Throwback to the best TV shows #2016 had to offer!

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As the year moves towards the end, we witnessed some great T.V. shows that made an exceptional mark on the binge-viewers and the critics, this year. Let the binge watching begin (if it still hasn’t) because this list is a must-watch for all before 2016 ends.

1) Stranger Things (2016): The best Netflix original so far, this show is as good as the word of mouth on it. Created by the duo named The Duffer Brothers, it is a love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80s. The show deserves a fresh viewing point with no plot line information, no spoilers here. Stranger Things is pitch perfect in just about every way, 8 episodes comprising the 1st season. Start with the first episode, you’ll be hooked. Guaranteed!

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2) The Night Of (2016): This HBO eight-part crime drama mini-series can take you on an intense journey of the events that followed a particular night. With incredible acting performances, spot-on casting and a gripping story line. A mini-series with eight tense episodes got over far too quickly. So keep your eyes out for this one as HBO has and will always deliver quality content.

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3) Westworld (2016): Another HBO series inspired about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings. This isn’t a typical amusement park, looked after by robotic “hosts” allowing visitors to live out their fantasies without any consequences. With 10 episodes, the show has picked up serious trending over the last few weeks for its weekly episodes and the exceptional season finale. You don’t want to miss out on this one, either.

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4) The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016): 9 Emmy’s, 22 Nominations, Outstanding Limited Series winner. The show rotates around the infamous O. J. Simpson murder case. With spot on casting! Capturing realism with accurate details and facts. If you love courtroom drama and connecting the dots of an unusual investigation, this should be the one to be getting hooked to.

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5) Narcos (Season 2)(2016): Netflix to the rescue, once again. Narcos has proved that we are living in the golden age of T.V series. It is exciting, well paced and does complete justice to the accurate portrayal of Pablo Escobar, unfolding his rights, his wrongs and the reasons leading to them. As the Season 2 was out this year, it is a must watch. The impressive production, dark feels and real insights can actually make you subscribe to Netflix.

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6) The Crown (2016): The Crown revolves around the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day. The first season depicts 1947-1955. The timeline will last till 6 seasons through the course of time. With positive critical acclaim, this is another new addition to the shows that may grow and become something really special.

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7) This is Us (2016): Looking for a family show? This new NBC drama has one of the most promising pilots ever. As a family drama, it manages to stand out in its storytelling and can pleasantly surprise you. So for a feel good show, and to get in touch with your emotional side, this is a perfect pick from 2016.

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8) Luke Cage (2016): A marvel fanatic? After Daredevil and Jessica Jones, an addition made to this superhero saga was Luke Cage. A realistic approach in storytelling is one its biggest strengths. If you have followed Daredevil or Jessica Jones, Luke Cage should be a priority on the list.

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An end is always a new beginning. With the year ending, it has proven to be a solid beginning for some exceptional T.V viewing experiences in many genres. The bar is set way up and high, let’s see if #2017 can match it or better, exceed it.

Greatest television theme songs ever!

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Each time anybody’s favourite TV show airs, the first thing most people do is sing its theme song at the top of their voice! Theme songs have a sort of magic to them that gets viewers hooked onto the show. Whichever fandom you may belong to, this list of theme songs definitely will get you going, “Omg, I love this song.” Here’s presenting the greatest theme songs of all time, television edition!

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“I’ll be there for you” went on the air in 1994 and quickly became a ratings powerhouse. The theme was written by the songwriters Allee Willis and Michael Skloff. Most people think the theme was written by the band, ‘The Rembrandts’ the only way they could get the Rembrandts to do the record was if they got song-writing credit. So the song needed a bridge, and a second verse lyric. This was then written by the band. The song went on to top the charts and even now, is regarded as one of the best songs on friendship.

Powerpuff Girls

The show centers on Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, three girls with superpowers, as well as their father, Professor Utonium, who all live in the fictional city of Townsville. The theme song of this series is one that every child grew up listening, and I’m sure, still remembers the lyrics to. Three CD soundtracks were officially released for the series. This theme song surely is sugar, spice and everything nice (pun intended).

The Big Bang Theory

The speedy theme song of the show, nicknamed “The History of Everything,” by ‘The Barenaked Ladies’ gives new meaning to the term “nerd rock.” After reading Simon Singh’s book ‘Big Bang: The Most Important Scientific Discovery of All Time and Why You Need to Know About It,’ lead singer Ed Robertson improvised a song about cosmological theory onstage during a show in Los Angeles. Now, to their luck, who happened to be in the audience? TBBT (The Big Bang Theory) creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady! It has been reported that they apparently looked at each other and said, “These guys gotta write the theme song.”

