08:01 AM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 03/27/2014 06:00PM
In this current Golden Age of Television, many of our biggest shows follow what one might call the HBO Rule of Drama: Use each season's penultimate episode for the fireworks, and spend the finale picking up the pieces.
Fortunately, there are still shows out there practicing the ancient art of the season finale cliffhanger – most notably Showtime's Shameless, which wrapped up its fourth season Sunday night by bringing back Justin Chatwin's Steve Wilton, a former boyfriend to Fiona Gallagher (Emmy Rossum), who fans thought murdered at the end of the previous season.
In honor of the throwback nature of the drama's surprising twist – seriously, it was straight out of the Dallas playbook – let's go back in time and run through some of the most shocking finales in TV history. (We're talking season finales here, not series; that's a whole other listicle.) Warning: Major spoilers for all shows below.
Originally posted 03/02/2014 11:00AM
The only thing that seems to be attracting more attention than Jared Leto these days? Jared Leto's hair.
Originally posted 02/11/2014 03:30PM
On Tuesday, Jennifer Aniston turned 45, looking flawless as always. And how does a famous actress celebrate a landmark birthday? Fill up on cake? Party until dawn? Aniston's Friends character, Rachel Green, had a similar conundrum in 2001 when she greeted the ominous 3-0.
Originally posted 01/14/2014 08:00AM
When you think of the Friends theme, you generally don't think of a somber piano ballad.
But after watching this video, you will.
Originally posted 12/05/2013 04:00AM
From Friends to Legally Blonde, revisit those awesomely awkward splits
Originally posted 11/29/2013 05:50PM
Originally posted 11/28/2013 06:00AM
While this season serves up plenty of decadent feasts and warm, fuzzy feelings, time spent with loved ones is often fraught with tension. And that was certainly true for the Friends gang throughout the series' many Thanksgiving episodes.
Despite their petty spats and various mishaps, Monica, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe, Ross and Rachel always eventually recognized what the holiday was truly about (even if that realization took the heartwarming sight of Ugly Naked Guy sharing a turkey with Ugly Naked Gal). Here's a look back at some of our favorite moments.
Originally posted 11/14/2013 09:00AM
It's the baby news heard 'round the world: Kerry Washington is expecting her first child, and while we're excited for the actress, it leaves fans of Scandal scratching their heads about what Washington's bump means for Olivia Pope.
Producer Shonda Rimes has remained mum since Washington's October announcement about whether the pregnancy will be written into the show, but should she choose not to, there's plenty of past precedent to draw from on how to handle a star's changing shape, ranging from the subtle to the downright ridiculous.
Originally posted 11/09/2013 03:00PM
This weekend marks the anniversary of a very special episode of Friends, aptly titled "The One Where Ross Finds Out," which first aired on Nov. 9, 1995.
A little background: When the second season began, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) showed up at the airport to tell Ross (David Schwimmer) his romantic feelings were requited, but soon discovered he was dating fellow paleontologist Julie.
By this episode, Rachel resolves to move on and lets Monica fix her up. The world's worst date ensues, during which Rachel chugs wine and obsesses over Ross and Julie. An intoxicated Rachel then proceeds to aggressively borrow another diner's giant cellphone (reminder: this was 1995) and leave a humiliating message on Ross's answering machine, proclaiming she's "over him."
Originally posted 07/28/2013 03:00PM
Lisa Kudrow got a little nostalgic with her former Friends costar Matthew Perry when he filled in as guest host on Piers Morgan Tonight Friday.
The pair reminisced about how much they enjoyed working on the iconic sitcom, which ended nine years ago, and Perry, 43, admitted, "If I had a time machine, I would like to go back to 2004 and not have stopped."
Kudrow agreed: "If it were up to us, you know, individually, then yes. I would keep going … We had a lot of fun."
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