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The 14 Greatest Kids Cartoons of the 90s

1 July 2015 9:34 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Without question, the 1990s were full of some fantastic cartoons. The expansion of original programming on cable channels like Nickelodeon, the Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network (and the subsequent competition among all kids-oriented programming blocs) led to a new era of creativity, and animation that started evolving away from the previously ubiquitous Hanna-Barbera style. But what were some of the very best of the best? We at Collider dug into our mind palaces of TV nostalgia to come up with the following list of beloved 90s series, and divided up the results. But first, here’s a look at our methodology: TV shows had to premiere between 1990-1999, and be aimed at a kid-friendly audience (which precludes Beavis and Butt-Head, SouthPark, The Pj’s, etc — look for them to be included in future lists). The shows chosen are ones we both liked and found to be significant in some way »

- Collider Staff

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Best TV Episodes of 2015 (So Far): Part Two

27 June 2015 6:51 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Back to Part 1 of the Best TV Episodes of 2015 (So Far)

Man Seeking Woman, “Teacup”

Written by Sofia Alvarez

Directed by Tim Kirkby

Aired March 11th, 2015 on Fxx

You won’t find Fxx’s Man Seeking Woman in many year-end discussions, but over the course of its admittedly spotty, watched-by-no-one first season, it staked a claim on some truly unique stylistic real estate in a landscape previously thought to be worked to death: the search for love. Over the last year, there has been a tremendous influx in the number of series trying to combine a “modern” and “edgy” take on modern courtship with ages-old sitcom tropes, but most of these have ranged from lackluster to outright lame. (See almost the entire new network comedy lineup, Fall/Winter 2014-15.) Creator Simon Rich’s vision of the dating world as a literal fantasy hellscape—complete with demonic destination weddings, time travel, »

- Kate Kulzick

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Hacking Comedy: How Silicon’s ‘Valley of the Dudes’ Keeps the Laughs and Antics Going Offscreen (Video)

24 June 2015 3:16 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This  story originally appeared in TheWrap Magazine Emmy Comedy-Drama Series Issue. Talk to the cast of HBO’s series “Silicon Valley,” and eventually the conversation will come around to the dick joke. It was the climactic moment to the first season of the Mike Judge-created show — an extended, crude and hilarious penis joke that not only served as the comic payoff to the entire season, but also became the key dramatic moment that won the show’s startup company, Pied Piper, the financial investment it needed to survive. “Some people say it was the best episode in all of television, »

- Steve Pond

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Top TV Showrunners Pull Double Duty as Directors

17 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After Alec Berg and Mike Judge finished the first season of their HBO comedy “Silicon Valley,” the showrunners made a decision to take on even more work for the current year: they’d alternate writing and directing episodes, rather than hiring guest directors.

“It’s an extension of the same process,” Berg says. “When you’re running a show, you consult on all the directorial stuff to an extent anyway. The guest directors we used last year were super-talented people, (but) ultimately, I have to be there anyway, so I may as well just be a hog and do it all.”

Because the lines between TV directing and writing continue to blur, Berg and Judge aren’t the only showrunners moving seamlessly between the two. Writer-directors say the two disciplines complement each other in a way that makes for a better show overall.

“They’re both connected,” says writer-director Jonathan Krisel of IFC’s “Portlandia. »

- Christy Grosz

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Silicon Valley Season 2 Finale Recap: “Two Days of the Condor”

14 June 2015 7:37 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

"Sand Hill Shuffle," the first episode of Silicon Valley Season 2, featured a conversation that didn't seem much more than cautionary at the time, but comes to mean something much more by the end of "Two Days of the Condor." While Richard and Pied Piper are being wooed with a party at At&T Park, before Gavin Belson's lawsuit sent the Pied Piper team into a full-tilt tizzy, Richard happens upon Javeed (Charan Prabhakar), a colleague who warns Richard about the dangers of accepting high evaluations, as he just recently lost everything thanks to an unrealistic evaluation. It's Javeed's story that convinces Richard to demand a fair, reduced evaluation, in the hopes of not ending up like Javeed and maybe, just maybe, doing the right thing rather than letting money get to his head. [caption id="attachment_472969" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via HBO[/caption] As "Two Days of the Condor" ends, however, Richard is seemingly in a similar spot as Javeed, »

