Wow, 100 posts already? It seems like only yesterday we were copying our first Simpsons jokes and trying to start Twitter wars with celebrities.
It’s been over a year of blogging, vlogging, and generally clogging the Internet like with the most intimate details of my viewing habits in my photo diary and on Twitter. See if you can guess what show I was watching at the time of these obscure tweets!
Because compulsory reminiscence isn’t just for TV, here’s a list of other self-congratulatory 100th episodes:
“100” (30 Rock) I actually wrote a limerick about this very episode when it aired last year. This was the one with Michael Keaton and the gas leak that was an hour too long, where some of the extra time was taken up by a clip-show-type deal.
Fun fact: While the idea behind the episode that it was the 100th episode of TGS, the show within a show, I’m pretty sure that doesn’t make any sense with the show’s timeline. Prove me wrong!
“100 A.D.” (American Dad) started with Roger’s humorous announcement that to celebrate the show’s 100th episode, they will kill off 100 characters “you’ve come to know and love.”
No, tonight we're gonna find out who shot Mr. Burns! What? 15 years ago? Who was it? Really, the baby? (sigh) I want a baby.
99 out of 100 turned out to be random throwaway characters and a dog. This episode showcases American Dad’s amusing tendency to bring back characters you assumed were one-timers, as well as its amusing tendency to kill characters without prejudice. Remember when they killed Stan at the end of “Hot Water”?
Fun Fact: this actually aired as the 97th episode, making a liar out of my TV yet again!
“Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song” (The Simpsons) gave us the chalkboard gag above, from a show that has gone on to celebrate so many more, increasingly depressing, milestones, with the latest being 500. The plot of “Baadasssss Song” was refreshingly non-reflective, instead chosen as the 100th because it focused on Bart. And Principal Skinner, everyone’s other favorite character.
Update: Mere hours after this post was published, Saturday Night Live celebrated their 100th web whatever with, yes, a retrospective (explored through the metaphor of autofellatio … at least I think it was a metaphor).
Well, that wraps up this history lesson. It’s really true — we’ve reached 100 installments. And you know what that means: syndication! Without the profitability.
P.S. What’s on the horizon for 5 Hours A Day, the TV blog? Controversy. Increased use of multimedia. Fewer typos. Journalistic enterprise, including a series on the storied relationship between TV and naptime. Graphs!
P.P.S. In the interest of history, here is a list of names considered and rejected for this blog:
- (They Ought To Call It A) Remote Out Of Control
- Hot 99.5 “The Blogg”
- That’s So TV
OnUrTV was actually the original name of this blog before it was abandoned because it was too clear. Channelz, unrelatedly, is now the name of an unpopular nightclub in Providence, Rhode Island.
I would also like to send a special thanks to my friends whose published work here represents 23 percent of this milestone. Your support, edits, co-watching, ideas I swiped for posts including this one, and other such enabling probably merit a larger number than 23, but I prefer to stick to the hard data.