10 Years Ago Today: Television History

On Tuesday, the channel Freeform announced that it has greenlighted the Lonely Island comedy 'Alone Together' to pilot. The half-hour comedy centers on two overlooked male and female millennials from different backgrounds as they try to make their way into the vain and status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles only to find salvation in their platonic friendship. The comedy, executive produced by The Lonely Island's Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, was first put into development back in April. The rest of the world may be focused on Star War’s 40th anniversary events, but there is a far more important anniversary today of which we should be talking: this day, April 14, 2017, marks exactly 10 years since SNL aired, “The Shooting, AKA Dear Sister,” the digital short from The Lonely Island that opened and shut the door on parodies of The O.C.

There will never be a better use of Imogen Heap than this video.

If you believe in fate, I postulate that this parody video was the ultimate purpose of Imogen Heap’s life. This video is the greatest art project that Shia LaBeouf will ever do.

Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig—all brilliant performers, all performers whose careers will forever be measured against these three minutes and thirty-nine seconds.

Please watch it and share with your friends. Remember a world ten years ago—six months before Barack Obama would be elected president, when Kim Kardashian was still mostly known as that girl who’s friends with Paris Hilton, the year James Blunt told us all that were beautiful.

It was a strange and simple time, back when the wide-belt trend and print media were both flourishing. And we got to watch Bill Hader write a letter to his sister before getting shot like, 11 times to the song, “Hide and Seek.”

We were all so young, and now we are so old.