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Superheroes with super voices: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Melissa Benoist as Kara

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By Nate Millado

Audra McDonald and Christine Baranski have wowed us with their acting chops—but did you know The Good Fight stars have vocal chops too? And they're far from the only double threats on television. Watch rounds up a few of our favorite stars who can act and sing.

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Pride and Rita tie the knot on the series finale of NCIS: New Orleans.

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By Nate Millado

In the Season 3 finale of Magnum P.I., Higgins (Perdita Weeks) bid Aloha/goodbye and set off for Doctors Without Borders with Ethan—as Magnum (Jay Hernandez) grappled with his true feelings for his partner-in-crimefighting! How will the rest of your CBS favorites wrap up their seasons? Watch gives you a sneak peek at series sign-offs for the summer—and a few long-running hits signing off for good.

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By Nate Millado

Congratulations, Watchers: We survived 2020! And because we made it through a year that rivals Stephen King's The Stand, we could all use a good laugh. We're talking the gut-busting, rolling-on-the-floor, so-hilarious-it-hurts kind of ha-has.

Luckily, CBS All Access features some of the funniest episodes ever—just in time for Global Belly Laugh Day on Jan. 24!

The Unicorn —"Three Men Out"

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Rob Corddry as Forrest, Walton Goggins as Wade, Omar Miller as Ben in The Unicorn.

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When Wade (Walton Goggins) ditches the dating app to meet women the old-fashioned way (at a bar), Forrest (Rob Corddry) and Ben (Omar Miller) tag along. This standout episode from Season 1 of The Unicorn mines many, many laughs out of the middle-aged "wing men" trying to relive their heyday.

WATCH: Stream "Three Men Out" On CBS All Access

The Unicorn airs Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

B Positive —"Foreign Bodies"

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Annaleigh Ashford as Gina in B Positive.

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The cat's outta the bag in the third episode of B Positive, when Drew's (Thomas Middleditch) daughter and ex discover his dire diagnosis—and meet his kooky kidney donor (Annaleigh Ashford). "Foreign Bodies'" ends with this belly-laugh moment: Gina and Drew's ridiculously awkward TikTok dance!

WATCH: Stream "Foreign Bodies" On CBS All Access

B Positive airs Thursdays 8:30/7:30c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

Inside Amy Schumer —"Last F**kable Day"

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Amy Schumer in her Comedy Central sketch series, Inside Amy Schumer.

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The most inspired episode from Amy Schumer's Comedy Central sketch series is "Last F**kable Day," a send-up on how Hollywood treats actresses of a certain age. Schumer stumbles upon an idyllic picnic of iconic trio Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, and Patricia Arquette, who ad-lib such hilarious lines as, "Are you that girl from the television who talks about her p— all the time?" Flattered, Schumer gushes, "Yes, yes, thank you!" "Well, come talk about your p— over here," beckons Louis-Dreyfus, who's celebrating her final effable day.

You don't have to wait long for a belly laugh: The episode opens with music video spoof, "Milk, Milk, Lemonade," with Schumer satirizing men's obsession with derrieres.

WATCH: Stream "Last F**kable Day" On CBS All Access

Stream all seasons of Inside Amy Schumer on CBS All Access.

Cheers —"Homicidal Ham"

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Derek McGrath as Andy Schroeder with Ted Danson as Sam Malone in an episode of Cheers.

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This Season 2 classic brings back borderline psycho Andy (Cheers fans will remember him from Season 1, when Sam set him up with Diane on a date). Diane believes she can reform the ex-con—and wannabe actor—by staging a performance of Othello at the bar. And yes, that setup is as funny as it sounds.

WATCH: Stream "Homicidal Ham" On CBS All Access

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The Brady Bunch —"The Personality Kid"

The Brady Bunch kids

From left: Susan Olsen, Barry Williams, Eve Plumb, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, and Mike Lookinland in The Brady Bunch.

