Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – Most Heartwarming Scenes

Warning: SPOILERS for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

NBC’s newest comedy-drama Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist offers a clever and quirky reimagining of the musical genre. After an earthquake disrupts her MRI, computer coder Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy) gains the ability to perceive the thoughts and feelings of those around her. Instead of just hearing what people are thinking, however, Zoey sees these people reveal their secret selves through elaborate song and dance numbers that only she can see and hear. Now essentially trapped in a musical, Zoey must figure out how to live with her new gift.   

Jane Levy Stars In Zoeys Extraordinary Playlist

It sounds ridiculous – but show creator Austin Winsberg know how to approach the bizarre premise from an angle that offers plenty of laughs and more than a few tears. While most of the musical numbers are upbeat and hilarious (seeing Zoey’s co-workers faun over a legendary tech genius by serenading him with a rendition of “Jesus Christ Superstar” is particularly funny) the show makes time for quiet, emotional moments as well.  

Musical numbers are meant to evoke strong feelings, after all, and after only three episodes, the show already contains plenty of tear-jerking scenes to get the audience emotionally invested in its tuneful cast. Here are the most heartwarming scenes (to date) from Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.             

Max Chats with Zoey’s Paralyzed Father (Episode 2)

Despite the show’s musical premise, not all the emotional scenes require the actors to sing. In the pilot episode, Zoey discovers her co-worker and best friend Max (Skylar Astin) is secretly in love with her. Uncomfortable with this revelation, Zoey starts avoiding him but has to deal with Max when he shows up unexpectedly at her parents’ house one night.

Max surprises Zoey, however, when he reveals he didn’t come to see her but drop off some food for her father. Mitch Clarke (Peter Gallagher) is dying from a neurological disease that’s left him paralyzed and unable to speak. However, Max still remembers Mitch’s kindness, something he never got from his own father. Touched, Zoey invites him in and sees Max chat with Mitch, who’s unable to reply but glad for the company. It’s a heartwarming scene – and there’s a look Zoey gives Max that indicates she might be seeing her friend in a new light.        

Zoey’s Office Crush Reveals He’s Depressed (Episode 1)

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist NBCWhile Zoey initially viewed the spontaneous musical numbers around her as an annoyance, she realizes how perceptive her gift can make her one night when she sees her office crush Simon (John Clarence Stewart) break into song. Although Simon always puts on a happy face for his co-workers, his musical number – Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” – reveals he’s actually in a lot of emotional pain.

Concerned, Zoey approaches him and discovers Simon’s dad recently killed himself. The two bond over their shared tragic experiences with their fathers, although Zoey also learns Simon is engaged, complicating her feelings for him.         

Mitch Sings to Zoey (Episode 1)

By far the most talked-about scene in the pilot episode of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist occurs when Zoey, unable to cope with the changes in her life, turns to her father for help. Heartbroken that Mitch can’t talk to her, and not sure if he even knows that she’s there, Zoey turns away – only for Mitch to suddenly stand up and sing Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” to her. It’s an amazing moment that shows Zoey that her father is still with her, he loves her, and her previously unwanted gift allows them to communicate.           

Mitch Reaches Out to His Family (Episode 1)

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist New EpisodeWhile Zoey’s newfound ability to connect with her father through song is touching, what happens next is arguably more powerful. After learning her father is aware of his surroundings, Zoey convinces her family to take him sailing. Everyone is apprehensive about taking Mitch outside, but once on the boat, Zoey’s mother Maggie (Mary Steenburgen) admits being on the water brings back a lot of good memories. To everyone’s amazement, Mitch makes a supreme effort and manages to take Maggie’s hand in his to show he feels the same way.

For a show that’s regularly fast paced and over-the-top, the scene is remarkably quiet and gentle – focusing simply on the family’s expressions as Mitch reveals he’s still there. It’s a moment that manages to connect with any audience member who’s had to deal with an aging parent or family crisis.  

Zoey Helps Her Mother Deal with Her Frustration (Episode 3)

The first two episodes dealt primarily with Mitch’s frustrations with his condition. However, the third episode flips this by examining how his illness affects those around him – particularly his wife. When Zoey sees her mother sing a heartbreaking rendition of Al Green’s “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” she realizes how stressed her mother is from having to constantly take care of her husband.

This leads to a heartfelt intervention by Zoey and her brother who offer to spend more time taking care of Mitch so Maggie can take care of herself. “I love your smile,” Zoey tells her mother. “But only if it’s real.” Mitch himself chimes in by typing his wife a short message: YOU’RE AMAZING. LET THEM HELP. on his laptop. It’s a remarkable display of love and support that shows how important the Clarke family dynamic is to the show.   

Zoey Motivates Her Boss (Episode 3)

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Season 1One excellent aspect of the show is its ability to take cliché characters and showcase their hidden depths through song. Zoey’s boss Joan (Lauren Graham) comes across as a typical hard-nosed, ball busting career woman in the pilot. And on many shows, that’s exactly how she’d remain. However, in the third episode, Zoey discovers Joan is in a toxic relationship with her husband, a narcissistic tech genius who uses his star power to gain leverage over Joan’s company.

While Zoey tries to maintain a professional distance from her boss, thanks to her musical power, she’s constantly reminded of Joan’s pain. Ultimately giving her boss a chance to vent her problems, Zoey finds herself unexpectedly bonding with Joan and motivates her to take charge of her own life. When Joan finally leaves her husband and decides to promote her company on her own – breaking into her version of Katy Perry’s “Roar” – the audience is firmly on the side of this previously unlikeable woman.

Fans of musical theatre know that the song and dance numbers are more than just eye and ear candy. They give characters a chance to be almost painfully exposed on stage as they belt out their greatest hopes, fears, and insecurities. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlisttakes full advantage of this by allowing Zoey and the viewers to see the cast at its most vulnerable – and relatable. It’s an approach that promises plenty of emotional drama as the series explores how far it can take its musical premise.    

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The Blacklist Is Renewed For Season 8 At NBC

If you are a long time fan of one of NBC’s most popular shows “The Blacklist”, then today is your lucky day! The well-known series has just been renewed for its eighth season with talks of plans for the show’s future spanning much further than just one season.

The Blacklist TV Series James Spader“Congratulations to our incredible cast, producers and crew, all of whom continue to reach excellence week in and week out” Lisa Katz and Tracy Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming at NBC Entertainment, expressed. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue Red and Liz’s story into season eight.”

This jaw-dropping, highly anticipated news was announced to the cast and crew of “The Blacklist” while they attended their 150th episode celebration. A video posted to the NBC twitter account NBC Entertainment (@nbc) perfectly captures their reaction to the wonderful news.

“The Blacklist” Beginnings

“The Blacklist,” starring James Spader as a high-profile criminal by the name of Raymond ‘Red” Reddington, alongside a rookie FBI profiler by the name of Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone, follows the duo’s search for the world’s most dangerous criminals, informed by a list that has recorded documentation of these elusive individuals spanning over the length of many years.

