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
posted by Room 641-A
on Aug 16, 2014 -
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]
posted by BeBoth
on Jul 31, 2014 -
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]
posted by MartinWisse
on Jul 16, 2014 -
"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]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome
on Jul 1, 2014 -
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]
posted by Wolfdog
on Jun 19, 2014 -
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]
posted by zarq
on Jun 6, 2014 -
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]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI
on Jun 6, 2014 -
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]
posted by smoothvirus
on May 31, 2014 -
[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]
posted by Room 641-A
on May 30, 2014 -
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?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on May 29, 2014 -
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]
posted by zarq
on May 23, 2014 -
"Looking back on it, one of the things that's crazy is I don't think I even realized that first of all, Joe Flaherty is supposed to be a vampire but he's howling like a werewolf. [laughs] I just took that for granted, and it must've been years until I saw it and was like "Wait a minute, that's a joke!" Furthermore, Count Floyd's always wearing a turtleneck which is the least vampire thing ever."
"Splitsider kicks off its new column, Sketch Anatomy, with television writer Bill Oakley breaking down SCTV’s "Dr. Tongue’s Evil House of Pancakes"
). Oww owww oowoooooo!!!
posted by Room 641-A
on May 20, 2014 -
, there was the television movie White Dwarf
, a far-future pseudo-western scripted by Bruce "Wild Palms" Wagner
. The story is essentially Kurosawa's Red Beard
relocated to the tidally-locked planet of Rusta, a frontier world split between a Victorian dayside culture and a medieval nightside kingdom. Neal McDonough stars as an arrogant young Earth doctor dispatched to a Light Side clinic to complete an internship under the unorthodox
posted by Iridic
on Apr 10, 2014 -