Throwback Thursday: Traffic Light

Traffic Light ran from February 2001 to May 2011, and was adapted from an Israeli TV show called Ramzor. The show revolves around 3 best friends from college (Mike, Adam, and Ethan) who are currently in their 30s. Each best friend is at a different stage in their life: Ethan is single with a dog, Adam just moved in with his girlfriend, and Mike is married with one child. Each episode shows the best friends trying to figure out the demands of their relationships, as well as finding the perfect balance between home, work, and friendship.

The show separates itself from all the other RomCom shows out there by allowing the women to actually be people. Their story lines were just as important as the mens, they didn’t revolve around being annoyed that their significant other wouldn’t do anything they asked them to do, and they were allowed to be funny. Not funny in the “I am such a nag and I constantly do everything around the house” way, but funny in the actual sense of the word funny. They had witty one liners and they freaked out more then the men about commitment. They were genuine characters in the show. It is this level of writing and representation that needs to be seen more in Hollywood.

The show has a very similar set up to Rules of Engagement, so that is most likely why the show only has 13 episodes. Others believe that it was due to the very confusing title. No matter the reason, it is still an unfortunate loss that this show never got a Season 2.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon (Watch the trailer)

Where to find the fandom: Sadly there is no fandom

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Throwback Thursday: Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential only aired 4 episodes between September 19, 2005 and December 5, 2005 (all 13 episodes were later released on DVD). After the first 3 episodes were shown, Fox network put the show on hiatus due to the Major League Baseball playoffs, then postponed, and was then cancelled 4 days after the fourth episode aired. It is based on Anthony bourdain’s bestselling book by the same name.

Bradley Cooper plays the lead character, Jack Bourdain, who is a successful chief who lost prestige due to alcohol and drug addiction. He is given the chance to run Nolita as a career comeback. He is helped out in the kitchen by one of his oldest friends (Nicholas Brendon), his best friend/thief (Owain Yeoman), a newbie (John Francis Daley), a ditzy waitress (Jaime King), and a head waitress/daughter of the owner who hates the entire staff (Bonnie Somerville).

As you can see, the show has a phenomenal cast. At its core, the show focuses on the hijinks done by the main kitchen staff, and trying to keep the bosses daughter from finding out. The writing is witty, and plays on the actors/actresses best strengths. It is a show that if promoted correctly (it was paired with Arrested Development on Monday nights), could have run for a few seasons rather then only 4 episodes.

Where to watch: Hulu, and Amazon sells the complete series for only $10 (Watch a clip)

Where to find the fandom: Sadly, there is pretty much no fandom for this show. You can find a few stories on Fanfiction and AO3, and you have to dig through the tag on tumblr to find show related posts (most are for the book)

 

Throwback Thursday: Cristela

This isn’t much of a throwback  due to Cristela running from 2014-2015, but it’s a show that got little attention during it’s one season run and deserves way more than it got.

Cristela is a show that Tumblr has been waiting for: there are only 3 Caucasian main characters, and the rest of the main cast are Latina (this show made Cristela Alonzo the first Latina to create, produce, write, and star in her own primetime comedy). The show confronts racism, generational differences, SES, and feminism throughout the season.

The show follows Cristela, a law school graduate who just got a job working as an *unpaid* intern, and her quirky family (whom she lives with). Her mother is old school and just wants her to settle down and get married, her sister just wants her to get a paying job, and her brother-in-law just wants her out of his house. Her pursuit of a white collar job puts her at odds with her blue collar family, especially her mother who immigrated to the US before Cristela was born and often reverts back to “village mode”.

At work she has to put up with her boss making unintentional racist comments, her boss’s spoiled daughter who somehow also lands an internship and manages to do no real work (surprised?), and Josh, the other intern and main love interest. Her working class outlook on life gives her an outsiders POV on how business is handled, much to the confusion of her coworkers, and her comedic personality brings life to the ‘old boys club’.

Cristela straddles her families traditional Mexican-American heritage and finding her way to the American Dream with plenty of laughs and teaching moments on just what racism looks like in today’s society.

Where to watch: Netflix and Amazon (Watch the trailer)

Where to find the fandom: Fanfiction, Tumblr

*Andrew Leeds plays Josh, and for any Bones fans out there, it is very disconcerting to see him play a character we are supposed to root for and fall in love with (but he pulls it off). For non-Bones fans, Andrew Leeds played Christopher Pelant, the Season 7/8 creepy stalker serial killer who still gives fans nightmares.

*For any stand up comedy fans, Gabriel Iglesias has a recurring role as Alberto, Cristela’s brother-in-law’s cousin who happens to be in love with Cristela.