The Blacklist Season 8Red, a former U.S. Navy officer, now a high profile criminal, who for years has alluded law enforcement’s attempts at his capture, voluntarily surrenders himself to the FBI and forms a bargain to be granted immunity from his prosecution in exchange for his extensive knowledge surrounding the elusive criminals on the list and more importantly their whereabouts.

The show was met with instant success upon its release in September 2013. Its first season received many strong reviews from a large number of critics, scoring an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes! Unlike the majority of shows, “The Blacklist” continues to deliver unexpected plot twists and compelling plot lines that are sure to entice even those who claim to not be fans of the crime drama genre.

“The Blacklist,” is built upon a shining supporting cast with popular well-known names such as Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler, Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen, Parminder Nagra as Meera Malik, Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper, Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai, Mozhan Marno as Samar Navabi, and Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe Zuma. Each individual makes up a key part of “The Blacklist” universe and helps form the show’s appeal.

Audience Perceptions

“The Blacklist is a solid weekly crime show built around a genuine TV star” Robert Bianco of USA Today expressed. Continuing to deliver strong ratings well through season seven, it should come as no surprise that executives at NBC have made the decision to continue following the universe of these compelling, thrilling stories into an eighth season.

The Blacklist TV Crew“It’s due to the brilliant cast, crew and our writing staff, led by Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath, who commit to unparalleled creativity. Wait until you see what’s in store for season eight.” Chris Parnell, Co-President, Sony Pictures Television teased. “The Blacklist continues to tell exciting and imaginative stories”

With the current hiatus continuing into March 20, 2020, fans, filled with anticipation for the return of their favorite, beloved show, are sure to be more than enthusiastic about this news. “The Blacklist is back in top form with fresh dangers that put Red on the ropes while giving James Spader room to shine” reads the consensus. David Wiegand of San Francisco Chronicle commented about the show describing that “You think you know the situation and how it will turn out, but there are surprising, yet entirely credible, twists throughout [the] episode.”

Awards and Nominations

This one of a kind crime drama, that has taken millions by storm, has earned its spot in receiving a number of various prestigious accolades. In 2014 alone, the show won “Top TV Series” at the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards as well as Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Other nominations for the show include, but are not limited to:

  • 2014 – Golden Globe Awards – Best Actor – Television Series Drama – James Spader
  • 2014 – People’s Choice Awards – Favorite New Television Drama – The Blacklist
  • 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Best Non-Romantic Cliffhanger
  • 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Funniest Moment in Drama
  • 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Weakest/Most Divisive Twits
  • 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Best Final Shot
  • 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Most Likely to Earn Someone An Emmy Nomination
  • 2014 – Entertainment Weekly Season Finale Awards – Biggest Regret That I Didn’t See It, I Just Heard Or Read About It
  • 2014 – Saturn Award – Best Network Television Series Release – The Blacklist
  • 2014 – Saturn Award – Best Actor in a Television Series – James Spader
  • 2015 – Golden Globe Awards – Best Actor – Television Series Drama – James Spader
  • 2015 – Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series
  • 2016 – Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards – Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie – The Blacklist
  • 2016 – Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble – The Blacklist
  • 2017 – People’s Choice Awards – Favorite TV Crime Drama – The Blacklist
  • Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards – Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie

With its easy access availability of seasons one through six now available on Netflix, there is no excuse to not be caught up and ready to watch season eight live when it premiers! The premiere of season eight is expected to be one of the most viewed the show has yet to see with the massive amounts of devoted Blacklist fans craving the next bit of the show’s lore.

With so many lingering unanswered questions and so many unfinished plotlines, such as uncovering the true identity of lead role Red, many fans speculate that “The Blacklist” won’t be going anywhere anytime soon and for very good reason. Season 7 left viewers on the edge of their seats and season 8 is sure to do the same if not far much more!

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New Star Trek 4 Movie has New Director and New Direction

After sitting on the shelf since 2018, Star Trek 4 is now in the hands of writer and director, Noah Hawley. Hawley is known as the showrunner for the popular TV series Legion and Fargo. Hawley also directed the feature film Lucy in the Sky, starring Natalie Portman. What fans of those hit series may not know about Hawley is his self-proclaimed love for the Star Trek franchise.

A New Prime Directive

Since J.J. Abrams revamped the franchise in 2009, the recent Star Trek movies have been known for their nonstop action and awesome special effects. Hawley may have a different vision in mind that holds more true to the original Star Trek Enterprise television series.

Noah Hawley Star Trek 4 MovieIn an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hawley referenced a Start Trek Enterprise scene that evokes the same spirit he hopes to convey in the new Star Trek movie:

“It’s William Shatner putting on his reading glasses and lowering Khan’s shields, which cost like $9.50. There’s no big action sequence. He’s just more clever, there’s something really uplifting about that feeling.”

Wanting to go back to the Star Trek roots is appealing to Trekkies, as well as appealing to the studio’s budget. After all, budgetary issues are the reason the fourth Star Trek movie was shelved.

Star Trek 4 is dead, Jim

Chris Pine Star Trek 4 MovieParamount studios had been developing Star Trek 4 after another box office hit in the series, Star Trek Beyond. They developed a time travel theme for the fourth installment that would reunite Captain James Kirk and his father, Captain George Kirk.

In the first movie of this series, Star Trek (2009), Captain George Kirk (played by Chris Hemsworth) sacrificed his life so that his crew and newborn son could escape. The audiences were in tears in the first few minutes of the movie. His son grew up to become the rebellious Captain James Kirk, played by Chris Pine.

Writers thought seeing the two Captain Kirks reunited would once again bring audiences to tears, and to the movie theaters. Uniting the two Chris’s, however, left the project dead in its tracks.

No Vulcan Mindmeld for the Chris’s

Zachary Quinto Star Trek 4 MovieThe initial contracts with the actors playing the Enterprise crew had expired. To no surprise, due to the movies’ successes, the actors’ new contracts were asking for more money. The studio was trying to contain costs while still appealing to their star actors, but to no avail. During negotiations, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine were unable to get on the same page with the studio’s budget.

Ultimately, Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth’s resistance to counteroffers was futile, and the project was shelved indefinitely.

Where No Man Has Gone Before

Before being shelved for budgetary reasons, Paramount had chosen S.J. Clarkson to direct Star Trek 4. Clarkson would have gone where no woman has gone before by becoming the first woman in the history of the franchise to direct a Star Trek film. But unfortunately, that directing opportunity was shelved alongside the movie. It is unknown whether S.J. Clarkson was offered the directing position again before taking it off the shelf and handing it to Hawley.

Whether or not she was offered the job, S.J. Clarkson likely had scheduling conflicts. Clarkson is a British director who has become one of the most sought after directors in recent years. She established her directing careers with iconic British TV series including Doctors, Eastenders, and Life on Mars. Though rooted in drama, Clarkson has experience directing other genres as well, including episodes of Smash, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and The Defenders.

Before the fourth Star Trek movie was brought back to life, S.J. Clarkson was selected to direct what is being called the prequel to Game of Thrones. Whether or not the GOT prequel will make it beyond the pilot episode is still up in the air.

