Channel Surfing

May 2011

‘Life After People’: The Unbearable Lightness of Not Being

How an abandoned mall and some dead dinosaurs may be the key to the mysteries of the universe.


Glenn Beck Inexplicably Targets My Chemical Romance

Or, as he says it on air, "Chemical Romance".


April 2011

The Government Shutdown: Only on Television

President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid managed to negotiate a compromise with the Republicans just two hours before a shutdown would have occurred. President Obama didn't have it as easy as The West Wing's Jed Bartlet.


Elisabeth Sladen Was Who I Wanted to be When I Grew Up

A memorial for a groovy time traveller's assistant.


How Much Does an Accurate Location Matter When Watching TV?

Unlike other formats, the sitcom allows us to suspend disbelief because we know this is a set, we know there’s a reason we’ve never actually seen a New York street in Friends, or the fourth wall of an apartment in any show. And we’re okay with that.


Wonders of the Universe: Music to Watch Stars By

The key to the success of pop-star turned physicist Professor Brian Cox's shows is in their titles: Wonder. Each episode is replete with stunning nature photography shot in some of the grandest locations on Earth.


The Life of an Alien Lizard Queen: An Interview with Monica Baccarin

PopMatters sat down with Firefly and V. star Morena Baccarin in February 2011 to get her thoughts on working with Joss Whedon and playing an alien lizard queen.


Let’s Sing About Sex, Baby

Glee's episode "Sexy" demonstrates how far television has come in its attempts to be culturally relevant.


Who Is Bisexual on Television? More Importantly, Why Should We Care?

When considering sexual acceptance in mainstream media, bisexuality is really the last frontier.


March 2011

Put a Ring on It: Women on ‘The Bachelor’

The Bachelor does little more than advance silly notions about single women and their approach to relationships.


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Fave Five: Alpine

// Sound Affects

"Australian sextet Alpine's newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.

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