Season five of The Walking Dead
starts in two weeks, and the Internet is getting excited [NSFW]:
Stressed out? Does the fast-paced world of today have your head spinning? Sit back and relax with the Finnish educational TV show "Hello, Hello, Hello
," and the terrifyingly slow adventures of Stan and Dud.
Clip most likely to cause childhood trauma
: "I'm Cecil. She's Cissy
Most likely to mark you as a Finn who learned English from watching this show: "The cat's in the moon
." [more inside]
is a children's BBC show for pre-schoolers. Completely wordless, it's a fairly delightful and surprisingly funny mixture of shape recognition, music and discovery (and lots of visual comedy), where "the line" draws a series of challenges and problems for Dipdap to solve. Here's every single episode of it
Grantland writer Rembert Browne journeys into the "dark heart" of 90s nostalgia via Central Perk
, the museum / tourist trap / coffee dispensary dedicated to the popular television show Friends. The modestly popular show premiered 20 years ago today
, and had a number of memorable moments
which are fondly remembered by its small, but dedicated group of fans. Friends previously
Ten years ago today, LOST premiered on ABC. EOnline posts an interview with Damon Lindelof
, about the show's legacy. [more inside]
is a podcast wherein comedian April Richardson
and a weekly guest watch every Saved By the Bell
episode and discuss/critique them. She's almost done with the over 80 episodes (not including the larval form Good Morning, Miss Bliss
or the College Years
sequel), but you should probably start from the beginning
. [more inside]
This morning, the New York Times published "Wrought in Their Creator’s Image
", an article talking about the new network series “How to Get Away With Murder", produced by Shonda Rimes
and starring Viola Davis. The articles claims about the beauty and character of Black women have created a discussion, from Rimes herself
and others about the stereotype of the "angry Black woman
" and whether Ms. Davis is, as the Times suggests #lessclassicallybeautiful
than other women because of the age and color of her skin.
BoJack Horseman Is the Funniest Show About Depression Ever
BoJack Horseman is a weird cartoon about a washed-up sitcom star (who's a horse), a snappy social criticism of the entertainment industry, and the kind of in-jokey cartoon designed to tickle the internet. It's also one of the most aggressive portraits of depression I think I've ever seen. Look past the anthropomorphic animal characters and the satire of toxic celebrity culture: This show is radically sad. I love it.
Netflix Original's animated series BoJack Horseman
stars Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, and Alison Brie. It co-stars Aaron Paul and Paul F. Tompkins and has a long and impressive
list of guest stars. [more inside]
Thirty years ago this month, NBC premiered "The Cosby Show" and changed the television landscape. And though people will rightly remember it as a groundbreaking show for African Americans
's Jason Bailey argues that it was just as important in its feminism
Search for word usage in movies and television over time
Movies and television shows often reflect cultural trends of the time they are made in. Even movies that take place during the past or future can say something about the present through metadata or production style. Using the Bookworm platform, Benjamin Schmidt, an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University, provides a tool that lets you see trends in movie and television dialogue.
"I was able to create these shots by waiting for the camera to pan and then I stitched the separate shots together. The result is pretty epic.
It reminds me of the classic science fiction movies of the 50’s and 60’s. Suddenly the show has a 'Forbidden Planet' vibe." [via
I gave up mainly because I’d got tired of watching talented actors reduced to eye candy and acting out the fantasies of overgrown adolescents who had somehow finagled their way into writing scripts. Where they were writing scripts that looked like old-time Doctor Who, without necssarily understanding why old-time Doctor Who worked and more importantly why it didn’t.
Maureen K. Speller: I’m giving up on Doctor Who again. This time it may be final.
In honor of Saturday Night Live
season, Grantland has been publishing an ongoing series of essays, remembrances, podcasts, and interviews
, as well as asking you to cast your votes in The Battle for the Best SNL Cast Member
. (They're already down to the final eight; sorry, your favorite cast member has already been eliminated.)
'"The good news is we solved the murder of your husband. The bad news is you're under arrest.' Everyone's a noir hero!"
A new HBO documentary explores what happens when the media are mixed up in a crime from the very beginning-- with fiction and film added in for good measure.