Make It So

While longtime Trekkies are excited Hawley is reevoking the Star Trek Enterprise spirit, new Star Trek fans are concerned about his new, or rather, old vision for the fourth movie. J.J. Abrams set the tone for the new movies series with the first installment, Star Trek. The nonstop action and top-of-the-line special effects rivalled the Marvel franchise. Young or previously disinterested audiences quickly became new fans of the Star Trek franchise.

Some are worried that these new fans will lose interest if Hawley takes the fourth installment in a different direction than the first three movies. However, losing what J.J. Abrams started shouldn’t be a concern because J.J. Abrams is still in the picture. In fact, he is on board to produce Star Trek 4, and likely gave the “make it so” command to bring Hawley on as director.

Beam Me Up, Scotty

So, will the original actors be beamed up alongside the new director? Probably not. But that’s because fans shouldn’t expect the original characters either. Hawley explained to The Hollywood Reporter, “To call it Star Trek IV [the placeholder the trades have been using] is kind of a misnomer. I have my own take on the franchise as a lifelong fan.”

And when asked if fans should expect a new cast, he responded, “Yeah, I think so. Yeah. It’s early days. I don’t know. But new characters often involve new cast.”

Set Phasers to Stun

No matter what, Star Trek fans new and old should still expect stunning special effects, top-notch actors, and an exciting plot from the fourth installment. Even if Hawley has a new vision for the fourth movie, he still intends to honor the previous movies in this series, and the Star Trek franchise as a whole.

Hawley told Deadline, “I have my own story and want to make sure as I did with Fargo and Legion that I’m respectful to the underlying material. That I’m not unintentionally changing things that people love or feel passionate about. So, it’s important to do that research as I go.”

Work on the screenplay is expected to begin this spring or early summer, with production following soon after.

What is a Good Internet Speed for Streaming Videos, Gaming, or Working from Home?

These days, everyone loves using the internet to stream movies, play online games, or work from home. To have a good experience with any of these activities you need to subscribe to Spectrum Internet or a similar internet service. You’ll want to know how fast your internet speed needs to be. Everyone hates delays and lag times, but what is a good internet speed for enjoying movies and games – or participating in online video chats for work?

If you’ve ever asked about internet speed and gotten confused by words like “Mbps” or “ping time,” read on! We’ll break down just what you need to know about these internet terms and how you can use them to decide what is a good internet speed for your family’s unique needs. 

High Speed Internet Sign

What Does Mbps, Latency, and Upload/Download Speed Mean?

First, let’s find out what technical terms like “Mbps” and “latency” mean. You can then use these terms to decide what internet speed you need for streaming videos, online gaming, or working from home.

  • Mbps: Mbps stands for “Megabits per second” and determines how much bandwidth you have. It helps measure how much data you can transfer every second through your internet connection. The more Mbps you have, the more data you can transfer in the same span of time. This can mean better picture and sound quality for your videos.
  • Latency: Latency is the amount of time (in milliseconds) it takes to send information from one point to another. Low-latency means it takes fewer milliseconds to send information. High-latency means it takes more milliseconds for information to get from one point to another. You want to have low-latency when playing online games to avoid any lags in your game, file uploads, online submission, or other activity.    
  • Ping Time: Ping time is a test for latency. It sends a data packet to a server and back to you. Depending on how long it takes the data packet to travel, you may have high-latency or low-latency.
  • Download Speed: Download speed is how fast your internet connection can transfer data from a server to you. You’ll want fast download speeds when you stream a video, download files, or load a website.
  • Upload Speed: Upload speed is how fast your internet connection can transfer data to a server. You’ll want fast upload speeds when you send emails, participate in live video chats, send files to other people, and play online games.

How Many Mbps Do I Need For Streaming Videos?

Do you love watching movies in high definition? Do most of your TV nights gravitate toward live events? Or do you have a large household with multiple devices for different viewing needs? All of these factors will help determine how many Mbps you need and how fast your internet speed should be for streaming videos.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recommends families with multiple Internet users get internet speeds of 12-25 Mbps. The FCC also recommends download speeds of at least 25 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 3 Mbps. In general, however, families should get slightly faster speeds than the ones recommended by the FCC, Netflix, Skype, or other streaming services. This will increase your odds of enjoying regular video streaming service with crisp clear picture and sound.

High Speed Internet Control Knob

To give you a better idea of what internet speed will work best for you, here are some basic guidelines based on recommendations from Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube TV:

  • To stream videos in standard definition, you’ll want internet speeds of at least 3 Mbps
  • To stream videos in HD on only one device, you’ll want an internet speed at least 5-7 Mbps
  • To stream videos in HD on multiple devices, you’ll want an internet speed of at least 13 Mbps
  • To view live TV events, you’ll want an internet speed of at least 8 Mbps
  • To stream videos in HDR or 4K on your computer or Ultra HD enabled devices, you’ll want an internet speed of at least 25 Mbps
  • To stream Ultra HD videos daily, you may want to look into Internet speeds close to 100 Mbps

What is a Good Internet Speed for Gaming?

Online gamers play many types of games. Some gamers love sports games and shooter games that require rapid data response times. Other people prefer online card games, role-playing games, puzzles games, or games of strategy. These preferences will all help decide a good internet speed for gaming.   

As far as Mbps goes, you should aim for a minimum of 4-8 Mbps or 10-25 Mbps to provide good download speeds and ensure a regular good gaming experience. However, low-latency is also very important as it reduces lag time in games. Keep in mind that cable internet or fiber-optic internet provide the best low-latency internet connections for online gaming. By contrast, satellite internet has high-latency since it takes so long for signals to travel from a satellite to your device.

Fiber Optic Internet Cable

To gain the best latency for online gaming, keep the following tips in mind:

  • A ping time of 20-100 milliseconds generally offers a good online gaming experience.
  • If you play first person shooter games, aim for a latency of under 30 milliseconds.
  • Satellite internet has high latency because signals must travel a greater distance. However, online card games, strategy games, puzzle games, or role-playing games still work fine with satellite.
  • Cable internet, fiber-optic internet, and fixed wireless internet provide the best low-latency experience for online gaming.

What Upload and Download Speed Do I Need For Working From Home?

A fast internet speed can determine how efficiently you can work from home. After all, if a typical work day involves participating in Skype video calls, transferring large files, and sending multiple emails, you’ll need good upload and download speeds to stay on top of everything.

Cable Internet Connection

To make sure you have a good internet speed for working from home, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Workers who only need to use email and basic computer programs such as Microsoft Word should be fine with 3-4 Mbps
  • Workers who participate in Skype group video calls should have more than 10 Mbps.
  • Workers who transfer large files should have over 40 Mbps.

How To Use an Internet Speed Calculator to Measure Your Current Internet Speed

To help determine what internet speed you need, it can be helpful to measure your current internet speed by taking an online speed test. These tests calculate the internet speed on a computer connected to your home’s Wi-Fi. They can help determine your ping time as well as your connection’s upload and download speeds. Based on the results, and how satisfied you are with how well you can stream videos, play games, and work from home now, you may want to upgrade your internet speed.

