The Usual Suspects

One of the most famous twist endings in movie history, The Usual Suspects takes place in a police interrogation as Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey, in a role that won him his first Academy Award) recalls the exploits of criminal mastermind Keyser Soze to a police detective.  Through flashbacks, the audience is on the edge of their seats waiting for the answer to one question: who is Keyser Soze?

Other movies: The Notebook, Titanic, Big Fish, Forrest Gump, The Sandlot

 How I Met Your Mother

The entire TV series about Ted Mosby, architect, is told through flashbacks as a 50-something Ted, whom we never actually see, tells stories about the adventures of his friend group when they were in their 20’s to his kids in the year 2030.

Other TV: The Get Down, The Wonder Years

In the iCarly episode “iMake Sam Girlier,” tomboy Sam is worried that she is too much of a “dude” for her crush to be interested in her. Carly gives Sam a makeover, which wins her a date with her crush, but she struggles to maintain the feminine façade Carly, our Henry Higgins proxy in the episode, has built up for her.

The Glass Menagerie

The most famous theatrical memory play, Tennessee Williams’ classic follows Tom Wingfield as he looks back on his life as a young man and his relationships with his mother and sister.  See Remy Bumppo Ensemble Member Kelsey Brennan take on the iconic role of Laura Wingfield, inspired by Williams’ own sister, this spring at Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

Other plays: After the Fall, M. Butterfly, Dancing at Lughnasa

In the Family Guy episode “One If By Clam, Two If By Sea,” Stewie has taken it upon himself to make a project of neighbor British girl Eliza Pinchley.  Stewie bets Brian that he can change her accent from common cockney to proper posh by the time her birthday arrives.  Fun Fact: the voice that show creator Seth MacFarlane developed for Stewie was inspired by that of Rex Harrison, who originated the role of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.

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In the Boy Meets World episode “Turnaround,” Cory and Shawn are reading Pygmalion in English class, but outside the classroom, the rest of the school is preparing for the Turnaround Dance!  Girls ask the boys, and when an unpopular girl asks Cory to the dance, Cory and Shawn try to reform.

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