"“A lot of our audiences are kids and teens, and they want to be in on the joke. And they’ll listen again. We’re just a little looser with this stuff than most traditional first ladies.”" -- Michelle Obama, interviewed by Variety.
:: Journey with us back to the days when special effects were created by skillful hands and spaceships were detailed models, when robots were obligatory comedy relief, when square-jawed heroes and cloaked villains battled among the stars -- and the future was fun!
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]
For those of you born in the 80s or later, this is what counted for primetime entertainment
back in our
The A.V. Club
asks readers What’s your cultural dealbreaker?
which they define as "cultural products that someone can profess to enjoy only while losing all of your respect."
Angus Jones, better known as Jake on the show Two and a Half Men
, has joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
The young star has released a pair of videos
urging people to stop watching the show.
Taking the seen-it route
: Sara Morrison talks about the rise and influence of television show recapping; recapping's advantages for writers; and the origins and evolution of Television Without Pity (<--- time suck warning: TVTropes link!)
Includes lots of links and a handy chart of recappers
. [more inside]
: "When the AV Club Travels, we always make time to visit pop culture landmarks. If something memorable happened in the world of film, tv, books, or music, we want to go there. We're not just tourists, we're POP PILGRIMS
." [more inside]
The AV Club feature Gateways to Geekery
is all about the best places to start on some of pop culture's most complex and nuanced artists and genres, including Randy Newman
, The Who
, Monty Python
, Sherlock Holmes
and 90 others. [more inside]
now has many animated series (all episodes, in their entirety) available to view online at their website including The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Superheroes
, X-Men, The Animated Series
, X-Men Evolution
, Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes
, and Spider-Man
(1967) (Full list inside) [more inside]
From the always reliable Monster Brains (previously
) comes the crossover you've all been waiting for: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. Predator
. But wait, there's more
): Evil Candy Plans
, Forbidden Bat-Love
, an awesome batmobile
, and lots of plain old what the fuck
The show Glee
has created a remake
of Madonna’s original Vogue
music video, starring Jane Lynch
. It's part of a promotional campaign for their upcoming (4/20) “Madonna” episode. Available at: Hulu
, and Yahoo
. [more inside]
The Footnotes of Mad Men
explores and discusses the historic events, themes, and cultural mores of the show.
The Archive of American Television "produces extensive video oral history interviews with television legends of all professions and makes them available online. To date, the Archive has completed over 2000 hours of videotaped conversations with over 570 Actors, Producers, Writers, Newscasters, Executives, Directors, Craftspersons, and more. ... The interviews are conducted by reviewing the subject's life and career chronologically. They discuss their childhood, early influences, how their career began, and thoroughly cover their television careers, ending with their thoughts on the industry and legacy."*
Puzzled by sugary J-Pop bands
and their eccentric
) TV shows? Frustrated and confused
by the complexity
of Japanese and want to see what your inchoate blustering looks like from the other side? Then join "perennially unpopular
celebrity Thane Camus
(grand-nephew of Albert Camus), as he walks a class of fellow pop star clichés through an endearingly awkward English conversation class
For many kids, the space age
made its TV debut years before Sputnik with 1950's TV space serials.
1950 - Space Patrol - The Hidden Treasure of Mars
. (Part two
1954 - Rocky Jones' Space, Space Ranger - Rocky's Odyssey
. (Chapters two
1954 - Flash Gordon - Deadline at Noon
and Akim the Terrible
. [more inside]
The UKs Celebrity Big Brother provokes a diplomatic incident
after bullying and alleged racism in the Big Brother house. At the center of the furor are Shilpa Shetty
, massive bollywood film star, and Jade Goody, a previous Big Brother content famous for being a previous big brother contestant and her odd views on geography
. Both Jade and Shetty are now up for eviction, with the formerly popular Jade being widely expected to be evicted
. She could face trouble on the outside, where already an anti-bullying charity she represents has dropped her
. Meanwhile Shetty has become favorite to win
"Can I ask you what your favorite commandment is?"
Woody Allen interviews Billy Graham
. Part 2
. YouTube single-link FPP.
Home of the Lost Cartoons
U.S. wants its MTV to get message out in Arab world.
Is this a good way to "encourage dialogue" between U.S. and Middle East youths, as the article suggests, or just antoher example of American pop-cultural imperialism?
Bill Gates to appear on Frasier
Maybe he could take some tech support calls for Windows. Or explain "Bob". What next, Larry Ellison on "A Very Special Smackdown"?
Everybody's got their indulgences-- maybe it's an impressively bad tv show, a blatently comercial film you've watched dozens of times or the upteeth sequel of a good book by a lazy author.
What's your cultural big mac? What can't you admit you love?