Twelve years before Justin Bieber dropped his debut album, My World, and shook the tween universe with his side-swept bangs, there was Aaron Carter.

The younger brother of Backstreet Boy's heartthrob Nick Carter, Aaron was responsible for some of the most iconic hits of 2000, from "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)" and "That's How I Beat Shaq" to his overplayed cover of The Strangelove's "I Want Candy." Carter arguably "paved the way" for today's tween pop stars like Bieber to become cultural phenomenons.

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In the first episode of Marriage or Mortgage, Netflix's Nashville-based reality show, we meet Liz and Evan, a music-loving couple trying to decide whether they should spend $35,000 on a down payment for a house or the wedding of their dreams.

Eager to help them with their decision are wedding planner Sarah Miller and real estate agent Nichole Holmes, who each get a day to spend with the couple and persuade them to make the "right" choice.

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Colton Underwood, Virginal Fence-Jumping "Bachelor" Star, Comes Out as Gay

The 29-year-old former football player announced the news in an interview with Robin Roberts on "GMA."

Colton Underwood, the former football player and Bachelor franchise personality, has come out as gay.

Underwood, 29, made news in an interview Wednesday with Robin Roberts for Good Morning America.

"Obviously this year's been a lot for a lot of people, and it's probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they've been running from," Underwood said. "I've ran from myself for a long time and hated myself for a long time. I'm gay. I came to terms with that earlier this year, and I've been processing it. The next step in all of this was letting people know."

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How "Tiger King" Changed Pop Culture: The 8 Worst Things We Watched in 2020

Every morning after watching Tiger King, we woke up and chose chaos.

Sorry Pete, this wasn't good

On or around March 2020, human character changed … or whatever Virginia Woolf said.

In the middle of March, COVID in the US went from an abstract concept to an immediate reality which people reacted to in varying degrees — I won't go into details; you were there. For most of us, there was some kind of lockdown period and still are some restrictions.

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TV Features

Why "Dragula" Is Better Than "RuPaul's Drag Race"

Five reasons why you should be watching the horror-based drag reality show.

If RuPaul's Drag Race set the blueprint for what a drag-based reality TV show should be, The Boulet Brothers' Dragula came and scribbled all over it.

The horror-themed drag reality competition is one of the fiercest, scariest, and most entertaining shows on TV. Dragula isn't better than Drag Race on every front, but there are many ways in which it surpasses the original drag competition, especially when it comes to artistry and politics.

If you're not familiar with Dragula, now is your chance to get acquainted. We've been thirsting for more of the Boulet Brothers' brilliant brainchild for almost a year now, and it's finally back! AMC Network's horror streaming service, Shudder, is airing The Boulet Brothers' Dragula: Resurrection on October 20th, and in the meanwhile, you can binge seasons 2 and 3 on Netflix.

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TV Reviews

"Naked Attraction" Is Shockingly Progressive

The contestant picks a date based solely on potential dates' naked bodies.

Despite what Game of Thrones might suggest, America is still pretty conservative when it comes to nudity on TV.

Ever since the infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show scandal when Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson's breast on live TV, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has imposed strict rules about "indecency" on American television. The moral panic that ensued from the 2004 Super Bowl even led several major networks to edit nudity out of their previously aired shows.

Of course, cable television is not affected by FCC guidelines and can show whatever they decide is appropriate. Most of the nudity on American TV is shown on premium cable channels such as Showtime, HBO and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

In contrast, the United Kingdom has quite a different outlook on nudity on TV. Basically, they abide by "watershed" rules. In broadcasting, the watershed is the time of day after which programming aimed towards adult audiences is allowed to air. In the United Kingdom, 18-rated content must not air until 10:00 PM, but after that, essentially, anything goes. And, according to Channel 4, that can even mean plenty of up close shots of real people's genitalia.

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