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Here's the story: When Peter is ridiculed for having zero personality, he goes overboard to create a unique persona. The blended-family sitcom spawned memorable catchphrases—including "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" and "Oh, my nose!"—and this Season 3 installment features "Pork chops and applesauce" in Peter's totally random Humphrey Bogart impersonation!

WATCH: Stream "The Personality Kid" On CBS All Access

Stream all seasons of The Brady Bunch on CBS All Access.

Happy Days —"Kiss Me Sickly"

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Fonzie (Henry Winkler) with the guys in Happy Days.

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Fonzie (Henry Winkler) tasks Richie (Ron Howard) with looking after his girl while he's away at a demolition derby. Annoyed by The Fonz acting like he owns her, Denise coerces Richie to make out with her. But when Denise ends up with mono (a.k.a. "the kissing disease"), Richie debates whether it was worth choosing lips over loyalty.

WATCH: Stream "Kiss Me Sickly" On CBS All Access

Steam full episodes of Happy Days on CBS All Access.

Chappelle's Show —"True Hollywood Stories: Prince & Red Balls Energy Drink"

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Dave Chappelle as Prince in Chappelle's Show.

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Comedian Dave Chappelle is known for his searing stand-up but also his iconic Comedy Central variety show. It's hard to single out just one belly-laugh-worthy episode from Chappelle's Show, but we'll go with "True Hollywood Story: Prince," when Chappelle channeled The Purple One in a slam-dunk sketch.

WATCH: Stream "True Hollywood Stories: Prince & Red Balls Energy Drink" On CBS All Access

Stream all seasons of Chappelle's Show on CBS All Access.

I Love Lucy —"Job Switching"

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Ethel (Vivian Vance) and Lucy (Lucille Ball) hard at work at the chocolate factory in I Love Lucy.

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Arguably the most memorable I Love Lucy installment: the infamous chocolate episode! Lucy and Ethel take on factory jobs. All hell breaks loose when the conveyor belt speeds up, forcing the overwhelmed besties to stuff candy in their blouses and mouths.

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Stream all seasons of I Love Lucy on CBS All Access.

Key and Peele —"The End"

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Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key of Key and Peele.

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Before Jordan Peele was taking home an Oscar and rebooting The Twilight Zone, the multi-hyphenate teamed with fellow funnyman Keegan-Michael Key for a Comedy Central sketch series that made you think long after the laughter died down.

After five seasons, the duo decided to drop the mic—but the series ender proved that they were going out on top. The send-off's central sketch was a full-on Busby Berkeley musical number on a sprawling soundstage, with Peele belting out the pleasures of living in "Negrotown."

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Stream all seasons of Key and Peele on CBS All Access.

Hot in Cleveland —"Canoga Falls"

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Carol Burnett reunites with Betty White in an episode of Hot in Cleveland.

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In this Season 4 episode of Hot in Cleveland, Betty White reunites with her former Mama's Family co-star, Carol Burnett. The ear-tugging comedienne plays Victoria's (Wendie Malick) mama Penny, a house hoarder and children's program puppeteer. It's worth a view just to witness two TV legends take center stage!

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Stream all seasons of Hot in Cleveland on CBS All Access.

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By Brantley Bardin

Who knew that in 2020 we were so gonna need something called B Positive?" asks Annaleigh Ashford, who stars in the new Chuck Lorre–produced sitcom bearing that moniker. "At first, I thought, 'That's an OK title,'" the Denver-born, Tony Award–winning actress exclaims with a laugh, "but now I'm, like, 'That's deep!'" B Positive is the tale of a newly divorced therapist (Thomas Middleditch) who is in need of a kidney donor with the titular blood type. Ashford plays Gina, a high school acquaintance who turns out to be a weed-smoking , pratfall-prone, madcap kook of a match. "They're an odd couple pairing but a match in life, too," says Ashford. "He needs a kidney and a friend, and she needs accountability and a friend. See, she likes to partake in the party too much and put all the 'things' in her face— so he tries to keep the things out of her face so he can get her kidney!"

