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F ORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, IN THE SUMMER OF 1977, one of my best friends and I went to see Star Wars . And while Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers would haunt my dreams—not in a good way—for several years to come, we left the theater in awe. We looked at each other and said, in the definitive and very serious way only kids can, “ ….that was the best movie ever. ” But just like many kids, we were fickle about our obsessions. Because just one summer later, Grease came out, and it was good- bye, R2-D2, hello, Sandra Dee. We walked out of the theater and said, without hesitation, “No, THAT was the best movie ever.” (We did, however, prefer Sandy pre-makeover. Those leather pants did not make sense to suburban Philadelphia kids.) Talk about the capriciousness of summer romance! Pre- evolved Danny Zuko had nothing on us.

The best movies and TV can inspire devotion in all of us, whether it’s a new hit show like Ghosts , a thrilling soccer match with Lionel Messi, your 87th viewing of The Godfather , or a clas- sic show like The Brady Bunch or The Odd Couple . These shows and characters resonate with us for personal reasons—some- times serious, sometimes for the memories, and sometimes even because of that really nice kitchen from Madam Secretary . We had a great time sharing our favorites (all of which are available to stream on Paramount+ and Pluto, by the way) in this special Summer of Love issue. We’d love to hear about yours! Please let us know at

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Summer romances may come and go, but the love one can feel for a favorite television show, character, episode—or even a kitchen—can last a lifetime. Take some time during this summer’s sizzling heat to check out these TV favorites that make our contributors equally hot.


Corsage Envy Why I Love Ghosts , Season 1, “ Attic Girl ” Episode BY ALICE ROSS

As a Brit living in the United States, I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of the American prom, that legendary—at least to me—coming- of-age rite and celebratory dance to mark the end of the school year and the start of summer. The fancy evening gowns, the high school sweetheart, and the cheesy photos! Two characters in this particular episode longed for a prom night, too, and finally got to experience an extra special one. /



the story of Vito Corleone, he shot the scenes of the 1920s in a darker amber light, similar to the light of an old filament bulb. And when the story transitioned back to the story of his son, Michael, the 1950s is a world of washed-out Technicolor. With a story this complex and a timeline that disrupts tra- ditional narrative structure, the color changes are a masterful way of organizing the chapters and pages of this classic drama. It is a must for a summer movie night. And if you’re as much of a Godfather fan as I am, check out The Offer on Paramount+ to learn more about the making of the epic first film in the trilogy.

“I Know It Was You, Fredo.” Why I Love The Godfather: Part II BY ED MANN

Summer is upon us, and it’s my favor- ite of the seasons. The warmth, the lon- ger days, the promise of football in the fall, and family gatherings with lots of storytelling. And there is no greater fam- ily saga than the story of the Corleones. Through the intrigue, power struggle, and drama of this classic mafia organiza- tion emerges a simple story of a family and the struggles to keep it together. One of the beautiful ways the direc- tor, Francis Ford Coppola, depicted the change of time in his masterpiece, The Godfather Part II , was by altering the colors of each time period. When he told

From top: Robert De Niro, Richard Bright, and Al Pacino in The Godfather: Part II . Left: Giovanni Ribisi in The Offer



Tallying the Votes Why I Love Survivor BY RORY EVANS

Survivor is like watching a game show, a professional sport, a cat fight–driven reality show, and a screensaver of the most inviting beach with the most breathtakingly saccharine-bordering-on- imaginary blue ocean. (If you’ve watched the show and not casually price-checked flights and/or all-inclusive vacations to Fiji, where the show has filmed since 2017, you’re not doing it right.) Given all these elements, the show is incontestably the best summer binge. My childhood in exurban New Eng- land predated so many things, but pri- marily I missed out on basic cable and the concept of the overscheduled child. Or any kind of schedule, for that mat- ter: If it required my mother getting out her car keys and/or her checkbook, my sisters and I simply did not participate. Every yawning day of summer vacation, there was a sweet spot—that golden hour before my mom got sick of our very breath in her house and flicked off the TV and kicked us out into the backyard. During that sweet spot, my sisters and I gorged greedily on The Price Is Right . We all had our favorite games. Plinko, obviously, but also the Shell Game and Squeeze Play and Cliff Hangers. (To this day, I can’t take so much as a single step uphill without playing an internal yodel- ing soundtrack.) And here’s the thing about Survivor — it’s just like TPIR in its crowd-pleasing set pieces. As fans, my daughter and I have watched players balance on ever- tapering beams while methodically flicking a ball around a round wooden frame, or spell a phrase with a stack of blocks on a wobbling platform attached, so cruelly yet thrillingly, to a rope in the players’ hands! We’ve seen it before but it feels new with every player. How long

