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Binge Watch Complete: The Santa Clarita Diet

I’ve been doing a lot of binge-watching lately and I thought it would be fun to stray a bit from books and talk about some more TV shows! With this feature, I’ll be sharing a little bit about my binge-watching experience and things I liked about the show! 

** Disclaimer: These posts may contain VERY MINOR spoilers for the shows in discussion. I will never reveal big twists or plot points but if you haven’t watched the show, there may be some very broad plot points discussed. **

THE SHOW: THE SANTA CLARITA DIET
METHOD OF VIEWING: Netflix (Seasons 1 – 3)
SHOW COMPLETE? No, but caught up through currently released seasons

I really love a good dark comedy and surprisingly zombie shows seem to be getting added to my Netflix watchlist. I’m not usually a big zombie person but add some comedy into it, and I am so there. (I’m also currently watching iZombie right now. I think I’m almost done with season 2). I had heard good things about The Santa Clarita Diet and I’m so glad I finally watched it!

I zipped through the first two seasons so quickly! They’re so easy and fun to watch and it was a great show to watch while I was working. Light enough that it kept me motivated and my focus was able to drift a bit but still with an interesting plot and that great comedic punch. I love that Drew Berrymore took on this role and I think it’s so much fun seeing big actors taking on roles for Netflix movies and TV shows! I feel like Netflix originals were kind of low-budget at first and not something people really cared to be a part of (maybe that was just my perception? Who knows) and I love how they’re kind of the most amazing shows out there right now. So many of my favorites are Netflix originals and we’re starting to see a lot more big name actors bringing them to life!

Anyway, I digress. The show is just absolutely delightful. I love the entire cast and I think Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant have a great chemistry.  I really, really love how the zombie concept isn’t hidden from their daughter as well and it’s really a whole family affair. I love the nerdy boy next door and how his zombie folk lore knowledge really starts to help everyone out.

It’s also just a really fun take on the zombie concept! I was never a fan of zombie stories but this has a bit more of a different plot line and I like how each season takes the characters a little bit closer to discovering why and how this happened and if there’s anything they can do to stop it or reverse it. There are little mysteries that each season solves and leaves open to pick up in the next season and nothing is solved too quickly. We meet other undead/living dead and see how their interactions with main character Sheila (Drew Barrymore) affect the entire crew.

If you love dark comedy and haven’t watched this one yet, I highly recommend it! I’m sad that I flew through season 3 so quickly because I always want more of this show but I’ll be anxiously awaiting its next season!


Have you watched The Santa Clarita Diet? Tell me some of your other dark comedy favorites! I always want to watch more!

Binge Watch Complete: The Umbrella Academy

I’ve been doing a lot of binge-watching lately and I thought it would be fun to stray a bit from books and talk about some more TV shows! With this feature, I’ll be sharing a little bit about my binge-watching experience and things I liked about the show! 

** Disclaimer: These posts may contain VERY MINOR spoilers for the shows in discussion. I will never reveal big twists or plot points but if you haven’t watched the show, there may be some very broad plot points discussed. **

THE SHOW: THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY
METHOD OF VIEWING: Netflix (Season 1)
SHOW COMPLETE? No, this was the debut and I’m sure there will be more!

I’ve been having a lot of fun binge watching TV shows so whenever I finish my last watch, I’m alway looking for something new. I saw the little preview for THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY and immediately knew it was something I would enjoy. I didn’t even realize it was a graphic novel before I started watching it! I absolutely loved the whole show and thought it was so well-done.

Firstly, if you haven’t read the graphic novel, you won’t be lost in the show. A friend’s brother had read them and felt like people would be lost watching the show but I think that’s just the case where you have more knowledge from reading first (I’m guessing) because I felt like everything flowed well and nothing seemed confusing.

The characters are fantastic and complex. I’m used to reading a lot of YA so it was fun to watch a show where the characters are all grown up, allowing us to see so much backstory and history. There’s so much that this group went through together, some with shared trauma and pretty much everything battling something individually, they come together to form a unique band of misfits that I immediately loved.

