Wednesday, September 28, 2005

All's Fair in Love and Lies

''Sex, Love & Secrets'' premiered on UPN last night. For some reason I just can't get that right. I keep calling it ''Sex, Lies & Secrets'' instead. By the end of the series though, ''Lies'' may be more appropriate than ''Love'' anyways.

I'm always amazed at how some movies permeate pop culture. Take ''sex, lies, and videotape" for example. The movie was released in theatres on August 4, 1989. Before the movie was released, no TV eps were named ''Sex, Lies and ____.'' Less than four months after the movie was released, ''Who's the Boss?'' named an ep after the movie. And now at least 30 series have an ep title based on the movie name.

Here are some of the more creative ways TV writers ended the statement, ''Sex, Lies and _____,'' for ep titles.

  • Sex, Lies and 35mm Slides (''FM,'' 6/9/1990)
  • Sex, Lies and a Truckload of Dates (''Street Time,'' 4/30/2003)
  • Sex, Lies and Adhesive Tape (''Medicine Ball,'' 4/24/1995)
  • Sex, Lies and Bad Hair Days (''Designing Women,'' 3/5/1993)
  • Sex, Lies and Books (''Girlfriends,'' 2/17/2003)
  • Sex, Lies and Cable TV (''Grand,'' 2/1/1990)
  • Sex, Lies and Ed's Tapes (''Northern Exposure,'' 8/16/1990)
  • Sex, Lies and Exercise Tape (''Who's the Boss?,'' 11/21/1989)
  • Sex, Lies and Larvae (''CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,'' 12/22/2000)
  • Sex, Lies and Lullabies (''Sweating Bullets,'' 11/4/1991)
  • Sex, Lies and Monkeys (''The Practice,'' 10/18/1997)
  • Sex, Lies and Popcorn (''Thunder Alley,'' 10/26/1994)
  • Sex, Lies and Second Thoughts (''Ally McBeal,'' 10/23/2000)
  • Sex, Lies and Shining Armor (''Sweet Justice,'' 10/22/1994)
  • Sex, Lies and Teenagers (''Blossom,'' 2/4/1991)
  • Sex, Lies and Tortillas (''The Golden Palace,'' 5/7/1993)
  • Sex, Lies and Video Date (''Spin City,'' 3/12/2002)
  • Sex, Lies and Volleyball (''Beverly Hills, 90210,'' 8/5/1992)
  • Sex, Lies and Yellow Tape (''Silk Stalkings,'' 10/31/1993)
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