Best known to TV audiences as Masters of Sex's sassy lesbian prostitute turned receptionist Betty DiMello, Ashford is a triple-threat star on Broadway whom The New York Times has called "a sly comic genius." "But I've been waiting my whole life to get to make people laugh on Thursday nights in a Chuck Lorre show on CBS," confesses Ashford. "So I really hope people will think I'm funny!

Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

B Positive airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

The cast of TV show B Positive

Pictured (L-R): Top: Kether Donohue as Gabby and Terrence Terrell as Eli. Bottom: Sara Rue as Julia, Annaleigh Ashford as Gina, Thomas Middleditch as Drew, and Izzy G. as Maddie of CBS sitcom B Positive.

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Oh, they will, honey. And they can get a head start by checking out your hilarious Instagram account, which serves up heaps of Miss Piggy, Dolly Parton, and wigs. You even have a weekly Instagram cooking "show" called "WW Wednesdays With Wigs."

Yes! I'm an ambassador for WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers. It's the easiest way to feel body positive in myself. And I love big hair, wigs, Dolly Parton, the Muppets, and rainbows, hence my Instagram contents. See, in my mind, everybody has a rainbow coming out of their butt when they fart. [Laughs] That's sort of "Annaleigh Ashford" in a nutshell.

Ha! In every post and interview I've seen or read with you, you are the epitome of positivity. What's your secret?

It's a struggle, obviously, at this time, but I think it's always been my goal to be a Positive Patty. And I think I'm in a moment of being a sort of shepherd for those who don't have the practice of looking ahead with bright eyes. Because as an artist, you have to have that to believe something is coming.

You've said you knew you wanted to perform since you were in the womb. But as the daughter of an elementary school gym teacher, you tried to be a jock for her until second grade when ...

... On the first day of second grade, my mom enrolled me in Kit Andree's Dance & Performing Arts Center in Denver, and my life was changed. Miss Kit, my voice teacher, was 4-foot-11, wore 5-inch Lucite platforms, big ol' false eyelashes, a rhinestone headband, and taught me age-inappropriate songs like "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret. We were soulmates!

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Thomas Middleditch as Drew and Annaleigh Ashford as Gina in B Positive.

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And by 9 you were performing in Denver professionally—

Yes, in the musical Ruthless, where my grandmother was played by a drag queen, fore-shadowing a career in which I knew I'd be arm-in-arm with drag queens!

Yep, such as your Tony-nominated role as Lauren in 2013's super-smash Kinky Boots, with Billy Porter. Then you won the Tony for the 2014 revival of You Can't Take It with You opposite James Earl Jones, and then wowed again in 2017's revival of Sunday in the Park with George opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Tell us, do you still get starstruck?

Oh, yeah! Like I've met Angela Lansbury multiple times, and I can never get through it without crying.

Annaleigh Ashford and cast performing onstae in the broadway musical Kinky Boots.

Billy Porter, Annaleigh Ashford, and cast performing in the 'Kinky Boots' Broadway Sneak Peek at Al Hirschfeld Theatre on February 28, 2013.

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Adorable. You've been wed to actor Joe Tapper for seven years. What works about you two?

We both have sensibilities that are very childlike; like, we love roller coasters and theme parks to the degree that Joe proposed to me at Six Flags in New Jersey in a really funny, not glamorous way at all. I mean, I had very ugly shorts on, but ... it was just perfect for us! [Laughs]

Joe Tapper and wife Annaleigh Ashford.

Joe Tapper and wife Annaleigh Ashford.

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And now y'all have a 4-year-old son, Jack.

Yes, and Jack has changed my perspective, soul, spirit, and acting choices. And also my free-time schedule. [Laughs] But it's all for the better.

Or for the positive!

Yes, and I hope people will tune in to B Positive so they can have a half-hour break from this world. It's going to be a joyful show and a much-needed respite for people who need to check out!

Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

B Positive airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and streams on Paramount+.


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