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AppleTV+’s ‘The Afterparty’ Is a Genre Mixing Take On a Murder-Mystery

High School reunions are a, let’s say, eclectic mix of nostalgia, catching up, and, most definitely, awkwardness.

Oh God, the awkwardness.

So what happens when someone is killed at the afterparty of a high school reunion? In AppleTV+’s new comedy/murder-mystery series The Afterparty, we try to answer that very question.

The game is afoot.

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Created primarily by Christopher Miller along with his creative partner Phil Lord, “The Afterparty is a genre-defying series centered on a murder mystery at a high school reunion. Each episode explores a different character’s account of the fateful evening in question, all through the lens of popular film genres and unique visuals to match the storyteller’s perspective.”

Featuring an incredible cast that includes Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Ike Barinholtz, Zoë Chao, Ben Schwartz, Ilana Glazer, Dave Franco, and Jamie Demetriou, The Afterparty doesn’t reinvent the murder-mystery genre by any means. Still, it does succeed at putting a hilarious spin on it.

The Afterparty tells most of the story in flashbacks with Tiffany Haddish’s Detective Danner interviewing the party’s attendees one by one. As mentioned in the official synopsis, every episode follows a different character as they recount the events of the reunion and the afterparty at Dave Franco’s character Xavier’s house.


The first three episodes follow Aniq, Brett (Ike Barinholtz), and Yasper (Ben Schwartz) as they run through the evening’s events—well, at least how they choose to remember them.

Aniq is attempting to win the heart of his high school crush Zoe (Zoë Chao), who is in the middle of an impending divorce with Brett. Meanwhile, Brett wants to persuade Zoe to call off the divorce and get back together.

And then there is Yasper, who simply wants to get pop superstar Xavier (Dave Franco) to “bless his track” so he can finally get his music career going.

Each episode embodies a different film or TV genre that, mostly, works. For example, Aniq’s episode serves as the introduction to the series, following all the standard arcs of a romantic comedy.

It is a little unfortunate that they decided to use this episode to introduce the series as it feels a little underserved compared to the other two episodes included in this review. It tries to juggle both the need to introduce the characters and parody romantic comedies and struggles to do so at times.


Where the show succeeds, though, is in its performances. 

Sam Richardson is fantastic as the awkward, nerdy guy Aniq whose day job is designing escape rooms, and who is still chasing his high school crush after all these years.

Ike Barinholtz is as good as ever as the over-the-top, tough guy who but who also is a surprisingly great Dad. His episode, a parody of action, noir films, was probably my favorite of the first three. Barinholtz couldn’t be having more fun as the dude living out his action fantasy recounting his evening to Detective Danner.

And as an unabashed of the Fast and Furious franchise, I couldn’t help but appreciate the recurring joke of Brett’s dedication to his “Family.”

In the episode centered around Schwartz’s Yasper, his talents for comedy and improv are on full display. His musical-centric episode, complete with songs that you’ll no doubt be singing after the credits roll, is most definitely another highlight for the show.


Tiffany Haddish also displays a great ability to balance off all her fellow actors very well, going from being fully engrossed in Aniq’s romantic comedy to straight-up struggling to get through Yasper’s musical numbers.

In many ways, she is used as an on-screen audience, complete with her own review of each story. She has an episode devoted to her later in the season, but she excels in her supporting role for now.


For fans of Christopher Miller’s earlier work, such as 21 Jump Street and its sequel, 22 Jump Street, as well as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the success of his latest entry into the “high school” movie/show world should come as no surprise. He and Phil Lord have a great eye for what can make these sorts of productions so fun to watch, and they definitely succeed with The Afterparty.

The first three episodes of The Afterparty premiere on AppleTV+ on January 28th, with a new episode releasing weekly until February 25th.

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The 15 Best Al Pacino Movies to Watch Right Now

He’s one of the most legendary and critically acclaimed actors of all time, Al Pacino has come to be regarded as among the very best in cinematic history. His filmography has some of the best films ever created, and a lot of those movies’ success has to do with Pacino’s performances in them.

From Scarface to Scent of a Woman, Pacino’s range is seemingly limitless and he has shown that he has the ability to play practically any character. Listing out his best films is nearly impossible but we took a shot at it anyway.

Here are our picks for the 15 Best Al Pacino movies you should watch right now.

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1. ‘Scarface’

Next to Michael Corleone, Pacino’s role as Tony Montana is certainly his most iconic. A favorite of cinematic aficionados and frat boys alike, Scarface follows the rise and fall of a Cuban refugee as he seeks to conquer the criminal underworld of Miami in the 1980s.

A remake of the 1932 film of the same, Scarface, while it was initially controversial and poorly received, has gone on to become regarded as one of the greatest gangster movies of all time.

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2. ‘The Godfather’

Speaking of gangster films, The Godfather is perhaps the best and most well-known of them all. Pacino portrays Michael, the son of Don Corleone, who initially wants nothing to do with the gangster life but realizes that this life wants everything to do with him.

Michael’s journey from war hero to the head of the Corleone crime family culminates in one of the most famous sequences in film history: the assassination of the Dons and Moe Greene.

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3. ‘The Godfather: Part II’

When someone says “sequel,” more than likely, they’ll also say “the original was better.” In the case of The Godfather: Part II, the opposite proved true.

A grand epic that serves as not only just a sequel but also a prequel, this film follows both a young Vito (Robert DeNiro) and Al Pacino’s Michael. Michael survives an assassination attempt, and in the wake of it, attempts to reassert control over the family and protect the business.

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4. ‘The Godfather Part III’

Now I wish I could say the same thing about Part III of The Godfather trilogy as I did about the second, but in this case, the film just isn’t on par with the other two. This isn’t Pacino’s fault, though, as he is as good as ever as an aging Michael Corleone, who is struggling with both personal and business issues and runs into conflict with The Vatican.

The movie was criticized for its convoluted plot and Sofia Coppola’s performance as Michael’s daughter Mary, but it was generally well-received.

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5. ‘Serpico’

Al Pacino might be best known for some of his gangster roles, but he plays one hell of a cop too. In Serpico, Pacino plays Frank Serpico, one of the few honest cops in 1970s New York City.