A local news writer
is incensed with HBO for bringing it all up again. (She will not be watching the documentary.)
, announcer for Saturday Night Live
, The Price Is Right
, has died. [more inside]
A hypnotic video merging every actor who's played Doctor Who
into one average face. [SLYT] (Laughing Squid via
With a combination of humor and fearlessness, Last Week Tonight
has done an unlikely thing: spurred action. John Oliver’s segment on net neutrality this past June perfectly summed up what his HBO show Last Week Tonight
is so good at: transcending apathy. It’s an ingenious formula that’s making a difference in the real world. “Making a difference” isn’t hyperbole. The FCC’s website actually crashed from overwhelming web traffic the day after Oliver’s segment originally aired. The Atlantic
looks at How John Oliver Beats Apathy
"Surprisingly, Black Books has no affliction with the BBC whatsoever; created by Dylan Moran
(who also plays the lead) and Graham Linehan, the show was filmed at Teddington Studios and broadcast on Channel 4. It centers around Bernard Black (Dylan Moran), the careless, grumpy, wine-inhaling owner of Black Books, his friend Fran (Tamsin Greig) and his assistant shop keeper Manny (Bill Bailey). Specked with a few fun cameos by people not yet famous at the time, this show is a hilarious roller coaster ride that will make you laugh until you cry." Black Books: 4 Reasons the British Sitcom Remains a Classic [more inside]
Are you combing Netflix
trying to find all the TV shows you missed the first time around? Or maybe you just want to take a nostalgia trip and revist all of the great television that is gone but not forgotten? So much good TV! Problem is, it's not like you can stand at the office watercooler chatting about that awesome episode you saw last night...especially if it first aired in 1994.
So what do you do when you want to really mull over an episode you just watched? You listen to some great podcasts with fans discussing in depth your favorite shows, that's what. [more inside]
Korean fashion and design is having a moment, but what is fueling it? It's complicated. Let's explore the K-wave
. [more inside]
is a tumblr featuring furniture/clothing/etc. from the tv show Columbo
, star of two classic television shows ("Maverick" and "The Rockford Files") and a wide slate of films including "The Great Escape", "The Americanization of Emily" and "Victor/Victoria", has died at the age of 86
While the New Republic praises Orphan Black for its portrayal of the Female Gaze
and avoidance of the usual male orientated titillation:
As a show chiefly concerned with the ways women’s bodies are commodified and controlled, “Orphan Black” is careful not to view its female characters with that same hungry eye. This is a triumph: On so many shows, the camera works at cross-purposes to the high-minded themes. “Game of Thrones” depicts women and girls straining against a world that abuses and sexualizes their bodies—then it glamorizes and fetishizes that abuse. “True Detective” criticizes men who violate girls, then lovingly reduces women to bouncing breasts or artfully posed corpses.
(Spoilers inside) [more inside]
Doctors can't change rule number one.
The televisions series, M*A*S*H
, developed by Larry Gelbart
and Gene Reynolds
, was broadcast on CBS for over a decade, from the pilot
on September 17, 1972, to the highly-rated final episode
on February 28, 1983. Yet reports of its demise are fictional, M*A*S*H
is alive and well. [SPOILERS within if you haven't seen the series.] [more inside]
"But I’m getting ahead of myself. First, let me tell you a story: a story about a board game. The Murder, She Wrote
board game. You didn't know such a thing existed? Neither did I, before my friend Sarah brought it one summer to camp. (For the sake of clarity: I mean camp in the upstate New York sense, i.e., a small un-insulated cottage on a freshwater lake that has a preponderance of mismatched glasses and forks with wonky tines and maybe exposed studs but is the greatest place to family-vacation on earth.) Sarah and I met in day care, and had been friends for years—but this year, when she came to visit, she unknowingly brought the one thing that would enflame my jealousy.
