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There are a couple ways to create a new hit show: great dialogue (House), groundbreaking concept (Lost), or you can just show lots of boobs. Apparently Netflix, or Nipflix as they could be called, opted for the latter option with their latest original series, Easy.



How do you follow up the season finale of one of the most popular shows for children, America's Funniest Home Videos? With Britney Spears doing a stripper dance while singing (lip syncing) the word B##CH over and over of course. 



ABC's new series The Catch is certainly rife with the seven deadly sins but that doesn't stop them from sharing their “wisdom” when it comes to marriage. The mid-season finale of the cat and mouse style drama entitled “The Happy Couple: The Wedding” features a heist at a highend wedding. Two con-men, Ben and Rhys, attempt to weasel their way into the wedding by helping the couple (Stephanie and Morgan) plan the rehearsal dinner. Things take an interesting turn however when Morgan assumes Ben and Rhys are a gay couple. 



HULU's new series The Path picked up right where it left off last week in regards to the illegal immigration debate. As helicopters circle the compound creating a sense of imminent danger to the Honduran refugees, the leaders of the Meyerist movement are stuck with the unenviable choice to hand them over to authorities or stand on principle. The principle, of course, being that these poor families have done nothing wrong, much like many of the Meyerists themselves who were once outsiders before being welcomed into “the light.” 



HULU's new original series The Path has thus far little to write about in regards to crossing conservative boundaries. For the most part they've depicted the members of the fictional religious cult of “Meyerism” as a group of believable, well-intentioned pseudo-Scientologists with real flaws. So even though the topic is ripe for jabs at religion, the show has been uncharacteristically sympathetic to people searching for answers... Until this week.



Let's be honest. There is never a shortage of topics to write about where the HBO show Vinyl is concerned. As stated previously, it is a brutally honest look at the 70's record industry. So rather than write each week about how much drug use there is or how many sex scenes we see, it makes more sense to wait until the show crosses a line that isn't white and powdery.



In case you missed it (lucky you), MTV held its 25th Annual MTV Movie Awards hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Chris Ro-- I mean, Kevin Hart. This dynamic duo managed to throw down no less than 18 curse words in the opening 9 minutes of the show. Johnson and Hart were so foul-mouthed even Amy Poehler joked that she would keep her acceptance speech clean in order to get more airtime. 



It's a pretty common characterization that traveling preachers are nothing but snake oil salesman preying on those of lesser intelligence or, at the very least, those who are hurting. The fact that Hollywood feels the need to throw this stereotype out there on a regular basis is quite tiresome. Which brings us to this week's episode of NBC’s Grimm.



If you haven't had a chance to watch the premiere season of USA’s Colony then you have missed some really well done television. The good news is you have plenty of time to binge all ten episodes, as it is not slated to begin season two until 2017.



How do you make a raunchy show that features pegging and bestiality as major plot points even more offensive? Have Clinton guest star. No, not the alleged rapist and serial philanderer, Bill Clinton, but the one who stood by him all these years and is now running for president.



It's fair to say that most of us would probably want one last sexual encounter if we knew the world was ending. Kind of sad, really, that we as a species have placed such a high priority on sex. Regardless, it is apparent that NBC's You, Me and the Apocalypse feels as though humanity would simply devolve into one giant orgy if the planet's demise were imminent – even among those who have taken a vow of celibacy.



You know the look you get from your liberal friends when you mention slippery slopes? Well, get prepared to see a lot of those if you discuss this week's episode of Broad City, “Game Over.” Let's start by saying this show is rude and crude times ten and not recommended for human consumption. So don't feel like you need to watch to see just how bad it is. Trust us, it's that bad. On top of being disgusting, it isn't even funny. One laugh per show...maybe.



The latest episode of Scandal, “Wild Card,” was full of its typical bed-hopping among the political elite. Nothing new there. What was interesting, though, was how they used the liberal view of right-wing stereotypes to make Republicans look bad.



In this week's episode of Wal-Mart, I mean Superstore, we get to one of the issues we've all anticipated since the show's premiere: labor unions. As Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) goes into labor at work, the chaos is comical but the dialogue is obviously meant to persuade the viewer that it's the store's responsibility to take care of the 17-year-old pregnant girl.



HBO's new series Vinyl is custom-made for those who enjoy Empire but want more drugs, nudity, profanity, and white people. It takes place in the 70's and chronicles the rise and fall of Richie Finestra (phenomenally acted by Bobby Connavale), a fictional record label owner looking for the next Led Zeppelin. Executive producer Mick Jaggar delivers wonderful sounds and the show is very raw but unfortunately probably accurate to the time period and industry. Thus far in the first two episodes we have seen orgies, rampant drug use, and a very graphic murder. 



Another disgusting installment of Fox's adult-only cartoon, Bordertown continues its onslaught on conservative values. For all the hype about Fox News being “fair and balanced,” their sister broadcast network’s choice in cartoons is anything but. In fact, this show seems to go out of its way to be openly offensive to all things conservative, including marriage.



NBC's new show about the end of the world, You, Me and the Apocalypse, is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to morality. In reality, much of the questionable material wouldn't be Earth shattering (pun intended) were the show on at a later time. But let's give credit where it is due first.



It's pretty safe to say the best scene of “Two Chainz,” the season three premiere of Broad City, was where Ben Affleck looked really serious. No wait, that was a Batman v Superman commercial.  I guess if you are Comedy Central and your biggest hit is a cartoon where rape is funny because it is being done to a Republican (South Park), your standards are obviously not very high.



Hulu's latest mini-series “11.22.63” released its first of eight episodes this week and honestly... it's excellent so far. Based on the book by Stephen King and produced by J. J. Abrams how could it be anything but good? Even James Franco, who plays the main character Jake Epping, is unusually decent.



The 58th Annual Grammy Awards had many moments to celebrate. Whether it was Gary Sinise honoring veterans or great tributes to many legends we have lost this year: BB King, Bowie, Glenn Frey, and others. Compared to years past it was a pretty tame event. But it just wouldn't be the Grammys without someone making a political statement.