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What to Watch on New Year’s Eve if You’re Not Going Out

If you’re chilling at home this New Year’s Eve, you’ve got only a few hours left to catch up on a few of the best movies and TV episodes that epitomize new beginnings. Well, that it is if you consider acquiring a pet monkey and having a stacked cast with a poor plotline the definition of new beginnings.

This mixed collection of 10 movies and episodes is bound to at least get you laughing into the new year, even if it’s just laughing in absurdity at the fact that such a terrible movie grossed so well. And no, I don’t have any pent-up anger towards the hit movie, New Year’s Eve.

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1. “Friends”: ‘The One with the Monkey”

Though most people know about Ross’s monkey, Marcel, not everyone knows that his very first appearance was in Season 1 during this New Year’s Eve-themed episode. For Monica’s New Year’s Eve party, Chandler asks that everyone not bring a date, though the opposite ends up happening. Even though everyone insisted on bringing a date regardless of Chandler, their dates end up going extremely poorly.

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2. “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!”

Although it’s not the best of the Charlie Brown holiday specials, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! still holds its ground. While trying to write a book report, Charlie Brown is distracted by the New Year’s Eve party being thrown by his friends. Though he still has to finish up his paper in time, Peppermint Patty is able to convince him to head to the party instead.

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3. “The Office”: ‘Ultimatum’

This Season 7 episode of The Office follows the crew as they take on New Year’s Eve, though there’s a more pressing matter making its way through the office in the form of a rumor. Michael is waiting around in anticipation for news about Holly and A.J.’s potential engagement and the office swirls around in waiting, as well. At the same time, Pam has arranged for everyone to write down their New Year’s resolutions on a massive board, which they’re less than thrilled about.

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4. “When Harry Met Sally…”

Though When Harry Met Sally… isn’t an outright New Year’s Eve movie, its ending scene is the epitome of that night. Nothing beats (Harry) Billy Crystal running through the city right as it’s about to hit midnight just to tell Sally (Meg Ryan) how he feels about her. This is all following a long relationship between the two that stemmed from one fateful (yet unwanted) carpool drive from college to New York City.

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5. “New Year’s Eve”

Ah, here we are. New Year’s Eve. The commercials looked terrible, yet still, so many people went out to see this movie. The reason that it’s on this list, however, is because I’m pretty sure that this is the only fully New Year’s Eve-themed movie ever created. Given that, it does deserve some recognition. The film follows a number of different semi-connecting storylines, including that of a nurse and her patient, various rock stars, and some complications surrounding the Times Square ball drop.

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6. “Portlandia”: ‘Winter in Portlandia’

This one doesn’t directly qualify as New Year’s Eve-related, but it is a winterized episode of the show, thus qualifying it for this list. The sketches involve dealing with the freezing cold weather at a food cart, sticking to a no-pasta diet, and a few more. Oh, and there’s a feminist bookstore sketch in this episode, which practically makes it mandatory viewing.

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7. “30 Rock”: ‘Klaus and Greta’

It’s New Year’s Eve and Jack makes the drunken mistake of leaving a voicemail on his high school girlfriend’s answering machine. In order to reverse his mistake, Jack decides to force Kenneth to accompany him on a trip to Massachusetts just to remove the voicemail from her machine.

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8. “Seinfeld”: ‘The Millennium’

With the upcoming Millennium on the way, both Kramer and Newman are throwing parties to celebrate the huge event—Newman even named his party after himself: “The Newmannium.” The two finally decide to join together and host one party, but they make one major mistake: they’ve booked the party for a hotel on December 31, 2000, instead of December 31, 1999.

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9. “The Simpsons”: ‘The Trouble with Trillions’

Just as the clock strikes midnight in Springfield, Ned Flanders is awoken by the town’s inability to get the countdown correct. Being that he’s awake, Flanders uses this time to get all of his taxes together given that it’s the new year. By morning, he has both finished and submitted his taxes while all of Springfield sleeps away. The episode then fast-forwards to the due date of everyone’s taxes, which Homer and everyone else has forgotten to submit.

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10. “BoJack Horseman”: ‘Old Acquaintance’

Rutabaga and Katie find themselves in couples therapy on New Year’s Eve, and afterward, Rutabaga receives a call that alerts him that the lead role in an upcoming film has an open spot. Although Katie is pregnant and could potentially give birth at any moment, Rutabaga decides to go ahead and try out for the role, insisting that he’ll be back in time for their child’s birth.

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Sneakers Style

The 21 Best Sneakers of 2021

It’s now officially been twelve months since we started our weekly sneaker series, and now the time has finally come for us to narrow down our top selections of 2021. This is a tough one. This year was a unique but dynamic one in the world of sneakers. While the interest has always been present, 2021 sort of reaffirmed this weird space that we’re in when it comes to the pandemic, and how it’s forever changed the way we cop our sneaker releases. Gone are the days where we would stand in a long line outside of Nike in sometimes brutal temperatures for what felt like forever. The sneaker game is forever changed, and as they say, sometimes change can be a good thing. Motivational speech aside, you came to this article for our list of the best 2021 sneaker drops, and that’s what we’re here to do today. Let’s jump right into it.

1. Air Jordan 6 Carmine
Air Jordan 6 Carmine

Release Date: 2/2021

This is a no-brainer, right? Now there were some production issues where a small percentage of the sneakers were affected in terms of discoloration issues, but plenty still took the risk and hit on what’s easily considered Jordan 6 staples. One thing is for sure, the Carmines will always result in sneakerhead chaos.

BUY NOW, $203
2. Reebok Pump Omnizone II Dee Brown
Reebok Pump Omni

Release Date: 3/2021

Another obvious selection. Taking it all the way back to 1991 when NBA legend Dee Brown brought the house down with his historic “no-look” dunk, the “Omnipumps” have since become a living legend. We got to experience the magic again this past March, and it’s been a full-circle moment in the Brown family, with WNBA champion Lexie Brown (Dee’s daughter), signing on to the Reebok family.

BUY NOW, $375
3. Nike Dunk Low City Market
Nike Dunk Low City Market

Release Date: 3/2021

Massively underrated in our opinion. This sneaker is so “New York” that it isn’t even funny. The early 2000s graffiti design upped this shoe to the next level (especially with y2k fashion making a comeback), and our point still stands that the “City Market” colorway is a shoe that you aren’t going to see very often. Hopefully, Nike continues to push the boundaries when it comes to sneakers like these.

BUY NOW, $290
4. Adidas Yeezy QNTM
Adidas Yeezy QNTM

Release Date: 3/2021

Known for their cultural impact in the realm of hoops and entertainment, The ‘QNTMs’ remain relevant for their impact in the hoops and entertainment industry despite being one of the more quiet “Yeezys.” This doesn’t have the unique design and elements as the others that have been released this year, and that is absolutely okay because sometimes simple works just as well.

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5. Air Jordan 35 Black Red
Air Jordan 35 Black Red

Release Date: 1/2021

Nike brought the heat early with the ‘Air Jordan 35 Black Red’ colorway that dropped in January. The shoe sported a Chicago Bulls design in the upper and included suede overlays in the back, the classic Jumpman tongues, and a white midsole. The Breds continue to remain one of the most popular Js in the sneaker community.