The Simpsons

This particular theme song was composed by Danny Elfman in 1989, after series creator Matt Groening, approached him requesting a retro-style theme for his show. The theme won the National Music Award for ‘Favorite TV Theme’ in 2002, and has won the BMI TV Music Award in 1996, 1998, and 2003. In 1990, the theme was nominated for the Emmy for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music’.

Game of Thrones

Do you ever fast forward through series intros, saying to yourself that it’s just too long and boring to watch them every time? Well then, you must not be a GoT fan! Composed by Ramin Djawadi, the theme is simple yet rich, and shows a very cool map that changes whenever a new land is introduced into the show. “There’s so much backstabbing and conspiracy – anybody can turn on anybody at any point,” said Djawadi. “So I thought it would be cool to do the same play with the music. So even though the majority of the piece is in minor, there’s that little hint of major in there where it kind of switches and then it changes back again.”

Batman

Adam West as Batman, is probably how we remember the show during our childhood. The na na na na na na part of the lyric has become unanimous with the series, and needs no introduction in any form, so go ahead, check it out!

Dexter

Dexter’s opening theme is probably the goriest and the most gruesome one on this list. It shows the protagonist going about day-to-day mediocre morning routine, but in the most cringe worthy way possible. This theme is probably the only one on the list that has such a tune which will make your skin crawl!

Addams Family

The opening title of ‘The Addams Family’ by Hanna Barbera, is one of everybody’s favourite Cartoon Network show. The unique and interesting thing about this song, which got people hooked onto it, is the part where the characters snap their fingers. Anyone who hears this MUST snap their fingers on cue. There’s no excuse! They’re creepy and they’re kooky; mysterious and spooky; they’re all together ooky, the Addams family (cue music). *snap snap*

Pretty Little Liars

Secret is a song written by ‘The Pierces’, which serves as the theme song for the show’s opening. It was suggested by one of the show’s stars, Ashley Benson who plays the role of  Hanna Marin. Recalling how it happened, she (Ashley Benson) said: “I have to take some credit here, because I was the one who brought that song to the producers and told them, ‘You have to have this as the opening credits song.’  I’m a huge fan of The Pierces – that’s the group who sings Secret – I was listening to the song while we were filming in Vancouver and I was like, ‘Oh my god, that’s the best song for the show.’ “I pitched it to the producers and the creator and they said ‘Maybe,’ and it turned out to be the song. So I couldn’t be happier. It’s just so spooky and eerie, and it’s perfect for the show.”

Flintstones

This yabaa daba doo theme song was added to the animated series in 1995, before which the show merely had an instrumental sound. The creators made this change when the soundtrack sounded similar to a song sung by Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in one of the episodes of ‘Looney Tunes’.

“The one with all the facts” – Things you didn’t know about F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is one of those cult TV shows that is loved by all. If you have been living under a rock, and have no clue about this amazing series, it follows the lives of a group of six friends who live in Manhattan, as they try to make it in the Big Apple! Here are a few friendly facts (pun intended) about the show that you probably hadn’t heard before:

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1. Three cast members from The Simpsons made guest appearances on Friends: Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Hank Azaria (Moe/Apu, etc.) and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns/Smithers, etc.).

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2. The show was originally called Insomnia Cafe. It was then renamed Friends Like Us, and then Six of One before becoming Friends.

3. At the beginning of the 1st season, each cast member was paid $22,000 per episode. By the final season, they each got $1,000,000 per episode.

4. “The One Where No One’s Ready” takes place entirely in Monica’s apartment because the show didn’t have a large enough budget for guest stars or additional sets.

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5. David Schwimmer directed 10 Friends episodes.

6. The story-line of Phoebe carrying her brother’s triplets was written because Lisa Kudrow was pregnant in real life.

7. In the opening credits of “The One After Vegas”, which is dedicated to Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s marriage, every cast member has the surname Arquette added to the end of his or her real name.

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8. Phoebe and Chandler were originally supposed to be supporting characters. David Schwimmer was the first of the main six actors to be cast in the show and Jennifer Aniston was the last.

9. All of the six main characters have kissed each other at one point (if you include the alternative “what if?” episodes), except Monica and Phoebe.

10. The orange couch in Central Perk was found in the basement of the Warner Bros. studio.

11. The Magna Doodle actually made its debut in Episode 18, but it was much clearer in 19. The first column appears to be a grocery list, while the second one reads, “Joey call your dad.” After this, each doodle had some connection to the storyline of the episode.