If you’re not familiar with the show, the premise is that these main characters who form “The Umbrella Academy” each have special abilities/powers and were “collected” by a man who they later called father even though they seemingly appeared as if from nowhere. Each of these kids was born on the same day to a woman who was not pregnant when the day started. Every one of these characters has a unique, supernatural ability except for Vanya (Ellen Page) who constantly gets left out of things because of this. Oh yeah, and we find out the world is ending in just a few days.

As the show goes on, you find out more about each ability and each character’s secrets. They all have unique relationships with each other and I just love that each dark side also has a soft side. I love each unique ability, the overall feeling of the group, and the surprisingly lovable antagonists, two hitmen (hit people?) who are assigned with the task of killing Number 5 (oh yeah, each kid has a number and Number 5 is his number but seemingly also his name. I don’t think we ever learned it?), who can travel through space and newly, time. Number 5 returns after being gone for several years shares with everyone that the world is about to end and they need to stop it.

So now we’ve got a show with special abilities AND with time travel and could this BE any more me? I don’t want to say too much more about the plot because then we get into spoilery things but I just really loved how everything was handled. Bad things happen to the characters and not everyone is safe all the time. Secrets are revealed. So much escalates!! Really, it’s just so worth the watch and hopefully I’m not adding to the already-existing hype and making it over-hyped. It really was SO good and the ending had me dying for the next season! Who knows when that will be but I will definitely be there.


Have you watched The Umbrella Academy? Who’s your favorite character?

Binge Watch Complete: Better Call Saul

I’ve been doing a lot of binge-watching lately and I thought it would be fun to stray a bit from books and talk about some more TV shows! With this feature, I’ll be sharing a little bit about my binge-watching experience and things I liked about the show! 

** Disclaimer: These posts may contain VERY MINOR spoilers for the shows in discussion. I will never reveal big twists or plot points but if you haven’t watched the show, there may be some very broad plot points discussed. **

THE SHOW: BETTER CALL SAUL
METHOD OF VIEWING: Netflix (Seasons 1-3), Amazon (Season 4, purchased separately)
SHOW COMPLETE? Not yet. We binged through season 4 which is the last complete season and Season 5 is forthcoming on regular TV.

I had never seen Breaking Bad before this year and when Shane and I were looking for something to watch, we selected that and quickly binge-watched the whole series (despite trying to pace ourselves) within a few weeks. After that TV show hangover ended, we decided to pick up its prequel, Better Call Saul!

This was another show we had a hard time resisting. I liked that it actually had a different tone than Breaking Bad but it still made the connections back to the original series. If you haven’t watched Breaking Bad before Better Call Saul, despite the fact that Saul is a prequel, I highly recommend watching in the order of release and not chronologically in the story’s timeline (TL;DR, watch Breaking Bad first). Certain things won’t really mean anything to you, story-wise and emotionally, if you haven’t watched Breaking Bad first and there are kind of some spoilers in a way based on what’s revealed from flashbacks. I guess you wouldn’t notice that things could kind of be a spoiler, but I think it’s much better to watch Saul second.

I think I was less stunned by Better Call Saul but I was a bit more connected to the characters. The show revolves around Saul Goodman’s “origin” and how he became Saul from his actual given name, Jimmy McGill. It was so interesting to see how he became a lawyer and everything he went through to become the person that he is in Breaking Bad, name and all. So far through the 4th season, the stakes aren’t quite as high as Breaking Bad, or at least they’re in a way that doesn’t put me as much on edge! Most of the series so far follows Jimmy’s experience as a lawyer, dealing with his older brother, and his relationship with Kim Wexler. It lets us wonder throughout the series: What happened to his older brother Chuck? What happened to Kim? What happened to make him choose the path of Saul and his assistance to assist the shady folk? Some of these questions get answered in the first four seasons and some we’re still wondering! I really enjoy how the series can really draw out this whole prequel as long as they want by continuing to build on the backstories!

I’m also always impressed with the writing and production of this show (both of them, really). The characters are ALWAYS so complex. Each character has a good and a bad side and I always find myself loving one character and being in disbelief at their actions the next episode. They really find a way to make you see every facet of a character and see that not every “good” character is all good and not every “bad” character is all bad. They’re all human and some humans are worse than others, but the heroes are always morally grey and the antagonists make some surprisingly good points sometimes.

