Thanksgiving is inevitably intertwined with the idea of family. It’s the time of year where we trek across the country one way or another to be with family and share a massive meal together. Sometimes the family dynamics are warm and nurturing, and sometimes they can be explosive, but family is always at the center of the season.

One of our favorite TV troupes is the “found” family, where a group of individuals, often misfits, come together and support each other just as much, and sometimes more, than a biological family. In this post, we’re going to look at four of televisions best found families, from Firefly, New Girl, Castle, and Dead Like Me.

Firefly

Any genre TV fan will almost immediately point to “Firefly” when the topic of found family comes up. The crew of Serenity is a found family in every sense, with all the ups and downs of a biological family. Captain Mal Reynolds and ship’s companion Inara are sort of the parental figures to a motley crew of space pioneers.

The crew has their disagreements, like between Mal and Inara, or Mal and Simon…well, you get the general theme there…but at the end of the day, they’re all on the same team, and they support each other when it counts. The scenes where the Serenity crew all have dinner together are iconic and never fail to provide the warm fuzzies. The design of the Serenity dining area, with it’s rustic large table and chairs, is almost perfectly designed to evoke the feeling of family and tradition.

New Girl

Los Angeles, like other big professional cities such as New York and Washington, DC, is full of transplants. When you’re half a country away from your biological family, like three of the four New Girl roommates are, found family takes on special importance. There’s no parent figure in this family; all four roommates have moments of immaturity. Jess, Schmidt, Winston, and Nick all stick by each other when it counts, though, and many episodes of New Girl end with three of the roommates (usually the guys) standing up for the fourth (usually Jess).

In some cases, like last year’s holiday episode, “The 23rd,” the roommates even choose their found family over their biological family. In that episode, Nick ignores his mother’s nagging about making sure he makes his flight to Chicago to take Jess to Candycane Lane when she’s feeling down after a difficult break-up.

Castle

In terms of the great found families in the modern TV era, Castle has gone through it’s fair share of familial changes. From the start, Beckett has always been the older sister to Ryan and Esposito’s pesky brothers. Captain Montgomery was the protective father figure and Castle played the role of awkward cousin/brother wannabe. As the series has progressed and Beckett and Castle’s relationship has evolved to one of romance, they’ve severed those ties and become lovers.

And of course, Captain Montgomery has been replaced by Captain Gates, a much harsher parental figure to our detective quartet. Still, one of the aspects of this TV family that we love is that despite the changes rocking their world, the boys are still able to be friends. Of course, it wouldn’t be Castle without Ryan and Esposito giving Castle a little crap for dating their big sister.

Dead Like Me

The Grim Reaper crew was an unlikely amalgamation of characters that really fell into place as one of the best found TV families in the last decade. From the start, you have George who is killed by a falling space toilet seat. Seriously, how great is that? She gets swept up by Rube and his band of Reapers, essentially being the newly adopted daughter of the family.

Over the course of the two seasons the show was on, the family remained fairly stable. George found her place in the family, going from annoying, clueless little sister to effective big girl Reaper. Mason was the ever annoying older brother while Rube and Roxie were the mostly stable parental units. The only real change that took place was the quick transition from Betty to Daisy. Daisy really proved to be the older sister that George needed to fit in with her newfound relatives.

So whether you’re bouncing around that big wide universe on a little Firefly class ship, taking souls or just trying to grow up and survive, family is the key to making it just that little bit better. Having people to depend on when you need them most is a theme that everyone can relate to, and perhaps that is why as we all make our way to our own families this Thanksgiving, we take a page out of these families’ books and just let the good times roll.

Here’s how Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ should split the books up

We still know next to nothing about Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ adaption, but we can dream.

8:45 pm EDT, May 2, 2016

There are few things in this world I am more excited about than the Netflix adaption of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The casting so far is perfect. Neil Patrick Harris looks like a better Count Olaf than Jim Carrey did, and the kids selected to play Klaus and Violet look like they jumped right out of the book. Plus, Netflix is keeping Daniel Handler, the author, close at hand as a producer so they adapt the books accurately.