will someone balance on their toes while also balancing blocks on their head before it all tumbles ... like that TPIR mountain climber right off the cliff? Buffs are the uniforms of Survivor . They’re the team (or tribe) colors. They’re symbolic of huge milestones. (“Drop your Buffs” is Probstese for “You’ve made it to the semifinals.”) But Buffs are also the fuel of so much fashion on Survivor : Imagine if Giannis Antetokounmpo took a quick sec while running up court to style his Bucks jer- sey into a miniskirt. Or a jaunty stocking cap. Or an armband. Or, most thrill- ingly, a sexy little tube top (all part of his game-play, of course, to seduce and beguile and ultimately trick his oppo- nents into humiliating defeat). Sure, a Buff serves some practical purposes—as an insect repellent over the face, or a smokescreen when the campfire is sput- tering during a rainstorm, or just an eye

shade during a much-needed (thanks to the bug bites and dying fire) nap. But a Buff also lets you take all that depravity, deprivation, and desperation, the hunger and exhaustion ... and make it fashun . Last but never least, Jeff Probst alone is worthy of a nonstop summer binge. He has said that he plays three roles during the show: as the producer, as the host, and, most crucially, as the first fan and audience member. Not only does he clearly love all three jobs (if only everyone had a passion for their career the way he does!), he’s done the work of adapting, updating, and changing the game. Gone is his iconic “Come on in, guys!” at the start of every challenge, replaced with the more gender-inclusive “Come on in!” But the underlying con- stant is his enthusiasm for the game, his thrill at watching a grand social experi- ment play out at Tribal Council. And that is extremely contagious. /



squealing and jumping up and down in my living room to the horror of my father, who sat watching in his recliner. This was pure romance in my eyes. I would continue to watch Beverly Hills, 90210 until the series ended in 2000, and I probably possess enough knowledge to win top prize at a 90210 bar trivia night. And I never stopped loving Dylan. When I happen to catch a rerun, I have to stop whatever I’m doing to catch a glimpse of him. The hair. The eyebrows. The white T-shirts. The brooding. The unmistak- able coolness. It’s all still there. The ripped-out pages and posters of Dylan from Tiger Beat and Teen Beat that deco- rated my childhood bedroom 30 years ago may be long gone, but Dylan will forever live in my heart.

(literally and with their hearts), and shared their mutual mommy and daddy issues with each other. Finally, after a romantic jet skiing adventure, they kissed. And I died a little. I could not believe what I was seeing. Dylan McKay, BOYFRIEND of Brenda Walsh, was KISS- ING Kelly Taylor, Brenda’s BFF. This love triangle was the most amazing thing I had ever witnessed. Brenda would return to California two episodes later, and Dylan and Kelly would agree to keep their kissing ses- sions a secret—a decision that would haunt the two of them (and me) until a few months later when Dylan would officially choose Kelly. They would cel- ebrate this moment in Kelly’s swimming pool with an epic make-out that left me

Dylan + Lindsay=T.L.F. Why I Love Beverly Hills, 90210 ’s Dylan McKay 4eva BY LINDSAY BROWN If you were a preteen girl in the early ’90s, two things were certain: You were obsessed with Beverly Hills, 90210 , and you were either Team Brandon (Jason Priestley) or Team Dylan (Luke Perry). I was firmly in the Dylan McKay Fan Club. Not since Patrick Swayze in Dirty Danc- ing had a man made me feel the way that Dylan made me feel when I first saw him perched on the steps of West Beverly Hills High reading what could only presumably be On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Forget Minnesota-nice Bran- don with his job at the Peach Pit. I was all about the Porsche-driving, squinty- eyed, and forever furrowed-brow, Dylan. In the summer of 1992, my Dylan obsession was taken to new heights when a mini season was released during summer break between Seasons 2 and 3. This six-episode season had a beachy- themed intro and more drama than my 11-year-old brain could handle. That summer, Brandon worked as a towel boy at the Beverly Hills Beach Club; Brenda (Shannen Doherty) and Donna (Tori Spelling) went to Paris and pretended to be French and flirt with a pre- Superman Dean Cain; David (Brian Austin Green) decided to become a musician (a story- line that would haunt us for seasons to come); Andrea (Gabrielle