- Chris Cabin

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'Silicon Valley' star Thomas Middleditch on role written just for him (Exclusive Video)

13 June 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

“I had to do a lot of research and acting workshops to just try and even fathom what those dweebazoids in Silicon Valley were up to,” jokes Thomas Middleditch star of HBO’s hit comedy series “Silicon Valley,” during our recent webcam chat (watch below). The two-time Critics’ Choice nominee makes merry with just how hard it is getting into character: “It was tough because you know I’m such a cool guy and I do cool things like play in ‘Halo’ tournaments.” -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Middleditch plays Pied Piper’s quiet mastermind Richard Hendricks, a role written for him: “I was working on an animated show ("Beavis and Butt-Head") with John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky who also co-created the show and at one point they said to me, ‘Hey we’re working on this show for HBO and we think you&r »

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Silicon Valley

13 June 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

“I had to do a lot of research and acting workshops to just try and even fathom what those dweebazoids in Silicon Valley were up to,” jokes Thomas Middleditch star of HBO’s hit comedy series “Silicon Valley,” during our recent webcam chat (watch below). The two-time Critics’ Choice nominee makes merry with just how hard it is getting into character: “It was tough because you know I’m such a cool guy and I do cool things like play in ‘Halo’ tournaments.” -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Middleditch plays Pied Piper’s quiet mastermind Richard Hendricks, a role written for him: “I was working on an animated show ("Beavis and Butt-Head") with John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky who also co-created the show and at one point they said to me, ‘Hey we’re working on this show for HBO and we think you&r »

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Emmys 2015: Best Comedies Prove Definitions Out of Date

10 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It used to be easy to define a TV comedy: characters hitting punchlines for half an hour in front of a live — and lively — studio audience, captured by a static four-camera setup.

It’s no longer that simple. The TV landscape has changed so dramatically that one Emmy voter’s comedy is quite literally another voter’s drama.

In a few cases, the traditional format thrives — i.e. the universe’s No. 1 sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory,” and its edgier sister series “Mom” — but today’s “comedy” has more styles than the stars on an Emmy red carpet.

Do you prefer your comedy dark or cheerful? Lowbrow or high? Bruising or fanciful? British or Brooklyn? Take your pick. It’s all available.

Some comedies are easy to spot. The serialized storytelling in HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” and the nuanced performances of Thomas Middleditch and T.J. Miller as a socially awkward »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Silicon Valley, Ep 2.09: “Binding Arbitration” thrives without all the clutter

8 June 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Silicon Valley, Season 2, Episode 9, “Binding Arbitration”

Written by Dan O’Keefe

Directed by Mike Judge

Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on HBO

One day, someone is going to have to write a small episode recap of “Binding Arbitration” for the info card on a cable network, and it is going to read “On this episode, Richard tells the truth, and Jared may have killed a guy.”

What that recap gets at is that simplicity is what makes Silicon Valley work best. As was mentioned last week, the biggest issue with season two has been that the show is juggling too many storylines; the arbitration tonight may have landed stronger than it already did if the Hooli lawsuit were the main thrust of the season, as opposed to being just another ball thrown up in the air. But when it actually gets down to the nitty-gritty, “Binding Arbitration” is aces simply »

- Jj Perkins

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'Beavis and Butt-Head' Rapper T-Baby -- It's Still So Cold in the 'D'... Remixed!!! (Video)