He fights criminals as much as he tries to uncover and put a stop to widespread corruption in the NYPD. The film is based on the true story of Frank Serpico, who helped blow the whistle on the corruption that plagued the real-life NYPD in the 1960s and 70s.

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6. ‘Dog Day Afternoon’

Another of Pacino’s earliest and best-known roles, Dog Day Afternoon, sees his character Sonny Wortzik (based on the real-life bank robber John Wojtowicz) attempt to rob a bank in Brooklyn to pay for his partner Leon’s sex reassignment surgery.

The film is based on a Life article titled “The Boys in the Bank,” which documented a bank robbery and hostage situation in 1972.

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7. ‘Carlito’s Way’

Carlito’s Way stars Pacino as Carlito Brigante, a Puerto Rican criminal attempting to go straight and leave his life of crime behind. Directed by Brian De Palma, who also helmed Scarface, the movie is a classic crime drama film that also features great performances from actors like Sean Penn, John Leguizamo, Luiz Guzman, and Viggo Mortensen.

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8. ‘Scent of a Woman’

Scent of a Woman was one of the most well-received films of 1992 and earned Pacino an Academy Award for his role as an irritable, blind, medically retired Army lieutenant colonel. 

It was Pacino’s first and (so far) only win at the Academy Awards for acting, and if you watch this film, it’s easy to see why he won.

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9. ‘Heat’

One of, if not the greatest heist films ever made, Heat follows a crew of bank robbers as they terrorize Los Angeles in a quest for the almighty dollar.

Pacino portrays Lieutenant Vincent Hanna, the LAPD detective tasked with bringing down the criminals, who are led by Robert DeNiro’s character Neil McCauley.

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10. ‘Donnie Brasco’

Mob and gangster movies have a lot of places on this list, and Pacino has made a habit of dominating every scene in all those films.

In Donnie Brasco, based on the true story of FBI agent Joe Pistone who infiltrated one of the New York mafia families, Pacino plays “Lefty” Ruggiero, a mobster that takes a liking to Johnny Depp’s Donnie Brasco. He unknowingly helps Donnie infiltrate the mafia, eventually culminating in the FBI being able to do serious damage to the mob’s operations.

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11. ‘The Irishman’

The Irishman centers around Frank Sheeran (Robert DeNiro), a hitman that worked for the Bufalino Crime Family and other criminal organizations in the Philadelphia area.

Pacino plays Jimmy Hoffa, the infamous labor leader who was also convicted for a variety of crimes in the 1960s and who allegedly had mob ties. The role earned Pacino another Academy Award nomination in 2019, but he would ultimately lose to Brad Pitt for Pitt’s role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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12. ‘Any Given Sunday’

In Any Given Sunday, Pacino plays Coach Tony D’Amato, the beleaguered leader of the Miami Sharks, a fictional football franchise in the Associated Football Franchises of America.

Throughout the film, he deals with the team’s owners, narcissistic quarterbacks and more as issues in his personal life continue to mount as well.

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13. ‘Insomnia’

Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia sees Pacino star alongside the legendary Robin Williams in a murder mystery thriller. Pacino plays a Los Angeles detective sent to a small Alaskan town to help solve the murder of a teenage girl.

Stuck in a town that is currently experiencing perpetual daylight, Pacino’s character struggles with insomnia and an Internal Affairs investigation into his ethics, all while attempting to stop the serial killer.

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14. ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’

“Coffee is for closers.”

One of the most famous lines in movies was not said by Al Pacino but it helped cement this film in cinematic history.

Pacino plays a real estate firm’s top earner, Ricky Roma, who is not above manipulating those around him to stay on top of it all. His performance was so well received that he earned an Academy Award nomination that year.

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15. ‘…And Justice for All’

Another film for which Pacino got himself an Academy Award nomination, …And Justice For All had the actor playing a fiery defense attorney who defends a judge whom he hates in a rape trial.

Recognizing that his client is guilty of the horrific crime leads Pacino to declare that he can no longer defend him, culminating in him uttering the now-famous line: “You’re out of order! You’re out of order! The whole trial is out of order! They’re out of order!”

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Euphoria’ Season 2

We all remember high school; it’s a strange time for everyone, as we all go through a variety of different firsts in our lives: First real relationship, first time going to parties, and the list goes on.

There exists the classic “High School” genre in TV and movies, one that in many ways has become beyond parody at this point. However, some productions still look to break through that mold, and one such show is Euphoria on HBO.

Based on an Israeli miniseries of the same name, Euphoria follows a group of high school students as they navigate life and their experiences. The show deals with extremely heavy topics such as personal trauma, drug addiction, abuse, and issues with mental health, so much so that lead actress Zendaya felt compelled to issue a trigger warning prior to the second season’s premiere.

Season two premiered on January 9th to record-breaking numbers, with Warner Media reporting that over 2.5 million people tuning in across HBO and HBO Max.

If you’ve been thinking about getting into Euphoria, here’s everything you need to know about it and the new season.

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Euphoria‘s main character is Rue, played by Zendaya, who delivers an Emmy-Award-winning performance, taking home the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2020.

Rue comes from a broken home and not only struggles with multiple mental disorders but a variety of drug addictions as well. When the show begins, she is leaving rehab and immediately heads to buy drugs from her dealer, Fezco.

Rue is still fighting her demons and her addiction in season two, taking a cocktail of drugs at a New Year’s Eve party that nearly kills her.

Rest of the Cast

HBO’s decision to round out the cast of Euphoria with largely unknown talent proved to be a smart one, as it, in essence, allow the audience to connect and grow with them, much like the characters do themselves. The entire cast is anchored by a superstar, Zendaya, but the rest of the up-and-comers lend a sense of authenticity to the show.

Sydney Sweeney is another rising star thanks in no small part to her role on Euphoria; however, she has been around Hollywood for a while. She’s appeared in The Handmaid’s Tale, Sharp Objects, Grey’s Anatomy, and The White Lotus. In addition, she also portrayed a member of the Manson Family in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The cast includes the daughter of director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, who portrays Lexi Howard. Actors like Angus cloud, Eric, Alexa Demie, Jacob Eloordi, and Barbie Ferreira help round out the cast as well.