BUY NOW, $142
6. Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Patina”
Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Patina”

Release Date: 3/2021

Ah. The “Patinas.” These were called ugly, but apparently, they weren’t ugly enough to stop the madness that occurred on the SNKRS app. These sold out almost immediately, once again proving the power of AJ1s. Apparently 1s are so dynamic that even an “ugly” iteration can be snatched up with the quickness.

BUY NOW, $174
7. Nike Dunk High Game Royal
Nike Dunk High Game Royal

Release Date: 6/2021

Another underrated release that slipped under the radar in our opinion. University-themed colorways are always exciting because it signals the beginning of the college sports season approaching. Modeled after the Kentucky Wildcats logo and team spirit, the “Game Royal” colorway was another fun summer drop that didn’t get the attention that it deserved.

BUY NOW, $120
8. Air Jordan 1 High OG Light Fusion Red
Air Jordan 1 High OG Light Fusion Red

Again, the power of the Jordan 1s. We called these the “McDonald’s” colorway because of the red, white, and yellow mixtures, and boy where they fire. Sometimes you need a shoe that’s going to be an instant eye-catcher, and this definitely one of them for sure.

BUY NOW, $140
9. Nike Lebron 18 Lebronold Palmer
Nike Lebron 18 Lebronold Palmer

Release Date: 4/2021

It’s always super cool when a popular classic makes it way back on the current scene. Pulling from Bron’s days as a member of the Miami Heat, the shoe once again gave us those tropical island sweet tea/lemonade appearance and was a great spring/summer transition sneaker that could be paired with a lot in your closet.

BUY NOW, $99
10. Nike SB “TV Signal”
Dunk High SB Signal

Release Date: 5/2021

A U.K. specialty sneaker, the TV signal SBs paid homage to those old school televisions with broken/disruptive signals. For those who are Gen Z’ers and can’t even begin to fathom such a thing, this was primarily common with older televisions (pre-streaming days) from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even early 2000s. Nike has definitely gotta bring this one back.

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11. Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Shadow 2.0”
Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Shadow 2.0”

Release Date: 5/2021

We called these the “Digital Remaster.” Previous versions of the Shadow colorway had been almost impossible to cop, but diehards got another shot at snagging the coveted shoe this past May. We don’t have to give you a breakdown of the final results (quick sellout) because this sneaker wasn’t going to do anything but sell out quick, fast, and in a hurry.

BUY NOW, $249
12. Union x Air Jordan “Desert Moss”
Union x Air Jordan “Desert Moss”

Release Date: 6/2021

Released in commemoration of Union’s 30th anniversary, these joints were fire. Union and Jordan did their thing on these. The sick contract of the green laces against the yellow upper was a killer, and the shoe technically could have been one for Los Angeles Lakers fans. Just saying.

BUY NOW, $368
13. NERF X Pump Omni Zone II Light Jammer
NERF X Pump Omni Zone II Light Jammer

Release Date: 6/2021

Reebok did an incredible job of giving us nostalgic throwback sneakers this year, and one of those was the NERF Pumps from this past June. NERF automatically those Nickelodeon commercials from the early 2000s, and were a perfect way to unleash the child that is still very much a part of us.

BUY NOW, $175
14. Supreme X Nike Air Max 96 Metallic Silver
Supreme X Nike Air Max 96 Metallic Silver

Release Date: 5/2021

The early part of 2021 was heavily focused on that early 2000s futuristic theme that we’ve talked about earlier. This shoe was very much TLC “No Scrubs” with the metallic silver and red design. We would certainly welcome this trend continuing in 2022.

BUY NOW, $148
15. Nike Air More Uptempo “Bulls”
Nike Air More Uptempo “Bulls”

Release Date: 4/2021

More love for the Uptempos! That’s all we’ve got to say. There are so many colorway options to choose from when it comes to the Uptempos, and the “Bulls” are still readily available.

BUY NOW, $90
16. Nike Dunk Low WMNS ‘Green Glow’
Nike Dunk Low WMNS ‘Green Glow’

Release Date: 4/2021

Dunks, Dunks, and more Dunks y’all. There were tons of Dunks released this year, but for some reason, we couldn’t stop thinking about these. Not only were they different, but they were just in time for the spring season with the neon lime green. Of course, they sold out immediately as expected. One of these days we’ll have the conversation about the dunk resell prices, but for now, we will leave it alone.

BUY NOW, $215
17. Adidas D Rose 11 “Boardwalk”
Adidas D Rose 11 “Boardwalk”

Release Date: 4/2021

If you are an avid reader of our weekly sneaker series, then you already know how important it is for us to showcase sneakers outside of the regular Nike/Jordan releases. We’ve always maintained that Derrick Rose has some of the best sneaker drops amongst NBA Players, and it’s the absolute truth. Rose’s sneaker drops are similar to his demeanor as an athlete—quiet yet deadly. The “Boardwalk” drop from April is one of our favorites from this year.

BUY NOW, $100
18. DQM x Nike Air Max 90 “Bacon”
DQM x Nike Air Max 90 “Bacon”

Release Date: 3/2021

Here. We. Go. The “Bacon” drop honestly feels like a lifetime ago, but boy was it a time. These were released during Air Max week, and to say they caused a stir would be yet another understatement when it comes to the year 2021 in sneakers. The ‘Bacons’ are arguably one of the most sought-after Air Maxes of all time, and Nike brought back the 2005 design after fifteen plus years of requests. Nike and DQM have always had a great partnership, and it was cool to see them collaborate again. Maybe we’ll get another Bacon drop in 2036?

BUY NOW, $210
19. CLOT x Nike Air Max 1 “Kiss of Death”
CLOT x Nike Air Max 1 “Kiss of Death”

Release Date: 3/2021

And then there were three. It’s getting close to the finish line guys. CLOT and Nike have some pretty legendary drops in their collection, and there were two different opportunities to get your hands on these this year. The color schematics were insane, the tan gave it that versatile pop and the red/orange overlays were the extra little oomph. Wish we had gotten our hands on these. 

BUY NOW, $141
20. PSG x Air Jordan 7
PSG x Air Jordan 7

Release Date: 5/2021

The PSG x Air Jordan 7s were heavily rumored for a long time, and we sneaker fans got our long-awaited wish in May when they finally dropped. The red, white, and blue went right along with the theme of Memorial Day Weekend, and while simple, they were definitely powerful. The kind of shoe that made you do a double look.

BUY NOW, $195
21. Power Rangers F/S Hi Women’s Shoes
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Power Rangers F/S Hi Women’s Shoes

Release Date: 5/2021

And then there was one. This is an editor’s choice. People didn’t appreciate the cool factor enough. Look at the 3D Silver Clip. Seriously, look at it. What other shoe has that feature?! The Reebok Power Ranger’s were progressive with incredible technology, and they didn’t get talked about nearly enough. These belong in a movie. Seriously.