Always remember that it’s usually best to get a slightly faster internet speed than you think you need. This is particularly true if you have multiple household members who need to use the internet for video streaming, online gaming, or work. By giving yourself a little extra Mbps and a lower latency, you’ll ensure a pleasant work and entertainment experience for yourself.

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6 Best Taboo Sex Scenes in “Riverdale”

For a TV series based on a wholesome, all-American comic book, “Riverdale” has offered audiences multiple risqué sex scenes in virtually every episode. Many of these scenes not only gleefully play with the places its teenage cast can engage in sexual acts but also who their erotic activities are shared with. On that titillating note, here are the best taboo sex scenes from “Riverdale.”  

Archie and Ms. Grundy have sex in her car (Season 1, Episode 1)

Right from the start, “Riverdale” promised it would deliver something very different from its comic book source material when its pilot episode establishes that 16-year-old Archie Andrews is sleeping with his music teacher Geraldine Grundy (Sarah Habel). In the very first episode, the two are seen going at it hot and heavy in the backseat of Miss Grundy’s car while a summer storm pours outside.

Geraldine Grundy and Archie having sex in the car

To make things even more taboo, it’s later revealed that “Ms. Grundy” is actually a woman named Jennifer Gibson who changed her name to flee an abusive relationship. She also regularly seduces and preys on younger men as she continues having sex with teenage boys after ending her relationship with Archie. She’s a far cry from the strict, elderly schoolmarm of the comic books, but Archie certainly doesn’t seem to be complaining.      

Betty seduces Chuck Clayton then nearly drowns him (Season 1, Episode 3)

Sweet girl next door Betty Cooper always seemed so gentle and kind – until she discovers sports star Chuck Clayton has been spreading nasty rumors about Veronica Lodge after one date. Furious, Betty convinces Chuck she wants to be a “bad girl” and invites him over to a friend’s house for some quality time in the hot tub. She then greets him dressed in a black bob wig and lingerie… and from there, things get really crazy.

First, Betty drugs Chuck’s drink to make him more forthcoming. Then she handcuffs him to the hot tub. Next, she threatens to “boil him alive” in the bubbling water unless he records a confession of what really went on between Veronica and him. Still not willing to stop, Betty pushes Chuck under the water and threatens to drown him unless he apologizes. Finally, she pours maple syrup over his head. It’s a disturbing, sexual, and weirdly ridiculous scene – and just the beginning of the really strange scenes from “Riverdale.”      

Betty's Hot Tub Transformation Riverdale

Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz have lesbian bondage sex (Season 3, Episode 15)

Lesbian sex scenes aren’t nearly as taboo today as they were when they first graced television scenes – but this sex scene between Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz had a lot of build up behind it. Originally antagonistic to Toni, a member of the Southside Serpent gang, Cheryl eventually opens up to Toni and even confesses a past attraction to another girl. The two end up beginning a relationship, threatened by Cheryl’s conservative family. Nevertheless, sexual tension between the two keeps growing, leading to one boiling sex scene in the third season episode “American Dreams.”

After casing and breaking into La Bonne Nuit, Cheryl gets cornered by Toni. Staring her girlfriend right in the face, Cheryl asks if Toni is going to “cuff her.” A very steamy sexual encounter follows – complete with blindfolds, bondage, and intercut scenes with Archie in a bloody boxing tournament. Shockingly, one of the hottest “Riverdale” sex scenes later ends with Cheryl and Toni breaking up. The show is anything but predictable.

Cheryl Blossom Toni Lopez Lesbian Bondage

Archie and Veronica have sex in the shower – after his father is shot (Season 2, Episode 1)

The scene’s taboo nature stems not from the location of the sex act, but the timing. At the beginning of the episode, Archie takes his father to the hospital after Fred Andrews is shot in the season one finale. Fred’s injury is very messy and Archie ends up covered in his father’s blood. After his father is out of surgery, Veronica and Archie go back to Archie’s house where Veronica suggests Archie take a shower.

As Archie scrubs his father’s blood off of his body, Veronica inexplicably decides to join him in the shower, leading to a (literally) steamy sex scene where Veronica leaves her pearl necklace on and Archie continues letting his father’s blood flow down the drain. Viewers were likely left at a loss as to whether this scene should be considered disturbing or titillating. Knowing “Riverdale,” it’s probably both.

Archie and Veronica Shower Scene

Archie and Veronica have sex in a prison locker room (Season 3, Episode 5)

If nothing else, Archie and Veronica prove they have a very powerful “anything goes” attitude in regards to where they choose to have sex. So, when Archie gets sent to prison after being wrongfully accused of manslaughter, he naturally gets a visit from Veronica Lodge. “Disguised” in a blonde wig, Veronica finds Archie in the prison locker room cleaning up after participating in the warden’s underground fight club. Informing him that she has friends who snuck her into the prison, Veronica then tells her boyfriend they have twenty minutes together. Determined not to let any of that time go to waste, Archie picks up his girlfriend, slams her against the lockers, and proceeds to do what comes naturally.   

Betty performs a strip tease in a biker bar – in front of her mother (Season 2, Episode 8)

Betty Cooper has always been a supportive girlfriend. So, when she learns that FP, the father of her boyfriend Jughead Jones, will be having a motorcycle retirement party, she decides to send him off with a personalized striptease dance. Apparently, a sexy pole dance is the unofficial initiation for any woman who wants to join the biker gang, and Betty is nothing if not accommodating. Donning some sexy lingerie under her usually conservative outfit, Betty gets a recording of “Mad World” ready and proceeds to entertain a gang of rowdy bikers.

What makes Betty’s dance insanely taboo is that her audience includes her boyfriend, her boyfriend’s father… and her mother. Alice Cooper is clearly shocked by her daughter’s performance – but FP ends up thanking Betty for performing at his retirement party and the biker audience gives her a round of applause. “Riverdale” adults may have some deviant tastes… but at least they’re supportive.

With “Riverdale” now entering its fifth season, fans can likely expect even racier, steamier, and sexier content as future storylines attempt to surpass the already over-the-top sex scenes the show has already offered. The “anything goes” mentality of “Riverdale” may shock some viewers who are only familiar with the comic book version of Archie and the gang – but it’s a huge draw for fans of the compulsively watchable television series.  

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DSL vs Cable Internet vs Fiber Internet: Everything You Need to Know

When shopping for high-speed internet, you may feel overwhelmed by the different options. You may not know what to think about upload speeds, download speeds, DSL, cable, fiber, and more. What does it all mean? What is best for you? This complete guide will help you understand the key differences between broadband services, internet plans, and more.

DSL vs. Cable vs. Fiber: The Basics

Most high-speed internet connections still go through some kind of cable. Wires are a sensible medium since they are very efficient and widely available. The most common high-speed internet connections are DSL, cable, and fiber.