One of the most notable cast members is Hunter Schafer, a trans woman who portrays Jules Vaughn. Schafer also helped serve as one of the writers for the special episode “Fuck Anyone Who’s Not a Sea Blob,” in which her character was the main focus. Outside the show itself, Schafer is an LGBTQ+ activist who was also named by Time as one of the “100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future.”


Reactions to season one of Euphoria were mostly positive, with many critics praising the acting, plot, and how it was able to tackle such delicate subject matter. Zendaya received perhaps the most praise, garnering many awards, including an Emmy. The show itself was showered with awards and nominations; everything from the Emmys, the Critics Choice Awards, and beyond showed Euphoria love.

It did receive some criticism for its, at times, clunky dialogue as well as its delivery by some of the cast.

Season 2 has just begun, but critics have been less than kind to it than its debut season. Reviews are generally favorable but have criticized its pace, characterization, and sexual content.


Euphoria provides a stark and unflinching look at this world, one that does not shy away from tragedy and the harshness of life.

New episodes of Euphoria drop every Sunday, and the entire series is available to stream now on HBO Max.

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The 8 Best Battery Electric Car Rules Everyone Should Know

If you’ve ever driven a car full of people—whether they’re friends, family, or even some hitchhikers you picked up along the way—you’d probably prefer they adhere to your set of rules for the road. Because let’s face it: There are few things worse than a car full of grumpy people stuck on a road trip together.

In the era of modern electric vehicles, it’s also important to remember that not all cars are made the same. In fact, BEVs have different standards than your traditional gas-powered vehicles. To help highlight those differences, we’ve teamed up with Toyota to break it all down for you.

Toyota’s first-ever bZ4X promises to be one of the best and most striking EVs on the road when it becomes available in 2022. Standing for “Beyond Zero,” the bZ4X is is just one of the latest additions to Toyota’s collection of EVs and represents the company’s commitment to carbon neutrality.

With that, let’s talk rules of the road—particularly when it comes to electric and alternative power train vehicles.

1. A seemingly endless amount of benefits

It goes without saying but there are plenty of benefits that would make you happy for choosing a BEV. When you’re driving in your BEV, enjoy the smooth acceleration and quiet drive, while also taking comfort in the fact that the reduction in CO2 emissions helps lessen your impact on the environment.

The best part? All of the potential savings you’ll see from Federal/State incentives and overall maintenance costs.

2. Speaking of charging, don’t ask me what happens if we run out

Sure, checking up on the car’s battery levels is essential. After all, we’d hate to be stuck far from the nearest charging station. But have no fear, the driver will handle it.

Don’t worry about finding a charging station either, because thanks to the Toyota app, locating a place to charge the car’s battery has never been easier.

3. The touch screen’s got the directions covered

Getting from point A to point B in a timely fashion is always the goal, and thanks to the Touch Screen GPS on the all-new 21 Multi-Media system, we’ll be at our destination in no time.

4. Check out that panoramic sunroof

We know you saw that panoramic sunroof as soon you got in the car. It’s perfect for enjoying a clear blue sky during the day and stargazing at night. Don’t forget to take in the sights as we cruise along.

5. Enjoy the smooth (and quiet!) ride

You should know one thing about electric vehicles: They run nice and nearly silent, so you’re going to love a little peace and quiet on your next drive.

Whether you’re going to work, back home, or finally taking that road trip you’ve been planning, your ride should always be smooth. And when you’re in a BEV, that’s a guarantee.

6. Let’s keep the car looking photogenic

If you couldn’t tell already by the images above, the bZ4X is sleek, striking, and gorgeous to look at. Since the exterior has such a great design (just take a look at the front fenders!), we’d hate to see it get scuffed up, so feel free to apply the “look, but don’t touch” rule until you get into the car.

7. Stretch out, you’ve got the room

This ride has plenty of room for you to stretch your legs out and get nice and comfortable for the journey ahead, especially if you’re in the backseat. So while it may not necessarily be a “rule,” we like to refer to it more as a “recommendation.” After all, who wants to be uncomfortable while they’re cruising?

8. If you’re gonna post a TikTok, make sure you tag me

The bZ4X is made to be shared on social media, and this new ride is built to take center stage in your next post on TikTok. So when you’re taking a ride in the new car, don’t forget to tag me in the post. After all, we all deserve a little shine on social media, and when we’re riding around in this car, we all look good.

Careers Grind

ONE37pm Is Growing FAST. Want to Join the Team?

For the more than three years that ONE37pm has been a presence online, we’ve learned never to settle and, perhaps most importantly, stay curious. We’ve grown and evolved into what we are today, a one-stop-shop for all things you’re intrigued by, whether that be NFTs, Gaming, Music, Sports Cards, Sports, Culture, and everything in between.

As ONE37pm emerges on the other side of those three years, we’re looking to grow again, and we need your help to do so. We are looking to expand our team across all areas, including editorial, content creation, operations, and beyond.

Are you looking to get into the world of content creation? Take a look at the roles listed below, send us your info, and let’s talk.