BUY NOW, $120

That’s going to do it! It’s been a fun year in the world of sneakers, and we sincerely look forward to doing it all over again in 2022. It will certainly be cool to see what this upcoming year holds for us in terms of cops, drops, and Ls on SNKRS, Confirmed, and Finish Line (kidding). Check y’all in ‘22.

Gaming New Releases

The Biggest Games Releasing in January 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR, LADIES AND GENTS! 2021 is now behind us and now we’re smack dab in the first month of the new year that is 2022. And with that, it’s time to take at the first array of games you’ll most likely be trapped in the house playing if you happen to live in one of the chillier places on Earth. January 2022 has a solid lineup of releases that cater to co-op first-person shooters, Pokémon fanatics, and nostalgic gamers that want some retro takes on 2D classics. Welcome to a new year full of new games worth celebrating, folks!

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‘Nobody Saves The World’ – January 18 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Steam, Windows Store)

If you enjoyed the Lucha Libre-infused Metroidvania game Guacamelee!, then you’ll want to keep an eye on this brand new action RPG from the developers that made that aforementioned gem. Nobody Saves The World places you in the role of someone called a “featureless nobody” that’s capable of changing into a bunch of different forms. Those forms are all battle-ready, such as a dragon, a robot, and even a monk! Having the ability to customize each of those forms to your liking (you can make a rat that shoots out fireballs!) makes Nobody Saves The World one of the quirkier games of the year.

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‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction’ – January 20 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Epic Games Store, Google Stadia)

2015’s Rainbow Six Siege has been going strong for a good while now as a destination title for tactical co-op multiplayer fans. Ubisoft Montreal is going to take a wealth of Operators from that popular game and throw them all into a world stricken by an alien takeover. Those aliens are referred to as the “Archaeans,” who come in standard and special variants that you’ll need to eliminate with your favorite Operator’s signature toolset. It’s up to you and your three-person steam to infiltrate alien-infested locales and see all your objectives through to successful completion.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction.

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‘Windjammers 2’ – January 20 (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam, Google Stadia)

The 1994 Neo Geo arcade game Windjammers is a cult classic that even brings the hype as a side title at fighting game tournaments. Publisher/developer Dotemu has done a bang-up job of remaking retro experiences and releasing all new entries within those types of beloved franchises. So it makes a ton of sense for Dotemu to revive the Windjammers IP with an entirely new installment that features a new coat of HD paint. Windjammers 2 features the same fast-paced and highly addictive disc throwing matches that fans have grown accustomed to. This sequel’s two extra minigames are just the cherry on top of an already amazing experience.

Be sure to check out our review for this game right here.

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‘Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2’ – January 27 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

The Azure Striker Gunvolt games have done an admirable job of producing Mega Man X-like experiences that stick close to the fast-paced 2D shoot ’em up platforming game plan. The Gunvolt Chronicles series sticks close to that winning formula as a new series that places anti-hero Copen into the main protagonist position. Copen can zip around a bunch of enemy-filled side-scrolling stages full of other sorts of dangers and hold his own via a vast array of weaponry & the assistance of a robot named Lola. Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2 will put you on the road to plenty of hacking and slashing, which we’re sure you’ll greatly enjoy.

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‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ – January 28 (Nintendo Switch)

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is being referred to by many as the Breath of the Wild, but with Pocket Monsters. And that’s because this fresh take on the monster collecting/battling procedure throws trainers into the Hisui region long before the events of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl. Players can actually take direct damage from wild Pokémon, capture them directly while exploring the game’s overworld, and craft their own Poké Balls. The mythical Pokémon Arceus and creating Hisui’s first Pokédex are the game’s main objectives that should compel you to journey through this new take on Game Freak’s legacy series.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Console Ports

Monster Hunter Rise’ – January 12 (PC – Steam)

God of War’ – January 14 (PC – Steam)

River City Girls’ – January 18 (PS5)

The Artful Escape’ – January 25 (PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch)

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection’ – January 28 (PS5)

Sports Strength

Five Random NBA Predictions In 2022

In its 75-year history, 2021 will go down as one of the most transformative years in the NBA. Several franchises saw their fortunes change overnight. A once-mediocre franchise became an NBA champion and was led by a player many didn’t expect to become the best in the world. And lastly, the league continued to navigate through a global pandemic. As 2022 is mere hours away from happening, I have five predictions for what could happen in the NBA next year.

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Ja Morant will win the MVP

As crazy as this sounds, it will only be accurate when it happens. The former second overall pick is taking that “superstar leap,” that consists of producing a career-best stat line (24 PPG, 5 RPG, 6 APG, and nearly two steals per game), team success (The Grizzles are 22-14), and MVP-like moments— Morant outdueled LeBron James two nights after making a game-winning shot on the road against the 27-7 Phoenix Suns.

Even if Morant doesn’t win the MVP this season, you can expect his name to pop up in the conversation, and he will probably begin the 2022-’23 season on the shortlist of viable candidates who can win the award.

The league’s interest in expansion will come to fruition

For years, the NBA’s reported interest in expansion sparked conversations that have only gotten hotter due to the number of potential teams growing. But with significant support from the general public, especially when it comes to giving the city of Seattle a team again, the NBA could make expansion a reality by the end of next year.

And besides Seattle getting a team, cities such as Las Vegas, NV, and Kansas City, MO have been mentioned as the following locations to receive an NBA team, specifically the former.

Ben Simmons will be traded… in February

Since last summer, the former first overall pick has been in a stalemate with the Philadelphia 76ers, and there have been few indications of when he’ll play for them again. As much as 76ers general manager Daryl Morey wants to get his “bang for the buck” in any deal for Simmons, there’s a reported expectation that the team will trade him by this coming February’s trade deadline.

With a sizable list of teams interested in the three-time All-Star point forward, most notably the Portland Trail Blazers, there will be a loud reaction on the day Simmons gets traded and how much the 76ers received in exchange for him.

Everyone will love an in-season NBA tournament
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Even though some people, including a few teams themselves, are still against the NBA’s play-in tournament, the truth is it’s a massive success from both a competitive and entertainment standpoint. The league has been motivated to find a way to make their regular seasons more critical, and they believe a mid-season tournament can help make that happen.

Fueled by several financial and competitive incentives, as well as European soccer’s ability to hold tournaments seasonally within their schedule, commissioner Adam Silver has championed this cause, with hopes it happens between next season and 2024-’25.

LeBron James will retire after the 2022-’23 season

It’s insane to believe that LeBron James and retirement hasn’t been realistic to us NBA fans because of his insanely-high level of play, but as the man himself said on Tuesday, “he is on the other side of that hill.” So given what it takes to play at the level the four-time NBA champion and MVP is required to play at, it wouldn’t be a surprise if James made the 2022-’23 season his last one.

Other than what is happening with the Los Angeles Lakers and their title chances, James will be playing in his twentieth season and could surpass Kareem Abdul Jabbar for most points scored by a player in league history. And minus the historic chance to play alongside his oldest son, Bronny James (who’s currently draft-eligible in 2024), King James doesn’t have much to play for at this point of his career.