30 May 2015 12:10 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

There is life after "Beavis and Butt-head" for rapper T-Baby, who blew up when the show roasted her song, “It’s So Cold In The D” -- and now she’s making her return with an official remix. No lie, the re-up version – shot in Detroit’s rough East Side -- is just as ghetto fab as the original 2006 salute to life in the Motor City ... although the mix is smoother and T-Baby's wardrobe got an upgrade. »

- TMZ Staff

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Silicon Valley: Season Two Ratings

27 May 2015 4:31 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Despite being paired with Game of Thrones, HBO's biggest series, the ratings for the first season of Silicon Valley weren't very impressive. Will the ratings improve for season two? Will this show be cancelled or renewed for a third season? We'll have to wait and see.

Co-created by Mike Judge, Silicon Valley follows the lives of a group of developers who live together and chase success in Northern California. The cast includes Thomas Middleditch, T. J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Jimmy O. Yang, and Suzanne Cryer.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Silicon Valley Recap: “Adult Content”

25 May 2015 11:34 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

“Adult Content” is the first episode of Silicon Valley’s second season that feels focused on storyline over character, though not to a point where the relationships Mike Judge has been building this season feel as if they have plateaued. The realization that End Frame, the company founded by (arguably) stealing elements of Pied Piper’s algorithm, is now working with a full sales force puts Richard in hot water with Russ Hanneman, his major benefactor. When the Pied Piper team storms the End Frame offices, the head of the new company is quick to point out that he didn’t technically steal it, since Richard and his team essentially wrote out the entire route to the algorithm in front of them. It’s another distinction between the personal and business: trust between people is necessary and good for society, but trust between businesses is hugely rare, bordering on non-existent. »

- Chris Cabin

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Silicon Valley, Ep. 2.06, “Homicide” highlights the show’s talent with details

18 May 2015 9:39 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Silicon Valley, Season 2, Episode 6, “Homicide”

Written by Carrie Kemper

Directed by Mike Judge

Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on HBO

Justice is nice and all, but it’s not really dramatic. Want audiences really want is poetic justice, the sense that the justice being given out has a twinge of retribution to it as well. It’s no fun to watch someone lose out on an opportunity because they don’t deserve it, but it’s a blast to watch someone lose out on an opportunity because they don’t deserve it And because they messed up in such a way that directly led to their losing of said opportunity. Sure, Gavin Belson is an ass and it’s good TV to watch Nucleus sputter and freeze during its big soft opening of a livestream, but Nucleus’ great public plunder is so entertaining because Gavin Belson is directly responsible, through »

- Jj Perkins

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Silicon Valley Recap: “Homicide”

18 May 2015 9:29 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I remarked last week in my recap of “Server Space,” one of the best episodes of television to air so far this year, that Silicon Valley has been making a sincere and distinct effort to explore the sensitive side of T.J. Miller’s deeply obnoxious Erlich. The show’s creator, Mike Judge, took this concept a step further in “Homicide,” wherein we get another taste of Erlich’s life before incubating Richard and Pied Piper. As the episode begins, Hooli is launching Nucleus with a major Ufc bout and it goes, to paraphrase one of the episode’s funniest lines, Apple Maps bad. This is all gravy for the gang at Pied Piper, and the failure gives Monica (Amanda Crew) the idea to capitalize on Hooli’s failure by finding a similar event to launch Pied Piper as the new data-crunch software for streaming video. Of the show’s litany of poignant symbols, »

- Chris Cabin

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Silicon Valley box set review: ‘This may truly be the satire for our times’

14 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Mike Judge’s subtle sitcom about a likable geek who leaves Google-like Hooli to code it alone reflects – and comically distorts – the hermetically sealed cult of tech

Mike Judge, the sly cultural observer who skewered a generation with Beavis and Butt-head and made a smalltown Texas conservative sympathetic in the long-running King of the Hill, has struggled to match his cartoon peaks in the live-action arena (although his flavourings-factory comedy film, Extract, was better than it sounds). But the startup-themed Silicon Valley, his first flesh-and-blood sitcom for HBO, is easily his warmest and subtlest work. It’s already into its 10-episode second season on Sky; here are the first eight.

