Terry Crews is a former NFL athlete, actor, stand-up comedian, and television presenter. The roles of Julius Rock on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and Terry Jeffords in the Fox and NBC comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine have brought him the most recognition.
His extensive resume also includes roles in The Expendables film franchise and guest appearances on programs like Bridesmaids.
1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a special relationship with its audience. It’s a workplace comedy that has been described as “clean” yet still manages to have its share of foul jokes and innuendo.
It’s not hard to see why the show has such a loyal following. The ensemble cast is excellent and the characters’ antics can be hilarious. There are even some touching moments and a bit of drama, too.
And while the likes of Andre Braugher and Andy Samberg get most of the attention, Stephanie Beatriz (as Rosa Diaz) and Terry Crews are equally as good. This episode gives the latter his first opportunity to prove his John McClane potential, while Jake’s Parent Trap stratagem and Gina’s hesitance to trust Boyle make this an essential episode. Plus, it has one of the best cold opens in B99 history.
2. America’s Got Talent
America’s Got Talent has seen its share of wacky performers, but this season’s “Extreme” takes the whole concept to new heights. The show has gone outside to parking lots and showcased acts that wouldn’t work on a stage. And the judges, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel, are all overhyping everything.
He eats 10,000 calories a day to maintain his muscular physique, frequently speaks in the third person, and loves yogurt. That’s just one of many reasons why Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans adore Sgt. Terry Jeffords, a character based on Crews himself.
The former NFL player turned actor has proven himself to be a real Jack of all trades. He’s a prolific film actor with an impressive list of credits, and he continues to make headlines for his activism. His latest project, Lead from Behind, is sure to be another hit.
3. Deadpool 2
Like its predecessor, this movie focuses on the irreverent and satirical side of superhero movies. There’s not a moment when the torrent of snark that Deadpool spouts, onscreen and in voice-over, feels watered down.
The solar movies film also doesn’t shy away from its darker moments, as shown when Cable swoops in to stop Deadpool’s henchmen from killing the young girl who wants to take his powers. The movie also features a few callbacks and meta references that are sure to please fans of the original.
The characters from the first movie — Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Weasel — return for this sequel. But they’re not the only ones added to the cast. The film also introduces Domino, played by Zazie Beetz.
4. The Little Mermaid
Disney’s live action remakes have been hotly debated since they started appearing in theaters, and The Little Mermaid has been no exception. There’s a lot to be upset about, including the gender swapping of Scuttle and Ariel, rumors of key plot changes, and the ill-rendered CGI seen in trailers.
But Halle Bailey’s performance is unfailingly enchanting as the headstrong merprincess obsessed with life on land. She brings the movie to soulful new heights in the iconic songs, honoring the work of Menken and Ashman and adding her own soaring soprano voice to their wonder.
Her scenes with the dashing Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King) show that her fascination with worlds beyond her gilded net isn’t merely about finding a man. (Though that does happen.) She also delivers a compelling portrayal of Ursula, the conniving sea witch who wants to rule all the land.
5. The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory has become so popular that even the most dedicated fans have a hard time believing it’s ending after 12 years. The show is a testament to the three most important elements of a good sitcom: relatable characters, funny/memorable moments and quality on-going plot.
The show centers around the nerdy lives of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and his friends and coworkers. The show embraces stereotypes, but it also allows each character to grow and develop over the years.
It’s not often that sitcoms can be this consistently funny. It’s safe to say that this is the best comedic television show in history.