedy icon has quite a few specials up on the streaming service, the two shows featured in this collection, The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium (filmed in 2016) and Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits (2015) have received the most widespread acclaim, as he dives head-first into the celebrity and social issues (ahem, Bill Cosby), along with addressing some of his own fumbles, in his signature unfiltered, and, of course, raunchy style.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=dave%20chappele&jbv=80171965
2. Richard Pryor: Live In Concert

Speaking of legends, we couldn’t make it much further without highlighting the actual GOAT, and probably the most influential comedian ever, Richard Pryor. Lucky for us, Netflix has his seminal 1979 stand-up film in its streaming collection. Sure, it’s retro, but you’d be surprised how timeless Pryor’s comedy really is. His energy, his pacing, and his effortless ability to slip in and out of different characters, voices and all, makes this set a must-watch for anyone who calls themselves a comedy fan.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=richard%20pr&jbv=907090
3. Eddie Murphy: Delirious

OK, while we’re back in time a bit, it’s imperative to make a stop at Eddie Murphy’s 1983 show, Delirious. Long before he was starring in family-friendly movies, Murphy was an irreverent 22-year-old slinging X-rated jokes in a now-infamous red leather suit, with memorable commentary on ice cream trucks, his shoe-throwing mother, and celebrities like James Brown, Elvis and Stevie Wonder (of whom he does spot-on impressions). It’s profane, offensive, and there are moments that are certainly not politically correct (even by ‘80s standards) that he’s had to apologize for, but we have to admit, it’s a classic.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=richard%20pr&jbv=70059700
4. John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

Full of clever observational humor, John Mulaney’s fourth stand-up tour, and third special produced for Netflix skewers everything from childhood trauma to student loans to religion to the jarring experience of aging with self-deprecating hilarity. A memorable metaphor comparing a certain President of the United States to a “horse loose in a hospital” helped earn the show the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special in 2018.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=john%20mu&jbv=80238110
5. Chris Rock: Tamborine

It may have premiered in 2018, but Chris Rock’s first Netflix special, and his first stand-up special in ten years, is as relevant as ever, touching upon race, police violence, and politics. But Tamborine also serves as a vehicle of personal self-reflection for the comedian, who explores his own regrets and mistakes in life with raw and enthralling honesty. It’s deep, and still really, really funny.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=tamborine&jbv=80167498
6. Hannah Gadsby: Douglas

Following the success of her groundbreaking anti-comedy comedy show, Nanette, Aussie comedian Hannah Gadsby is back with Douglas, a perhaps more traditional take on the genre featuring funny observations about her newfound American fans along with some good old fashioned storytelling and straight-up jokes. Like its predecessor, though, Douglas spotlights Gadsby’s poignant voice on the experiences she’s faced as a gender non-conforming lesbian and neurodivergent person with autism, giving her humor a distinctly humanist, and deeply personal, shine.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=douglas&jbv=81054700
7. Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given

Leave it to Kevin Hart to not only pull off a comedy special in the COVID era, but to host it, stage and all, in his own living room. Released this November, Zero F**ks Given is the only show on this list made post-pandemic, and Hart manages to poke fun at the universal anxiety regarding, as he calls it, “The ‘Vid,” while, ironically enough, taking the minds of his masked live audience completely off it. Mixed with anecdotes about his wife, kids, and being a man over 40, Hart’s set feels refreshingly current and is just a generally good time. Prepare to be jealous of his living room, though.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=zero%20f&jbv=80174688
8. Leslie Jones: Time Machine

Saturday Night Live alum Leslie Jones has enough personality to pack the already-full auditorium of her January 2020 special, Time Machine, named no doubt for her fond (and truly hilarious) reflections on her youth and journey to adulthood. Jones’s shameless, sex-positive, and totally in-your-face jokes are only heightened by her adept physical comedy and perfect facial expressions. Trust, this gal has got the moves – most notably when she demonstrates the dance she did to try to seduce Prince.

Whew!