Culture Music

GRIP Hits The Road For His 2022 Tour

Following the success of his 2021 album, I Died For This!?, GRIP is preparing to hit the road with fellow Atlanta artists. Beginning on February 24th, the seven-show tour will hit New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C., to name a few. Wiley From Atlanta and Marco Plus are joining him on tour, emerging artists also hailing from A-Town. 

If you are unfamiliar with GRIP, Mike Boyd Jr of the Monday To Monday podcast interviewed the budding artist back in August. They talk about his album, his writing process, and more. He even dives into how he got signed to Eminem and a funny story that he told about Eminem’s signature blonde hair. This is one of the most popular episodes to date, so you won’t want to miss out! 

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GRIP, real name Kyle Clow, is a rapper, songwriter, and artist from Decatur, Georgia, northeast Atlanta. He had a big year in 2021, receiving a co-sign from Eminem to his Shady Records and releasing his album I Died For This!? The song’s sixteen-song tracklist features Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″, Dead Cassettes, and many more. He even headlined his first show in his hometown of Atlanta at Aisle 5 back in September. 
Over two weeks ago, he released his I Died For This!? Tour announcement on Instagram. He is being joined by fellow Atlanta artists Marco Plus and Wiley From Atlanta. Both offer versatile flows and lyricism, making this a must-see show if you enjoy any of their music. At the show, we’re sure we can expect hits from his album like “IDFT!?,” and other songs like “No Más!,” and “Chicken N Dumplins.” Be sure to check out the eye-catching poster below to see if they’re coming to your city this winter!

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If you listen to GRIP’s music, you know that he takes his rhymes and lyricism very seriously. That’s what makes having Marco Plus and Wiley From Atlanta perfect openers for this leg of shows. If you are familiar with Atlanta music or know Marco, you know that he is a lyricist at heart. He doesn’t write down his lyrics because he lets his soothing beat selection take over as he erupts relatable lyrics about life and the grind. In addition, Wiley should not be slept on either. His authentic storytelling and euphoric beat selections. 

Marco is an emerging artist who recently released his new album tha souf got sum 2 say, a nineteen-track project, Marco’s longest project to date. On the project, songs like “lately” and “neva bend + som of sam” shine through with his confident demeanor. His rhyme schemes even caught the attention of Spited, showing off his lyrical abilities. Be sure to check out how he crafts his lyrics and flows below. 

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Like GRIP, we had Marco Plus on the Monday To Monday podcast. Boyd and Marco talk about his new album, Marco’s creation process, and the inspiration behind the attention-grabbing cover art in the episode. Additionally, Boyd details how Marco always demands attention with his delivery and beat selection. So tune in below to hear what the “souf” has to say on this episode of Monday to Monday!

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Wiley From Atlanta is bringing a new wave of music with his distinct trap and R&B style. This is partly due to his sample selection, slow-jam beats, and fresh vocal delivery. His style resonates with his listeners, as he has captured millions of streams and almost three hundred thousand monthly listeners. His song “Pink Skies (Demo)” is his most popular, with over thirteen million streams. Be sure to check out Wiley’s music below! 

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If you’re into emerging hip-hop that places a large emphasis on meaningful lyrics and rhymes, this will be a tour that you won’t want to miss. Tickets are starting around $15, and we expect them to increase as venues sell out. So be sure to check out their music and catch them on the road! 

Sports Strength

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Cincinnati Bearcats: ONE37pm’s Cotton Bowl Preview

#1 Alabama and #4 Cincinnati are traveling to Arlington, Texas, to play in the Cotton Bowl with a shot at playing in the National Championship game on the line. This game is the 7th playoff appearance for the Crimson Tide, and for the Bearcats, this will be the first time they’ve made it to the Playoff. Here are some key matchups to look out for.

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Alabama Passing Attack vs. Cincinnati Secondary

The Tide’s offense has been as dominant as ever this season and continued to look the part against Georgia’s top-ranked defense. 

Heisman trophy winner Bryce Young has been one of the best players in the country, with 43 passing touchdowns to only three interceptions. Unfortunately for the Tide, they’ll be without wide receiver John Metchie who tore his ACL. Junior wide receiver Jameson Williams has shown the ability to carry the load himself with over 1,400 yards, 15 touchdowns, with only 68 catches.

However, Young and Williams will have their hands full with the Bearcats’ secondary. The Bearcats rank second against the pass in the nation, with cornerbacks Ahmad “Sauce” GardnerCoby Bryant, and Arquon Bush shutting down receiving cores all season. The trio has combined for eight interceptions and 21 passes defended. Expect Gardner to travel with Williams and play him one on one to force the other Tide receivers to make plays.

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Desmond Ridder vs. Alabama Defense

Quarterback Desmond Ridder has had an up and down career at Cincinnati, but his competitiveness and play-making ability cannot be ignored. Ridder has put up 30 passing touchdowns to only eight interceptions and another six touchdowns on the ground. Alabama hasn’t been great at stopping the pass, ranking 63rd in the country. Ridder and the Bearcats’ offense should look to exploit the Tide secondary. Senior wide receiver Alec Pierce averages almost 18 yards per catch in his career, and the Bearcats should look to throw some big plays his way.

The Bearcats’ offense has also successfully run and pass the ball. Running back Jerome Ford has been sensational all year with over 1,200 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. However, the Tide ranks 4th overall against the run, surrendering 82.8 yards per game. Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has been a madman all season, with 15.5 sacks and nearly 30 tackles for loss. Expect the Bearcats to have a tough time running the ball against that tough Tide defense.


This has the makings to be an all-time great game. The Tide have the experience on their side, while Cincinnati is playing with confidence only certain teams can relate to. In the end, Heisman winner Bryce Young and Coach Nick Saban outlast Ridder and the Bearcats.

Alabama 35, Cincinnati 24

Culture Trading Cards

The Top 10 Fastest Declining Cards of 2021

It’s really fun to look at the top card gainers for the hobby in 2021, but the explosive growth didn’t come without some serious dips. This list looks at the top-10 fastest declining sports cards of 2021 that are in graded condition with a minimum value of $250. 

Some of the losses on these cards are a good reminder to be thoughtful about your card purchases. This list is dominated by basketball and includes veterans with accomplished careers. Each card on this list has lost at least 83% of its value in a 12-month period. 

Let’s dive in! 

1. Zion Williamson 2019 Mosaic Gold Wave #209 PSA 10 (-90.65%)

At the top of our list of fastest declining sports cards this year, we have a pop 46 Zion Williamson Mosaic Gold Wave PSA 10 that hit the market in January and sold for $9,100. 

The card last sold for $1,100 in November, losing over 90% of its value in less than 12 months ($8,000). 

Williamson is currently out for 4–6 weeks due to a foot injury and it appears that the young star is not fully committed to his team and his recovery. 

2. Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson 1997 Panini WWF Superstars Stickers PSA 9 (-90.49%)

Dwayne Johnson is not only one of the most popular movie stars in the world, but he’s also one of the most likeable. His 1997 Panini WWF Superstars Sticker has a pop of 49 in a PSA 9 grade. 