  • NFT Editor
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a lead editor for its NFT vertical. This role will oversee content published to the site via staff writers and freelance network. You live and breathe NFTs & Web 3.0 culture. Your knowledge of the technology behind NFTs, custodial wallets, smart contracts, and the community is top-notch. In this role you will also be tasked with publishing pieces of your own.  
  • NFT Graphic Design Resident 
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a resident graphic designer for its NFT vertical. Deep knowledge of Photoshop or a similar program is necessary. This role will be tasked with creating a volume of content across multiple platforms. You’re a practitioner of content, and someone whose creativity knows no bounds.
  • NFT Staff Writer Resident
    • ONE37pm is looking to grow its team of writers for its NFT vertical. The ideal candidate has their finger on the pulse of the space and is able to translate that through written word. Both short form and long form content will be tasked, as well as both timely and evergreen pieces. Your knowledge of the technology behind NFTs, custodial wallets, smart contracts, and the community is unmatched.
  • NFT Resident Video Creator
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a short form video creator for its NFT vertical. You have passion for all that is happening in the Web 3 ecosystem and are able to keep up with its ever-changing pace. Curiosity should fuel your content. This candidate will be proficient in Adobe Suite or comparable programs. 
  • Gaming Editor
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a lead editor for its Gaming vertical. This role will oversee content published via staff writers, content producers and freelance network. The gaming world continues to evolve daily, and the entire notion of what defines gaming is currently being rewritten. We have the ambition to help define these narratives while shining light on emerging players, creators, developers, and publishers alike. Whether you’re an avid gamer yourself or just find yourself on Twitch 24/7, we’re looking to bring on someone to help further define ONE37pm’s role in the space in both our editorial coverage as well as IRL/virtual events. Oh… and we believe blockchain gaming is going to be BIG!! 
  • Gaming Producer
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a short form content producer for its Gaming vertical. Content, content, content. Not sure if there’s a place where this rings more true than in the world of gaming. We’re looking to bring on a social producer focused on pre & post-production of our gaming content: graphic design, video editing, sound engineering, you name it. Modern-day editing skills will be necessary for success in this role.
  • Full Stack Developer
    • ONE37pm is looking to add a full-stack developer to the team to ensure we are at the forefront of new-age media. The world of NFTs is brand new and is changing practically by the minute, and we want someone who can stay ahead of that curve. If this sounds like you, we want to talk!
  • YouTube Channel Manager
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a YouTube channel manager. This role will include overseeing YouTube shorts, community posts, long and short form videos, thumbnails & titles strategy. This position will be tasked to create a cohesive brand voice, look & feel for our YouTube ecosystem.
  • Resident Staff Writer
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a versatile and curious writer that understands the culture of the brand and is looking to publish volume of content. Ideal candidates will have a working knowledge of the worlds of style, sports and culture, with a keen eye for the emergence of web3 technology and how it will impact these fields.
  • Sneaker Staff Writer Resident
    • ONE37pm is looking for a sneaker-focused staff writer resident to help expand the brand’s burgeoning coverage of footwear. An ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of the current sneaker landscape, NBA culture, the history of kicks and the emergence of new technologies in the world of footwear.
  • Emerging Profile Staff Writer Resident
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a style resident with a special focus on writing profiles on emerging talent in the fashion world. An ideal candidate is someone who identifies bubbling trends before they explode, pays close attention to independent/small designers and keeps an eye on the high fashion landscape.
  • Popular Culture Graphic Design Resident 
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a resident graphic designer for its Popular Culture vertical. Deep knowledge of Photoshop or a similar program is necessary. This role will be tasked with creating a volume of content across multiple platforms. You’re a practitioner of content, and someone whose creativity knows no bounds.
  • Google Web Stories Resident
    • ONE37pm is looking to bring on a Google Web Stories Resident. If you have an eye & the ability to execute stories on Google’s emerging Web Stories platform, then we want to talk to you. Telling stories comes in many shapes and sizes, GWS is one of the newest forms of storytelling that garners an incredible amount of engagement. We are looking for someone who understands telling succinct stories with words and images. This role will be tasked with creating a volume of content across multiple topic verticals to be covered on GWS on a daily basis. 

Please note: Candidates must be US-based as we are unable to provide sponsorship for work visas.

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The 15 Best Bill Murray Movies to Watch Right Now

Few actors have had as lengthy and successful of a career as Bill Murray. The comedic performer got his start on Saturday Night Live’s second season and has since cemented himself as an icon of the cinematic world, appearing in numerous comedic and dramatic films. Whether Bill Murray is delivering dry one-liners or pouring his heart out on the big screen, few actors can match the actor’s prolific and critically acclaimed career.

Over the years, Bill Murray has done everything from play leading men in swanky romantic comedies to taking on small, hilarious roles that often steal all of the focus in larger movies. Whether he is tasked with making the audience laugh or cry, Bill Murray has an amazing ability to display emotional range on-screen and knows exactly how to ensure that viewers can connect with his eccentric or sometimes off-putting characters.

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15. Zombieland (2009)

Bill Murray may only have a small role in Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland, but his appearance in this original and hilarious film is absolutely worth praising. As the film’s core ensemble explores the zombie-infested wasteland, they wander upon a mansion that just happens to contain Bill Murray, playing himself, hiding out in it. Everyone has come up with their own survival and coping mechanisms to deal with the apocalypse, and it turns out Bill Murray’s talent is using his superior acting skills and dressing like a zombie to avoid the undead.

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14. Scrooged (1988)

Something about watching this extremely 80s adaptation of A Christmas Carol this time of year feels extremely right. Bill Murray stars as greedy and job-obsessed television executive Frank Cross, an updated take on Ebenezer Scrooge, as he confronts a number of Christmas Ghosts who are trying to help him break out of his cold, emotionless existence. Directed by Richard Donner, Scrooged marks Murray’s hilarious and triumphant return to the big screen after taking a four-year hiatus following the success of Ghostbusters.

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13. Charlie’s Angels (2000)

It’s hard work constantly saving the day, but Charlie’s Angels make it look easy. Directed by McG, this star-studded adaptation of the 1970s TV series follows three badass spies, a.k.a. Angels, as they use their wits, strength, and sexual charm to stop a voice-identification software from falling into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, Bill Murray’s performance as Bosley, the Angels’ main connection to Charlie, is sullied by the fact that his co-star Lucy Liu alleged that his behavior on set was unprofessional and aggressive, likely explaining why he was replaced by Bernie Mac in the film’s sequel.

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12. Stripes (1981)

Before Bill Murray and Harold Ramis crossed streams and became Ghostbusters, the duo co-starred and enlisted in the army together for director Ivan Reitman’s Stripes. The 1981 comedy follows John Winger (Murray) after a string of unlucky incidents convinces him that he should join the Army to shake up his life. Along with best friend Russell Ziskey (Ramis), the two slackers quickly bond with their new platoon and spread hijinks across the regimented Fort Arnold. 