" [more inside]
The greatest TV show never seen: "The Fantastic Four" (1963-64)
About the multi-talented Mason Williams [previously, and best known as composer of the iconic "Classical Gas"]
-- Throughout his years in the Navy and college he wrote a series of poems he titled Them Poems. As he entered the folk music scene in the early 60's he wound up rooming with long time friend Ed Ruscha in Los Angeles. Some of the language from Them Poems is a consequence of creative word play that Ed and Paul Ruscha riffed on with Williams over the years. Ed Ruscha provided us with this recording [also released as "The Mason Williams Listening Matter", and reviewed here on allmusic by Eugene Chadbourne] from 1964.
Recording starts around 35 seconds in. Also, here's Mason performing "Them Tummy Gummers" on Johnny Cash's variety show. Finally, Mason Williams Online.
For those of you born in the 80s or later, this is what counted for primetime entertainment
back in our
Squirrel and Hedgehog
- Yes folks, this is a North Korean cartoon produced in house ... The animation is really good, (episode 24 and on is animated in Flash, while before it was all hand drawn) the story is pretty complicated sometimes, and the characters are cool. The only thing actually wrong with this show, other than it being blatant propaganda, is that the lipsync is awful. [more inside]
Nathan Fielder's Ingenious Dumb Humor
- "How the star of Comedy Central's 'Nathan for You' makes the most of uncomfortable moments." (via
; previously 1
The award-winning Australian television series McLeod's Daughters
aired from 2001 – 2009. A drama, the story begins by following the lives of half sisters Claire and Tess McLeod, reunited after they inherit a vast outback cattle farm (“Drover’s Run”), that has been handed down through the men in their family for generations. 224 episodes were produced, and all are available on YouTube. [more inside]
Before Game of Thrones
even), D&D geeks who wanted to see prime time TV shows with castles and swords and such were mostly out of luck. However, if one looks deep into the ranks of one-season-wonders, one will find the curious artifact from 1992 called Covington Cross
. [more inside]
While Australian public TV channels ABC2
contemplate a possible merger
, on their official Twitter accounts sparks fly
Years before the X-Files appeared on TV, there was Project U.F.O.
, produced by Jack Webb
, famous for creating Dragnet and many other popular television series. The show features two U.S. Air Force investigators with the Foreign Technology Division at Wright-Patterson AFB, charged with investigating UFO sightings. The first season starred William Jordan
as Maj. Jake Gatlin alongside Caskey Swaim
as Staff Sgt. Harry Fitz. Jordan was a rather nondescript leading man, while Swaim, who had never had any significant acting experience before landing the role, added diversity as a Southerner
with a pronounced accent. In season two, Jordan was replaced by Edward Winter
as Capt. Ben Ryan. Many of the episodes were loosely based on case files from the Air Force's Project Blue Book
, which ran from 1952-1970.
only ran for two seasons, from 1978-1979, and was never re-aired in the USA, nor was it released on video. [more inside]
[SLYT] is the original pilot episode of the animated tv show, Bob's Burger's
).The theme remains the same, although the art style is a bit rough. The plot is exactly the same as the first episode, "Human Flesh", with minor differences in animation and timing. Oh, and Tina was originally a Daniel! [more inside]
of Kenilworth, Ill,
is now the winningest woman in Jeopardy!
history, the third winningest non-tournament player, and she isn't done. She'll be playing her 20th game tomorrow night, wherein followers hope she'll break the $400,000 mark on her steady climb.
You can catch up on her run at YouTube.
One of the champions whose records she has now surpassed is Arthur Chu
, who has also made big waves this week, speaking out on misogyny in geek culture,
in response to the murders in Isla Vista. Writes Chu: The overall problem is one of a culture where instead of seeing women as, you know, people, protagonists of their own stories just like we are of ours, men are taught that women are things to 'earn,' to 'win.'
The show's history and the iconic host's banter seem to reveal
that in terms of gender, Jeopardy!
is not, as etymology would have it, "an evenly divided game," but could this be the year things change?
was an American late-night, half-hour political talk show hosted by Bill Maher that ran from 1993 to 2002, first on Comedy Central and then on ABC. Four guests (usually including at least one comedian) would debate topics across the political spectrum in what Maher once described as “The McLaughlin Group on acid.” Of the 1300+ episodes produced, 190 can be viewed on YouTube. [more inside]