The card last sold for $255 in October but sold for $4,000 in February. Twice. 

That represents a loss of $3,745 or 90.49% of its value. 

3. Magic Johnson 1981 Topps West Super Action #109 PSA 10 (-90.08%)

In February of this year, the pop 40 1981 Magic Johnson West Super Action PSA 10 sold for $30,000. 

1 month later and the card plummeted to $8,000. 

It last sold in December for $3,000 for a $27,000 loss of value (90%). The vintage and veteran card craze earlier this year sent a lot of cards like this one to high valuations that have continued to consistently decline in value since those peak prices. 

4. Kobe Bryant 1996 Finest Gold Base (w/o Coating) #269 BGS 9.5 (-88.28%)

A lot of cards that appear on this list are ones that sold for significant prices in February and March. Bryant’s cards show up quite often, with this pop 81 1996 Finest Gold Base last selling for $2,027 in December. 

In January of this year, the card sold for $17,000, representing an 88% loss of value to the tune of about $15,000. 

5. Blake Griffin 2009 Topps Chrome Refractor /999 BGS 9.5 (-87.64%)

Blake Griffin is a former Rookie of the Year who’s been named an All-Star six out of his twelve playing seasons and has averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds throughout his career. 

Griffin’s Topps Chrome rookie refractor has 66 copies in a BGS 9.5 and has lost over 87% of its value this year. 

In March, a copy of this card sold for $2,400, but last sold in July for $410. 

6. Kobe Bryant 1996 Finest Bronze Refractor (w/ Coating) PSA 8 (-86.3%)

There are 118 copies of this 1996 Kobe Bryant Finest Refractor w/ Coating in a PSA 8 grade and one copy sold for $14,800 in February of this year. 

On December 12th, a copy of this card sold for just $2,050, a loss of over $12,000 since the beginning of the year. 

7. Kobe Bryant 1999 Finest Refractor (w/o Coating) #64 PSA 10 (-85%)

There are just 18 copies of this Kobe Bryant later-year (1999( Finest in a PSA 10 grade and two copies sold for $3,000 in February of this year. 

In November, the card sold for $466, losing 85% of its value (~$2,500) in just 9 months. 

8. Kobe Bryant 1996 Flair Showcase Row 1 Legacy Collection /150 #31 BGS 9 (-84.12%)

It’s clear that Bryant’s cards have taken a hit this year after hitting record highs and this BGS 9 Flair Showcase is the worst of them all in terms of dollars lost. 

In January, this card sold for $61,200 before dropping to $12,300 in its last sale this June. That’s nearly a $50,000 drop in value over a span of 6 months. 

9. Tim Duncan 1997 Topps Finest Debuts Bronze Refractor (w/ Coating) PSA 10 (-83.9%)

The Finest set continually shows up on this list and this time it’s for Tim Duncan, who was ranked the 8th best NBA player of All-Time by ESPN. 

In April of this year, Duncan’s pop 76 Finest rookie in a PSA 10 grade sold for $7,000. 

It has since lost nearly 84% of its value, last selling for $1,250 in October for a loss of $5,750. 

10. Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson 1997 Panini WWF Superstars Stickers PSA 10 (-83.25%)

There are only 7 copies of The Rock’s 1997 WWF Superstars Stickers in a PSA 10 grade and there have been 7 sales of the card in the past year. 

The PSA 10 card didn’t lose quite as much percentage value as its PSA 9 counterpart, but it lost $29,000 in value from April to October. 

The card hit a high price of $34,440 in April before dropping to its last sale value of $3,929. 

However, the card has gained some value in recent months, after selling for $3,055 on 7/26, then hitting $5,000 on 7/31 before settling back down to $3,929. 

Consoles Gaming

The 10 Best Spider-Man Games of All Time

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

We’re guessing the license holders for the world’s most famous wall-crawler uttered that line to every video game publisher/developer that was given the right to utilize him. Notable names, such as Sega, Activision, and Sony Interactive Entertainment, were all tasked with giving one of its talented development teams the tough task of creating an “amazing” video game adaptation that encapsulated everything people love about Spidey. Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been featured in everything from arcade beat ’em ups and top-down action RPGs to legendary open-world adventures.

And through it all, Spider-Man has had his fair share of memorable games that still stand tall when compared to the finest comic book video games of all time. The 10 games we’re about to wax nostalgia for are the most preferred way to take control of the lovable web-slinger and act out his most heroic feats in playable form.

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1. ‘Spider-Man: The Video Game’

If a franchise was hotter than fish grease back in the day, chances are it was given a video game adaptation of some kind. And seeing that video game adaptation implement side-scrolling beat ’em up mechanics was usually a given. Sega did just that once it got to play around with Marvel Comics’ avenging web crawler. This arcade beat ’em up was simple and straight to the point – get you and three buddies together to choose from Spider-Man, Black Cat, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and Hawkeye.

Then proceed to smash a bunch of evildoers on your way to clashing with bigger baddies, such as Kingpin, Venom, and even Doctor Doom. The game’s visuals were quite striking at the time as it presented each character as bold and tall heroes that elicited comic book sound effects from their foes every time they hit ’em. Spider-Man: The Arcade Game is another classic Marvel beat ’em up that we still can’t get enough of.

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2. ‘Spider-Man And Venom: Maximum Carnage’

That red SNES cartridge blew everyone’s minds at first sight. It still wows us every time we spot a random image of it on eBay or some retro gamer forum. That color change went hand in hand with the vicious villain at the heart of the struggle in Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage. The comic book series itself made a huge impact and so did the game based on Carnage’s coming out party across the pages of his story arc.

Maximum Carnage is another one of those 16-bit beat ’em ups that always gets mentioned among Marvel’s best video games. Those who played it look back fondly on Spider-Man and Venom’s crusade through NYC as they vanquished a whole army of thugs. The coolest part of this game is the way in which superhero assists could be called on – by finding specific items, allies such as Captain America, Black Cat, and Iron Fist would pop in to lend a hand. This game kicked our asses plenty of times, but we could never put it down. Someday we’re finally gonna get to the end and put Carnage down for good!

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3. ‘Spider-Man’ (2000)

Fun fact – this Activision-published Spider-Man game actually relied on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game engine for the PlayStation. At the time of its release, many regarded it as the best Spider-Man game ever made. While it may not hold that high honor anymore, this 3D foray into the dangerous world of Spider-Man still deserves plenty of praise.

While the icon Stan Lee narrated, players took control of Spidey as he fought to clear his name after being framed by a doppelgänger. And on top of all that, players also had to combat an incoming symbiote invasion. Webbing around this game was such a joy, plus webbing up foes and getting into some wild boss fights with familiar members of Spidey’s Rogue’s Gallery was equally engrossing. Clashing with a giant-sized Mysterio will always stick out in our minds regarding this awesome Spidey simulator. We gotta hand extra props to the Sega Dreamcast version, by the way!

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4. ‘Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace’

All praises are due to Activision for packaging this slept-on Game Boy Advance Spidey game with X2: Wolverine’s Revenge. For someone that owned a GBA, it was actually worth getting your hands on this game since it was way better than most licensed portable video games at the time.

Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace was a pretty straightforward side-scroller, but it performed its job quite well. You navigated numerous stages, webbed up & knocked out random bad guys, and met a recognizable supervillain at the end. It didn’t get any more complex than that, but we were fine with that! Throwing hands with the likes of Hammerhead, Rhino, and even the often ignored Big Wheel played the part of final bosses during their associated stages. Spider-Man’s best handheld adventure is most definitely this one.

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5. ‘Spider-Man’ (2002)

Tobey Maguire is still held up as the best onscreen interpretation of Peter Parker/Spider-Man by a good majority of comic book movie fans. Seeing as how crowded theaters full of those same fans lost their minds when he appeared onscreen in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it’s easy to see that Tobey’s Spidey still gets a ton of love.

The video game adaptation of Tobey’s 2002 blockbuster adventure is a damn good time. The open environments gave way to some solid web-slinging segments and brawls with various assailants that made us truly feel like the hero himself. The visuals really shined here and shone brightly, especially when you got to swing around the city under the guise of some dope alternate costumes (those Matrix Spidey and Shocker skins were our faves!). We gotta give Treyarch plenty of love for doing right by Spider-Man with this game and its astonishing follow-up!

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6. ‘Spider-Man 2’

The follow-up to the original Spider-Man movie game is a massive improvement in every way, shape, and form. This sequel threw players into a truly open world that allowed Spidey to glide through the air in a beautiful rendition of the “Big Apple.”

Spider-Man 2 gave everyone so much to do as the hero everyone in the big city relied on – you saved countless kids’ balloons, stopped plenty of speedy cars, rescued numerous construction workers while they’re falling to their death, etc. And alongside all that was Spider-Man’s conflict with Doctor Octopus, which gave way to an intriguing storyline that everyone already adored from the movie itself. Spider-Man 2 is a goated comic book video game for another reason, by the way – it’s narrated by the great Bruce Campbell!

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7. ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’

The Ultimate Spider-Man comics presented one of Marvel’s most iconic heroes in a new light during the imprint’s storied run. And once Treyarch got the green light to make a game based on that spinoff universe, gamers got treated to something on par with Spider-Man 2 with the release of Ultimate Spider-Man.

The game’s cel-shaded visuals still look amazing to this very day (it’s awesome how games that stuck close to that animation style stand the test of time!). The main crux of the fun from this game came from being able to venture through Manhattan and parts of Queens as Spidey and his nemesis/ally Venom. In the case of Venom, his playstyle allowed for more destructive behavior that felt like a mix between Rampage and Grand Theft Auto. Ultimate Spider-Man is pretty much a prettier version of Spider-Man 2 that sticks closer to its comic-book roots.

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8. ‘Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions’

Before Spider-Man: No Way Home took a trip into the multiverse of the famed web-slinger, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions did it in video game form. Beenox put forth a great game that not only featured the traditional “amazing” Spidey fans instantly recognize but also showcased Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 2099, and Ultimate Spider-Man.

With four different Spider-Men in tow, this game introduced four different playstyles that kept a full playthrough of the game fresh throughout. Spider-Man Noir stuck out as the most unique thanks to his stealthy segments, while Ultimate Spider-Man’s bigger focus on chaotic combat added to the game’s fun factor. We hope Sony and Insomniac Games revisits the concept of Shattered Dimensions with a video game adaption of Into the Spider-Verse someday!

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9. ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’

When news came out about a PlayStation 4-exclusive Spider-Man game, everyone’s hype levels went through the roof. And upon its official reveal at E3 2016, it was clear that this highly-anticipated release was in capable hands. Insomniac Games, which is the studio most known for its work on the Ratchet & Clank series, did a bang-up job with its open-world foray into Spider-Man’s difficult trials as a citywide superhero.

Everything was on-point here – the web-swinging, combat mechanics, alternate costume lineup, side missions, etc. all came together to produce the greatest Spider-Man game of all time. If you played through this game to the point of getting the platinum trophy and experienced all of its DLC, then you certainly got your money’s worth. Spider-Man for the PS4 encapsulates everything that makes him great and perfectly showcases his Rogues Gallery as one of the very best in the comics industry.

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10. ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales’

After the last game on this list threw Miles Morales into the mix, it was only a matter of time before the lightning-infused Spider-Man got his own playable experience. Once the PS5 hit the scene, Miles got just that via a short yet oh so sweet foray into his coming-of-age adventure. Shout out to Insomniac once again for their quality work on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

Miles stood apart through his signature special abilities that made zipping through the air and putting down a whole set of baddies even more lively. And with his very own struggle to get engaged in while Peter Parker is away, Miles came into contact with some lethal villains and even one that’s been close to him since childhood. And the mood was set just right by the proper representation of Afro Latino vibes in NYC and the original soundtrack. Miles Morales’ solo endeavor is definitely on equal footing with Peter Parker’s PS4 epic.

Sports Strength

The Five Things We Learned Most About Sports In 2021

Sports tend to teach us incredible lessons on any occasion throughout a year, but what we learned in 2021 may have been the most taught to us in a long time. If there’s anything I took away from sports this year, it’s that not everything is what it seems, and anything is beyond possible. Below are the five things we learned most from watching sports in 2021.

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Dominance comes in different shapes and sizes

At the beginning of our relationship with sports, we were constantly presented with images of what dominant athletes looked like– all in great shape and deemed “perfect.” But in 2021, the likes of Tyson Fury and Nikola Jokic showed you could achieve dominance in your field even if that weren’t the case.

Fury, the undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion, and Jokic, the reigning NBA MVP, dominated their opponents with their unique blend of size, mental toughness, and intelligence despite lacking in other areas that some fans, and even their peers, believe are the most important to have.

Sports is now positionless

While positions in team sports will always exist, this past year really proved there are simply labels for the identification of players. In sports such as basketball and soccer, we watch everyone possess a similar skillset and push the boundaries for where the game is going next– a reality that was incomprehensible for some even a decade ago.

The Olympics allowed every country to have their moment

Despite the Tokyo Olympics being delayed a year because of the initial start to this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s most significant athletic competition was back in action this past summer. And among the various things we witnessed, it was the dominance a multitude of countries had in any sport.

As the United States maintained its lead in sports such as basketball, Great Britain excelled in boxing, and China shined the most in diving, with an extensive trail of countries putting the world on notice in their respective sports.

Women’s athletics is the home of trail blazers

While naysayers will continue to hate women’s athletics in any way possible wrongfully, this was an excellent year for women’s athletics. Sports such as basketball, gymnastics, and tennis saw their talent level get advanced on every level. A new wave of exciting talent got introduced in mixed martial arts and softball.

But most importantly, a majority of women’s athletics utilized their platforms to highlight issues in race relations, pay disparity, and equal rights.

Age is nothing but a number if you’re Tom Brady or LeBron James

Earlier this year, sports fans marveled (or groaned) at the sight of quarterback Tom Brady winning his seventh Super Bowl title. At the age of 44-years-old, Brady is balancing the act of dominating his competition and still improving, a situation 37-year-old LeBron James is going through in the NBA.

