The spot heard around the country
The Christmas status of Die Hard, Rachel and Joey, the alleged villain of Titanic, and other age-old entertainment debates.
In which I am the last person on Earth to discover that cable television is doomed.
A look at The Magicians and A Series of Unfortunate Events
Where I reflect on the importance of The Simpsons and their Halloween specials.
Funniest Show Of 2014 Returns Tonight On Comedy Central.
Want a chance to re-do your past? Get a grain, relive all your life, share it with your friends. All you’ll lose is the ability to forget and move on. By zic.
Vikram’s title for this episode would have been “The Hedonic Exercise Bike”.
Black Mirror’s first episode, National Anthem, isn’t really the Twilight Zone-esque sci-fi show it claims to be. But it might be the best political/social satire ever produced for television. Spoilers herein, as well as disturbing sexual content. By Tod Kelly.
I can tell you what Game of Thrones is good at but not why we seem to like it so much.
Warning: This post contains spoilers through the second book of A Song of Ice and Fire and the second season of Game of Thrones. Also, if you choose to follow the links, you are agreeing to be fully spoiled for all things that have ever happened. In the wake of the second season finale of…
One of the banes of my teaching existence is the degree to which my students fail to respond to old movies. There are a few happy exceptions, of course, who love old movies – or at least, are eager to learn more about them. But to most, the idea of sitting through an actual black and…
When I was growing up there was a period when the above phrase was uttered by everyone, all the time. I’ve seen similar things happen to, among others, “Show me the money!,” “Time to make the donuts!,” “Where’s the beef?,” and “Sit on it!” In fact, there was once a time when America always had…
I am about 8 years old. My parents are out for the evening, and I am home with my younger sister, and Beverly, a baby-sitter we both like. Beverly introduced my sister and me to Happy Days, which at the time struck me as the coolest, most amazing half-hour of television I had ever seen.…
(Spoilers for the first three episodes of ‘Homeland’ follow. Be warned.) I’ve been working on catching up with the Showtime series “Homeland” for the last couple days on the recommendation of basically everyone on the entire internet. It’s an entertaining show, although I’m not convinced it’s quite as entertaining as I’ve been led to believe.…
I found this surprisingly persuasive.
More good stuff from New York Magazine on the golden age of television.
I sat down with Freddie and Sonny Bunch, film critic for the Washington Times and a blogger at Conventional Folly, to talk about the A.V. Club’s much-discussed list of the decade’s best television shows. The whole thing is below the fold – gold star to whomever finishes the entire podcast.
Hulu will start charging for content in 2010.
A disturbing look at the bowels of the reality TV industry.
…but I do own a computer, and these days you can do almost anything on a computer, including watch TV. There are many, many fewer ads and you don’t fall prey as easily to the chanel surfing phenomenon, but it’s still essentially television with its (mostly) unhealthy side-effects.