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Before TV revivals happened every day, Adult Swim turned Home Movies’ camera back on

With so many new series popping up on streaming services and DVD, it gets harder and harder to keep up with recent shows, much less the all-time classics. With TV Club 10, we point you toward the 10 episodes that best represent a TV series, classic or modern. They might not be the 10 best episodes, but they’re the 10 episodes that’ll help you understand what the show’s all about.

Before NBC saved Brooklyn Nine-Nine, before full-scale original-cast revivals were a regular TV thing, even before rerun ratings and DVD sales pulled Family Guy and Futurama back off of the shelf, there was Home Movies. The humble animated comedy about an aspiring young filmmaker played by and named Brendon Small had an undistinguished run on UPN, at a time when the broadcast networks were investing in other, short-lived animated series like Mission Hill, Baby Blues, and The Oblongs. Adult Swim would later pick up the unaired inventories of all four shows, but only Home Movies would live on beyond that. Before such resurrections were commonplace, Cartoon Network’s upstart late-night block turned Brendon Small’s camera back on.


Created by Small and eventual Bob’s Burgers boss Loren Bouchard, Home Movies was a quiet outlier on its second TV home. The average episode revolves around Brendon’s latest project, assisted and co-starring his best friends Melissa (Melissa Bardin Galsky) and Jason (H. Jon Benjamin) and usually inspired by or reflecting the events in Brendon’s home and school lives. He lives with his mother, creative-writing teacher Paula (Paula Poundstone in the UPN episodes, then Janine Ditullio), and infant sister Josie, and plays poorly for a lousy soccer team coached with maximum indifference by John McGuirk (also

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