You know, Brian Griffin was a great character on Fox’s hit television show Family Guy. He was a beloved member of the Griffin family, and every now and again, Brian had some words of wisdom for the characters too. Whether it was Peter, Stewie, or Meg, they knew that sometimes, they could count on Brian.
Sometimes, Brian was also NOT THAT GREAT of a character. Whether it was his womanizing, alcoholism, or just being kind of up his own ass, Brian isn’t exactly the moral compass he wants to be. Truth is, Brian Griffin is better off dead.
Television recently lost another beloved character, though. Hershel Greene of AMC’s The Walking Dead. If there’s another character on television that can bring the same sage wisdom, sound advice, medical skills, and all around positivity that Hershel brought to the show, point me in his or her direction. In a town like Quahog, with a family like the Griffins, without someone like this, the fictional souls of this imaginary land are doomed.
So please, folks. Find it in your heart to sign this petition, and bring back a man whose soul and spirit we can all celebrate.
There are so many emotions running through my mind at this moment. It’s been about three hours since Breaking Bad ended, and I have not stopped thinking about it. In a way, I feel like I’m in a grieving period. I feel like I lost a friend. I feel like I was dumped. I feel like something I was emotionally attached to was torn away from me.
As someone who not only loves the arts, but participates in providing entertainment to people (I do stand-up comedy), I become invested in things that matter most to me. You sit and you get excited about something that makes you happy on a weekly basis, and sure, seasons end, but they always come back (unless it was a terrible show; not here to name names). But when you know it’s the end, you realize what a profound experience a show has been. You realize how something that most people might find mundane is a sort of lifestyle to you (yes, I do call people in my life “bitch”). It’s hard to explain that sometimes. “You can watch it on DVD whenever you want.” And this is true! When I miss a show, I bust out the boxed set and watch the hell out of it (I miss your hair, Sawyer!), but no matter how rabid of a fan you may be, one thing is missing: the anticipation.
A lot of shows that I loved have ended in the past few years. 24, Lost, The Office, Dexter… I have, and always will have, fond memories of those shows; favorite scenes, favorite quotes, favorite episodes. But, none of those will ever live up to Breaking Bad. I don’t think any show, at least in this lifetime, will live up to Breaking Bad (sorry, old people, but M*A*S*H* has NOTHING on BrBa).
People will always differ in opinion on everything in our lives, and the finale of this show is no exception.
“Jesse should have killed Walt!”
“Walt should have lived!”
“Skyler should die!”
The experience should be looked at as a whole rather than just an ending, and whether you’re a science teacher, a car wash owner, or even a Neo Nazi, the experience was a damn good one.
Winner, South Dakota. 9:00pm.
I can still remember it.
It was March of 2005. My then girlfriend-now wife, little sister, and I took a trip to South Dakota to visit my Grandparents. I guess visiting the small town of Winner, South Dakota was our idea of Spring Break. We were eating lunch and I saw a commercial on tv saying the series premiere of a show called ‘The Office’ was on that night. “That’s the show with Steve Carrell from Anchorman. I’ll watch that,” I thought. I remember they showed the first two episodes, but my favorite of the two was Diversity Day. It was a great episode, and remains to be even today. There’s two scenes that stand out from that episode, one that is still one of my favorites.
Dwight: Give me an easy clue so I can guess it.
Pam: Okay. I’m not trying to be racist, but you’re not a very good driver.
Dwight: Oh man, am I a woman?!
The other scene is Michael using the stereotypical eastern Indian voice and asking Kelly if she would like to try his “gookie-gookie”, and she slaps him.
I tried to watch the show as much as I could. Eventually though, I started working a full time job and moved out of my parents’ house. Not being able to afford cable, I stopped watching the show. Things changed about three years ago. I had lost my job, and my wife, kids, and I were having to move out of where we lived. It was a low time for me. I remember sitting up one night alone and rediscovering ‘The Office’. I remember spending my days watching episode after episode. The laughter it brought helped me get through a tough time. Once the new season started, I watched the show religiously. I was glued to my television every Thursday night.
We’ve now come to a time I honestly never thought about. We as a people start to get comfortable and depend on things. We don’t like change, and when it happens, we regret taking advantage of the situation. I feel like I took advantage of ‘The Office’, and I regret that. I’ve depended on the show to keep me sane every Thursday night, new episode or repeat. I’m sad to see the show go. I’ll miss these characters and their stories on a weekly basis. This show has made me emotional before (Jim and Pam’s wedding, Michael proposing the Holly, Michael leaving Dunder Mifflin), but these past few weeks have really gotten to me.
Michael. Dwight. Jim. Pam. Andy. Darryl. Stanley. Phyllis. Kevin. Oscar. Angela. Toby (I hate you.). Kelly. Ryan. Jan. Roy. Holly. Gabe. Jo. Robert California. David Wallace.
Thank you to all of these characters for all their stories. If these people only knew the things they helped me through.
I hope my wife bought me some tissues.
Using a Cinderella cup LIKE A BOSS!
Gotta renew my license this year. This picture seems perfect!