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=leslie%20jon&jbv=81060049
9. Eric Andre: Legalize Everything

As you may have guessed from the title, Eric Andre’s 2020 stand-up special, filmed in New Orleans, takes us on a drug-filled romp recalling bad MDMA trips, getting high with his mother, and other illicit (occasionally naked) mishaps. The always-animated comedian can be counted on for his interactive crowd work, whether it’s jumping on a fan in the front row or FaceTiming with an audience member’s mom live on stage. All in all, Andre’s set embodies bawdy bro humor that’s nevertheless modern and socially aware.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=eric%20andre&jbv=80216229
10. Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh

Fans of Adam Sandler’s lighthearted but totally screwball films have plenty to choose from on the streaming service, but his 2018 comedy special is definitely named accordingly, presenting his goofy humor, plucked from recent stand-up stages and replete with his famous musical stylings, in a totally fresh way. Hey, if Sandler’s singing it, we’re laughing at it – even if it is about suffocating an old lady with a pillow (don’t judge us ‘til you watch it.) 

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=adam%20san&jbv=80224536
11. Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything

Patton Oswalt’s long-standing career as a mostly benevolent presence on the comedy scene is as well-earned as any of the greats. If you’ve forgotten why, his latest special, I Love Everything is here to remind you. He’s a master of free-associative riffs on society and pop culture and delivers with sincerity and expert wordsmithing. Trust, you’ll want to hear what he has to say about Denny’s and breakfast cereal.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=patton%20os&jbv=81206879
12. Master of None

Aziz Ansari’s two-season comedy-drama series was an instant hit when it premiered on Netflix back in 2015, and it’s still an all-too-relatable coming of age story (starring Ansari and loosely based on his own life) about a 30-year-old dude in New York navigating love, life, and his acting career. It touches upon subjects from modern dating to male privilege to the experience of being raised by immigrant parents, earning a cult fan base along with three Emmys and a Golden Globe.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=master%20of%20none&jbv=80049714
13. Marc Maron: End Times Fun

Filmed late in 2019 and released in March 2020, just before widespread lockdowns began, Marc Maron’s End Times Fun is strangely prophetic. With deadpan cynicism, the comedian delivers biting social commentary and grapples with the angst of existing in this constantly chaotic time. While the fallout of a pandemic doesn’t seem to be on his radar just yet, he does manage to encompass the forever-feeling of doom and the sinking idea that the end of times is near. However, his sober revelations somehow lighten the mood – maybe because he helps us realize we’re all sharing the heaviness.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=end%20time&jbv=81040891
14. Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats

Television writer, actress, and comedian Chelsea Peretti has had her hand in the biz for a long time, securing her celebrity status in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and by now earning the title of her 2014 special, One of the Greats. The acclaimed set is meta and self-aware, addressing the entire modus operandi of the “stand-up special” along with some self-lampooning grandiosity. For the most part, though, Peretti is full of sharp observations on the modern world and relatable anecdotes that will have you laughing.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=chelsea%20p&jbv=80004534
15. Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado

The term “camisado” refers to a secret military attack aimed to surprise sleepy targets. It’s about stealth, much like Hannibal Buress’s method of inducing laughs. With his signature stoner-Esque bemusement and gravelly voice, he arrives at his thought-out punchlines from unexpected angles, making the moments of landing refreshing and just flat-out funny.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=hannib&jbv=80059410
16. Extras

British humor is a bit of an acquired taste, but Ricky Gervais, who can be polarizing on stage, is universally enjoyable in his genius, even when cringe-inducing, sitcom follows up the original U.K. series of The OfficeExtras, which he created and stars in, follows Gervais as an aspiring actor taking odd roles as an extra alongside different A-list celebrities who appear in each episode, including the likes of Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet, and Samuel L. Jackson. It earned Gervais both a primetime Emmy award and a Golden Globe.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=extras%20&jbv=70157434
17. Space Force