Carteris) and Steve (Ian Ziering) … did whatever they did, because who cared about Andrea and Steve? And Dylan? What did Dylan do that summer? He began to cozy up with Kelly (Jennie Garth). They flirted, played tug-o-war



Indy, Ferris, Mr. Mom, and More Why I Love 1980s Comedies BY CHRISTOPHER ROSS It was the mid-to-late 1980s. Cool Ranch Doritos had just hit the scene and become a must-have for at- home movie snacking. Add a pouch of grape Big League Chew gum—to clean my teeth, of course—and I was ready to slide my freshly rented VHS into the VCR, switch on the Zenith, and enjoy one of my favorite comedies. The glory of analog and a warm summer breeze were just perfect before my mom called up that dinner was ready. So if you find yourself “Indiana Jones- ing” for a feeling that will bring you back to those upbeat, carefree days of no school and summers off, check out these 1980s comedy classics. No VCR required. Indiana Jones (original trilogy): Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Temple of Doom (1984), and The Last Crusade (1989) Mr. Mom (1983) The Heavenly Kid (1985) Short Circuit (1986) The Golden Child (1986)

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Dear Ticks Why I Love the 60 Minutes Stopwatch BY RACHEL CLARKE

I was not allowed to watch a lot of television growing up. Classic kids shows like Sesame Street , Mister Rogers’ Neigh- borhood , and The Electric Company were deemed okay and appropriate. Saturday morning cartoons, especially CBS’s The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour , were permitted, but only until around noon, when Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids ended. Then it was ancient Sony (no cable! no remote!) off, shoes on, and time to go outside to plant things in the garden. This was not an easy plight for a kid growing up in the 1970s. The TV land- scape was rich with great shows you could talk about in school the next day. But you could only talk about Richie Cunningham, Mork, Mr. Bill, and Captain Stubing if you’d actually seen them. And unless I’d had a lenient babysitter the night before, I most definitely had not. Maybe that’s why I have such an attachment to 60 Minutes and, in particu- lar, the 60 Minutes stopwatch. Just hearing the watch ticking takes me back to the Sunday nights of my childhood. I wasn’t old enough to entirely appreciate the incredible journalism that the team pre- sented—and continues to present—every week. But I remember the sound of that watch, the introductions—ending with “And I’m Andy Rooney”—and the sense of seeing something really special and very “grown-up.”



Hawaii Five-O h My God Why I Love Jack Lord BY SASHA CHARNIN MORRISON My love affair with Jack Lord started very early. 1968. The premiere episode of a new show, Hawaii Five-O . I was 5. He was a grown man. I think he was mar- ried to the woman who styled him so superbly. That wasn’t an obstacle or a distraction. I was determined to make it work, whatever the cost—whatever that meant. I wanted to marry him. The per- fect tan, outrageous high hair, tailored, impractical suiting in the sand combined with those fearless tag lines he uttered as Steve McGarrett—“Book ’em, Danno!”— made me giddy. And he had a rockin’ theme song that followed him every- where. There was something so appealing about these late ’60s, early ’70s guys. I was allowed to stay up late (8 p.m.!) and watch this program because I think the first time I saw him I could not be torn away. The eyes got me first ... then the tan ... probably the suits after. I would watch this show religiously. By the time the 1970s rolled around, I had developed a crush so deep I was begging my parents to get me to Hawaii. We waited patiently, once a week, to see what he was going to do next. If I’d had a poster of him, I would have kissed him goodnight every night. Other girls were crushing on Davy Jones, the Bay City Rollers ... not me. I wanted the hot cop. Of course, I didn’t expect to meet my after–8 p.m. guy. I was using my celebrity crush as a way to find out what it might feel like to be in love. You know, very advanced thoughts for a blossoming post-toddler … What if? So it came to pass that, coming from an acting family, my godfather was actually booked to act on the show. I was elated. I thought as a mini maniac I would get the chance to travel 5,000 miles to meet Jack. But this was all work and no dice. The episode, “Thanks for the Honeymoon,”

