What can we say? Johnny Galecki and Sara Gilbert have amazing nerd chemistry. First as Darlene Conner and David Healy on Roseanne, and then as Leslie Winkle and Leonard Hofstadter on The Big Bang Theory. Their ongoing intellectual connection has spanned everything from graphic novels and physics to string instruments, and we hope they find each other on at least a few more sitcoms before their acting careers are over. Watch them reunite here.
30 Rock: Will Forte plays most challenging role in TV history
30 Rock is a breeding ground for SNL cast member reunions. To name a few: Jason Sudeikis as Floyd, Chris Parnell as Dr. Leo Spaceman, and Rachel Dratch as Barbara Walters, cat wrangler lady, and Not-Kenneth, the NBC tour robot (to name a few). But if forced to choose the best SNL guest appearance, we’re going with Will Forte, Jenna Maroney’s Jenna Maroney-impersonator boyfriend Paul L’Astnamé who identifies as “gender dysmorphic bi-genitalia pansexual.” Forte discussed the challenges of the role with Today last year: “You think you’re doing all right and, all of a sudden, it’s a runaway G-string! It’s up there from the back and then its starts digging into the front.” Get this man an Emmy!
Notably, this wasn’t Forte’s first time undergoing dramatic physical transformation for the show. In Season 1 he got a bowl cut for the role of Prince Gerhardt’s manservant Tomas (discussed here).
Curb Your Enthusiasm: The cast of Seinfeld gets a finale do-over
When the cast members of Seinfeld appeared on Curb’s seventh season, we got a “non-reunion reunion” that deftly subverted reunion genre fallout (namely, “lameness”) because it wasn’t real. Genius, right? At the same time, Larry David teased out an alternate finale that left us feeling very satisfied: George made millions on an iToilet app and lost it all to Bernie Madoff; Jerry still loves Superman and is a sperm donor daddy to Elaine’s daughter, Isabelle; and Kramer is…still around. What a perfect non-ending ending.
Portlandia: Battlestar Galactica cast members return for “One Moore Episode”
Here’s another monumental “non-reunion reunion” episode. In a recent installment of Portlandia, Doug and Claire script a new episode of BSG and stage a reading with Edward James Olmos, James Callis, and Portland-based actor Ken Reynolds (as played by BSG creator Ronald D. Moore), in a local man named Ron Moore’s kitchen. Clearly, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein felt the reverberating disappointment of Battlestar Galactica fans everywhere when NBC passed on the 17th Precinct pilot.
The Lucy Show: Lucy Ricardo and Fred Mertz meet once last time
In Season 4 of The Lucy Show, William Frawley channeled his curmudgeon once more for his last-ever on-camera performance as a gruff horse trainer. Lucy’s “You know, he reminds me of someone I used to know,” line is, of course, over-the-top self-aware, but in retrospect it only makes us teary eyed, given all we know about the tumultuous personal lives of these two actors.
Bonus: Two Broadway besties reunite on Glee
This one goes in the bonus category, because technically Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff (affectionately known as “The Groff”) were Broadway, not TV, co-stars before they reunited on Glee. Groff’s Jesse St. James may be a self-declared automaton, but on stage he’s anything but. And whatever your feelings are towards Lea Michele, the chemistry between these two is incredible. Which is why we’re bummed Groff’s name has yet to come up in recent Spring Awakening film adaptation buzz. In the meantime, please swoon here.