I’m also really enjoying seeing Mike’s backstory because he was such a favorite character in Breaking Bad! We get to see how he ended up in Albuquerque (since that’s not where he’s from) and how he ended up working with Saul. It was something that I never questioned in Breaking Bad but it was so fun to watch that partnership develop slowly but surely! Situations continue to escalate throughout the series and the viewers really start to see how they ended up where they did in the “present day”.

What’s really fun is that the show was able to get a lot of characters from the previous series, not just main characters like Saul and Mike. There are a lot of important players that make appearances, some of which I never would have even thought of but their involvement in Better Call Saul really makes you rethink how you viewed Breaking Bad and how deep things really went. I love how the writers made these plots even more elaborate than they were before and it’s just such great writing to be able to continue to add surprises and twists despite everything that we already know.

I also really enjoy that the first episode of each season (and sometimes a few other episodes here and there) pop back to where Saul ended up after Breaking Bad and it makes me wonder what else we’ll learn about his fate in the future!!


Have you watched Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul? What do you think of them? And have you see the news on the Breaking Bad movie!?

Top Ten Tuesday – September 6, 2016: Ten Book Recommendations Based on TV Shows

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
September 6, 2016

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was a TV theme and I chose Ten Book Recommendations Based on TV Shows

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Fall TV is back and I know I can’t wait for a few of my favorite shows and some quality TV time. I don’t watch nearly as much TV as I used to with reading and candle-making but I still have a few favorite shows that I never miss!

Book recommendations are always a favorite of mine and this is the perfect opportunity to recommend some books based on popular TV shows! Recs coming at ya…

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If you like LEVERAGE, try HEIST SOCIETY | I made a specific note during my read of UNCOMMON CRIMINALS, the second book in the Heist Society series, on how much it felt like Leverage! I love the heists and amazing crew throughout.
Review | Goodreads | Amazon

If you like CHUCK, try ALSO KNOWN AS | Both Chuck and ALSO KNOWN AS have such a fun feel to them! They both have spy aspects and although ALSO KNOWN AS isn’t quite as outright geeky as Chuck, I think the tone fits really well as a book recommendation!
Review | Goodreads | Amazon

If you like THE BIG BANG THEORY, try THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE | Oh, this book was so much fun. One of my favorite parts was all of the totally nerdy debates that these characters get into, much like the characters on Big Bang! Plus, the whole book takes place at Comic Con!
Review | Goodreads | Amazon

If you like LOST, try NIL | I’ve always thought NIL was a great Lost companion! Teens are stranded on a deserted island and no one understands how they got there. The island really starts to become a player in itself and there are some interesting science-fiction things happening!
Review | Goodreads | Amazon

If you like HEROES, try STEELHEART | I like STEELHEART for a Heroes recommendation because it really plays with the concept of power being used and misused. There are good “epics” (superheroes) and bad “epics) in STEELHEART and I love how there are so many unique characters, powers, and situations.
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If you like GALAVANT, try MY LADY JANE | I mean… historical satire. Can you really get much better?
Review | Goodreads | Amazon

If you like SLEEPY HOLLOW, try HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER | HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER is fun, cheeky, and full of supernatural creatures! It doesn’t have the historical aspect that SLEEPY HOLLOW does but the humor and supernatural is a great match!
Review | Goodreads | Amazon 

If you like ELEMENTARY, try LOCK & MORI | I love the contemporary takes on Sherlock Holmes! I haven’t watched a ton of Elementary but I think LOCK & MORI is a good fit with so many modern takes on the classic characters and some gender-swapped characters (Watson for Elementary, Moriarty for LOCK & MORI).
Review | Goodreads | Amazon

If you like GUILT, try DANGEROUS GIRLS | This is actually sort of a recommendation in reverse… I have Guilt on my DVR but haven’t gotten to it yet but I taped it JUST because I loved DANGEROUS GIRLS so much and it sounds like an amazing fit!
Review | Goodreads | Amazon

If you like DEXTER, try THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES | Alex is sort of a female Dexter but I also really appreciated the ways they were different. Both main characters are antiheroes and seek justice for all of the heinous wrongs they encounter. They also both start to develop normal feelings for the new loved ones in their life, appealing to the feeling-side.
Review | Goodreads | Amazon


What are your book recommendations for fans of a favorite TV show? Have you read any of these books and agree?

