Wilson Cleveland, the executive producer and star of the Silicon Valley dramedy Leap Year on Hulu and the founder of new media studio Unboxd, is this week's guest curator of TVGuide.com's recently launched mobile app.
Cleveland's list — which includes "a little something for everyone," he tells TVGuide.com — features comedies Community and Family Guy, the "most truly terrifying" episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the reach-for-the-tissues series finale of Six Feet Under.
Future guest curators will include Mike Proulx, senior vice president and director of digital strategy at ad agency Hill Holliday and the author of Social TV: How Marketers Can Reach and Engage Audiences by Connecting Television to the Web, Social Media, and Mobile and Kevin Beggs, president of Lionsgate's television group.
The new TV Guide iOS mobile app is an innovative, one-stop TV companion app exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, designed to make TV simple again by allowing fans to find, share and watch instantly — anytime, anywhere. It's available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
Here's the full list of Cleveland's picks, with commentary. Watch his introduction to his channel below, and then watch his picks on the TVGuide.com app.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Hush" (Season 4, Episode 10): "The most truly terrifying episode of the series with one of the most unique premises: Nobody talks for 40 minutes."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Chosen" (Season 7, Episode 22): "This is how you do a Buffy series finale: 1) bring Dushku and Boreanaz back with a cross-network crossover; 2) kill off a few beloved fan favorites; and 3) give the fans the smackdown royale they've waited seven years for."
Leap Year, "A Moment of Weakness" (Season 2, Episode 7): "This episode of Leap Year is the dramedy's darkest, exploring the emotional tolls of entrepreneurship. Also: Eliza Dushku is handcuffed in a closet, so there's that."
Community, "Modern Warfare" (Season 1, Episode 23): "This Season 1 finale spoof of the action comedy genre is funnier and more action-y than the films it parodies. I love you, Joel McHale."
Scandal, "Grant: for the People" (Season 1, Episode 7): "A perfectly intense Season 1 finale with a gasp-y, sucker-punch of a cliff-hanger."
The Guild, "End and Begins" (Season 5, Episode 4): "Felicia Day's wildly popular gamer comedy is the Seinfeld of nerd culture."
Six Feet Under, "Everyone's Waiting" (Season 5, Episode 12): "I defy anyone not to cry during the last 10 minutes of this series finale."
Melrose Place, "Postmortem Madness" (Season 4, Episode 1): "The Melrose Place Season 4 premiere literally started with a bang, but it also served as its mid-series crescendo."
Saturday Night Live Digital Short: "Natalie Raps": "Natalie Portman takes a blowtorch to her pixie-haired nice-girl image and then blows the smoke in your face. Love. It."
The Office, "Diversity Day (Season 1, Episode 2): "Steve Carell's Michael Scott [is]at his most cringe-worthy. A celebration of awkward political incorrectness."
Backwash, "Meet Nick Fleming" (Season 1, Episode 3): "Allison Janney waxing nostalgic on her love of St. Elmo's Fire is worth the watch, but Josh Malina, Michael Payne and Michael Ian Black are masters of retro-absurdist comedy."
Family Guy, "Something, Something, Something Dark Side" (Season 8, Episode 20): "The real star of this Family Guy two-parter... is George Lucas for trusting Seth McFarlane with his bazillion-dollar franchise."
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