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MONSTER MANAGEMENT (Cracked/YouTube)
The adorable Nöel Wells recently got the ax from Saturday Night Live after only one season, but she’s back from the dead with this screamingly funny new Web series about a PR firm that handles horror-movie creatures. In the first installment, “Rebranding Frankenstein,” she offers a few helpful suggestions to Old Neckbolts: “Ignoring the fact that everybody hates the guy who’s like, ‘Uh, actually Frankenstein is the doctor’s name,’ having a non-buzzy name is the second worst thing to happen to your brand.” The first? “I, Frankenstein.” And he thought fire was bad!
SONS OF ANARCHY SEASONS 1-6 (Hulu, Netflix)
You’ve still got time to catch up with the brutal adventures of Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) and his SAMCRO motorcycle club before the FX drama’s seventh and final season ender on Dec. 9. The blood-soaked town of Charming, Calif., may be the most misnamed burg in TV history, but creator Kurt Sutter (who also plays gang member Otto) has assembled a riveting rogues gallery, including real-life wife Katey Sagal as would-be Lady Macbeth Gemma and Ron Perlman, Beastlier and more Hellboy-ish than ever as her old man, Clay. (And if you make it through the first six, Season 7 is available on Amazon.com.)
NIXON’S THE ONE (Acorn)
Harry Shearer eerily recreates Tricky Dick, using the actual transcripts of his secretly recorded Oval Office conversations. More than just an impressionist’s lark, the British-made series — introduced by Nixon interviewer David Frost — reveals the disgraced ex-President in all his nose-picking, anti-Semitic ignominy. And you thought Shearer’s Simpsons megalomaniac Mr. Burns was scary.
THE FUTURE STARTS HERE WITH @TIFFANYSHLAIN (AOL)
In the second season of mother/filmmaker/Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain’s Emmy-nominated Web series, she takes another look into her cultural crystal ball. Mixing animation, archival footage and interviews (like one with her husband, robotics professor Ken Goldberg), Shlain examines how to maintain our humanity and live in the present in a world of social media, Botox and Google Glass. No wonder Cosmopolitan calls this show “super thought provoking!”
PORTLANDIA, SEASON 4 (Netflix)
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein attracted some serious talent for the fourth go-round of their Oregon-set IFC skit-com: SNL-ers Vanessa Bayer, Maya Rudolph and Jason Sudeikis; musicians Jeff Tweedy, Tuck & Patii and k.d. lang; and even the Portland Trail Blazers. Yet their most impressive get was Steve Buscemi, who deservedly earned an Emmy nomination for his poignant performance as a sad-sack produce marketer struggling to turn celery into the next hot veggie, a la kale. Forget Boardwalk Empire’s Nucky: This may be Buscemi’s greatest creation.
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts wrote TV Guide Magazine‘s wildly popular “Cheers & Jeers” column for 10 years. His work has also been published in the New York Times, Vulture.com, Fast Company, New York Daily News, Digital Spy, DuJour Magazine, the Sundance Channel’s website and RogerEbert.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.