Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #24 Community

Some shows, like Parks and Recreation and Game of Thrones, remind me of summer storms. You know exactly what you’re in for as soon as you see the first gray clouds: First it’ll become overcast, then rainy, then windy, then you’ll get a few minutes of heavy thunder and lightning, then a pleasant post-precipitation humidity…

Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #25 Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation had all sorts of warning signs around it when it debuted in 2009. It was pitched as a spinoff of The Office, which was currently at the end of its peak in Season 5. This was an idea that seemed like a really bad one at the time (and seemed even worse…

Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #30 How I Met Your Mother

Kids, I’ve long wanted to write a retrospective of How I Met Your Mother for this site. Then Grant wrote one and, of course, it’s fantastic and way better than what I would have written. But I’ll take a crack at it, even though I no longer feel pressure to hit all the major points:…

HIMYM Finale: So, That Was a Thing

(Do not read if you don’t want spoilers.) How I Met Your Mother concluded after 9 seasons last night with its all-time most-watched episode. And all those extra fans were, shall we say, not thrilled with the serpentine narration’s final twist. In an episode that provoked a text message from one of EarnThis’s founders that simply stated…

Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #63 The Wire

Widely regarded as the finest drama in modern TV history — if not all of TV history — The Wire needs no introduction to its fans, while those who haven’t seen it are probably baffled what the hype is all about. It’s just a cop show, right? Well, yes and no. It’s a long-form show…

Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #83 Drake and Josh

I watched a bunch of Drake and Josh reruns just over a year ago and… there’s a lot about this show that hasn’t aged well. Some of the plots are incredibly stupid. Pretty much any story centered around mischief caused by Megan (a young Miranda Cosgrove) is frustrating. A bunch of the early episodes leaned…