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Brooklyn Nine Nine: "Halloween III"/S3E5

Posted on October 26, 2015 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Brooklyn Nine-Nine isn't your conventional cop-comedy involving a terribly fat cop eating donuts, drinking coffee, and making bad decisions: the show instead plays on how the intellectual can have various nuances to their characters. A fine example to this stand-out trait of the show is its trio of Halloween episodes involving challenges that are almost impossible to overcome, and it always involves a multitude...

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Brooklyn Nine Nine:"The Oolong Slayer"/S3E4

Posted on October 18, 2015 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Television is a very interesting medium as it often opens up the possibility of commercialization, i.e. merchandise. As a show moves forward and hits a certain season, it begins to gain a certain following. This following may or may not be interested in official merchandise, but the fans of a show can often quote lines from various episodes, remember plotlines vaguely, and even allude to the show sporadically. The first two are the results of the writers'...

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Brooklyn Nine Nine: "Boyle's Hunch"/S3E3

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Why do we expect television shows to have a perfect run of A-grade episodes? I find it unreasonable to expect every single episode of a season be perfect, especially since that would create a form of monotony. I know that it may seem contradictory, but I strongly support a television show that has a few dips in quality over the season because those are the episodes that make up appreciate the better ones. Otherwise, you would have people say that a specif...

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Brooklyn Nine Nine: "Funeral"/S3E2

Posted on October 6, 2015 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


I often muse at the idea of television as a medium for communication. On one hand, it offers impeccable entertainment and moments to which we can deeply relate. On the other hand, there's a great number of entertainment slots that offers its audience content that's derivative and puerile, which undermines the audience. The funny thing is that more often than not sitcoms would be more engaging to our brains than dramas with serious overtones. I think that ...

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Brooklyn Nine Nine: "New Captain"/S3E1

Posted on September 28, 2015 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


When Brooklyn Nine Nine had piloted about two years ago, one of my main concerns was the decision made to cast Andy Samberg as the lead of the show. Truth be told, he is a fantastic comedian, but during his seven-year  at Saturday Night Live he was the "little brother" : we rarely saw Samberg as the main driving force for a large number of sketches. Once the first season had officially been put into place, I noticed how even t...

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Why we stopped reviewing A to Z...

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


When NBC announced their Fall 2015 lineup, I was elated to see this show as one of the new sitcoms airing on NBC. Thus, I decided to add the show to our regular coverage at The DR Club. At first, the show was like an action-packed short film; however, after the third episode, I felt like every episode moved very slowly, and the plots didn't really seem to intrigue me as much as those of previous episodes did. After the calamity that we can call "D is for ...

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A to Z: "C is for Curiouser + Curiouser"/S1E3

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao

 

Every episode of A to Z has a very predictable structure. It will always discuss some first for Andrew and Zelda, leading to them getting insecure, jealous and crazy. For instance, this week discussed each character’s past, and everything spiralled down from there. I like that A to Z has a warmth that many sitcoms lack, but this repetition in plot structure is getting a little monotonous. There is only one voice during the narration, we are only se...

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A to Z: "B is for Big Glory"/S1E2

Posted on October 11, 2014 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


After last week's episode, a lot of theories flew around regarding the endgame for A to Z. The most obvious choice would be an inevitable breakup, but an engagement or even a death is highly likely. This engagement in a series is both beneficial and threatening for a show, especially a sitcom or rom com. If people are engaged in the p...

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A to Z: "A is for Acquaintances"/S1E1

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


As soon as HIMYM ended last March, a lot of romcom sitcoms were announced. It seemed as though every one was trying to chase behind HIMYM's success as a show of the genre, as Alan Sepinwall had said. As far as HIMYM is concerned, this pilot has so many things in common that this might as well be HIMYM's soulmate. Not only do we know the fate of this relationship, but we also get the cliches (which I live for on televi...

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The Best Day

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


We all anticipate the termination of a week while complaining about our monotonous lives. While we complain, we never notice what occurs around us: others are complaining, others are having a great time or even just sitting around moving on with their lives. On the whole, we just move on with our lives in one way: by throwing fusses. 


However, as things blossom and life makes things look difficult, we can always take a moment to enj...

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The Suite Life: "Poor Little Rich Girl"/S1E13

Posted on January 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao (Original Air Date: 22/07/2005)


It's rare that a sitcom, especially one that airs on Disney, would write an episode with an emotionally deep plot and sub-plot while using small talk and ice-breakers to generate comedy. When I first heard the  title, I knew that there would be the rich girl turning poor, in this case London, then seeking help from someone poor (Maddie) and finally their friendship will develop. 


However, that's ...

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Grey's Anatomy /S8E1-2

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao (Original Air Date: 22 September 2011)


Grey's Anatomy hasn't always been the best of shows, but however, it's plotlines and emotions add up to its success for the seven years in which it's been running. However, this time, for a season opener, they tried going against the main point of the show: firing Meredith. Then, with no delay of wasting time on her being unemployed, finding a solution for the unemployment. A temporary solution would be becoming a mo...

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