  • DSL Internet CableDSL (Digital Subscriber Line): DSL uses telephone landlines to deliver internet connection. Unlike dial-up service, it does not interfere with phone service. Speeds are better than the old dial-up system, but DSL is the slowest of the modern options.
  • Cable: Instead of a telephone landline, cable Internet uses your home’s coaxial cable, which likely connects you to your TV service as well. Cable internet, such as Spectrum Internet,  is widely available, and the connection speed is fast enough to satisfy most customers.
  • Fiber (Fiber-optic Line): Fiber-optic is the fastest option on the market since it transmits data using light, not electricity. That means data is literally sent at the speed of light. Fiber speeds are very attractive, but fiber internet service is not widely available.

DSL vs. Cable vs. Fiber: Speeds Overview

The fastest option is not necessarily the best option for you. Instead, you should consider how much Internet speed you need. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recommends internet speeds of 12-25 Mbps for households with multiple Internet users or for frequent online streaming. Even gamers can enjoy a consistently good gaming experience at those speeds. If you work from home and frequently run large file transfers, it’s recommended you jump to 40+ Mbps.

Frankly, the FFC’s recommended speeds are a little low. The FCC bases its recommendation on the speeds that various popular companies like Netflix and Skype recommend to use for their services. It’s a good idea to go a little above and beyond these recommendations since internet speeds may perform slower at home than advertised. Plus, using multiple devices at the same time and other technical factors, like “peak use” times, can also slow down your connection.

What is the difference between download vs. upload speeds?

Think of download as data coming in and upload as data going out. The download speed is how fast data is transferred from your server to you; whereas, upload speed is how fast you can transfer data to your server. Download speed is most important for Internet users who mainly surf the Internet, download files, and stream videos or music. Upload speed is particularly important for people who frequently send emails and files to other people, have live video chats, or are into online gaming.

Typical Download and Upload Speeds for DSL, Cable, and Fiber

Internet Connection Download Speeds Upload Speeds
DSL 5-35 Mbps 1-10 Mbps
Cable 10-500 Mbps 5-50 Mbps
Fiber 250-1,000 Mbps 250-1,000 Mbps


As you can see, according to the FCC’s recommendations, most households should be able to get by on DSL internet service. But, in reality, most households would experience Internet lag, buffering, and even interrupted service with DSL. DSL is also not a good option for gamers or people who work from a home office since the upload speeds are lacking.

Cable internet is a safe choice for most households. Both download and upload speeds can easily accommodate the majority of households, even if multiple devices are being used at the same time. Cable can also comfortably support gaming and home offices.

Seeing the fiber speeds probably made your eyes bulge. At 250-1,000 Mbps, fiber offers speeds that are 10-40x faster than the recommended rate. You will never see a spinning loading circle or buffering bar again. Fiber is overkill for most internet users, but that doesn’t mean consumers don’t want it anyway.

Internet Connection 101: How Does Internet Service Connection Work?

High Speed InternetBefore going into more detail about the pros and cons of DSL vs. cable vs. Internet service, let’s run through a quick Internet 101 lesson. Let’s be honest, most of us don’t understand how the internet works or how it connects to our homes. There’s no need to understand than gritty details, but hopefully, this helps convey the basic idea.

Some try to compare the internet to a tree, but that’s too simplistic. Instead, visualize the human body. Picture the central nervous system, like the brain and the spinal cord, as the internet servers and main network. The brain is the Internet server, and the spine is the main fiber optic cables that transmit data between cities, countries, and continents.

Then, you have the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is the nerves that branch out and send signals to the arms, legs, fingers, and toes. In our metaphor, the internet service providers we choose are the nerves that send signals from the backbone to our neighborhoods, houses, and rooms. DSL “nerve signals” are a bit sluggish, cable “nerve signals” are healthy, and fiber-optic “nerve signals” are in their prime.

The backbone of the internet is carried almost exclusively over fiber networks. Once it reaches your city or your neighborhood, or what’s known as the “Last Mile,” the types of connections vary. The consumer Internet companies that provide DSL, cable, fiber, etc. are thus known as “Last Mile Providers.” These last couple miles between your house and the Internet Service Provider (ISP) can slow internet connection considerably depending on the type of connection.

DSL Internet Summary

DSL is typically the slowest of the three main broadband options. DSL uses your telephone landline but uses a separate frequency than your phone as to not interrupt phone service. DSL download speeds usually range from 5-35 Mbps. Some DSL providers offer DSL speed tiers as fast as 12 Mbps, 20 Mbps, and even 45 Mbps. However, the slowest, cheapest cable or fiber option usually outperforms the fastest, most expensive DSL service.

DSL Pros

  • Widely available, including rural areas
  • Affordable compared with fiber optic or satellite service

DSL Cons

  • Only one step above dial-up internet
  • Slower than cable or fiber
  • DSL Providers typically over-advertise their download speeds

Cable Internet Summary

As the name suggests, cable Internet service uses cable wire to deliver your high-speed internet. Typically, cable Internet connects through the same coaxial cable your TV provider uses. Cable services are usually offered in speed tiers, with an overall range of 10-500 Mbps. Some providers, start their plans at 100 Mbps, which exceeds most household needs. Lower speed tiers are available elsewhere, but sometimes there is more value in the basic higher-speed plans.

Cable Internet Pros

  • Faster than DSL
  • Possibly faster than fiber-optic, depending on your plan
  • Speeds are usually close to as advertised
  • Widely available

DSL Cons

  • More expensive than DSL
  • May only have one service provider in your area

Fiber-optic Internet Summary

Fiber Optic InternetFiber internet technology uses light to deliver data instead of electricity. As a result, it can provide the fastest download and upload speeds. Though currently the fastest internet option, cable technology is quickly advancing and closing the gap.

Fiber has a huge range when it comes to speed and is mostly dependent on your geographic location. Download speeds range from 250-1,000 Mbps, which overlaps with cable speeds. Upload speeds are typically faster than cable, and some companies can match upload speeds to download speeds.

Fiber Pros

  • Faster download speeds than DSL, and possibly cable
  • Fastest upload speeds
  • Speeds are usually close to as advertised

Fiber Cons

  • Not widely available
  • More expensive than DSL, and possibly cable

Other Internet Options

DSL, cable, and fiber are the three main broadband options for the internet. There are a few other viable options, though they are not as popular. These options include satellite, dial-up, tethering and hot spots, and mobile broadband.

Satellite Internet

Households with multiple internet users can stream, game, and run home offices using satellite internet. However, satellite internet service is generally slower and more expensive than cable and fiber. But sometimes satellite internet is the only option aside from dial-up that is available, especially in rural areas.

Dial-up Internet

Believe it or not, dial-up Internet is not a thing of the past. Verizon, which now owns AOL, reported in 2015 that more than 2.1 million people still subscribe to dial-up. Dial-up may be ridiculously slow, but it could suffice for people who hardly use the Internet and don’t stream entertainment. Dial-up comes with a tiny price tag that could be as low as $7 per month.