Stewart McMillan, Jonathan Hart, Theo Kojak ... none of them had that je ne sais quoi . It wasn’t until pop star Andy Gibb that I said “Jack Lord who?” and started writing Sasha Gibb on a daily basis. When Paramount+ started re-airing all the original Hawaii Five-O s, I was magically transported back to a time when I believed I had found my soul mate and the love of my life. Though I was never given a shot to run my baby- sized hands through that magical mane, I am fine with the memories I have. And watching all these vividly bold-colored episodes reminds me of a time in the past that I miss. The ultimate throw- back. Most don’t get to live out their insane romantic fantasies. I certainly didn’t. But I came pretty close.

starred Patty Duke and my godfather, Larry Kert, as a couple who get busted and want to get married before testifying against a mobster who wants to knock them both off. The mobster figures out how to do that by releasing gas into their honeymoon suite, which McGarrett arranges for them. As Larry was lying there choking, I believed it was real. He—Sorry! Spoiler!—doesn’t survive. I was inconsolable. McGarrett tried to save him, of course not breaking a bead of sweat, but my world was shattered. My parents took a while trying to explain that Larry was fine. I was kind of torn apart that the love of my life wasn’t all I had built him up to be. I tried to move on to other legendary defenders ... Sam McCloud, Jim Rockford, Frank Columbo, /



(And good Lord! The size of the head- lined piece that runs the next day!) But those darn cuties never give up. “You kids are really serious about this, aren’t you?” Mike says in peak dad mode. The episode has laughs, suspense, action, and a dewy-eyed, feel-good mes- sage to inspire wee ones everywhere. My next door neighbor Jeff and I attempted that seesaw feat at least a dozen times, always making our moms bring out sandwiches and sweaters for us the way Carol Brady did. It didn’t even matter that Bobby and Cindy fell short of the mark by well over 100 hours. Those adorable teeter-tots will always be record-setters in my book.

radio or go to Aunt Gertrude’s stupid wedding. Then inspiration strikes. “We can do something important; that’ll show them,” Bobby says. At three minutes after 8 one morning, the tiny tykes hop on the backyard seesaw (was that thing even there before—or after?) to try to break the world teeter-tottering record of 124 hours. They teeter through their brothers’ scoffs (“Why don’t you quit? I think it’s dumb,” Peter says). They totter one at a time with Alice during bathroom breaks. They ride the ups and downs of sitcom improbability, like when the local news- paperman and photographer show up to chronicle this epic, groundbreaking story.

See-Saw Siblings Why I Love “The Teeter-Totter Caper” Episode of The Brady Bunch BY DAVID HOCHMAN Other episodes got more attention, like the Hawaiian family vacation or “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.” But man, oh, man alive, nothing captures the sweet, goofy ’70s glory of The Brady Bunch like the one about the teeter-totter. Maybe you remember it. Maybe, like me, you tried it. To refresh: It’s Season 3, and Bobby and Cindy—the littlest Bradys—are super sad that they can’t do things older kids can do, like fix Marcia’s



