About A Guy: Thomas McDonell
New Girl is back tonight! 9 o'clock, buddies! Nick Miller's face will be on our TVs again! It's like Christmas morning! In honor of this glorious occasion, here are some flawless .gifs of Nick Miller, the greatest character there ever was. Historians should study this character henceforth to know exactly what the 20-something's plight is like. Nick's delightfully underemployed, a little bit cranky, and a little bit useless. Like the song says, "Nick Miller, Nick Miller, never does anything." And we're all fine with that. —Katie
Growing up is hard. Like, sometimes all the girls in 6th grade know how to expertly apply Bonne Bell face glitter to their eyelids, but you don't know how and no one will help you and you're the only girl at the dance without any glitter on her face, and it's very traumatic. When real life sucks, sometimes you just need a few random people to look up to, to help get you through the hell of tweendom. The road to finding oneself is paved with pop culture stars of the '90s, man! Here are some of the people that helped me become the cultured and confidant woman that I am today. —Katie
Sweet, beautiful angel Posh was the most amazing woman in the world to me when I was younger. Sure, she wasn't the most exciting member of The Spice Girls, but she was the classiest. And she was a brunette, like me, so we totally had so much in common. Unfortunately, I also had triangle hair when I was little, and also had no elegance, and also wasn't even a little bit mysterious, so while my transformation into Posh Spice was not to be, at least I came to terms at an early age that I would never be a beautiful, alien-headed swan like Mrs. Beckham.
I don't think I can actually put into words how b e a u t i f u l I thought Laura Winslow was when I was a tween. Especially after her haircut. LOOK AT HOW GOOD SHE LOOKS! Plus, she was a solid female character. And she was always just like, fending off boys. Me and my triangle hair wanted to be that. And then she also taught me humility and love is blind because she totes could have ended up with Stefan, but she picked Steve! Wow, what a lesson. Laura Winslow: forever my spirit animal.
It's almost spooky how ahead of her time Clarissa was. Like, do you see that graphic up there? That existed before Tumblr. Isn't it amazing how forward-thinking our girl Clarissa was? She even had a badass pet crocodile (to emphasize how cool and not girly she was), which totally convinced me that I, too, wanted a crocodile. (Even though, deep down, I didn't want one at all because they're not cuddly and stink like sweaty garbage.) I also appreciated her totally platonic best-friendship with Sam. CRUSH THE NORM, GIRL.
Horses, mini or otherwise
IDK, horses are just really majestic and I was totally a horse girl and I totally "get" Li'l Sebastian and maybe deep in my soul I just want to be one and I mean, LOOK AT THAT LI'L GUY! HE FITS IN A CAR! If there was ever a gentle, perfect creature to aspire to be, it is most certainly the mini horse.
Who were some of your childhood heroes? Tell me! I want to know.
Apparently hearing about the possible *NSYNC reunion has pumped me up for the VMAs because I didn't realize how much I cared about them until this morning. *NSYNC: making everything better in life since 1995. Anyway, now that the VMAs are in Brooklyn this year, maybe that means we can expect some new and wacky shit to go down. In the meantime, here are some memorable performances from the VMA days of yore. (Good luck not getting stuck in a YouTube vortex of all this!) —Katie
Britney Spears & *NSYNC "Baby One More Time" (1999)
Obviously we've all seen the Britney Spears "Slave 4 U" 100 million times, along with her "Satisfaction" performance, so why not focus on this little gem from 1999 that also features *NSYNC? Classic. Also, the guy at 0:29... who was that? He used to be like, semi-recognizable but now I can't remember why. Was he just Britney's back-up dancer forever? If you know the answer to this mystery, email us. Forreal.
Whitney Houston "How Will I Know" (1986)
This was only a couple years after the VMA awards started and there aren't any crazy costumes or frills going on in this performance, but how cute is Whitney in this? She was only 23! And like, just casually k i l l i n g it. ILU, Whitney.
Madonna "Vogue" (1990)
Obviously we've also seen Madonna's "Like A Virgin" performance 5 trillion times, so let's take a look at her equally fun performance of "Vogue" from 1990. After looking videos up for this post, I realized Madonna's been at the VMAs like, every year since the dawn of time. Even her award presentations were exciting: here she is with an unannounced Letterman right after she did a profanity-laced interview with him. (Also, best interview ever, TBH.)
Michael Jackson (1995)
Not much to say about this because MJ speaks for himself, but I sure hope there comes a time in my life when I get to stand over a grate in a flowing white shirt while Slash plays a guitar solo next to me as we both get blasted with air.
Nirvana "Lithium" (1992)
A solid performance and then you get to the end and Krist Novoselic tosses his bass into the air, only to have it smack him in the head, and then Kurt smashes the amp with his guitar while Dave Grohl repeatedly says, "HI AXL!" (Which is why Dave Grohl has been, and will always be, the best guy in the world.)