Tethering and Hot Spots

Tethering and hot spots piggyback on your mobile phone service to connect to the internet. With tethering, you connect a USB cable from your phone to your computer. With a mobile hotspot, you can connect via a USB cable, Bluetooth, or WiFi. Using your cellular data connection is a viable option if you hardly use the internet. If you do more than send an occasional email or basic web browsing, you run the risk of exceeding your cell phone’s data plan.

Mobile Broadband

Mobile broadband also connects to cellular networks, but not through your phone. Instead, it uses a separate mobile hot spot or wireless modem to connect your device to the internet. Mobile broadband packages are designed a lot like cell phone plans where you pay for a set number of gigabytes each month. Mobile broadband limits the amount of data you can use and can be quite pricey. But it can be nifty if you are traveling or if you want to take your internet wherever you go.

High Speed Internet OptionsDSL vs. Cable vs. Fiber: Which Should I Get?

Once you figure out what internet providers (or provider) serve your area, you can then figure out what internet speed you need. Since you will likely only have one or two options, compare the different plans they offer. Remember, download speeds of 25-50 Mbps are sufficient for most households, including those with multiple users. If your area has cable or fiber-optic internet providers, their lowest-tier plan most likely exceeds this recommendation.

Another way to determine what speed you need is to test your current Internet speed or that of a friend’s. You can do this simply by doing an online search for “test my internet speed”. If you are unhappy with your internet, then you will know to bump up to the next tier than what you’re currently getting. If your friend’s internet use is similar to yours and they’re happy with their speed, then go with a comparable speed tier.

Conclusion

In summary, fiber and cable are the king and queen of the Internet and can serve you well. DSL connections are not the best, but they will get the job done better than the remaining options, such as dial-up. Unfortunately, a lot of the decisions will be made for you depending on what is available in your area. But at least you are now well informed of the choices that remain.

 

7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Cut the Cord on Cable TV

People consider cutting the cord to cable television for two main reasons. The first is because they had a bad experience with a cable provider. The second is because they are trying to cut down on monthly expenses. Both are valid reasons, but there are several things you should consider before you decide to cut the cord for good.

Best Collection of TV Channels

Cable TV HD Channels There’s no denying that Spectrum TV Packages have the best collection of TV channels, like HGTV, History, Bravo, AMC, and more. If you cut the cord, you may have to give up some of your favorite shows. Not to mention, you’ll have to give up those late nights channel surfing. You know, those nights where you just want to shut off your brain and flip back and forth between Pawn Stars and Everybody Loves Raymond reruns?

Bundled Pricing

Cable providers shine when it comes to bundling. You might be considering cutting the cord to cable because you find yourself streaming Netflix or Prime a lot of the time. But you’re probably streaming those platforms using the high-speed internet that is bundled with your cable. If you cancel your cable, you will lose the big monthly savings you are receiving through bundling.

If you aren’t bundling your Internet with your cable, what are you waiting for? If you’re looking for cost-savings every month, you should start there. Cable providers have really upped their game when it comes to Internet speeds. Spectrum Internet Plans start at a very impressive 100 Mbps and offers download speeds of up to 940 Mbps!  You never have to worry about buffering with even the most basic plan. But you’ll see the most value when you bundle with cable.

In-Home Entertainment

Cable TV PPV EventsIn addition to bundled pricing, you should consider the value of in-home entertainment. A family trip to the movies easily costs close to $100 these days. Going out to eat can be even more expensive. If a movie On-Demand or pizza in front of your favorite show keeps you home one extra day a month, you’ve made your money back.

Custom Packages 

Many cable providers give customers control over the channels they are paying for. Customers can customize different cable plans to get all their favorite channels without having to buy the biggest plan. Oftentimes, just adding a couple of channels to the most basic plan can meet all of your entertainment needs. You can even add premium movie packages or specialty sports packs to the most affordable plans.

Negotiable Pricing

Cable TV DealsA lot of people reach to cut the cord as soon as their promotional period is over. After the standard 12-month period, your cable costs can increase substantially. But cable providers leave wiggle room in their pricing. They don’t want to lose you as a customer and will work with you to give you the most entertainment value for your budget.

The cable industry is also very competitive. While your cable provider will try to negotiate to keep you as a customer, competing cable providers will try to steal you away. So, if you want to save money and you’re unhappy with your cable provider, talk to their competitors. Competitors offer all kinds of incentives to switch to their service.

Sports, Sports, Sports!

You’re not going to find Sunday’s big game on Netflix. Hands down, cable TV still has the stronghold on sports coverage. Sports packs give you access to premium regional and international sports networks. Whether you want to watch college ball, international soccer, or never miss an NFL game, cable TV has you covered. You can customize your cable plan with various sports packages.

 Special Live Events

Cable TV On Demand HDIf you’re a red-carpet junkie or a fan of Holiday specials, you’ll need to think twice before canceling your cable. The Grammys and Oscars are at home on cable tv. A lot of Christmas and New Year’s specials are only found on cable as well. A lot of people forget to consider this seasonal entertainment when deciding to cut off their cable. They don’t realize their mistake until it’s time to watch them again.

Pay-Per-View and New Movies

Let’s be honest, most Netflix movies are pretty terrible. And while Prime Video has better movie options, they charge for all of the best ones. Cable TV offers a wide range of movie channels and packages. Often, the newest box office hits are available on cable first. Pay-per-view options also give you the best movies at a great price.

Speaking of Pay-per-view, don’t forget about boxing matches and MMA events. These special events are also available on cable.  Don’t lose your status as your friends’ hero if you can’t host fight nights at your house anymore.

On-Demand and Streaming

Cable TV BundlesCable providers aren’t stuck in the stone age. They have jumped on the streaming bandwagon and offer great streaming options. You can find hundreds of On Demand movies and tv episodes that you can watch anytime and anywhere. The apps work on virtually any smart device, and you can stream on multiple devices at a time.

Most cable providers also have their very own App, like the DIRECTV App. You can stream On-Demand shows, watch live TV, and even watch your DVR recordings. It gives you all the flexibility of the top streaming apps with the added perk of having full access to your recordings. It’s a win-win.

Should I Cancel Cable TV?

Cutting the cord isn’t going to save you as much as you might think. And there are always other cable providers who would love to bribe you to join their service. Most importantly, there are other cable providers who can provide the customer service you deserve.

Netflix and other streaming options still have big holes in their entertainment platforms. And, of course, you can’t beat the value of bundling high-speed internet with cable. Before you give up your favorite shows and channels, consider the above reasons to stay.

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13 Reasons Why: Shedding Light On Bullying And Mental Illness Or Glorifying Suicide?

13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why is a controversial three season long Netflix original directed in part by “Tom McCarthy” stirred the pot across the nation.  From previews and trailers, what was a seemingly twisted teenage drama at an initial glance panned out to be a much darker and deeper storyline.

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The three part series begins succeeding the suicide of key character, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford). After experiencing the utter shock from both Hannah’s parents and classmates the story begins to unfold in a rather unexpected manner. Main character Clay Jenson (Dylan Minnette) has a connection with Hannah that is somewhat elusive as it slowly builds throughout the season. He receives a shoebox containing audio cassette tapes recorded by Hannah leading up to her death – relaying a promise to explain why she did what she did and the events leading up to the tragedy.

