5 for Friday: ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Tanked,’ ‘Cake Boss,’ ‘Toy Story,’ ‘The Incredibles’

Toy Story

The 5 for Friday edition of our family-suitable programming guide is back, with ghosts, Sharks, Toys, cake and superheroes!

Without further ado (all times Eastern; check local listings for time and channel in your area):

Ghostbusters (1984) — Friday, 7 p.m., AMC

The supernatural comedy — starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson as paranormal experts battling a spectral invasion of New York City — is not only hilariously funny but also full of witty but respectful faith references and characters.

Don’t believe me, watch for the priests, rabbis and nuns — and the Archbishop of New York. As for references, here’s just a sample from a compilation I wrote in 2016 (click here for the whole thing):

At a bit past the one-hour mark, Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and new Ghostbuster Winston Zeddmore (Ernie Hudson) are riding in the group’s converted Cadillac ambulance:

Zeddmore: Hey, Ray, do you believe in God?

Stantz: Never met Him.

Zeddmore: Well, I do, and I love Jesus’ style. Do you remember something in the Bible about the Last Days, when the dead will rise from the grave?

Stantz: I remember Revelations 7:12: And I looked, as he opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became as black as sackcloth, and the moon became as blood.

Zeddmore: And the seas boiled, and the skies fell.

Stantz: Judgment Day

Zeddmore: Judgment Day

Stantz: Every ancient religion has its own myth about the end of the world.

Zeddmore: Myth? Ray, has it ever occurred to you that maybe the reason we’ve been so busy lately is that the dead have been rising from the grave?

And my favorite, after a giant manifestation stomps on St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dr. Peter Venkman (Murray) says:

“Nobody steps on a church in my town!”


Tanked: Shark Tank in the Shark Tank — Friday, 9 p.m., Animal Planet

Wayde King and Brett Raymer of ATM (Acrylic Tank Manufacturing) head to the SAP Center in San Jose, California, home to the San Jose Sharks pro hockey team. Because of this, it’s nicknamed “The Shark Tank.”

Here’s a bit from the San Jose Mercury-News on what they installed in the VIP area:

The 17-foot long aquarium is filled with teal-tinged decor, with Sharks logos, hockey sticks and a goalie mask reminding the aquatic entertainers they’re not in the ocean anymore. There’s even a mini version of the Sharks head that the players skate out from every game. Designed and installed by Las Vegas-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, it’ll be featured on an episode of the Animal Planet series, “Tanked,” this fall.

For budding marine biologists, the species in the tank include epaulette sharks, horned sharks, bamboo sharks and even a catshark. They’re all really little guys right now, but they’ll grow to be about 3 feet long, much bigger than the tangs, triggerfish and other fish in the aquarium. At Thursday’s unveiling, though, mascot S.J. Sharkie dwarfed them all.

And they don’t just make fish tanks!

Toy Story (1995) — Saturday, 5:20 p.m. Freeform; Toy Story 2 (1999) — Saturday 7:20 p.m., Freeform

If you’ve got a kiddie party or a sleepover, Freeform accommodates with a mini-marathon featuring the beloved Pixar film “Toy Story” and its sequel, “Toy Story 2.”

Cake Boss: Home Runs, Rabbit Holes and Quinceaneras — Saturday 8 p.m., TLC

In this new episode featuring master baker Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, N.J., Buddy makes an “Alice in Wonderland” cake for a children’s theater; chief designer Mauro whips ups a vintage-baseball-themed cake for the Carlos Beltran Foundation; and a family needs a confection for a quinceanera celebration.

In this clip, Buddy’s daughter Sofia shows off her own baking skills:

The Incredibles (2004) — Sunday, 7 p.m. Disney

It’s hard to do better than this animated superhero hit. Just check out a snippet of a review from Catholic reviewer Deacon Steven Greydanus of DecentFilms.com:
The Incredibles is exhilarating entertainment with unexpected depths. It’s a bold, bright, funny and furious superhero cartoon that dares to take sly jabs at the culture of entitlement, from the shallow doctrine of self-esteem that affirms everybody, encouraging mediocrity and penalizing excellence, to the litigation culture that demands recompense for everyone if anything ever happens, to the detriment of the genuinely needy.

Image: Courtesy Disney/Pixar

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