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Five for Five: Grant’s Picks

To celebrate our fifth birthday, each Earn This contributor is selecting his five favorite things from the past five years. Here are Grant’s picks. 5) Parks and Recreation There’s not much more to be said about PnR, but for me, the biggest takeaway is the possibility of creating memorable characters in a conventional, network-produced sitcom. The…

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Five for Five: Dan’s Picks

To celebrate our fifth birthday, each Earn This contributor is selecting his five favorite things from the past five years.Here are Dan’s picks. 5. Community, Season 1 (2009-10) The #5 spot came down to two seasons of NBC sitcoms that aired during 2009-2010, starting within a week of each other: Parks and Rec, Season 2…

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Five For Five

Earn This hit another big milestone recently: our fifth birthday! We used that as an inspiration to put together a retrospective on the past five years of entertainment. (Of course, it took us two months to actually get our acts together… but better late than never!) What we decided to do was each pick our…

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Five for Five: Colton’s Picks

To celebrate our fifth birthday, each Earn This contributor is selecting his five favorite things from the past five years. Here are Colton’s picks. Rap Genius (October 2009) First, there were lyrics.  Skip ahead a bit.  In 1999, the confused masses rejoiced at the creation of Urban Dictionary, an online reference point that, through community…

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First Impressions Album Review: 1989 – Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift dropped her much-hyped fifth album, 1989, today, and as one of the millions who professes himself a fan of Tay-Tay, I’ve already made a few listen-throughs. I wanted to share my thoughts here. Let’s start by going back two years. Taylor’s fourth album, Red, put me off a bit when I first heard it. I had…

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How I Met Your Mother, Season 8 Review

Oof. That was a slog. HIMYM Season 8 commits many cardinal sins for a sitcom, from forcing a relationship (Robin and Barney), to selling out its characters for cheap jokes (many times; but esp. Barney as a womanizing d-bag), to ridiculous, unbelievable twists (Barney pulling a several month ruse on Robin, then getting engaged to…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #12 The Office

No show will ever impact me the way that the US version of The Office did. It was the show that taught me to love television as an entertainment medium, and it remains one of my favorite shows of all time. I grew up watching cartoons and multi-camera sitcoms, so when my friend Tyler (who…

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A Word about Ke$ha and Dr. Luke

According to a story broken yesterday by TMZ, Ke$ha is suing Dr. Luke for sexual, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse.  I see two ways to spin this story into a broader dialogue, and I have no interest in either of them. First, some-kind-of abuse is evil.  Agreed, and cheers to those who wave that flag…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #13 John Green

If you’ve been keeping up with the Top 100, it should be little surprise that I’m a fan of young adult fiction in all media. I’m a sucker for coming of age stories — particularly thoughtful, male-oriented stories (something that is, unfortunately, pretty uncommon). I’ve decided my unending enjoyment with teen-focused stories is twofold: First, stories…

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ETCast, Episode 010 – Debating Shrek and The Lion King

Download link (you may have to right click and “Save As”) The ETCast is back! Kevin and I caught up on Skype and debated to movies we disagree about: Shrek and The Lion King. As you know if you’ve been following our Animation Evaluation project, you know that I’m a big fan of both Shrek and The Lion King, while Kevin believes…