As for the American version of The Office, well, you can always enjoy Steve Carell in the beloved series which is currently streaming on Netflix, but if you’ve already rewatched it five times, we’d suggest checking out Carrell in the new satirical show, Space Force, in which he stars as a begrudging General tasked with establishing an out-of-this-world branch of the U.S. armed forces. As you would expect, kooky governmental antics ensue.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=space%20force&jbv=81021929
18. Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia

We love him as the host of The Daily Show, but Trevor Noah doesn’t need a desk or a nightly news agenda to keep us entertained. In his 2018 stand-up special, the South African-born comic establishes himself as a skilled comedic storyteller, relaying autobiographical tales of his upbringing and subsequent experiences of life in America today. They culminate in tight punchlines that often reveal social truths, even if inadvertently. It’s a lot of smart, personal material. However, one of the stand-out moments is a more in-your-face comparison of trap music to the way a toddler speaks. You’ll think about it whenever you hear a new trap song on Spotify.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=trevor%20noa&jbv=80239932
19. Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

Fellow Daily Show alum and host of Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj may be known for his deep-dives and searing insights into the political landscape, but he’s just as good when he loosens up a bit and focuses on the personal in his first Netflix comedy special, Homecoming King. The central theme of the immigrant experience in the United States is all-too-relatable for millions of fellow millennials who’ve faced bullying, racism, and familial pressure growing up.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=trevor%20noa&jbv=80134781
20. Between Two Ferns: The Movie

The cinematic and slightly meta spin-off of Zach Galifianakis’s cult-favorite web series, Between Two Ferns, consists of all the deadpan humor and off-kilter celebrity interviews that fans of the series came to love it for. Its impressive list of Hollywood cameos includes Keanu Reeves, Paul Rudd, Bruce Willis, Chrissy Teigen, and Brie Larson. Galifianakis, however, still steals the show – uh, movie.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=between%20two&jbv=80243600
21. Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis

Up-and-comer Taylor Tomlinson gives her breakout performance in Quarter-Life Crisis, a must-watch and utterly too real treatise on the experience of being in your twenties and stumbling through to actual adulthood. From dating to partying to regrettable life choices, Tomlinson discusses every subject under the sun with the over-it vibe of your coolest (and funniest) friend.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=taylor%20tom&jbv=81157965
22. Bill Burr: Paper Tiger

Nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Album, Bill Burr’s 2019 stand-up special, Paper Tiger touches on touchy subjects, diving right into the Me Too Movement and Cancel Culture with dexterity, and sure, plenty of yelling. Ultimately, though, it is a thought-provoking, and hilarious, exploration of the state of society. 

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=bill%20burr&jbv=81060174
23. The Other Guys

If you like your comedy with a little action thrown in, you can’t miss Will Ferrell in the surprisingly quality cop spoof, The Other Guys. The iconic funny guy stars alongside Mark Wahlberg, playing desk-bound detectives who finally get the chance to be heroes when they stumble into a major crime case. Ferrell’s dorky, soft-mannered character and Wahlberg’s, um, very Wahlberg character have incredible chemistry befitting the best kind of buddy comedy.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=the%20other%20guy&jbv=70127228
24. Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho

From The Hangover to Community to his own short-lived sitcom, real-life doctor-turned-comic Ken Jeong can bring on the laughs in any situation, but let’s just say things get especially funny when he finds himself surrounded by “Hos” (in the most G-rated of terms) in his first Netflix stand-up special, You Complete Me, Ho.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=ken%20jeo&jbv=80244853
25. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

What’s better than one comedian? Um, obviously a whole bunch of them, driving around in vintage cars and drinking coffee with none other than Jerry Seinfeld. The genius concept, which brings Seinfeld together with many of the big names we’ve referenced above, is presented in mostly bite-sized bits (most of the episodes, save for the one featuring Eddie Murphy, are under 20 minutes long) of unscripted conversation that, both literally and figuratively, always stays moving.

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https://www.netflix.com/search?q=comedan&jbv=80171362