Eminem "The Real Slim Shady" (2000)
Whatever, we've seen this a million times, but it's a super fun performance! Yeah, YOU HEARD ME, EMINEM. It was FUN.
Lady GaGa "Paparazzi" (2009)
Man, say what you will about Lady GaGa nowadays, but this performance was out of control. The costumes and the piano and the bleeding! And then hearing everyone gasping about the bleeding. So good. Since she's opening the VMAs this year, we can all probably expect something big again. Hopefully it will not be her head on a swan.
Apparently *NSYNC is going to be reuniting for the VMAs this weekend because life is beautiful. Hopefully this is real news and not just conjecture, because think of how amazing this could be! Would the boys drop in on marionette strings, each one a little bit sadder than JT about their current relevancy in the pop culture world? Would they perform a fresh choreographed dance so Darrin (and his Dance Grooves) has something new to teach us via VHS cassette? Would JC pretend that "All Day Long I Dream About Sex" never happened in his downtime? (Because he shouldn't forget. NEVER FORGET YOUR ROOTS, JC.)
Let's cross our fingers and hope "Dirty Pop" 2.0 at least happens. Please. —Katie
Breaking Bad is back and it's better than ever! (If you want to talk about that ending last night, email me. I'm mostly not kidding.) Except now we can't stream the entire season on Netflix in one afternoon. How are we supposed to wait a week between shows?! What is this, the Stone Age? While we're all waiting for the new episodes to air, and since we have nothing else to do, like jobs, let's channel Walter White's iconic fashion sense. Maybe it'll help us feel closer to the characters. Plus, he's such a fashionista. —Katie
Live, love, laugh.
Get the look:
Hawkings McGill Pinpoint Oxford Button-Down Shirt
Remember, you're an ex-high school teacher, so you want to retain some of that casual cool style. You should probably only ever wear button-downs. It'll make people really confused when you turn out to be a badass drug lord.
Levi's 508 Two-Tone Cougar Pant
Always gotta keep a casual chino khaki. Nothin' too fancy for this meth maker.
Hidden Marble Square Sunglasses
When Jesse is like "MAGNETS? HOW ABOUT MAGNETS? IS ANYBODY LISTENING TO ME?" just pop on these sunglasses while walking away and sighing so everyone knows how over it you are.
Brixton Bison Wide Brim Fedora
When people are like, "Hi, Walter!" you pull out this hat and slap it on your head real quick so they know that they're dealing with Heisenberg, the lean, mean killin' machine and not Walt "I Sold My Company Shares For $5,000 And Now They're Worth 4 Billion, Let's All Cry For Me" White.
Deena & Ozzy Medium Army Duffle Bag
You need a sturdy bag to carry around stacks of cash and stacks of meth. Jesse Pinkman will also need one. Order two.
The Men's Soap Shop Double-Edge Razor
Hair is so passé. Shave it off. Shave it all off.
WOOWOO, buzzkill train pulling into the station! Because guess what, guys? School starts really soon, so you're probably going to want to get ready for that. Whether you're going back to high school, college or Hell On Earth (grad school), you're never too old for some tips on how to make new friends. Here are some surefire conversation starters. —Katie
Anything about sharks, probably accompanied by the above .gif
When you head back to school, Shark Week and sharks will still be fresh on everyone's minds, and what better way to bond with someone than by bringing up the totally unscientific and ridiculous SyFy movie Sharknado? Get into a cool debate about whether the Sharknado sharks or the nonexistant Megalodon would kill more people. And then get ready for your phone to break because you will be inundated with friend requests, you cool shark fan, you.
Also anything about Breaking Bad
If you're not caught up on Breaking Bad already, like, please get on it. The new season starts in like 10 minutes! IT'S GOING TO BE FILLED WITH DRAMA! It's also going to be one of the best talking points you can imagine. Like, what if people start referencing that pizza on the roof and you don't know what they're talking about? Embarrassing.
Wherever he goes, whatever he does, Ryan Gosling is always a conversation starter. When he is 50, the "Hey girl" meme will probably still be going around. Talking about Gosling is also a good way to weed out Friendship Failures because if anyone tells you they don't like Baby Goose, then you can just slowly face palm them and walk away.
Cats, the internet and cats on the internet
If you're sitting in a class and your teacher is like, "Oh, time for a group project," because they're an asshole, and you're forced to sit in a semi-circle of desks with strangers, just yell out something about a cat video you saw on the internet. Trust me, it will be enough.
Probably Justin Bieber
Because like, what a little drama factory, right?! Bless.
This is essentially the Cliffs Notes for Breaking Bad. WARNING: Spoilers! Don't watch this if you're not totally caught up (or just stop it when you get to the scene you last remember, like I did... FYI: Season 4 ends at 4:30!) —Ally
Yo! We heard from Badger that Jesse Pinkman (aka Aaron Paul) will be at our San Diego store (665 Fifth Ave.) on July 20 signing autographs. Awesome, right? If you're not in San Diego, don't worry. You can still get in on the Aaron Paul action! Some very lucky Twitter followers will get a shoutout by Aaron, on camera, with his trademark Jesse Pinkman "BITCH!" at the end. All you have to do is tweet us a personal accomplishment using #callmebitch for a chance, bitch.