The classic sitcom, in its fourth season, was part of what I like to remember as the greatest TV lineup in Baby Boom his- tory: The Brady Bunch , The Partridge Fam- ily, Room 222 , The Odd Couple , and Love, American Style , all on the same channel on Friday night. It was heaven. It doesn’t hurt that this particular Odd Couple installment features three TV icons in supporting roles—Elinor Donahue of Father Knows Best as Felix’s girlfriend, Miriam; Al Molinaro, who’d go on to run his own diner on Happy Days , as the duo’s pal Murray the Cop; and Penny Marshall, the first half of Laverne & Shirley , as Myrna, Oscar’s forever-nasal secretary. When asked to pretend to be a celebrity contestant during an at-home practice round of Password , Marshall drips, “Can I be Peggy Cass?” I howl every time. The amazing thing, though, is seeing Allen Ludden and Betty White playing themselves on The Odd Couple —he, as the genial game show host; she, as the nearly impossible-to-beat celebrity con- testant. In 1972 it was Ludden’s career that was on fire. White was known for appearing on game shows like, well, Pass- word ; as the host of the short-lived series The Pet Set ; and as Ludden’s wife. When she did The Odd Couple , her first appear- ance as Happy Homemaker Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was still nine months away; her role as Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls , more than a decade in the offing. But White’s appearance on The Odd Couple was major, one that made Ray Richmond’s 2021 book, Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordi- nary Life. “It’s unquestionably one of White’s finest moments,” he writes.

Curmudgeonly sportswriter Oscar Madison (Klugman) was never more Oscar-y than when he paired with his fussy roommate on the TV game show within the sitcom; persnickety photographer Felix Unger (Randall) never Unger-er than when he is giving absurdly erudite clues. He actually tries to get Oscar to guess “bird” from the hint “Aristophanes.” When that clue leaves his teammate clueless, Felix maintains, “Everybody knows Aristophanes wrote a play called The Bird s.” “Everybody but me,” an exasperated Oscar grouses. Given such sidesplitting absurdity, it’s no wonder that TV Guide once ranked the Dec. 1, 1972, installment at No. 5 on a list of TV’s all-time greatest episodes.

It’ll Give You the Game Why I Love the “Password” Episode of The Odd Couple BY FRANK DECARO The episode was called “Password,” but it might as well have been “Aristophanes,” because never has the name of that ancient Greek playwright gotten such an uproarious laugh. Growled through Jack Klugman’s clenched teeth to a preter- naturally annoying Tony Randall during what is explained as a special New York taping of Password , it’s perhaps the funni- est moment in all 114 installments of The Odd Couple . I simply love it. The classic show was at its peak.

“It’s uproariously good fun.” To consider the “Password” episode of The Odd Couple

anything less than that would be, as Felix says, “Ridiculous!” /



Chef’s Kiss Why I Love Madam Secretary ’s Kitchen BY SUSAN POCHARSKI While Elizabeth McCord’s wood- paneled West Wing office on Madam Secretary was a hive of heated arguments and political jockeying, her Georgetown home with its serene color palette, cozy reading nooks, and overstuffed chairs was a place to exhale. The star of the renovated, three-bed- room townhouse was its kitchen. Soft- gray cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and marble and teak countertops helped soothe frayed nerves caused by the latest diplomatic crisis. Toward the back of the kitchen stood a wall of glass cabinets, showcasing a whimsical mix of ’60s vintage goodies: colorful bowls, carafes, vases, and glassware. The worn, wooden farm table, illuminated by a simple yet striking antique brass chandelier, created a respite for the McCords’ overachieving family of five. So when it came time to think about my own kitchen renovation, which I may or may not ever do, I didn’t pour over Houzz or Pinterest or everything designed by Chip and Joanna Gaines. I grabbed my notebook, clicked on Para- mount+, and binge-watched Madam Secretary . Of course, I knew the McCords’ townhouse wasn’t real. It was just “Soundstage G,” a cavernous space in some frowzy section of Long Island City, New York, where the show filmed. But I kept taking notes. This kitchen wasn’t a place where you grab a cup of coffee and rush out the door. It was a feeling— a calm pleasure—that I wanted to re- create: a room perfect for a banter-filled family breakfast before setting out to conquer the day.