A show that toggles between revenge-of-the-nerds soap opera and knife-sharp spoof, Silicon Valley’s unlikely hero is Richard, played by the goofily nasal Thomas Middleditch. He’s an accidental genius who quits an insufferable Google-type company called Hooli, where he »

- Andrew Collins

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Silicon Valley, Ep. 2.05, “Server Space” shows how pride drives the show

11 May 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Silicon Valley, Season 2, Episode 5, “Server Space”

Written by Sonny Lee

Directed by Mike Judge

Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on HBO

It’s not every week you get to experience a monkey using a robot arm to masturbate.

Silicon Valley is a show about pride. Even with all its expertly dumb gags, like the aforementioned monkey spanking the monkey and Richard’s paranoia that his night sweats are going to turn into bed wetting, the show is following through with this idea that pride is the main motivator for the movers and shakers within Silicon Valley. At Hooli, that pride is causing Gavin Belson to not care about one of the brightest minds in the world, who has come to work for his company. Instead, Belson is putting all of his effort into a guy who spends valuable resources making a giant potato cannon that may have the power to kill. »

- Jj Perkins

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Silicon Valley Recap: “Server Space”

11 May 2015 9:42 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Over the last few episodes of Silicon Valley, creator and often-time writer-director Mike Judge has been slowly backing away from focusing on the egotistical, foul-mouthed doings of T.J. Miller’s Erlich. This would seem to be part and parcel of Richard’s storyline, which now brings the Pied Piper creator to a point where he can afford a beautiful new office for the company, rather than squatting in Erlich’s “incubator” for another year. In “Server Space,” however, Judge brings Miller’s character’s loneliness and paranoia further into the limelight, though the last two episodes have teased these feelings subtly, especially when Erlich comes into contact with Russ Hanneman. As Erlich’s vulnerability becomes more clear, Richard and him grow closer as friends, and “Server Space,” on the whole, feels like the series’ most emotionally resonant and thoughtful episode to date, which is no small feat considering the show »

- Chris Cabin

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Silicon Valley Recap: The Monkey Hustle

10 May 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In the past, whenever I’ve been irritated about a plot point or situation, Silicon Valley would worm its way back into my good graces, either with a great take on a particular aspect of my profession or with funny dialogue. With this week’s episode, “Server Space,” I felt far less forgiving than I’ve normally been. I watched this episode twice before concluding that it reeked with a desperation that gave me pause. Is it too early for me to wonder if this premise is sustainable for a third season? Is Silicon Valley about to jump the shark?For starters, the current plotline is wearing very thin. Despite having some great lines and yet another of director Mike Judge’s wicked and warped camera movements (it occurs after Erlich disses the creators of the Christian dog-sharer app, Dog Dammit), this is the weakest episode in the entire series so far. »

- Odie Henderson

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Silicon Valley Recap: “The Lady”

4 May 2015 9:17 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If the replacement of the late Christopher Evan Welch’s Peter Gregory with Laurie Bream (Suzanne Cryer) suggested that the second season of Silicon Valley would deal head-on with Silicon Valley’s misogynistic “boy’s club” mentality, “The Lady” confirms it. The title does not come from some mysterious woman who enters the lives of Richard and the Pied Piper team, but rather from an ingenious bit of software that acts as an intangible all-seeing mother in homes to keep children in line when parents don’t have the time. Not surprisingly, Russ Hanneman is all over this new tech, which, essentially, boils femininity down to the maternal archetype, but Hanneman was certainly not the only one who could be found guilty of trying to find an easy way to not deal with women. [caption id="attachment_453571" align="alignright" width="353"] Image via HBO[/caption] For Jared, henceforth to be known as O.J., his problem with »

- Chris Cabin

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Why 1999 was the best year in movie history

30 April 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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