This is a massive development as the narrative around an athlete’s prime and longevity is revised. It will get accepted that their “prime” is much longer than everybody else for some players.

Culture Movies/TV

The Best TV Shows of 2021, According to ONE37pm’s Editors

As the years roll by and TV continues to look toward streaming as the way of the future, it is no surprise that the best shows of 2021 could be found not on cable but on your favorite streaming services.

2021 was truly a year of variety for TV as the best series ranged from straight-up dramas and laugh-out-loud comedies to episodic and mind-bending superhero adventures.

2020 forced a pivot as many series saw their premieres postponed and production suspended due to the pandemic, but this year saw television rebound in a big way. We saw the returns of powerhouse programs like Succession and Ted Lasso and the premieres of acclaimed limited series like White Lotus and WandaVision.

It was an excellent year for television, and there are plenty of shows to enjoy. Here are ONE37pm’s picks for the best TV shows of 2021.

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This final season of Insecure was a story of celebration. A bit bittersweet because it marked the end of a show that captivated us for five years but was still very much celebratory. When we were first introduced to Issa Dee (portrayed by Issa Rae) in 2016, she was a young woman in her late 20s, still trying to find herself and figure her life out. Her relationship with her long-time boyfriend, Lawrence Walker (Jay Ellis), was stagnant and seemingly headed in the wrong direction. She was working dead-end jobs and even experiencing growing pains within her friendships.

Insecure, however, didn’t just tell the story of Issa; it also chronicled the respective journeys of those friendships, including best friend Molly Carter (portrayed by Yvonne Orji) and Lawrence, whose relationship with Issa culminated with the two going their separate ways (which happened multiple times).

Through the years, we saw each character grow and encounter obstacles, challenges, and situations that were very much relatable and identifiable—particularly in the African American community. Five years later, it was finally time for the end, because as they say, it’s always better to go out on top than to leave on a stagnant note. That’s exactly what this final season of Insecure did.

While we won’t spoil it, this last season gave us all the answers we needed while providing us with the usual funny, anticlimactic, and even dramatic moments that we’ve become accustomed to. There was even some controversy sprinkled in at the beginning of the season.

While the show might be over, it highlighted what can truly be done in the world of television when simply given a chance to showcase your talents.

Jael Rucker, Editorial Writer

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‘The Morning Show’

Set in New York City, The Morning Show gives us a storyline with pace, and if you are someone as impatient as me, it’s bearable.

Following the behind the scenes drama and politics of a morning broadcast TV show, I’ll note, yes, it sometimes loses itself in overly battered cliches, but Jennifer Aniston and the rest of the cast kill their performances, so it’s worth your time.

Adam Lovick, Channel Manager and Content Creator

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‘The Last O.G.’

I simply adore Tracy Morgan. This man got me to sit through painfully unfunny episodes of Saturday Night Live back in the day, and he thoroughly convinced me of his sharp wit once I watched his stand-up specials. I figured since he was getting his own show on TBS, it wouldn’t allow him to put forth his true self and instead showcase a more neutered version of his brand of comedy.

I’m glad those fears never came to fruition because The Last O.G. has continually turned out a quality half an hour of pure hilarity based in my home of NYC.

Season four kept the show’s good streak going with great episodes that delved into deeply emotional topics and more light-hearted developments. The episode that delved into Tray helping out the father of his student’s incoming baby hit me pretty hard. But I damn sure laughed loud enough to piss off my landlord during the episode that saw Tray’s kids explore their first forays into the worlds of love and sex.

Tiffany Haddish’s absence from this season hasn’t hurt the show whatsoever, thankfully. The Last O.G. is an easy watch every Tuesday night, and I can’t wait to see how Tray’s relationships further develop next season. I really hope he and the homies get to kickstart a new food truck venture real soon!

Elton Jones, Gaming Editor

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‘I Think You Should Leave’

To an extent, Tim Robinson’s sketch comedy show I Think You Should Leave fits within the larger tradition of comedies of manners—a modern update of Much Ado About Nothing or Pride and Prejudice if you will.

To a much greater extent, though, it’s about body after body busting out of shit wood and hitting pavement.

Building on the excellent and widely-memed first season, ITYSL’s sophomore effort captures the magical realism of other people’s neuroses. More, it cements itself as the most riotous thing on TV. Over the course of six breathless episodes, Robinson mines the milieu of regular life—local commercials, courtrooms, diners—and ratchets these experiences into their most absurd possible form.

Whereas other comedies have succumbed to the vibe-killing gravity of reality, ITYSL is the rare show that allows itself to simply be funny; actual politics are immaterial when the politics of eating a hot dog at work are so fraught. Here is a febrile vision of a world where our worst impulses are transformed into high comedy, where tables are corn, steaks are sloppy and enemies (who are named Jamie Taco, naturally) can be defeated by a wife’s love. A cosmic gumbo, indeed.

Jack Tien-Dana, Sports Editor

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

Curb Your Enthusiasm just wrapped up its potential last season. However, despite all of this, comedic genius Larry David keeps finding scenarios where he can display his absurd outlook on society and dissect situations that you wouldn’t normally think of. We enter each season of the show wondering how he is going to make it fresh and relatable, and he’s outdone himself yet again.

Whether it’s breaking social norms like sitting in the middle of a dinner table or simply waiting to ask for thousands of dollars from an early onset dementia patient, Larry stays true to himself and cares less and less into his later years. It’s one of the best comedy shows ever, and it’s still pretty, pretty, prettayyyy good.

Martino Puccio, Proper Football Producer and Content Creator

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‘The Great’

I’ve talked about how underrated The Great is on here before, a show that deserves much more widespread attention. Often, when someone says a show or movie is called a “period piece,” it’s code for “it takes place in the Victorian era,” and this show is no different.

Set in Imperial Russia, The Great follows Catherine the Great as she seeks to usurp the throne from her husband, Peter.

What sets The Great apart from other shows and movies like this is its strict adherence to being ahistorical. It might follow real characters, but very little of what unfolds on screen actually happened in real life. The result is a hilarious romp through history that is able to transition seamlessly into a drama that helps nail down its emotional beats.

Conor Sheeran, Senior Culture Editor

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‘Ted Lasso’

After season one of Ted Lasso became such a surprising global phenomenon—given that the world was in the middle of a pandemic and needed something like this show to boost our spirits—fan anticipation for season two was incredibly high.

Thankfully, the show was up to the task of not just meeting those expectations but surpassing them as well. Season two examines Ted’s recurring issues with panic attacks and anxiety, providing a glimpse into what in his past has driven him to become the person he is today.

Some fans lamented the creators’ decision to take some of the episodes on a darker, more serious, path but the show never lost touch with what makes it so special: Its heart.

Conor Sheeran, Senior Culture Editor

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‘Mare of Easttown’

When it premiered Mare of Easttown flew under the radar, but thanks in no small part to Kate Winslet’s towering performance and the power of social media, quickly became a summer hit.

