The Best TV Episodes of 2017

Every end-of-year “best-of” television list you read over the next week or so is going to begin with a disclaimer. It’s impossible to narrow it down to just five, or 10, or 25 of the best shows, critics will lament, citing the ever-sprawling world of Peak TV, when it’s simply impractical for any one writer to watch enough of the shows out there to produce a fair ranking. Even if I had seen them all, they’ll add, there’s so much good TV out there these days that I can’t possibly make room for all the episodes that deserve a...

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‘Jim and Andy’ and learning to live with your worst inner critic

I’ve always struggled to articulate my feelings about Jim Carrey. While I’ve enjoyed most of his movies — “Dumb and Dumber,” “The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” etc. — something about him, as an actor, has always rubbed me the wrong way. The zany, over-the-top antics, the obnoxious lilt in his voice as he bellows yet another “Alllrighty then,” his borderline insufferable disregard for human decency or restraint — call me cynical, but it all seems a bit much. At the same time, however, I’ve never been able to comfortably conclude that I dislike Carrey. Believe...

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Pumpkin Palooza: A taste test of pumpkin spice treats and eats

It invades our lives every autumn. As a chill enters the air and the leaves turn vibrant red and golden brown, it creeps into our grocery stores, pops up unannounced in the most obscure aisles of our local Walmarts, inserts itself insidiously into every corner of society until it can’t be escaped, no matter how hard one might try. Pumpkin spice season is upon us once again, and as seems to be the case every year, it feels like it’s growing out of control, as marketers capitalize on the phenomenon by adding the undeniably delicious flavor into every conceivable...

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Jodie Sweetin hits the mark with talk on addiction

Devon Shuman, Managing editor I heard Stephanie Tanner say “fuck” last week. That’s just one of the many perks of being a newspaper editor. Actually, actress Jodie Sweetin, who played the sassy middle child on the 90s sitcom “Full House,” sweared quite a bit during her visit to campus on Monday to speak about her struggles with alcoholism, addiction and recovery. Sweetin was equal parts academic and personable, just as likely to discuss stigmas or encourage people to “share their humanity” as she was to drop an F-bomb or joke that her kids like to act like little shits in the middle of Target. I absolutely loved it. Perhaps my favorite line came during Sweetin’s group seminar, a small gathering of roughly 25 student leaders on campus who had the opportunity to ask her direct questions. One student inquired as to how she responds to the college partier’s common quip that “it’s not alcoholism until you graduate.” Sweetin laughed. After a long-winded answer that eloquently touched on subjects such as the cultural allure of “high-functioning alcoholism,” the science of physical dependence and the unrealistic elements of the hit drama “Mad Men,” Sweetin dropped this one on us: “It’s a maturity thing too, you know? When you’re 30 and walking around and going, ‘I’m a high-functioning alcoholic,’ your friends are gonna go ‘shut the fuck up. Pull yourself together.’ When...

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Jodie Sweetin talks alcoholism, addiction and recovery

Actress Jodie Sweetin was 13 years old the first time she got drunk. She was attending the wedding of her “Full House” co-star Candace Cameron, and she was allowed to have some wine. After the first sip, she couldn’t stop herself. “For me, that was the first time I drank and the first time I drank so much that I couldn’t hear my own thoughts,” Sweetin said to an audience in Hall Auditorium last night. “That was the first relief I got. I was never able to reach that point again. But I chased it for many, many years.”...

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