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Author Details

Cathal Gunning has been writing about movies, television, culture, politics online and in print since 2017. He worked as a Senior Editor in Adbusters Media Foundation from 2018-2019 and wrote for WhatCulture in early 2020. He has been a Senior Features Writer for ScreenRant since August 2020.

Industry Focus

Cathal is a network sitcom expert and has spent years writing about the genre from The Simpsons to The Conners. His longstanding obsessions include horror franchises such as the Scream series, animated comedy shows like South Park and Rick and Morty, and everything ‘80s from Top Gun to Stranger Things.

Latest Articles

Homer weighs a fish surrounded by Duffman, Chalmers, Lenny, Carl, and other anglers in The Simpsons season 35 episode 10 1
The Simpsons (1989)
The Simpsons Season 35’s Weirdest Story Is Based On Real-Life News

The Simpsons season 35 episode 10's story may seem far fetched, but the bizarre plot that Homer and Bart share is based on a real-life news story.

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The Omen's Prequel Movie Just Copied A $217 Million Horror Hit From 2022

In a move that doesn’t bode well for the prequel, The First Omen’s debut trailer features a blatant borrow from a recent original horror hit.

Cartman holds up a bottle of Cred in the busy school hallway in South Park Not Suitable for Children 1
South Park (1997)
South Park Not Suitable For Children Keeps Cartman’s Big Character Change

South Park (Not Suitable for Children) kept a major Cartman change from season 26 alive, but it will be interesting to see how this impacts season 27.

An enraged Homer prepares to attack a worried Bart in the backyard in The Simpsons season 35 episode 10 1
The Simpsons (1989)
The Simpsons Season 35 Episode 10 Spoofed Its Biggest Recent Controversy

The Simpsons season 35, episode 10 used a throwaway joke to mock the show's biggest recent controversy when Homer seemingly threatened to attack Bart.

The Conners Season 5 Becky (Lecy Goranson) and Tyler (Sean Astin) 1
The Conners (2018)
What The Conners Season 6’s Tyler Return Means For Roseanne’s Spinoff

The news that Sean Astin's Tyler will return in The Conners season 6 proves that Roseanne's spinoff will highlight one long underrated character.

Dean Belichick smiles smugly in front of a USC sign in The Simpsons season 35 episode 10 1
The Simpsons (1989)
The Simpsons Season 35 Episode 10 Fixes A Major Recent Problem

The Simpsons might sometimes struggle to pull off moments of topical satire, but season 35, episode 10 proved that this isn't impossible for the show.

Elijah Woods' Casey from The Faculty stares in front of a background of question marks 1
10 Questions We Still Have About The Faculty, 25 Years After It Released

1998's The Faculty might be an underrated sci-fi horror cult classic, but the movie leaves a surprisingly large number of major mysteries unresolved.

A smiling Red on the beach in The Shawshank Redemption's ending 1
The Shawshank Redemption: How Morgan Freeman Saved Red's Most Heartfelt Scene

Although The Shawshank Redemption's iconic ending might be perfect, the movie's conclusion was saved by Morgan Freeman changing a pivotal detail.

Iain Armitage's Sheldon sits beside Zoe Perry's bemused Mary on a plane in Young Sheldon season 6 finale 1
Young Sheldon (2017)
Young Sheldon Season 7’s Teaser Trailer Leaves Out A Major Character

While Young Sheldon season 7's first teaser trailer promises plenty of plot twists, one major character is conspicuously absent from the promo.

Homer snags his own upper lip on a fishing line while fishing in The Simpsons season 35 episode 10 1
The Simpsons (1989)
The Simpsons Season 35 Highlights A Bizarre Homer Character Change

The Simpsons season 35, episode 10 changed a Homer character detail and highlighted a bigger shift that’s happened in recent seasons of the show.

Crabbe and Doyle with Draco in Harry Potter. 1
Harry Potter: Why Goyle Disappears Halfway Through Prisoner Of Azkaban

Malfoy's henchman Goyle is almost as recognized as Draco himself, so why is the character absent for much of The Prisoner of Azkaban’s action?

The Clowns kill in American Horror Story Cult 1
American Horror Story (2012)
American Horror Story's 10 Most Disturbing Episodes, Ranked

American Horror Story's most disturbing episodes prove that the show is not short on truly shocking, upsetting scenes despite its campy side.

Collage of Terminator Salvation imagery with Christian Bale in close up and a terminator skeleton 1
Terminator Salvation Was The Franchise's Biggest Missed Opportunity, And The $371 Million Bomb Killed Its Future

Although Terminator Salvation seemed to have everything going for it, the ambitious reboot's failure was what doomed the whole franchise.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean 6 Needs To Bring Back 1 Main Character (& It's Not Jack Sparrow)

Pirates of the Caribbean 6 needs to bring back one major character from the original trilogy to succeed, but it's not Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow.

Collage of Guy Pearce in The Proposition, George MacKay in True History of the Kelly Gang, and Mel Gibson in Mad Max 1
11 Great Australian Westerns You Need To See

Australia may not be the first country viewers think of for Westerns, but the nation has an impressive history in this classic movie genre.

Marge, Homer, and Bart in The Simpsons 1
The Simpsons (1989)
How 3 Iconic Action Stars Lost Out On Starring In The Simpsons

Three of the biggest Hollywood action stars of the '80s almost appeared in the same classic episode of The Simpsons, so why did all three drop out?

Pixar characters Woody, Mr Incredible and Mike Wazowski posing forward in front of Toy Story cloud wallpaper 1
Pixar Is Ignoring Its $10 Billion Cash-Cow Movie Franchise That Would Solve Its Box Office Woes

While recent Pixar movies have proven to be consistent box office disappointments for the studio, there is still one franchise that could fix this.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Sam and Dean from Supernatural 1
Supernatural (2005)
The 1 Supernatural Episode That Was Directly Inspired By Buffy The Vampire Slayer

As well as influencing the show's tone and premise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer directly inspired the plot of one acclaimed Supernatural episode.

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos with Glee, Game of Thrones and Lost 1
10 Massive TV Show Moments Revisited Over A Decade Later

From MASH's finale to The Red Wedding, the impact some of TV's biggest moments made on the medium did not become clear until years after they aired.

The T-Rex roars in the visitor's center during the ending of Jurassic Park 1
How Jurassic Park Created Its T-Rex Roar Might Surprise You

The T-Rex's roar is an iconic part of Jurassic Park, but Spielberg's legendary blockbuster used a surprisingly unconventional method to achieve it.

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