As the story builds and we gain insight to the devastatingly traumatic events that Hannah withstood leading up to her death, we start to form this empathetic love towards her and a desire to know her more. The show has a way of making us feel deeply connected to the characters as if we are experiencing the events alongside them. The series brings up issues that arise in teens and schools such as struggles with sexual orientation, invasion of privacy and corruption among leaders. But more explicitly revealed to us is a world of graphic rape/nudity, severe bullying, brutal murders and tragedy that all took place among a group of teens within a high school.  Aside from the extreme issues portrayed that at times can be hard to view, you still have your standard teenage drama to smooth the surface and allow you to breathe in between scenes.

Now that you have a brief overview of the series “13 Reasons Why” let’s get down to the nitty gritty and talk about the controversial chatter that flooded the internet, news and radio stations – was this series a solid, light-shedding depiction of issues amongst teens or was it an unjust glorification of suicide? If you were like most people you were swamped with a gluttonous amount of bias information before you had the chance to pop some frigg’n popcorn and make your own observations and opinions (yes, I was a victim of this unfortunate overload of opinions if you were wondering).

13 Reasons Why TylerI didn’t hear many opinions favoring the idea of the show being a positive depiction of mental health issues and teen bullying but was indeed overwhelmed by the outpouring of shell -shocked parents and teachers along with local news stations extreme opposition to the racy content. Many were completely turned off to the idea of even viewing the series after the word got out about the plot revolving around teen suicide and the graphic depictions of the act. Understandably so, the somewhat disturbing truth behind the matter can be a tough pill to swallow and even harder to view.

The idea of the show somehow glorifying taking your own life was derived from the ongoing scenes of Hannah Baker living a sort of “afterlife” by watching her friends listen to her pre-recorded tapes and re-living her traumatic memories. The show plays this out in such a way that it takes on the look of an “unconventional murder mystery” which translated to some that once you’re dead you can somehow become vindicated by your acts of self-harm by pushing blame on all who harmed you (which unfortunately is not the case). Contrary to some beliefs, once you decide to take your life, you are gone. Not temporarily, not until you’re ready to resurface, but gone forever.  Hannah Bakers’ presence lingers to those who were prompted to listen to the tapes In order to hear her truth, feel her pain and in ways seek revenge to those who wronged her.  This is where the issues of an unrealistic portrayal of suicide and the afterlife came into play, deifying an act that is permanent and harmful to many more than just the victim.

13 Reasons Why Season 2Now, let’s take a look at the opposition. I’m not sure that there is a positive way to depict the raw truth about mental illness without doing it in such a way to save face”.  Sure, the show could have told the story of a severely traumatized, bullied teen that was struggling with negative feelings of self-worth and depression after being violently raped in a more graceful way… But that would defeat the purpose of what the show embodies. Truth. Whether ugly or pretty, tasteful or raw, truth is truth no matter the form it reveals itself in.  Though, more graphic than some people prefer the direction that the producers chose to take was not intended to tread lightly on people’s feelings or not offend the highly-offended (heaven forbid). The show was created to provoke emotion and to show things that are hidden in a dark corner and not talked about. The stigma attached to mental illness hinders anyone affected. Though “13 reasons why” offers some added shock value the intention is to allow the stigma to be broken.  They decided to show graphic details that are rarely portrayed in order to reveal what these issues truly look like and how they come in all different shapes and forms. Bullying is not just being teased for your weight or your physical appearance – it can be slut-shaming a young girl because she chose not to put out. Depression doesn’t always look “sad or helpless” it can be roaming the halls amongst hundreds of others smiling on the outside but dying on the inside.

This is what the producers of “13 Reasons Why” intended to do. Create thought provoking content that made people see these issues in another light. Recently, the Creator of the show, Brian Yorkey, removed the entire suicide scene from the first season in order to “do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young viewers”.  He continued with stating “No one scene is more important than the life of the show, and it’s message that we must take better care of each other”. That’s a good message to take with you.

Regardless of the backlash the show received for the heavy content, if you can get past some graphic, real-life scenes I would rate this show 100 percent binge worthy approved.

Check Out These Amazing Benefits of Charter Spectrum Internet Plans

Charter Spectrum offers a full suite of Internet, TV and Voice services for both business and residential customers. Charter Spectrum Internet is the fastest, most reliable Internet service you’ll find, and it comes with so many amazing benefits – such as no data caps and plenty of security offerings to keep your family safe – that you’ll simply be blown away.

Moreover, if you bundle Charter Spectrum Internet with other services, you can get access to the Internet for the stunningly low price! Click here to check the current Spectrum Internet Prices.

Charter Spectrum Internet offers faster speeds than anyone else

Want to stream full-length Hollywood movies without interruptions or glitches? Want to download as much music as you can? Or play graphics-intensive multi-player videogames with your friends? Then you better have the fastest Internet possible.

This is where Charter Spectrum Internet really delivers, with speeds starting at 60 Mbps. That speed is so fast it’s twenty times faster than DSL! That’s plenty of speed to support multiple devices in every room of your home. With that kind of speed, you will be able to have the total Internet experience.

No contracts when you order Charter Spectrum Internet

Remember when “signing up for cable” meant signing two-year contracts? Not anymore. Charter Spectrum Internet does not require you to sign a contract of any kind.

And, even better, Charter Spectrum Internet will spend up to $500 to buy out your existing Internet contract. So you never have to feel like you’re locked into an expensive contract over again?

No data caps with Charter Spectrum Internet

Charter Spectrum has your best Internet experience in mind, and that’s why there are no data caps for your Internet use. With other Internet providers, you might have to worry about how many movies you watch, how much music you download, or how long you spend playing your favorite videogame.

But not with Charter Spectrum! Your Internet use is completely uncapped – so feel free to binge on movies and enjoy the Internet the way you’ve always wanted to.

Convenient installation and best-in-class service

Charter Spectrum is changing the standard for Internet service, and one place where it’s starting is with an easy, no-hassle installation experience. It’s easy to install your Internet, and within minutes, you’ll have access to the fastest Internet speeds in your neighborhood!

Choosing a Charter Spectrum Internet plan for your family has never been easier

Charter Spectrum recognizes that families may have multiple devices hooked up to the Internet at one time, and that’s why a centerpiece of any Internet service plan is a fast in-home Wi-Fi network. That means family members can enjoy the Internet from every room of the home.

Experience the Charter Spectrum high-performance router

The key to your fast in-home Wi-Fi network is a high-performance router. And the Charter router gives you the speed and range that you need, in every room of your home. The signal is powerful enough to pass through walls and heavy furniture, so you can literally position it anywhere in your home.

Security and parental controls

Ever worried about what websites your kids might be visiting? Those worries are a thing of the past with the super-strong security and parental controls made possible by Charter Spectrum Internet. In fact, the Charter Security Suite that comes with each and every order of Charter Spectrum Internet is a $60 value.