From top: Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord in the Madam Secretary kitchen; Leoni with Kathrine Herzer as Alison

McCord; Tim Daly as Henry McCord



Top: Sadio Mané of Liverpool. Bottom: Pau

Torres of Villarreal

Maybe. Do they care? Not so much.) I would have loved to have been with other fans (maybe including Dexter: New Blood ’s John Lithgow or Jason Isaacs of Star Trek: Discovery ? Fellows, you have an open invitation to the pub) when watch- ing Liverpool’s ripping comeback from being down two goals to beat Spain’s Vil- larreal on May 3, but I was (gasp!) back in my office. They’d been expected to waltz through a comparatively easy lineup of opponents, but an uninspired first half required some heroics in the second 45 from Fabinho, Luis Díaz, and Sadio Mané. The very next day, Spanish cham- pions Real Madrid—who had defeated last year’s Champions League winner, Chelsea, and the Lionel Messi–starring Paris Saint-Germain—came back from a similar 2-0 deficit with two goals in stoppage time and then another on a penalty kick from the ageless Karim Benzema to stun the English champions Manchester City. The Champions League has brought me months of midweek joy, starting in the summer with 80 teams from all

over Europe. If there’s one good thing about two solid years of working from home, it’s the privilege of watching the best teams from the tiniest former Soviet republics face off against western Euro- pean behemoths on a Tuesday afternoon. Back in September, Real Madrid nearly imperiled their chances of appearing in the final at all with a home loss to the little-known Moldovan champs FC Sher- iff. Although Sheriff and their intrepid lineup of journeymen from Trinidad, Peru, and Luxembourg didn’t make it past the Italian greats Inter, where else are you going to find the cream of Mol- dova swaggering into a Spanish stadium, able to taste the blood in the air? (Other than Eurovision.) While the Brazilians elevated the Beau- tiful Game to an art form, Europe has a strong claim to have invented association football, and its continental pro tourna- ment remains a must-watch for those of us who enjoy an excuse to open a bottle of wine and slice into a wheel of brie at 3 in the afternoon. (Come on, the game’s in Paris.)

Goooal! Why I Love the Men’s Champions League BY SARA BRADY I missed a lot of things during the pan- demic, from seeing my far-flung friends in person and meeting their babies to attending live music shows, but one of the top experiences I yearned for was watching international soccer in bars, preferably with some kind of locally themed snack. (For the 2018 World Cup final between France and Croatia, I made my first-ever tarte tatin and can highly recommend this divine combination of caramel, apples, and puff pastry.) Now that I have had three vaccine shots and the world is waking up again, I’m excited to get back to rowdy bars full of fellow fans, most prominently those who follow Liverpool FC, those die-hards who know every word of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” the British club’s unlikely theme song. (Do they know it comes from the 1945 Broadway musical Carousel ? /



wasn’t just music videos and interviews; the series also addressed the state of the culture. Queen Latifah lent her voice to speak on the HIV/AIDS epidemic ravaging the Black community. I didn’t understand the social and political implications at the time, but I knew Yo! MTV Raps was bigger than rap. It was a mirror, reflecting the times and sentiments shared and felt by music fans, with the world’s pulse rhyth- mically beating in the background. From its 1988 inception to the final episode in August 1995, the original series spawned several iterations (think the short-lived Yo! ) and hosts such as Doctor Dre and Ed Lover. The essence of the show, however, remained the same over the years. Its timeless relevance was so revered that Paramount+ launched a global revival of Yo! MTV Raps on May 24, 2022, complete with new hosts, live per- formances, coveted cyphers, and cultural deep dives. In addition to streaming this contemporary reimagining, I can always catch rap videos on constant rotation on Pluto TV’s Yo! MTV channel. All the same, nostalgia is my preferred binge-watching mode. What can I say? I’m a sucker for the hip-hop reverie of my adolescence. Fortunately, a trip down memory lane no longer involves staying up ’til midnight on Fridays or recording Yo! MTV Raps on my VCR to watch on Saturday mornings. Classic episodes, like the one featuring Fab 5 Freddy and Nas, are avail- able to stream now on Paramount+. Though

On the screen was Fred Brathwaite, better known as Fab 5 Freddy, in a music stu- dio. Next to him was a then-20-year-old Nas, “chilling like a villain.” Fresh off the release of his magnum opus, Illmatic , Nas detailed how his debut album came together and his goals for the future. Yo! MTV Raps was early in acknowledg- ing and recognizing the Queens-bred prodigy, devoting most of the episode to his songs and music videos, including “Halftime,” “It Ain’t Hard to Tell,” and “The World Is Yours.” I remember feeling this immediate sense of pride and inspi- ration when watching the two legends in conversation. Of course, it goes without saying that I had an unadulterated girl crush on Nas. Along with Nas, the classic episode featured soundbites from Public Enemy founding member Flava Flav and rapper and future Equalizer star Queen Latifah. This is what made Yo! MTV Raps a pio- neer in cable music programming. It