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11. St. Vincent (2014)

In Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent, Bill Murray plays the titular Vincent MacKenna, an alcoholic Vietnam War veteran who is kind of wandering through life as he deals with the emotional weight of having an Alzheimers-ridden wife who no longer recognizes him. Upon getting new neighbors, Vincent strikes up a relationship and ends up becoming a care provider for Oliver (Jaeden Martell), the child who now lives next door. As Vincent starts bringing Oliver around on his normal visits to the bar or racetracks, the two develop a bond that helps both of them mature and get out of their own personal ruts.

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10. Caddyshack

The Bushwood Country Club has hit a bit of a rough patch in Harold Ramis’ Caddyshack. Plagued by rude new member Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) and a gopher that keeps tearing up the golf course, the regulars at the country club just can’t quite experience the relaxation and luxurious amenities in peace like they used to. The entire ensemble delivers on the laughs, but it’s really Bill Murray’s performance as the gopher-obsessed and partially unhinged groundskeeper Carl Spackler that will plant itself in your memory and make you giggle for years to come.

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9. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) knows all about marine life and oceanography, but he doesn’t seem to know how to connect with his seemingly estranged son Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson) after he pops up and wants a spot on his father’s team of explorOceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) knows all about marine life and oceanography, but he doesn’t seem to know how to connect with his seemingly estranged son Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson) after he pops up and wants a spot on his father’s team of explorers. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, directed and co-written by Wes Anderson, follows Steve and his unique crew of scientists, documentarians, and divers as they set sail to discover- and hopefully destroy- a deadly Jaguar Shark that had killed Steve’s old best friend. This hilarious and emotional film is simultaneously over-the-top and extremely simple in its humor and presentation of these eccentric characters. 

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8. Broken Flowers

Don Johnston’s (Bill Murray) past has finally caught up with him after he receives a mysterious letter indicating he had a son with a woman years earlier. With the help of his neighbor Winston (Jeffrey Wright), Don hatches a plan to visit a number of his ex-partners to try and determine just who sent him the letter. Directed and written by Jim Jarmusch, this unique film is both touching and incredibly hilarious thanks in part to Murray’s wonderful performance at the center of all of the film’s emotional chaos.

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7. The Jungle Book (2016)

Rumor has it Murray wasn’t exactly clear on the details when he signed on to voice the lazy orange cat Garfield, but the actor was definitely sure of himself when he signed on to voice Baloo the bear in Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of  The Jungle Book. While some of the live-action Disney adaptations haven’t quite delivered the same entertainment as their animated counterparts, this take on The Jungle Book is both beautiful to watch and incredibly heartwarming. The stacked voice cast features performers like Lupita Nyong’o and Christopher Walken, but Murray’s charming take on Balloo, especially his rendition of “The Bare Necessities” makes the film a must-watch by itself.

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6. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman), the patriarch of the eccentric Tenenbaum family, is finally ready to make amends with his three grown children in Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums. The film features a stacked ensemble and narration from Alec Baldwin. It examines how emotionally stunted the three genius Tenenbaum children are as their father tries his best to make amends for being absent. While not a direct member of the Tenenbaum family himself, Bill Murray plays neurologist Raleigh St. Clair, the older husband to playwright Margot Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow).

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5. Ed Wood (1994)

Tim Burton’s love letter to B-movie director Ed Wood stars Johnny Depp in the titular role as the eccentric filmmaker. Following Ed as he makes low-budget science-fiction films in the 1950s, the silly and character-driven film gives viewers a unique look behind the curtain at how films were produced and conceived as the Hollywood machine pivoted after World War II. Bill Murray doesn’t have a huge role, but his performance as John “Bunny” Breckinridge, a drag queen and friend of Ed’s who helped him create Plan 9 from Outer Space is incredibly memorable and stands out amongst the film’s talented ensemble.

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4. Rushmore (1998)

There are a few Wes Anderson movies on this list, but Rushmore marks the first time Bill Murray collaborated with the director.  Starring Jason Schwartzman as Max Fischer, a unique student at the prestigious Rushmore Academy, Rushmore follows Max as he tries to win the affection of Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams), a new first-grade teacher at the school. Having been more preoccupied with extracurricular activities than dating, Max turns to Herman Blume (Murray), the father of two of his classmates, for help learning how to woo women. What follows is a hilarious and over-the-top battle between the two for Rosemary’s affection that makes them both look more childish than manly in every way.

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3. Groundhog Day (1993)

If at any point, the quarantine has made you feel like you’ve lived the same day over and over again, then the frustrating and hilarious Groundhog Day will feel incredibly relatable. Directed and co-written by Harold Ramis, the film follows weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) as he gets stuck in a seemingly never-ending time loop covering the Groundhog Day holiday festivities in a Pennsylvania town. Repeating the same day over and over again, Phil does everything from panic about being stuck to realizing he can live life as freely as he wants. Fortunately for Phil, getting the chance to repeat a day as many times as he wants also means he gets infinite opportunities to woo Rita Hanson (Andie MacDowell), another journalist covering the holiday.

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2. Lost in Translation (2003)

Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation stars Bill Murray as Bob Harris, an American actor who moves to Tokyo for a promotional job amidst a career slump and personal midlife crisis. As Bob struggles with his loneliness and searches for meaning amidst his fish out of water feelings in Japan, he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), an American woman staying at the same hotel as him with her husband. A non-traditional romantic comedy, the film follows them as they slowly develop a close bond that helps them both examine their lives in a more honest, compassionate manner. 

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1. Ghostbusters (1984)

We all know who to call if there are rodents in our apartment, but Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters finally informed all of us who we should reach out to in case ghosts start infesting our space. After three university researchers lose their funding, they establish a paranormal business to help the citizens of New York City confront pesky ghosts. Everyone in the film’s stacked ensemble gets a moment to shine, but it’s really Murray’s dry wit and borderline mocking of everything happening on screen as Peter Venkman that makes his performance one of the most enjoyable aspects of the film.

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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.