Once installed, it gives you virus protection, malware protection, email inbox protection and plenty of parental controls so that you can block certain sites for your kids.

24/7 customer support

Have a question about installation or use of your Charter Spectrum Internet? You can get one-on-one advice anytime of the day or night with friendly, knowledgeable customer service agents from Charter Spectrum.

Unlike other Internet service providers, who often try to refer you to online FAQs or limit your calls to certain hours of the business day, Charter Spectrum is open for business every day and hour of the week!

Access to premium entertainment offerings

Charter Spectrum Internet pairs with Spectrum TV Packages, giving you amazing access to premium entertainment offerings on any mobile device. You can watch live TV anywhere in your home with the Spectrum TV app. And you can stream all of your favorite shows on your mobile devices.

That opens up a world of possibilities. You can choose to watch one movie in the main living room, while other people in your family watch movies in their bedrooms!

If you are thinking of getting both TV and Internet, then you have three core options:

  • Triple Play Select – 125+ channels
  • Triple Play Silver – 175+ channels
  • Triple Play Gold – 200+ channels

When combined with the 60 Mbps Internet you are already getting from Charter Spectrum, you can just imagine the possibilities!

Unlock the true value of bundling Charter Spectrum Internet

If you’re looking to save money and get the most affordable version of home Internet, then it’s worth looking into the various bundles that are available from Charter Spectrum. Basic Internet starts at $44.99 per month. But if you bundle with other services, that price falls to a very affordable $29.99 per month.

Final wrap-up of everything Charter Spectrum Internet delivers

The key selling point of Charter Spectrum Internet is the perfect mix of speed and features. Plus, there are no contracts and no need to worry about getting locked into a long-term commitment. If you care about getting the fastest, safest, and most reliable Internet, then Charter Spectrum is the clear choice.

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Now is the time to sign up for Charter Spectrum Internet. If you’ve been putting off this decision, now is the time to give your family the fast, high-quality Internet they deserve. Plus, for a limited time only, Charter Spectrum is offering a 30-day money back guarantee.

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The Most WTF Moments of Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” That Nobody Saw Coming

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” continues to be one of the most entertaining shows on TV. The show’s creators have not been afraid to kill off some of our favorite characters, and the many plot twists related to the Lannisters, Starks and other family dynasties of Westeros can be head spinning. Alliances keep shifting overnight, and nobody is really safe. With that in mind, here are some of the most WTF moments of Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” that nobody saw coming.

#1: Arya poisons the Freys in an act of coldhearted revenge

Remember back in Season 1 when we thought young Arya was going to be sweet and pure? Well, something clicked on inside her when members of her family – including both Robb Stark and Catelyn Stark – were slaughtered at the infamous Red Wedding. Ever since then, she has vowed to wipe the Frey family off the face of the Westeros map. At the end of Season 6, for example, she cut the throat of Lord Walder Frey and displayed her willingness to exact coldhearted revenge.

And things get nasty real quick in Episode 1 of Season 7, when the entire Frey clan has assembled at the site of the original Red Wedding. “Lord Walder Frey” hands out wine to everyone gathered in the hall to celebrate – and, of course, within minutes, everyone is clutching at their throats, vomiting blood and keeling over. They’ve been poisoned! At this point, “Lord Walder Frey” rips off his mask – and it’s actually Arya! She has just used a death mask to impersonate her most hated rival, using that as a way to get her highly anticipated revenge against the entire Frey clan.

#2: Olenna Tyrell gets her sinister revenge on the Lannisters

We always knew Olenna Tyrell was bitter and scheming. They don’t call her the “Queen of Thorns” for nothing. But we had absolutely no idea of just how cold she was until Episode 3 of Season 7. The Lannisters have just destroyed her home at Highgarden and killed all of her men. She has nothing left, and implores Jaime Lannister to let her die quickly by ingesting poison in a glass of wine.

However, as soon as she drinks the wine, she turns to Jaime with a maniacal glint in her eye and tells him that it was she who had poisoned his son Joffrey. Not only that, she tells Jaime that he should tell Cersei this as well. If you’re going to die, it’s best to take down everyone else around you as well! In Westeros, revenge is a dish best served cold.

#3: The full-on spectacle of fire-breathing dragons attacking

Season 7 was the season that the dragons came fully into their own as stars of “Game of Thrones.” For years, we’ve seen the dragon eggs, and heard all the dragon prophecies. Now, they are coming true! Episode 4 was just epic, with a battle scene unlike any that we have ever seen on “Game of Thrones.” Daenerys swoops down on the back on a dragon, and the mighty Dothraki army marches on the Lannisters. There’s chaos, fire and destruction everywhere. And just when we think that these dragons might make Daenerys invincible, Bronn almost manages to take down one of these fabled beasts with a scorpion bolt crossbow. That’s not a good sign for the dragons – and we quickly find out why in Episodes 5 and 6.

#4: Viserion dies and is resurrected

We’ve already seen the fire and fury of the fire-breathing dragons. We’ve seen all the destruction and chaos they can cause – and then the unthinkable happens – Viserion goes down in battle, the victim of the Night King. He used an ice spear, so Viserion dies.

But the action doesn’t end there because the Night King wants Viserion to fight on the side of the White Walker army. So he resurrects Viserion, ensuring that he can spread death and destruction on the armies of the North. The scene where the dragon’s eyes open back up will chill you to your bones. The eyes are blue, and it’s clear what has happened – Viserion has been resurrected as part of the evil White Walker army! From now on, it will not be Daenerys who controls him, it will be the evil Night King.

#5: Littlefinger dies a horrible, wretched death at the hands of the Starks

For the first six seasons of he show, Littlefinger has been a lying, conniving and manipulative force. Deep down, he has always coveted the power of the Iron Throne, and he has done everything in his power to control the destiny of the throne. Some have considered Littlefinger to be the greatest player in the Game of Thrones.

So it was only natural, given the inherent dynamic of the show, that he must die a horrible, nasty death. The ones who make it happen are Arya and Sansa, who plot to kill Littlefinger. By the end, he is groveling on his knees for mercy, but they don’t care – Arya cuts his throat with a dagger. The full range of emotions on display here is just terrifying.

#6: The Wall protecting the North falls

If there was a way to end Season 7, it was this – the collapse of the Wall protecting the North from the White Walkers and the Night King. And the way it happens is just epic – you have the marching army of the undead headed to the Wall, and then out of nowhere, the Night King flies in on Viserion. The dragon is breathing blue hell-fire everywhere it goes, and the Wall falls. You know what happens next – the army of the undead now has full access to all of Westeros. It’s time to be very afraid.

As a result, Season 8 is going to be even more epic. Will Jon Snow and Daenerys be able to combine forces to hold back this mighty army? Who will finally win the Game of Thrones? Season 7 just showed us how crazy things can get on “Game of Thrones,” and it looks like Season 8 is once again going to deliver everything that we’ve loved about this show with plenty of action-packed adventure and drama.