As the weeks went by and the mystery continued to deepen, viewers began to appreciate it as not just a “detective” show but a fascinating examination of small-town dynamics and the impact of one’s decisions and how they echo across generations.

Plus, it’s pretty damn funny too.

Conor Sheeran, Senior Culture Editor

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Marvel Studios’ first entry in its Disney+ line of shows, WandaVision was something almost entirely new for the MCU. It was a trippy, mind-bending juggling act of different genres, settings, and thematic elements. It was almost an entirely different show every week as it raced through the different eras of Television from the 1950s up to the modern day.

Following the Avengers Wanda Maximoff and Vision as they, seemingly, live out an idyllic existence in the suburbs, it soon becomes clear that something dark and sinister is afoot and nothing is as it seems.

Conor Sheeran, Senior Culture Editor

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‘For All Mankind’

Alternate history shows tend to gravitate towards large, bombastic events like World War II (what if the Nazis won?!), or the Civil War.

In For All Mankind, the world is surprised to learn that the United States was not the first country to land on the moon but the Soviet Union actually beat them to the punch.

What follows is an incredibly interesting take on the Space Race, as it never actually ends, and technology is forced to keep pace with both sides’ space ambitions. As a result, things like video conferencing, electric cars, and cell phones are commonplace by the 1980s.

People are also living on the moon in full-fledged space habitats, and what’s cooler than that?

Conor Sheeran, Senior Culture Editor

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It was a great year for Marvel fans everywhere as they were treated to five different TV series on Disney+ and four feature films. Out of all the releases on television, Loki was arguably the best one.

Loki, the God of Mischief, was already a fan favorite despite being one of the franchise’s biggest villains. Even though he was actually killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, he returns here in a prequel series, and this show picks up in the aftermath of his escape from custody at the end of The Avengers, which was actually shown in Avengers: Endgame.

It’s a little confusing, I know.

What follows is a series of adventures that finds Loki traversing time and space tracking down “variants” of himself across the multiverse. Tom Hiddleston is spectacular in his return to the role of Loki and makes a great duo along with MCU newcomer Owen Wilson.

With season two already greenlit, let’s just say that we’re counting down the minutes until we get to watch the next episode.

Conor Sheeran, Senior Culture Editor

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Through recapping this series for a few months, it probably comes as no surprise that Succession is on my roundup of the best TV shows of the year. After being starved of a new season for almost two years due to COVID, Season 3’s arrival in October reignited the collective love (and need) we all had for the show.

Having been left on quite the cliffhanger at the end of Season 2 as Kendall defamed his father, Season 3 was bound to have a rocky plot as a family divide was imminent. And unsurprisingly, the series lived up to its expectations and maybe even exceeded them.

While the show is incredible, the discussion surrounding it following each episode is almost as great as Succession itself. Given its major popularity, you can find Twitter users gathering on the site as if it were a town square, spewing every niche Roman and Gerri theory under the sun.

Elizabeth Pagano, TV & Movies Editor Resident

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‘The White Lotus’

In a way, it felt like The White Lotus fell right out of the sky given the lack of anticipation for it, but all of a sudden, every single person on Twitter was watching it, so I basically had to.

Coming off Mare of Easttown, we were in desperate need of another mystery, and The White Lotus took its place, albeit in a much less serious way. We’re given knowledge at the very beginning of the first episode that a death occurs at The White Lotus hotel in Hawaii, and the entire series is explaining what happened in the week leading up to it. It follows a family, a couple, a single woman, and the staff as they make their way through the week.

Jennifer Coolidge’s performance of Tanya alone was enough to win me over, as she portrayed a very odd woman who becomes obsessed with the massage therapist at the hotel. And then there was, of course, Armond (Murray Bartlett), the hotel’s erratic leader who steals drugs from a pair of underage guests. Overall, the show is an extremely chaotic mix of both characters and events with a soundtrack that’s bizarrely amazing, as well.

Elizabeth Pagano, TV & Movies Editor Resident

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‘Work In Progress’

It’s almost nice that Work In Progress isn’t as huge as it should be, as it might be the best-kept secret on television. The show follows Abby, portrayed by Abby McEnany, as a fictionalized version of herself, who deals with anxiety, depression, and works at an office where she hates her boss. The series begins with her having a long-winded conversation with her therapist about almonds (more on that later), but after finishing, she realizes that her therapist has died in session.

Now, about the almonds.

After “this bitch at work” (her boss, Susan) gifts Abby a massive can of almonds in an effort to help her lose weight, it pushes her over the edge. Abby decides to line up all 180 almonds on her counter at home and throws out one each day. She has decided that if she reaches the last almond and is still unhappy with her life, she’ll kill herself.

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Though the series isn’t even over yet, Yellowjackets has already earned its place on this list with its genre-defying storyline and an incredible cast. Following a team of high school soccer players after they are stranded in a forest after their plane crashes, the show also flips back to their lives 20 years after the crash.

While the entire cast is outstanding, Juliette Lewis is an obvious standout: her performance as Natalie establishes herself as a true force among the other former soccer players without her even having to say a word. Though much different from the character of Natalie, Misty (Christina Ricci) offers an extremely unhinged flip side, as the two are forced to work together to solve an entirely new problem in the present day.

As a whole, the story is a genre mashup, combining murder-mystery, drama, comedy, and horror, as there have been both extremely sinister scenes along with laugh-out-loud moments. Somehow the show is able to balance all of them flawlessly into a show that I’m dreading the finale of. The upside, however, is that it was just given the green light for a second season.

Elizabeth Pagano, TV & Movies Editor Resident

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While I’d much prefer this show to never stop creating new episodes, Season 2, Part 2 was the exact way that the show should’ve ended. And though the pair of Maya (Maya Erskine) and Anna (Anna Konkle) did a fair amount of growing up in this latest season, they both sort of came to the conclusion that they’re still not adults—and that maybe it’s nicer that way for now.

While it seems like the idea of having two thirty-year-olds pass off as middle schoolers might not work out, PEN15 genuinely makes you forget that Erskine and Konkle aren’t actually that age in real life. The insane chemistry between the two on top of the deep understanding of niche middle school moments puts this show over the top. This show is seriously “my actual rainbow gel pen in a sea of blue and black writing utensils.”

Elizabeth Pagano, TV & Movies Editor Resident

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‘Only Murders in the Building’

With the unlikely trio of Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Selena Gomez bringing in a wide variety of viewers, Only Murders in the Building was a hit from the get-go. When a resident in their apartment building dies by suicide, Oliver (Short), Charles (Martin), and Mabel (Gomez) join heads to start a podcast and try to prove that it was not a suicide, but instead, a murder.

Though the three were relative strangers to each other, once they realized that they were obsessed with the same true-crime podcast, their relationship was able to fully form. Almost every episode left off on some sort of cliffhanger, which made waiting around for each week’s episode that much harder.

The most enjoyable part of the show is simply just watching the three of them interact with each other. I can’t even explain what exactly it is between them that is so hard to take my eyes off of, but the three of them together are just magic.

Elizabeth Pagano, TV & Movies Editor Resident

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