Elizabeth Pagano, TV & Movies Editor Resident

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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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The “Star Wars” Galaxy’s Most Feared Bounty Hunter: Who Is Boba Fett?

Boba Fett is a name that you’re probably familiar with, even if you’re not a fan of the Star Wars films. He is the galaxy’s most infamous and feared bounty hunter, one in the service of the Empire in the original films, and who seemingly meets his grim demise at the hands of the monstrous Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi.

He’s only onscreen in the original trilogy for a grand total of six minutes and speaks only four lines throughout two movies, but Boba Fett has etched his name into legend. Technically you can count a brief cameo in A New Hope as well, but he was a last-minute addition to the film, and only appears in the rereleased version of the original movie.

He has transcended his limited screen time and become one of the most beloved characters in all of Star Wars.

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Boba’s origins can be traced back to the planet Kamino, the home of the Republic’s clone army, led by the Jedi to fight against the Droid Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems in the Clone Wars.

The clones were created using the gene template of the bounty hunter Jango Fett, who is Boba’s “father.” Boba is just another clone of Jango, albeit one with no accelerated aging, unlike the clones of the Republic’s army.

Boba traveled with his father to the planet Geonosis, where he witnessed Jango’s death at the hands of Jedi Master Mace Windu during a battle. In the prequel films, the last time we see Boba is him clutching his father’s helmet in silence.

Boba would return in the prequel animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where he secretly infiltrated a Republic starship hoping to kill Mace Windu and enact revenge. He would fail in this mission, evading capture at first but tracked down by Jedi Knights Plo Koon and Ahsoka Tano.

He was sentenced to serve a prison sentence on Coruscant but would eventually escape and begin his career as a bounty hunter. Boba would encounter characters like Bossk and Dengar, fellow bounty hunters who were initially introduced in Empire Strikes Back, during his young career.

Flash forward to the events of that film, and Boba is searching for Han Solo and the Millenium Falcon, hoping to cash in on a bounty put out by Jabba the Hutt. Working with Darth Vader and the Empire, he tracks Solo to the Cloud City of Bespin, where he captures him and delivers him to Jabba on the planet Tattoine.

In Return of the Jedi, Boba is still working with Jabba at his palace, where he does battle with Luke Skywalker and his allies on Jabba’s barge. A blinded Han Solo damages his jetpack, and he crashes on the sand, falling into the mouth of the awaiting Sarlacc beast.

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Prior to Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, it had been revealed that Boba had actually escaped the Sarlaac pit and survived his encounter. He had been nursed back to health by Dengar and returned to service as a bounty hunter.

He would go on to have a variety of adventures including a few more run-ins with Han Solo, as well as his son and daughter. These tales were all told across a variety of books, comic books, and short stories but have since been removed from the official Star Wars canon following Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm.

Have no fear Star Wars fans, as Boba made his triumphant and surprise return in season two of The Mandalorian, where he tracked down the title character, Din Djarin, who had come into possession of Boba’s famous armor.

Played by Temeura Morrison (who also portrayed Jango Fett,) he had been hinted at in season one, where he appeared as an unseen person who rescued bounty hunter Fennec Shand, who had been gravely injured in a fight with Djarin. Fett and Shand allied themselves with Djarin and helped him fight off Empire stormtroopers. He also helped with a mission to infiltrate an Empire facility and transport Djarrin, Fennec Shand, and their allies to an Empire vessel where “The Child” was being held.

In a post-credits scene of the season finale, Boba and Shand reappear at Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tattoine which has been taken over by Jabba’s lieutenant Bib Fortuna. Boba kills Fortuna and takes the throne, leading into the spinoff series The Book of Boba Fett.

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The Book of Boba Fett will undoubtedly explore what happened to Boba in all the years in between Return of the Jedi and The Mandalorian.

The Book of Boba Fett premieres on Disney Plus on December 29th.

Sneakers Style

The 20 Best New Balance Sneakers

If you’re looking for a sneaker designed for all-day comfort you should look no further than New Balance. The Boston brand has consistently been at the top of the lifestyle/casual footwear canon while simultaneously holding a top spot within the world of top-level performance. They have a strong reputation for supreme durability and ever since the “Dad” wave from 2017 that hasn’t seemed to crash, they’ve been enjoying an unusually high place in the sneaker world. 

With sneakers coming straight from the United States and the United Kingdom they’ve got a strong series of recent releases including some absolutely must-have collabs. New Balance doesn’t necessarily grab all of the headlines but real sneakerheads understand the importance of the brand and can recognize that they’ve certainly proven themselves as one of the best brands out right now. 

We took a look through New Balance’s extensive catalog and pulled out the 15 Best New Balance Sneakers available right now. Some collaborations, some rock-solid general releases, the brand is on an incredible sprint right now and there’s plenty of awesome opportunities to get in on New Balance.

1. New Balance 990v4 “Grey/Castlerock”

​​​​​​​Easily New Balance’s most iconic and timeless sneaker is the 990v4. Known for its classic “Dad” shape and high-quality comfort, the 990v4 is something of sneaker royalty. Everyone absolutely needs a pair, whether you’re trying to get a fit off or just taking a walk to the deli, it’s a sneaker that has bridged the gap from the simplicity and became a streetwear icon. Simply between its standing with regards to the “Dad” wave, DMV area, the v4 is a legend in its own right and is considered by most as the crown jewel of New Balance. 

2. New Balance 999 x Concepts “The Kennedy”

Turning up the “New England factor” up to 11, New Balance tapped Beantown boutique Concepts for a sneaker that paid homage to JFK’s famous vacation spot, Hyannis. The sneaker is a famous and high priced piece of Americana but for fans of the 999 and President Kennedy, it’s revered as one of the best sneakers to represent the northeastern United States. The sneaker features rich touches of suede and mesh with seaside motifs hitting the laces, sock liner, and tongue. ​​​​​​

3. New Balance 992 “Multicolor”

The New Balance 992 is a sneaker akin to the 993 but with a more chunky outlook on life. The overlays of synthetic and mesh uppers sit atop an extra-thick midsole. Unlike the 993, these colorways aren’t simple but bold, bright, and incredibly complicated, allowing the brand to get more in touch with their creative side. 2020’s “Multicolor” release was a great example of the brand’s colorful potential — the sneaker came drenched in a variety of eye-catching blue, yellow, green, and orange.

