Heroes: Season 1 (2006-2007)
Heroes tells the stories of ordinary individuals from around the world who inexplicably develop superhuman abilities, and their roles in preventing disasters (usually foreseen in painted images from precognitive painters). Season 1 shows how each character learns about their ability and eventually throughout the season, shows how they connect with each other. The interesting thing about Heroes is there isn’t a main character. The series tells a story about each individual, and of course some individuals play a larger role in the fate of the future.
You can catch Heroes on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. on NBC. Also check out the official website, where you can watch episodes, find out more about the cast, and get web exclusives.
Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt (1995)
Tragic Kingdom is No Doubt’s third studio album and the most popular album of the band’s career. This album dished many massive hits including the band’s most popular song “Don’t Speak.” No Doubt appeared on the scene with the song “Just a Girl” empowering ladies everywhere. “Spiderwebs” was released shortly after, increasing the bands popularity and introducing a ska/pop mix to the music scene. Their massive hit “Don’t Speak” introduces the growing tension of the band and of Gwen and Tony’s failed relationship.
Tragic Kingdom spawned an incredible seven singles! Some didn’t chart as well, but the band made music videos for six out the seven singles. The singles include the songs mentioned earlier, plus “Excuse Me Mr.,” “Happy Now?,” “Sunday Morning,” and “Hey You!” Listen to songs and find out more about the album on the official website.
No Doubt will be touring this summer. Catch them in Chicago on July 11! If you want to catch their first concert in 5 years, tune into The Today Show on Friday, May 1.
Rock Steady by No Doubt (2001)
No Doubt’s fifth studio album is absolutely one of the best albums I’ve heard in a long time. Many agree that Rock Steady was a smash from their previous album Return of Saturn (2000). As a result of much collaboration, Rock Steady touches on many musical styles. Grammy-winning hits “Hey Baby” and “Underneath it All” can still be heard on most radio stations today. Every track on this album is superb; Gwen and the boys really did an excellent job. No Doubt will be touring in 2009 as well as releasing their next highly anticipated album (check their website for updates).
Rock Steady had four singles: “Hey Baby,” “Hella Good,” “Underneath It All,” and “Running.” Sly & Robbie, The Neptunes, Prince, and William Orbit were among the many artists No Doubt collaborated with on the album.
Bleed Like Me by Garbage (2005)
Garbage’s fourth studio album Bleed Like Me very much shows that Manson and the boys can still rock. As soon as I picked up this album a week ago, it’s been playing nonstop in my iTunes. Some of the gem songs on the album include “Bleed Like Me” and “Why Don’t You Come Over” because of their ability to catch you right away. Manson’s sweet voice along with awesome guitar riffs makes this album an instant classic to any collection.
Bleed Like Me includes contributions from drummer Matt Walker (Filter, The Smashing Pumpkins) and bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Ima Robot, Beck, Nine Inch Nails).
The Office: Season 4 (2007-2008)
When the third season ended, our favorite Dunder Mifflin branch had a few cliff hangers. What happened between Jim and Karen? What did Jan do after she got fired? And did Ryan just become Michael’s new boss? Season 4 of The Office answers all those questions plus adds new adventures that keep you wanting more.
Follow Michael Scott’s wild tangents as he helps cure the rabid and goes on a quest to find a model wife. Dwight and Angela’s relationship runs into a snag when Dwight does something unexpectedly to one of Angela’s cats. This season is short (only fourteen episodes) due to the writers’ strike. I can guarantee that after you watch this season, you’ll be singin’ “break me off a piece of that apple sauce.”
The Office: Season 3 (2006-2007)
Follow the hilarious antics in a dysfunctional office with idiotic but entertaining regional manager Michael (Steve Carell); loveable prankster Jim (John Krasinski); his fellow prankster and overqualified receptionist Pam (Jenna Fischer); and the unique brownnosing Dwight (Rainn Wilson).
In Season 3, the closing of the Stamford branch gives us Karen Filippelli (Rashida Jones) and Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) – two great additions to the Scranton crew. A new relationship between Jim and Karen has a sad inevitability, as we know from the beginning that Jim is really in love with Pam. Dwight and Angela portray two of the stranger characters on the series, and they manage to make their relationship both hilarious and authentic.
This Emmy Award-winning show encompasses everything that’s not politically correct. The Office works as well as it does by keeping things believable and as natural as possible, even when certain comedic situations approach ludicrous territory.