Impatient fans with nothing better to do, like myself, have to wonder, how will the books be broken up across a Netflix series? How do you transition 13 short children’s books into a format broken up by episodes and seasons?

The Game of Thrones option is out, because the ASOUE books are far too short to do a book a season. And also, 13 seasons just won’t happen. So what do you do? You do what the movie did and group them together. With that strategy in mind, here’s how I think A Series of Unfortunate Events will play out on Netflix, and what ground each season will cover:

Season 1: ‘The Bad Beginning,’ ‘The Reptile Room,’ ‘The Wide Window’

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The Baudelaires have never experienced tragedy before. When they learn of their parents’ death in a fire that destroyed their home, they simply don’t react. They don’t know how to. Before they can process any of their grief, they’re dragged into the custody of Count Olaf, a character who earns the title of the series’ antagonist. Count Olaf is after the Baudelaire fortune, an immense sum of money the children’s parents left behind for them to inherit when Violet, the oldest, turns 18. Through the entire series, Count Olaf deceives, kidnaps, steals, and kills to get what he wants. Every time, the Baudelaires narrowly evade his grasp. During the first three books the orphans visit the Count’s sinister, disgusting home, a room filled with fascinating reptiles, and a house dangling over a lake infested with flesh-eating leeches. This is just the start of the orphan’s troubles.

Season 2: ‘The Miserable Mill,’ ‘The Austere Academy,’ ‘The Ersatz Elevator’

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Through the next three books, the Baudelaires come to expect Count Olaf everywhere they go, and they’re right to do so. While meeting even more unpleasant characters, they also meet some who come to be their closest friends. The Quagmire children still consider themselves triplets, even though one of them died in a fire. The Quagmire triplets also have a large fortune waiting for them when they turn 18. The other triplets are also exceedingly smart, just like the Baudelaires. Count Olaf kidnaps the Quagmires, but before he can do so, Duncan Quagmire gives the reader, and the Baudelaires, the first glimpse into the mystery behind these unfortunate events, “V.F.D!” The mystery only grows larger when the orphans find a secret passage from one of their new guardian’s homes, to their old mansion, which is now reduced to ashes.

Season 3: ‘The Vile Village,’ ‘The Hostile Hospital,’ ‘The Carnivorous Carnival’

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The children no longer fall from guardian to guardian and are more or less on their own. They go to a village where they discover the Quagmire triplets are being held somewhere secret. By the time the Baudelaires figure out the location of the Quagmires, they are also running for their lives, as Count Olaf has managed to frame them for murder. The orphans are no longer safe anywhere. Meanwhile, the acronym V.F.D appears everywhere they go. The children come to find that V.F.D is a secret organization — an organization that their parents, Count Olaf, and many other characters they have met along the way are members of. This season will be fraught with violence, as it includes a harpooning, a surgery, and man-eating lions.

Season 4: ‘The Slippery Slope,’ ‘The Grim Grotto’

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The orphans begin to discover more and more about this secret organization, its history, and what it had to do with their parents. Eventually, they find the headquarters of the organization, but of course, it’s burnt down. They learn about a mysterious sugar bowl, and something that was contained inside which that caused the falling out of the entire organization, the organization splitting into two sides with two very different goals. At this point in the series, mystery will now be dominating.

Season 5: ‘The Penultimate Peril,’ ‘The End’

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In the last book, which I’m sure will take up most of the last season, we find the Baudelaire orphans on a remote island. One last time, Count Olaf finds them and has a final standoff with the children. The series comes together incredibly, with things from 10 books ago now once again coming into play, and mystery after mystery being solved. Ultimately, however, more questions are asked than answered. Thus the whole series heeds the advice of a submarine captain we met in book 11:

“Some things are better left unknown.”

All we know right now is that season 1 will be eight episodes long. Netflix is free to decide how many episodes each season will include, so the following seasons could potentially get longer as the story progresses.

