We turn on the TV to take a break from parenting duties, but we often find ourselves watching shows about families. There are some we wish to be part of and others that make us thankful for our own brood. From schemes gone awry to serious marital struggles, these seven families kept us entertained every week during 2013. Which family was your favorite to watch? Weigh in through our poll and comment section.
The Bravermans (Parenthood)
It has been a difficult year from the Bravermans. Between Crosby's new baby, Sarah and Amber's arguments, and Joel and Julia's marital issues, it seemed like the family would fall apart in 2013. But in typical Braverman fashion, they banded together to help each other through the stressful times.
The Bluths (Arrested Development)
After almost seven years off the air, the Bluths returned, as deceptive and dysfunctional as ever. Still living beyond their means, the money-hungry family kept people laughing with one-liners and a series of unsuccessful schemes.
Somewhere in the deep, dark bowels of the Internet, an overzealous cybercitizen is waiting to ruin your Fall TV season with spoilers. It's not safe on the web! Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special airs this Saturday, Nov. 23, and all your friends are feeling all the feels on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr now that the Doctor's fate is revealed.
Beware: plot-ruining land mines await you in cyberspace. That is, of course, unless you employ the help of digital downloads that'll block any special-wrecking spoilers on Chrome, Twitter, or Tumblr. Watch the video to find out the one danger zone that surprised us and the one tip that rules them all.
Doesn't every Breaking Bad fan want to know where Skyler White and the rest of the gang ended up after the series finale? Well, last night at the Miss Golden Globe announcement party, we asked Mrs. Walter White herself — Anna Gunn — just that. We thought her answer was perfect. And the Emmy Award-winner also surprised us when she revealed her favorite award season moment. It's not what you may think.
It's almost been two months since the end of Breaking Bad, and Aaron Paul is already moving on to his upcoming film Need For Speed, but he's still up for chatting about the end of the series that made him famous.
It's almost been two months since the end of Breaking Bad, and Aaron Paul is already moving on to his upcoming film Need For Speed, but he's still up for chatting about the end of the series that made him famous. When we talked to Paul about the end of Breaking Bad, he opened up about how he felt about the finale and how relieved he was that people liked it. He also spilled a detail about a feature we'll see on the upcoming series box set.
"I could not wait for people to see how it all ended. It was very easy for all of us to keep it a secret because it's fun to know and have everyone else not know. I think the majority of everybody really was a fan of how it ended, and I think we really nailed the landing on this. Bryan [Cranston] and I actually read the final episode together — he was staring at me for a good three or four days. Bryan and I wanted to wait to read it together. They actually filmed us reading it together for the first time out loud, and it's going to be a part of the whole full series box set. It was obviously a very emotional experience, but it was cool; I went to that event at the cemetery [the Hollywood Forever screening]. It was cool to be there with 4,000 people reacting to it, just the honest reaction. Everyone loved it . . . thank God."
Listen, even if you weren't an avid Breaking Bad fan, you have to watch this genius alternate ending. Why? Because it's Malcolm in the Middle-themed. The hilarious clip shows Bryan Cranston waking up next to his former TV wife, Jane Kaczmarek, after having a terrible nightmare in which he was a meth cooker who kills people. The horror! Seriously, though, it's amazing and so meta.
We love our children — we swear we do — but just as we fantasize about our TV husbands, we also wonder what it would be like to raise some of TV's cutest kids. Though we wouldn't trade our babies for anyone on TV, we wouldn't mind if these tots joined our own families.
During the first few seasons of Mad Men, Sally Draper annoyed viewers with her constant complaining and bratty behavior. Over the years, however, she's grown into a beautiful young lady who's much wiser than her playboy pop and shallow mother.
Before becoming a married man, Cory Matthews was the curly-haired boy that made viewers laugh with his one-liners and innocent outlook on life. We watched Cory mature throughout the years and can't wait to see the man he's become when Girl Meets World premieres in 2014.
Though The Good Wife centers on Alicia Florrick, her daughter has stolen more than a few scenes during the show's four-year run. An A+ student, Grace would make any parent proud, but her daring and naïve sides make her relatable to peers as well.
It doesn't matter that Breaking Bad is over, because we're still obsessed with the show and will continue to flaunt our love. If there's someone on your holiday shopping list who's also still obsessed — and bummed the show is over — then cheer them up with one of these cheeky gifts that recall Walt; his alter ego, Heisenberg; or Jesse's favorite word.
We recently said goodbye to Breaking Bad, and the pangs of withdrawal are beginning to set in. Though we've seen the last of Walt, Jesse, and their mixed-up meth world, the brilliant actors behind the series will continue on in other projects — some are already back on the small screen! Find out where you can see your favorite Breaking Bad stars next.
Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman will be the one Breaking Bad character who gets the chance to live on — well, at least in our TiVos — next year in his own spinoff series, Better Call Saul. We recently caught up with Odenkirk, who is next starring in Alexander Payne's latest film, Nebraska, to get a status update on the series. He told us there's no pilot script yet but did hint at what we can expect when the show debuts — namely, a lot of new faces.
Odenkirk told us, "I'm told that they're hiring writers. Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are the writers of the show, and Vince created Breaking Bad, and they've told me some of their ideas for what the world feels like and who the characters are that are going to matter — which is a whole new slew of characters we've never seen [before]."
Gilligan recently revealed that he envisions Better Call Saul as an hour-long drama versus a half-hour series. Odenkirk has also echoed that sentiment, hinting that the vision for the show is relatively "dark," despite the comic relief Goodman frequently offered in his Breaking Bad role.