“I Used to Love H.E.R.” Why I Love Yo! MTV Raps BY MICHELLE DARRISAW Summer breaks in the ’90s were defined by two things: my boombox and Yo! MTV Raps . Once my mother drifted off to sleep on Friday nights, I’d anxiously await midnight. Not out of fear of some Cinderella-esque magic omen but because 11:55 p.m. on Fridays meant a brand-new episode of Yo! MTV Raps would soon be on. By the time I was 9 years old, hip-hop was practically ingrained in my consciousness and Yo! MTV Raps was a rite of passage. So much more than late-night music programming, the franchise, created by Peter Dougherty and Ted Demme, offered a sense of community. It was the pre- eminent destination for serious hip-hop fans to celebrate Black culture and watch never-before-seen videos on loop. Before its premiere in August 1988, I could only listen to rap on the radio, the bass boom- ing through my portable box. With Yo!

MTV Raps , I saw those songs trans- lated into visual form. The series brought me closer to the artists whose storytelling and beat- driven poetry captivated me like the powerful prose of Toni Morrison, James Bald- win, and Zora Neale Hurston. One of those said hip-hop poets Yo! MTV Raps first

introduced me to was Nasir Jones, aka Nas. There I was

not quite as thrill- ing (and risky!) as sneaking into my mom’s room to watch, I’m grate- ful to have the soundtrack of my rap-

at midnight on June 2, 1994, sit- ting cross-legged in my mom’s dark- ened room, face glued

fueled summers right at my fingertips. And, yes, I still love H.E.R.

From left: Yo! MTV Raps co-hosts Ed Lover and Doctor Dre

to our wooden floor-model TV.



snooty art world even here, even as the world order shifts around the city. Iroh navigates the marketplace in preparation for his late son’s birthday, and the price of war narrows from the abstract to this one moment, this illustration of loss and grief, in a quiet moment on a hillside. We’re all self-centered (or at least I am), and I always want to know what I would be doing in a fantasy land. What are all the college girls up to, the ones without singular powers and oversized destinies? Maybe I could be the fortune teller’s assistant with her maniacal crush; maybe I could be one of the struggling poets; maybe I’d be one of the catty girls at the spa gossiping about others’ makeup. Every place had its young women, and its noisy toddlers, and its elderly stoop sitters, and its showy teenagers—people you’d find in any world, real or imagined. I always felt that if I could only peel back the screen from the TV and step inside, I could wander far from the action, far from the main characters, and never reach that place where the land dissolves into sketches, into storyboard. The world would unfold before me, end- less, vivid, even as the heroes and the war and everything of importance faded behind me.

surrounds it. In the midst of infiltrating the Fire Nation, the gang enrolls in public school and throws a house party for their repressed classmates. A perilous jour- ney to the Northern Water Tribe is interrupted by an obsession with a fortune teller, and they

In Characters Why I love Avatar: The Last Airbender BY ANNABELLE DAVIS

My biggest issue with sci-fi and fantasy is the obsession with plot . These writers spend the first third of a story arc build- ing the most fascinating, interesting world. A government, a social system, a history, maybe a religion or two—and then the rest of the story is about the well- meaning teenager setting out to destroy it. The government always deserves it, of course, but I always wish, when reading, that I could have stepped into the story a few years earlier, or a few thousand miles away from the action. Sometimes I just want to sit in the other world for a while. Avatar: The Last Airbender is, of course, about well-meaning teenagers overthrow- ing a tyrannical government, but my love for the show is less about plot and more about the vast, colorful world that

demand advice on their future love lives. My favorite episode, perhaps because it exists for no other reason than to paint layers over the characters’ lives, is “The Tales of Ba Sing Se.” This series of vignettes occupies the space in between the plot points, those slow days when no battles are being fought or roads traversed. Katara and Toph go to the spa, and we remember they are girls of middle school age with wants and inse- curities outside their plotlines. We spend a few days in a poetry class with Sokka, and it’s comforting to know there’s a /


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