Fortnight of Fright 2014: Favorite Halloween TV Episodes (Stephanie from Her Reviews of Books, Movies, and Everything)

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Welcome to our third annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2013

Two years ago, Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and I really bonded over our mutual love of Halloween and came up with the idea for A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT: a two-week long event celebrating everything Halloween and horror-related! We decided to bring it back again for the third annual Fortnight of Fright event, this time along with Amy (Tripping Over Books), so this event is brought to you by all of the gals from On the Same Page!

Today we have Stephanie from Her Reviews of Books, Movies, and Everything talking about all of her favorite TV episodes with a Halloween theme! You guys are in for a treat because some of these are my favorites too and ones I try to watch every Halloween!


STEPHANIE’S FAVORITE HALLOWEEN TV EPISODES

Hello everyone! I’m Stephanie and I blog over at Her Reviews of Books, Movies, and Everything.

If I am not reading or spending time with my family, then I probably am watching TV. I love watching TV shows. I have been known to binge watch entire series, rewatch series repeatedly (like Veronica Mars/Gilmore Girls/Friends…) and I like to watch holiday episodes around the given holiday.

I don’t really do horror that much. I get scared pretty easily. (To the point that I sometimes get picked on because of how scared I can get even from TV shows or movies). So I don’t watch a whole bunch of scary TV Shows. So I am going to share some of my favorite Halloween Episodes that are primarily Comedy related.

Friends: The One With The Halloween Party

I love them dressed up in their Halloween costumes! Seriously, I love the costumes that Ross, Joey and Chandler wore the most! This episode makes me laugh every time I watch it.

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The Big Bang Theory

This show has three Halloween episodes and I enjoy watching them all.

The Middle Earth Paradigm
This episode is fun to watch because it is in the first season of the show. And the guys get invited to Penny’s Halloween party. I love the costumes that they were and I get a kick out of them trying to socialize with others. 

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The Good Guy Fluctuation
This episode is fun to watch because the guys are all playing pranks trying to scare each other. 

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The Holographic Excitation
And I love this episode because of the detail in the costumes that they wear. I also like that they are all going to a Halloween party at a comic book store. (So cool!)

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Boy Meets World

And Then There Was Shawn
Growing up I loved this episode. But back then, it definitely scared me at times. I love that I was able to laugh but still get chills watching it. I am no longer find the episode scary, but I do find parts of it to be funny. And I LOVE watching it still at Halloween time!

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How I Met Your Mother

This show also has three Halloween Episodes:

The Slutty Pumpkin // Canning Randy // The Slutty Pumpkin Returns

I love all three of these episodes! And I think my favorite thing from all of them have to be the costumes that Marshall and Lily wear as well as ALL the costumes that Barney wears. This show really makes me laugh. Out of the three, I think that The Slutty Pumpkin is my favorite, but I think that all three are worth a watch.

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New Girl

I love this show, very much. And so far there have been two Halloween episodes.

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I like this episode because it is funny. Jess gets a job working in a Haunted House. And I really enjoyed getting to see the characters all dressed up.

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This episode is funny also. Jess throws a Halloween Party. I love that Jess dresses up as Joey Ramona Quimby. So funny. And I also love how they try to cheer up Schmidt. This isn’t an episode to make you scared, but one rather to make you laugh and remember why Halloween Parties can be fun with a bunch of friends.

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 And before I go, I wanted to share a list of some TV shows that I think you could watch pretty much any of the episodes to get in the Halloween Spirit.

 Supernatural

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If you don’t know what Supernatural is about: There are two brothers and they travel around hunting Demons, Ghosts, Vampires, Shapeshifters, etc. I am behind on the show (like season seven and they are now on season ten). But I think this is a great show to get a little spooked by (or if you are me, really spooked by!) The first couple of seasons are by far my favorite, but I still enjoy watching the show. Love me some Dean…and Sam. I think currently the episode that has scared me the most is: Bloody Mary. (Season One, Episode Five) Sure, I have been scared by other episodes of this show, but that one…I still don’t rewatch it, I usually skip it.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I love this show. This show is older, it was originally on the air from 1997 to 2003. It is about a girl that slays Vampires. But there are other things in the show too. Demons and such. It can also be funny at times and I really like the cast. I think this was the show that made me interested in reading Paranormal books.