4. New Balance 754 “Classic Grey”

New Balance has a lot of classic sneakers, but none encapsulates the brand more than the all-day capacity of the 574. The “Classic Grey” stands tall as the perfect sneaker for almost anything and the patterning of suedes and mesh bring the sneaker full tilt. “Classic Grey” was one of three colorways and silhouettes to embrace the brand’s “Grey Day”, a moment that put the spotlight on the relaxed yet expert execution for a casual, simple sneaker.

5. New Balance 993 “Kith Grey”

The New Balance 993 is another great sneaker from the brand that epitomizes both the timeless cool and simplicity that they offer. The 993 has some very basic colorways making the sneaker an easy and incredibly comfortable go-to model. This 933 gets dressed up in a variety of grey hues making the perfect sneaker to go with any outfit.

6. New Balance 998 “Moby Dick”
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The New Balance 998 is one of the more slept on but better models from the brand. Not only is it the perfect “Dad” sneaker but turned the “Dad” level up with this 2014 release. They put an academic spin on the sneaker, and others, with a special pack honoring American literature. Of course, the sneakers are made in the USA which makes them a little more special, but these “Moby Dick” themed sneakers really take the cake. The result was a thematic and conceptual success, seen on other silhouettes like the 997 which came dressed as another American literary powerhouse; J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.

7. New Balance 997S x Bodega “No Bad Days”

Similar to the creative strength of Concepts is Bodega, another sneaker boutique that’s made a name for itself in its physical brick and mortar stores and its ability to craft quality silhouettes and unique stories. The Boston-based creative outfit collaborated with New Balance on the 997S silhouette – another glowing example with the “No Bad Days” colorway. They also put their spin on another 997S but the “No Bad Days” was surely the must-have of the two projects. ​​​​​​

8. New Balance 991.5 x Concepts “Lake Havasu”

Like a true New England legend, Boston-based brand Concepts is usually right on the mark when they get together with New Balance. The 991.5 “Lake Havasu” is another great example of the low key power of New Balance hybrid sneakers. The sneaker comes with a unique colorway that includes a rich teal upper and yellow hit on the heel cup, and it’s made in the UK. The sneaker’s name also is no accident, this sneaker comes with a quirky story as well.

9. New Balance 801 “Grey”
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NB has a great reputation as a running/performance brand but that part of the brand mostly takes a backseat to the casual/lifestyle sneakers that have brought the brand to new heights. Within their division of performance, they have some excellent outdoor options. With treaded outsole details found on silhouettes like the Trail buster, NB is a solid option for outdoorsy sneakers. The 801 is a super tough sneaker with a treaded outsole, giving sneakerheads another reason to pick New Balance.

10. New Balance 990v5 “Black”

The 990 is one of New Balance’s best and most iconic silhouettes. The brand continues to revolutionize and further the model with iterations that have soared to the heights of sneaker popularity like the v4. Similar to the body of the v4, the v5 delivered again but with a fresh, new take on the staple design last year. The v5 originally came dressed in the classic white/grey colorway you typically see from the v4 but of the new colorways for the v5, I personally enjoy the murdered out look of the triple black colorway.

11. New Balance 827 x Aime Leon Dore

The New Balance 827 made a strong first impression with a multi-colorway collab courtesy of Aime Leon Dore. The NYC boutique has made a name for itself among the streets of SOHO and brought the same upscale, super luxe, and chic style to the vintage-styled runner. The 827 has seen the creative imprint from other brands (see their Stray Rats project) but didn’t sing as true or bright as the playful color scheme from ALD which yielded three perfect for summer sneakers.

12. New Balance 1500.9 “Make in England Summer Nine Pack”

The New Balance 1500.9 is a sleeper silhouette from the brand, a hybrid mixture of multiple silhouettes the 1500.9 delivers on a sleek look and playful “Summer Nine” colorway with richly colored suedes and an upper of mesh and synthetics. Another interesting point is that it’s made in England, one of the few releases from the brand that’s from the UK, both rare and refined and everything that’s great about the brand. The colorway is truly unique with a mint green on the heel, navy blue on the rand, and a nice pink touch on the branding hit and tongue.

13. New Balance 1300JP

For rare sneakers, New Balance probably isn’t your first idea or last stop, but it should be. The New Balance 1300JP is a sneaker so rare it’s only released every five years and 2020’s contribution was certainly what fans of the brand were expecting. The design hails from 1985 and was originally loved by runners who described them as a “sports car for your feet.” The colorway is the same as the original design and with production only running every five years for the 1300, you can bet it’s going to be top-notch. Another cool detail is that the sneaker is made in Japan, a nice note for anyone trying to add to their collection of non-USA made New Balance sneakers.

14. New Balance 327 x Casablanca “Green/White”

The New Balance 327 saw its debut in 2020, but before the general release of the new waffle runner, the brand partnered with luxe streetwear brand Casablanca for a hot summer collab. The partnership brought two sneakers, one in green, one in orange, to the public, giving them a sneak peek at the brand’s new silhouette. The Parisian brand elevated the style of the silhouette and set forth a strong precedent for future collabs with the 327.

15. New Balance 850 OG Reissue “White/Blue”

If you’re even slightly familiar with New Balance you know that they have strong ties to vintage running. Among those early runners is the 850, a 1996 classic brought back to life by the brand in 2019 with an OG Reissue. The wide-soled sneaker is a pillar of stability with opportunities for skating, working out, and casual wear. The sneaker looks best in it’s white/blue colorway covering which highlights the mesh and suede upper with an ABZORB midsole to finish off the simplistic and minimalistic design.

16. Kawhi Leonard “Sunrise”
Kawhi Leonard “Sunrise”

Kawhi Leonard has been one of eBay’s biggest sellers over the course of this past year, proving not only his star power, but the power of New Balance in general. While Leonard has released multiple colorways with the brand, the “Sunrise” iteration remains arguably his most popular.