Throw on some ripped jeans and a mildly cool leather vest because Jesse and the Rippers are reuniting at last. HAVE MERCY! The (totally real) band will be performing on Fallon this Friday night, July 19, so set your VCRs, y'all. (Yes, VCRs.) Let's all cross our fingers and hope Little Richard and The Beach Boys show up as well. (AND THAT JESSE KATSOPOLIS CRAWLS OUT FROM OUR TV SCREENS, THE RING STYLE, TO GIVE US ALL KISSES BECAUSE DAMN, SON.) —Katie
This past Wednesday, Comedy Central was back at the Summer Stage in Central Park, with their 'Stars Under the Stars' show hosted by Gabriel Iglesias. The night included live stand-up acts by comedians Dan Soder, Adam DeVine, John Mulaney, Jeff Ross and Amy Schumer, as well as my personal favorite part of the night: a surprise five minute long torrential downpour right before the gates opened.
The Goosebumps TV show from 1995 is on Netflix and well, okay, maybe it's a little light on actual style, but that doesn't diminish the fact that Goosebumps is on Netflix! I just re-watched the epic two-part "Welcome to Camp Nightmare," and um, sure it wasn't as good or scary as I remember, but who cares, nostalgia is the most powerful force in the world. Besides, the epic miniseries featured ample flannel, a bevy of bowl cuts and even a chain wallet. When are chain wallets coming back? Anytime now, right? I'll be waiting. —Angelo
While we wait for season three of HBO's Girls to come out, writer and director Gail Lerner produced a parody trailer for Girls Season 38 starring some pretty renowned actresses you might recognize. The trailer shows us what would happen if we caught up with Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shosh when they hit the retirement age. Looks like Hannah is still up to her old tricks, Jessa is having fun yelling at people in hospitals, Marnie's career has grown cobwebs, literally, and Shoshanna is still well, being Shosh. Obviously my favorite part is Hannah eating a lobster on the street. —Maddie
"BUG JUICE, DOESN'T COME IN A JAR. BUG JUICE COMES FROM WHO YOU ARE," are definitely still words of wisdom that I sing out loud no less than twice a month. The Disney show Bug Juice was like, classic reality TV, and it had good company in other short-lived camp shows. Here are the best (and only?) ones. —Katie
Bug Juice 1998-2001
But seriously, remember how good this show was? Mostly I remember the theme song, but you can catch a lot of the episodes over on YouTube. The first episode of the first season is a true gem. And I found out I totally should have gone to Camp Wazi because basically everyone went on to graduate from U. Penn? Was this a secret genius camp? I SHOULD HAVE GONE TO CAMP.
Salute Your Shorts 1991-1992
DONKEY LIPS. Salute Your Shorts was short-lived, but forever amazing. Unfortunately, most of the complete episodes aren't available on YouTube, but if you have 55 minutes to kill, there is this reunion panel the cast did last year at Comikaze. People really, really loved Salute Your Shorts. "It's 'I hope we never part,' now get it right or pay the price!"
Camp Candy 1989-1992
John Candy is the best. Early '90s cartoons are the best. All the dramatic cartoon babies on this show are the best. From this episode: "Binky did what he always does when he's feeling low. He climbed a tree." And then made friends with a bird. You and me both, Binky.
MTV's Fat Camp 2006
MTV's Fat Camp was actually a part of their documentary series, but it's obviously worth mentioning because Dianne was an amazing reality T.V. personality. Her dramatic fall to the ground out of her chair is exactly how I feel whenever I go outdoors. After Fat Camp was such a success, MTV aired Return To Fat Camp the next summer. Dianne made a few cameos, thank god.
(Photo via Refinery29)
Hey! Did you guys see that this happened?! THIS IS VERY EXCITING! A Boy Meets World reunion! Look at all the fun they're having!! Angela is beautiful! Over the weekend, the cast held a panel at the ATX festival in Texas and discussed some of their favorite show memories, as well as the new spin-off show Girl Meets World that focuses on Cory and Topanga's daughter. They were just the most, weren't they? I actually had real tears spring to my eyes over this photo of Shawn and Angela because they are the perfect couple and probably need to get real-life married. Boy Meets World is responsible for the fact that I still call Jennifer Love Hewitt "Feffy" (see below) so thanks for that, BMW. You rock. Here's hoping that Girl Meets World is just as incredible. —Katie
Skins is rebooting some of its most beloved characters for another season—so yep, that means beautiful, angel Effy is coming back to us! As you can see from this newly released promo, there aren't many details about each character's life being leaked yet, but it's safe to say that things definitely seem... different for Effy, as well as the other rebooted characters, Cassie and Cook. Guess we'll all have to wait until this airs in July to see what's really going to go down. —Katie