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12. Giovanni Ribisi plays Phoebe’s brother Frank Jr. in later episodes, but he also has a small cameo in the earlier seasons. He plays a boy who accidentally throws a condom into Phoebe’s guitar case instead of a coin.

13. When Rachel is trying to find a new officiate for Chandler and Monica’s wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis/Papasifakis wedding. Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston’s family name.

14. Monica’s apartment changed from number 5 to number 20 when the show’s writers realised that “5” wouldn’t denote an apartment on an upper level floor in a large block. So they matched, Chandler’s also changed from 4 to 19.

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15. When Lisa Kudrow first read the script, she thought Chandler’s character was gay.

16.  Courteney Cox was a neat freak, just like Monica and would clean the others’ dressing rooms.

17. James Michael Tyler was cast as Gunther because he was the only extra who knew how to operate an espresso machine. Also, Gunther wasn’t given a name until the middle of the second season.

18. Ellen DeGeneres turned down an offer to play Phoebe.

19. In the last episode, it is mentioned that all six characters have lived in Monica’s apartment. They have all also lived in Joey’s apartment.

20. When the last series ended, each cast member was given a piece of the sidewalk from outside Central Perk as a keepsake.

21. June Gable, who played Joey’s agent Estelle Leonard, also played a nurse in the episode where Carol gives birth to Ben.

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22. The writers used a pie chart to track how many lines and jokes each character said, to make sure each actor had the same amount.

23. Cox had a special place called “Courteney’s Candy Cabinet” on the set, for “once famous for scarfing down junk food”, according to A Natural Living Today story from 1996.

24. The actors, led by David Schwimmer, held an ‘intervention’ for Jennifer Aniston because of her lateness to the set.

25. Lisa Kudrow was scared of the duck that was in Joey’s and Chandler’s apartment, along with the chick.

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Rewind: Best of 2015!

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The year 2015 finally came to an end a couple of days ago, and like each year, we look back to see what gems the year had to offer. Without any further ado, AISFM presents ‘Best of 2015’. Our list includes the most downloaded apps, music, films, TV shows, and much more. There are a few surprises on it, but for the most part it’s pretty straightforward and you’re probably already a fan of most of the mentioned items.

Most Downloaded Song
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The track, which features Bruno Mars, notched up a combined sales and streaming total of 1.76 million to finish at the top of the end of year chart. The song’s total combined sales since its release in November 2014 stand at 2.25 million! This was followed by Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’, and Adele’s ‘Hello’ which, to be fair, came out a lot later in the year than the aforementioned tune, which came in at #6.

Most Downloaded TV Show
(Game of Thrones)
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On the small screen ‘Game of Thrones’ (Season 5) was the #1 download. Here’s a nerdy statistic for you ‘Game of Thrones’ fans: There are more illegal downloads of the show every week than there are people in King’s Landing. That’s according to piracy monitoring service Irdeto, which monitored illegal TV downloads for two months earlier this year, and found GoT to be increasingly popular. Around 116,000 copies of the show were downloaded each day on an average. (King’s Landing, according to the George R.R. Martin books, has a mere 500,000 souls.)

Most Downloaded Movie
(Interstellar)
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According to figures from Excipio, which tracks BitTorrent downloads, the Matthew McConaughey flick got a whopping 46.7 million downloads from the start of this year to December 25. Compared with ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, which was number one on the same list in 2014, with 30 million downloads, 56% more copies of the film were downloaded. This is so out of this world!

Most Downloaded App
(Trivia Crack)
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When it comes to free iPhone apps, social media definitely ruled. If you had a hunch that Instagram and Snapchat were in the top 10, you’re right. They were #5 and #4 respectively. The #1 spot in this category went to Trivia Crack. When talking about paid iPhone apps, the games ruled. Heads Up!, Minecraft: Pocket Edition, and Trivia Crack were the top three downloads.

Most Visited Website
(Google)
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Alexa ranks websites based on a combined measure of page views and unique site users. Alexa creates a list of “top websites” based on this data, time-averaged over three-month periods. Only the site’s highest-level domain is recorded, aggregating any sub-domains. According to Alexa Internet, google.com is the most visited website of 2015.

Most Used Instagram Hashtag
(Love)
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Instagram is slowly but surely becoming the new Facebook. With hash-tagging becoming the most used thing with every passing day on instagram, we just could not complete this list without including the most used hashtag of the previous year. According to Webstagram, in 2015 the hashtag used the most was #love. This was followed by #instagood, #me and finally #tbt.

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