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17. New Balance 550 “White Green”
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Dropping this past June, the “White Green” colorway was just in time for college football aka “University Season” if your team happened to have white and green colors. Yes we’re in winter, but white and green colorways always work well with the spring and summer seasons, and sneaker buying is always about planning ahead.

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18. 530v2 Retro “Khaki”
530v2 Retro “Khaki”

There are two “automatics” in the sneaker world, retro styles and neutral colors. The 530v2 has both. It’s a classic look that can be paired with anything, and while isn’t too “overbearing,” it does stand out (especially when paired with the right outfit).

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19. 550 ‘Shifted Sport Pack – Team Red’
550 ‘Shifted Sport Pack – Team Red’

Another university/team classic. If you’re even in doubt about whether or not a sneaker is going to work, go with a University Red colorway. It has never failed anyone in the history of sneakers.

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20. 990v5 Made In USA ‘Grey’
990v5 Made In USA ‘Grey’

Every sneaker list needs a grey colorway. Don’t ask us why, it’s an unspoken sneaker rule. The 990v5 “Made In USA” dropped summer 2019, and while it’s been two years, they are very much still in style.

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Culture Movies/TV

Hulu’s ‘The Great’ Is Anti-Historical Perfection

If someone tells you that they are watching a show or movie with a “period setting,” your natural inclination might be to think of big gaudy Victorian mansions or palaces and over-the-top costumes. Perhaps they are based on history, maybe they are original concepts, but their ethos is tied to the setting. This idea works for some viewers but also turns a lot off if they can’t buy into it.

Whether you fall into either category, The Great, which just dropped its second season on Hulu, is the next great (no pun intended) show you should be watching. It’s a comedy-drama in a period setting and is a show made for people who hate those types of projects, as well as people who love them.

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Created by Tony McNamara, who wrote the Academy Award-winning film The FavouriteThe Great follows Catherine the Great, the longest-reigning Empress of Russia and one of the great leaders in European history, as she seeks to overthrow her husband Peter and take the throne herself.

Played brilliantly by Elle Fanning, Catherine begins the series as a typical noblewoman of the era, sent to marry a stranger in a faraway land in order to secure international cooperation between Prussia (part of modern-day Germany) and Russia.

Upon arriving, she meets Peter, played by Nicholas Hoult, and is devastated to learn that not only is he an incompetent Emperor, he is also incredibly dangerous with little regard for actually governing the country. Think Joffrey Baratheon but less sadistic and much more funny and charming.

It is then that Catherine decides to usurp the throne in an attempt to save Russia.


The show describes itself as “an occasionally true story” and inherently “anti-historical,” meaning that while some of the characters are based on real-life people, they likely weren’t very similar to their on-screen counterparts.

For example, while it’s true that Catherine was married to Peter and did overthrow him, he died almost immediately after the coup and, while it’s never been confirmed, was almost certainly assassinated.

Much like McNamara’s The Favourite, what makes The Great special is that it, at almost no point, tries to pass itself off as a true story. It flies in the face of that and, while it’s a gamble, that creative decision works incredibly well.

Allowing Nicholas Hoult’s Peter to survive the overthrow and continue to be a character on the show is perhaps the wisest decision because he is so damn good in the role. He and Elle Fanning both steal every single scene they are in, whether they’re on-screen together or not.

Its almost strict adherence to this policy of being anti-historical is how and why the show flourishes. 

In real life, Catherine was responsible for ushering in Russia’s golden age and helped make it one of the great powers of Europe. While the show has not caught up to that just yet (and it may not, as season 3 has not been confirmed), it’s clear that the narrative is headed in that direction.

In the same vein as 2017’s brilliant dark comedy The Death of Stalin, the characters, while supposed to be Russian, do not attempt accents or even pass themselves off as Russians. If they were making a strictly historical show with a dash of creative license, this might be an issue, but it isn’t here.

Why? Well, the show isn’t trying to be, and in many ways, wants to make sure you know that.


What really helps set The Great apart from other shows like it are the performances by its leads.

Given that she speaks with an English accent in the show, it can be hard to remember that Elle Fanning is actually an American. It sounds so natural, and as it’s no secret that a bad accent can instantly take the viewer out of a scene, finding someone who can put one on so well helps the show immensely.

The development of Catherine from a starry-eyed romantic who longs to win the approval of her husband to someone seeking the throne is not just well drawn out; it’s believable. She wants to take the country over not out of a desire for power but to help people.

Game of Thrones this show is not.

Fanning has said that not only does she love playing Catherine, but she also misses her when they’re no longer filming. In an interview with Collider, she said, “I miss Catherine, I really do. I’ve never had that with a character. Normally, I’m like, ‘That’s good. That’s done. Fine. That was a good experience.’ But I genuinely actually do miss Catherine.”

It’s this sort of thing that makes her such a strong character and one that you want to root for, even when she stumbles or you may disagree with something she chooses to do.


Peter’s growth as a character is in lockstep with Catherine. He spends much of the first season aloof, cruel, and has no sense of governing capability or intelligence. Basically, anything that makes a good ruler he is not.

However, by season two, Peter, upon realizing that he does, in fact, love Catherine, begins an attempt to change himself. While he does fall back on his old ways—including one particular foible toward the end of the season that is perhaps his worst of all—it’s clear that Peter wants to become a better person.

Hoult’s performance is nothing short of spectacular as he can seemingly flip a switch between “old Peter” and “new Peter” almost instantly. It often feels like he’s playing two different characters, which is no easy task.

He also plays Peter’s body double in season 2, a character of his own, so he is almost playing three different people throughout.


The Great is over the top in almost every way; whether it be its violence, language, sex scenes (and talk of sex for that matter), and while that perfect storm of excess can be over the top, it never makes for an annoying watch.

This week the show was nominated for three Golden Globes: Best Comedy Series and acting nominations for Fanning and Hoult. Given that this season has been even more well-received than the first, it’s clear that they’ll be getting plenty more nominations and awards.

So, if you’re looking for that next show to watch, do yourself a favor and check this one out.