These books are perfect for a TV series adaption. It was never meant to be a movie. In A Series of Unfortunate Events, characters die off constantly. Every book is filled with insane twists that will make House of Cards look like Sesame Street. Not only that, but the books are stuffed with colorful, imaginative locations, and addictive, outrageous characters begging to be brought to life in your web browser or on your Apple TV.

We still don’t have a release date, trailer, or anything really. All we can do
for now is watch this Very Fake Depiction of what a teaser trailer might look like:

How do you think Netflix will tell the Baudelaire Orphans’ story? Comment below!

‘Space Jam 2’ starring LeBron James finds director as script enters development

Welcome back to the Space Jam.

2:14 pm EDT, May 2, 2016

Rumor no more! LeBron James and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin are currently at work on a Space Jam sequel that will find the big (both literally and figuratively) basketball player in the leading role.

The Hollywood Reporter says that a Space Jam 2 script is currently being penned by Lin and writer Andrew Dodge. Very little else is known about the movie, but it’s safe to say it’s going to get a lot of attention as it makes its way through development. The original Space Jam starring Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny, and the rest of the Looney Toons became an instant classic thanks to the basketball theme and the fact that the animated characters were interacting with real actors.

Adding to its quirkiness, WB has kept the original Space Jam website online over all these years. Visit it. It’s amazing.

Space Jam hit theaters in 1996 and co-starred Larry Bird, Bill Murray, Thom Barry, Charles Barkley, Wayne Knight, and Theresa Randle. And the Looney Toons, of course.

LeBron James appeared in last year’s Trainwreck opposite Amy Schumer. We’re sure he’ll invite a few of his basketball friends to make appearances in Space Jam 2 like Jordan did in the original. While LeBron James’ interest in a Space Jam sequel has long been rumored, today’s report is the first time we’re hearing that the film has found a director, and that the script is now being worked on.

Lin is also known for directing Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6.

Are you ready for another ‘Space Jam’?

While we wait (it’s probably going to be a while), watch the original trailer for Space Jam below. Damn, we miss the ’90s.

15 Broadway songs you must listen to

1:00 pm EDT, May 2, 2016

Looking to discover some new Broadway show tunes? You’ve come to the right place. Don’t like Broadway show tunes? Wander over here, lets see if we can change your mind.

You have the Hamilton soundtrack memorized, you’ve seen more stagings of Rent than there have been years since it debuted on Broadway (20!). You’re looking for some more Broadway music to tap your toes to. Well, welcome, you are among friends in this article.

Chances are, you’ve heard of some of the songs on this playlist, if not on the theater stage, then in the pop lexicon (looking at you, Green Day, Carole King and Jersey Boys). These tunes are showstoppers, the reason the Great White Way has, and continues to, thrive.

We’ve compiled 15 songs — one hour, four minutes of music — that you may not have heard of before from shows you may have never seen. They’re a capsule look into the energy of the genre, and showcase the best Broadway has to offer — that is, the variety, the vitality and the vicious harmonies that thousands of performers crush night after night. The playlist was curated by various members of the Hypable team, so there’s a little bit of everything. Broadway shows, like all of entertainment, range in genre and can be divisive. One person’s Hamilton is another person’s Anything Goes. But, like all of entertainment, that’s the beauty in creating playlists like these. We can share and hopefully you can discover new music you might not have heard before.

The shows these songs originate from are cemented in history, they are part of the Old Guard, and they represent the transition into a modern-day Broadway, catering to audiences of all walks of life. This isn’t the typical list, no “Seasons of Love” or “Defying Gravity,” nor are there any particularly ‘deep cuts,’ all songs come from shows that should have familiar names. Some come from revival shows, some are brand-spankin’-new off original albums.

Take a listen and let us know what you think! They’ve been compiled into one handy dandy Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure, below.

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This article is a part of Hypable’s inaugural Broadway Week in celebration of the 2016 Tony nominations.