Recommended: 10 Fresh Jessica Walter Movies and SeriesWalter’s storied career dated back to the early ’60s and was wide-ranging, boasting plum roles in everything from the classic Clint Eastwood thriller Play Misty for Me to the animated spy spoof Archer. “Even my leading ladies – you know, in air quotes – were characters,” she told ELLE in 2019. “They were not Miss Vanilla Ice Cream. They weren t holding the horse while John Wayne galloped into the sunset.”Lucille Bluth, her character that arguably most struck a chord with viewers, was certainly no different. And it’s to Walter’s immense credit that she was able to stand out in one of the best-cast comedies ever – if not downright own certain scenes. Here are a few times where she did just that.Klimpy’s BurnJust look at how Walter arches her eyebrows and closes her laminated menu after delivering “I don’t understand the question and I won’t respond to it,” one of the show’s most quotable one-liners. It practically screams: How dare you? Don t you know who I am? The Cost Of One Banana Here’s another scene that shows just how out-of-touch Lucille is. “I mean it’s one banana, Michael. What could it cost? Ten dollars?” Lucille asks. When her son Michael (Jason Bateman) calls her out on her ignorance, Walters gives a curt “I don’t have time for this” while dismissively shaking her head in a way that wonderfully emphasizes her character’s entitlement.Gene ParmesanOne of the show s best running gags – and there are a bunch – is Lucille’s private detective Gene Parmesan (Martin Mull) surprising his employer by showing up in shoddy costumes. Walter’s squealing in body-shaking, unadulterated glee at these reveals are absolutely delightful – and account for some of the few moments when Lucille’s pleasure doesn’t come at someone else s expense.Air quotesWalter displays some ace physical-comedy chops here, air-quoting twice, vodka martini in hand spilling on the floor each time, totally incensed and unfazed.“Take it back!”Lucille interacting with servers – or anyone with a job, really – is always comic gold. But we’re partial to how Walter indignantly lashes out at one with this shrilly-delivered doozy: “If I wanted something your thumb touched, I’d eat the inside of your ear!”The WinkAnother running gag – there’s an excellent arc where Lucille mistakes a side-effect warning on her prescription as an invitation to get sloshed – sees Walter’s character doubling down on her attempt to be charming with Michael and coming off as absolutely ridiculous.Dismissing ArizonaI d rather be dead in California than alive in Arizona. pic.twitter.com/NRqCMTYOno Arrested Development (@bluthquotes) April 11, 2017“Well I’d rather be dead in California than alive in Arizona,” Lucille
(Photo by HBO)The Best TV Movies of 2019 (So Far)Identifying a TV movie is more difficult than ever. The Television Academy put new rules into place this year that would prevent titles like Black Mirror from entering episodes under 75 minutes into the Television Movie Emmy category. The title s 61-minute San Junipero won the 2017 award in the category. (On the flip side, shorts now must be at least 2 minutes long.)So, when we re compiling a list of Certified Fresh TV Movies, we re faced with making choices like whether or not individual episodes of an anthology film series like Black Mirror should be listed in such a way that they are eligible for Certified Fresh designation as the title s one-off Bandersnatch is.Fortunately/unfortunately, the individual episodes for season 5 don t meet the scores required for consideration anyway.Read also: The Best Black Mirror Episodes to the Worst, Ranked We pulled together a list of TV and streaming film titles that do meet the eligibility criteria to be Certified Fresh, which is a minimum of 40 reviews (higher than the 20 needed for TV seasons) with at least five reviews from Top Critics. We also took into consideration whether a title s primary release was in theaters or on broadcast, cable, or streaming. So limited releases that saw only festival screenings or had very small theatrical time and number of theaters, but then was available broadly on a streaming service, were included as well.Read on to find out which titles in this very exclusive category came out on top for 2019.