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Once upon a time, in a very far-away land, there existed a place called the hangout, where friends gathered once a week to vent, good-naturedly bitch, and work out real-life problems (see love, death, paternity, and yes, even murder) over a beer, coffee or cup of soup at a table or booth that was always conveniently empty whenever they came in. Here are some of the best TV hangouts we wish were in our own neighborhood.
Saved by The Bell practically started the hip hangout. Kelly, Screech, Zach and Slater (and the other ones) met up after school at probably the most innocent of all hangouts, The Max. Come on, what high school student is allowed to spend that much time away from home?!
Beverly Hills 90210 (the original) began its days with the almost equally innocent Peach Pit, until Steve Sanders opened The Peach Pit After Dark (enter Tiffiani Amber Thesan). Many dramatic nights ensued in the nightclub: fighting, crying, spousal abuse, dancing, even od’ing. Then there was that time the Flaming Lips played there. That was weird.
Life doesn’t get much cooler than the basement of Ted’s apartment in How I Met Your Mother. He lives above MacLaren's, a bar where Lily, Marshall, Barney and Robin meet almost every day to...well, Barney goes there to get laid.
Living above a bar might be hip, but what about living in the bar? Revenge’s Stowaway Tavern does more than host a litany of dramatic scenes between the rich and poverty stricken; it also houses the sometimes object of Emily Throne's affection, the Revenge-hungry and grief stricken Jack Porter.
The Simpsons’ Moe’s Tavern, where television’s most loved and hated cartoons join to grab a beer. Though it's rumored to never have been cleaned, it’s curious that every beer glass is always crystal clear.
Before the days of cell phones, Seinfeld’s Jerry, Eileen, George or Kramer could always find solace in a friend at their booth at Monk’s Café, no matter how weird things got...and they got weird. Fun fact: the real New York City landmark that the show used as the outside establishing shot of Monk's was a diner called Tom's, the same place Suzanne Vega wrote her hit "Tom's Diner" in.
And probably the most famous of all...I’ll give you one guess. Cheers. It’s all too true, sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name.
Everything was going swell during last night's Mad Men — "Collaborators" — until a flashback sequence showed a young Dick Whitman (Brandon Killham) entering a whorehouse for the first time with his mother. How traumatizing! But the subject matter wasn't the issue — it was the fact that Killham, who has played young Whitman before, looks absolutely and comically nothing like Don Draper. Puberty, emIright?
Twitter exploded when Killham took the stage, mostly because of his unfortunate bowl cut and brooding disposition. There is simply no way that this kid is going to grow up to be Jon Hamm, ever. But since we're nice and still want Killham to get work in this town, we've come up with five people he could theoretically play should this whole Draper thing not work out.
1. Moe Howard: It's too bad that Killham just missed the latest Three Stooges movie, because if he worked on curbing that broody disposition he would make a great young Moe Howard.
2. Lloyd Christmas, Dumb and Dumber: If they ever want to make another ill-advised Dumb and Dumber prequel, Killham would be a perfect Lloyd Christmas.
3. Anton Chigurh, No Country for Old Men: Now here's a meaty role for young Killham. Javier Bardem won an Oscar for his portrayal of this disturbingly violent serial killer, but given what we saw on Mad Men last night, we think Killham could give his chilling performance a run for its money.
4. Phil Spector: Al Pacino already played Phil Spector in an HBO movie this year, but we have a feeling this won't be the last (or first) time Spector's violent story is brought to life.
5. Vector, Despicable Me: Sure, Vector ended up marooned on the moon at the end of Despicable Me, but clearly what the world truly needs is a live action spin-off starring Killham as the fabulously funky villain.
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