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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

I remember watching this show when I was younger and it scared me a lot. I also remember that there were stories on cassette tapes and we used to listen to them in my BFF’s Mom’s van when she would drive us places. Currently, you can watch the episodes via Amazon Prime.

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 American Horror Story

I DON’T watch this one AT ALL. I have heard that it can be scary and have been told by several people that I won’t like it much. But if scary/horror is your thing and you haven’t seen this show…you should probably check it out! I know a lot of people like it. And who knows, maybe someday I will give in and try watching an episode.

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After typing all this up, I have realized that I REALLY LOVE seeing the costumes that the characters wear! I find them funny and sometimes really original (Ross and Jess for example.) And I love the fun aspects of Halloween more than getting scared.

Thank you so much Brittany and On The Same Page for letting me visit for A Fortnight of Fright and share my favorite Halloween TV Show episodes with you! And I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!


A big thanks to Stephanie for sharing her favorite TV shows! They’re also some of mine too. I always love Friends and I can’t believe they had so many Thanksgiving episodes and only one Halloween episode! Boy Meets World will ALWAYS be one of my favorites. That episode is my favorite of that whole show! And I always love the ones from How I Met Your Mother and New Girl! Thanks, Stephanie!

Fortnight of Fright: I’m a Sleepy Hollow Fangirl!

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Welcome to our second annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2013

Last year, Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and I really bonded over our mutual love of Halloween and came up with the idea for A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT: a two-week long event celebrating everything Halloween and horror-related! We decided to bring it back again this year and we have a TON of fun Halloween things planned for you!

I am not a big fan of the scary side of Halloween, I must admit. I’ve been a chicken all of my life and now that I’m a big girl at 26, I’m not ashamed to admit it. Even as a two/three/four-year-old, I was ridiculously afraid of the aisle with the Halloween masks — like TERROR, would not go down the aisle, would not even LOOK at them while passing, tried to avoid that side of the store if I could. Why? I really have no idea, but I’ve always been a big ole scaredy cat. I’m not AS scared as I once was, but I’m still PETRIFIED of ghosts, haunted houses still make me want to freak out and panic, and I don’t do horror movies.

One thing I can handle — and LOVE — is FOX’s SLEEPY HOLLOW. It’s not only because of Ichabod Crane (played by Tom Mison), although… Have you seen him?

Okay, Tom Mison isn’t the reason we started watching the show, even though Alyssa, Amy and I are so in love with the way he says “BROADAXE” that we actually call the show “BROADAXE” now and our phones autocorrect and autocaps the word… (Seriously though.)

SLEEPY HOLLOW is such a fun show because there are so many elements to it. It does follow the traditional story line of the Headless Horseman terrorizing the town of Sleepy Hollow, but there is so, so much more than that. Time travel, witches, apocalypses of biblical proportions, demons, possessions, spirits — pretty much everything Halloween should be, which is why now is the perfect time to talk about it… And fangirl about it.

Sleepy Hollow isn’t just horror. There’s a lot of really interesting history tie-ins (three corner hats, anyone?) — For example (ahem), Crane was in George Washington’s army in the Revolutionary War. There’s mention of the Boston Tea Party and how it really came about. We get a glimpse of what happened to the lost colony or Roanoke. And people speaking MIDDLE ENGLISH, holla!

Along with THOSE fabulous elements, there’s also a lot of humor and witty moments! For one, I love that Ichabod Crane is a member of WASHINGTON’s army and that Abigail Mills’ commander is Frank IRVING. WASHINGTON IRVING! Ha! The show is full of other delightful cleverness and I’m so glad that they make it so enjoyable because for someone who’s easily spooked, the humor and other underlying story lines make it easy for me to enjoy the show and not be TOO creeped out by all the demons and whatnots!

