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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: “The Strongest Maid in History, Tohru! (Well, She is a Dragon)” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Dragons are some of the most powerful mythological beasts ever imagined; they are gigantic creatures that breathe fire and have strong scales. Whether depicted in movies or video games, they are massive beings that are not to be trifled with. In today’s anime, things are slightly different. The dragon in this anime is still powerful and can bring destruction down on people, but she can also transform into a human maid with horns and a tail. Instead of an expressionless demeanor and urge to attack anyone that comes close, she instead has fallen in love with a human girl. And, of course, she has a ginormous rack. All in all, it could be worse.

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Santa Clarita Diet: “So Then a Bat or a Monkey” (Season 1, Episode 1)

A lot has changed since the virulent strain of zombie media first made the leap from movies to the small screen, but we are nearly a decade in from day zero of the zombie apocalypse and it doesn’t seem like we’re going to find the cure any time soon.

In the early days of The Walking Dead, there was nothing quite like it. Viewers being able to spend more than two hours with the protagonists before they either succumbed to the zombie horde or found a way to live peacefully with their zombie best friend for the rest of their days? Who wouldn’t be compelled to see average human beings struggle against the living dead and continuously persevere? There have been a handful of shows that have tried to pry the baton from The Walking Dead‘s hands (including a spin-off), but like the creatures it is named after—the show continues to trudge along, even after it had been pronounced dead by many professionals. So, while the zombie copycats might have stopped rising from the pile of dead ideas in the last few years, the virus has mutated in ways that we might not have thought possible in the early days of the outbreak.

The zombie mutagen has transformed into everything from zombie medical examiner to zombies dealing with racism to whatever it was Z Nation was, and now? Now, we’ve got a small suburban family trying to stick together while mom has developed an insatiable hunger for human flesh and the delicious, meaty organs that lie beneath.
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Masamune-kun’s Revenge (Season 1, Episode 1)

Ever been fat? Made fun of for being fat? Maybe want to get some revenge by getting jacked and showing those people how good looking and awesome you are? Or maybe a crush dissed you when you were fat and you want to show them how hot you can truly be? Well, have I got the anime for you.

Lets face it, we have all at one point thought about bettering ourselves in order to get revenge on those that ridiculed us and made us feel terrible. The problem with these scenarios is that our emotions tend to change after a while. Maybe we are motivated for a time, but we either lose interest or the situation changes. In the world of anime, however, we can see someone take that sweet revenge that we all yearned for at one point. This is Masamune-kun’s Revenge.

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One Day at a Time : “This Is It” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Reboots are in fashion. It’s quite possible the machine that consumes existing novels and plays for the small screen has run out of fodder and is beginning to cannibalize its most successful excrement. Okay, it’s more than possible. It’s likely.

This isn’t meant to disparage the art of adaptation, though. Television tends to mirror society, and society tends to repeat itself in cycles; in short, television has its own cycles. One Day at a Time addressed the issues of its time by exploring the challenges a single mother faces in the only tone that would be palatable to middle America: comedy. One Day at a  Time—currently—throws race into the mix of issues to address by writing the family as Cuban. As far as television goes, this counts as progress. Progress, at any rate, is a good thing even if it is only coming One Day at a Time.

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The Mick: “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Outside of Charlie Day and Danny DeVito, the gang from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has pretty much kept to their own show. Sure, Rob McElhenney found his way onto Lost for a moment and Glenn Howerton had a handful of episodes on The Mindy Project, but for the most part—the gang has always seemed content just being the gang.

That was true, anyway, until Kaitlin Olson decided to branch out from Philly with The Mick.

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Extra Credit: Top 3 “Treehouse of Horror” Episodes

Halloween is a tradition rich holiday. Decorations, trick ‘r treat, and costumes remain comforting constants in our time. Second only to Christmas in marketability, due to easily identifiable and exploitable themes, networks make sure to produce several Halloween specials during the season. The most popular and longest running traditions American television has to offer of this variety would be The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror”.

“Treehouse” is as much of an institution in this country as The Simpsons itself. Just because something is an institution, though, doesn’t mean it will be good. Many people find inconsistency in the quality of the past few seasons of The Simpsons, and this includes the hallowed Halloween Special. This year, The Simpsons celebrates it’s 600th episode and 27th “Treehouse of Horror”, so I sat down and watched every “Treehouse” to bring to you the top 3 episodes, as ranked by yours truly.

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Easy: “The F**king Study” (Season 1, Episode 1)

During the first “golden age” of television, screens across America were dominated by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock PresentsThe Twilight Zone and the myriad of “Playhouse” and “Theater” programs—which makes it hard to argue against anthology series being the king of the ’50s. This was probably in part due to the radio plays that ruled the airwaves utilizing a similar style of storytelling. The anthology series held on strong for quite some time, but seemed to have all but faded in the last few decades preceding of the 21st century.

All of that seemed to change in the last few years as the style has gained moment with series such as American Horror Story, Fargo and True DetectiveWhile the genre has adapted in most cases to allow for season-length stories, the one-off story style of Twilight Zone and its kin still exist in shows like the recently returned Black Mirror and the subject of this review, Easy.

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