So how close is it to Washington Irving’s original story? Well… Not very. We’ve got the main characters, the Headless Horsemen, and the town of Sleepy Hollow of course, but so many things set in a modern-day world that Crane has magically plopped down into. I really do enjoy the liberties that the show has taken though! Now instead of a skinny, knobby school teacher, Ichabod Crane is a handsome and clever solider from a distant time who mentioned he was a professor at Oxford. He’s already won the heart of Katrina and they were married — well, back in his time. Obviously there’s a lot more paranormal going on than just a headless horseman and there’s SO much more modern versus historical weaved into the plot. None of that bothers me one bit though! I’m already a diehard fan of Sleepy Hollow and if you haven’t watched it yet, start out with the pilot and let me know what you think!

Tell me, friends! Have you watched Sleepy Hollow yet? Are you as obsessed as we are?

A Fortnight of Fright: Halloween-themed TV Episodes

Welcome to A Fortnight of Fright! Two weeks of Halloween any way you can possibly see it, hosted by me (The Book Addict’s Guide) and my wonderful co-host, Alyssa @ Books Take You Places!

In this edition of A Fortnight of Fright, we’re delving into our favorite Halloween TV episodes! I know scary movies are probably more popularly associated with Halloween, but my favorites have always been the TV specials and Halloween-themed episodes.

Home Improvement: Home Improvement is notorious for its Halloween episodes. In fact, they made one almost every season, and as a child of the 90s, these episodes were one of my favorite parts about the season! I always loved catching these episodes on TV every year, and in fact, I even went as Heidi from Tool Time one year for Halloween!

Thanks to Wikipedia, I’ve got a list of all of the ones that aired throughout the series, and thanks to YouTube (although I somewhat question the legality of these episodes being up on YouTube… but they’re up for our viewing pleasure nonetheless), you can watch some of them even if they don’t air on TV!

Boy Meets World: Boy Meets World has had its share of Halloween episodes, but my personal favorite episode of ALL TIME is definitely “And Then There Was Shawn” from season five. The kids are locked up in detention at school when a serial killer shows up and we get a hilarious parody and the Boy Meets World take of slasher films.

How I Met Your Mother: How I Met Your Mother is still one of my favorite TV shows. Going all the way back to season one, we have the episode of The Slutty Pumpkin (it was carved in strategic places). I think this episode is hilarious, and although I wasn’t really a fan of The Slutty Pumpkin Returns (featuring Katie Holmes as said Pumpkin), I applaud HIMYM for closing that loop! And of course, I love Barney’s costume ideas.

Two Guys, A Girl, and A Pizza Place: Remember Ryan Reynolds before his movie career? I sure do. He was Berg on Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place! This was a hilarious little sit com and well, the title implies it all. I remember their Halloween episodes being some of the best! Sadly, I couldn’t find ANY of them on YouTube (I would have loved to see them again!) but hopefully someone else remembers them too!

Others with honorable mention: The Office Halloween episodes (mostly because I love the costumes they come up with and one of my friends showed up in Jim’s 3 hole punch costume one year!!), Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Modern Family, and Chuck.

What did our fellow bloggers have to say?

Amanda at Appraising Pages shares with us her favorite Halloween episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

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“Well when it comes to iconic shows’ Halloween episode, you can’t get a more self-explanatory title than this one! Buffy is my absolute favorite show of all-time, and there’s so much room for a fun story because the show already has a horror theme so the monsters are there already to play with. If you’ve never seen Buffy before but want to watch some fun Halloween-themed shows to get into the spirit, you can watch this episode without getting lost. At this point in the show, Buffy and Angel are aware of their mutual attraction but are still wading in the awkward waters of not-yet-official-dating. Because Angel is an almost 300-year-old vampire, Buffy decides to dress up as an 18th century Victorian woman for Halloween, thinking Angel would swoon over the blast from the past. Willow is a ghost, and Xander is an army man. All is going well until the costume shop owner turns out to be a warlock from Giles’ past, Ethan Rayne. He casts a spell over the costumes that cause their wearers to turn into their costumes! This renders the Slayer as nothing but an innocent and naive Victorian lady as evil takes over Sunnydale. What can the gang do? I’m not sharing the ending, you’ll have to watch! Enjoy!”