Wednesday, August 16 2017
Political comedy is necessary these days. But hope is even more so. Thankfully, The Last Leg provides both.
Monday, August 14 2017
The return of Twin Peaks fundamentally reshapes the theme of the entire text, refashioning it into a meditation upon reflection, and the inability to know oneself.
Wednesday, August 9 2017
Coronet Blue seems to be TV's earliest incarnation of the amnesiac hero, and moreover the amnesiac spy.
Tuesday, June 13 2017
We may be one nation in America, but today we appear to be living on different planets.
Friday, May 19 2017
Harry Hill pulls funny faces and he does stupid things. But these are things I like in a comedian (as opposed to, say, a US president).
Wednesday, April 19 2017
It was the year of the African American, not the LGBTQ, at the Academy Awards -- we can't have both. Perhaps the new hashtag should be #Oscarsoblackandwhite.
Tuesday, April 11 2017
How Dennis Potter's 1986 BBC-TV masterpiece The Singing Detective still resonates in the new Golden Age of TV.
Tuesday, April 4 2017
The researchers behind BBC's QI emerge from behind the scenes to inform, entertain and tease via their award-winning podcast, No Such Thing As a Fish.
Thursday, January 12 2017
From The Brady Bunch to M*A*S*H, what do we do when our favorite TV shows spawn shockingly dark offspring?
Thursday, December 8 2016
Shakespeare's As You Like It employed every signature reality show convention three and a half centuries before television even existed.
Tuesday, October 4 2016
Stranger Things crafts something wholly individual out of the chrysalis of the past, turning the comfort of nostalgia against itself.
Monday, September 26 2016
Frustrating expectations was part of Twin Peaks modus operandi.
Thursday, September 22 2016
Some may dismiss the one-liner as an easy gag, but a good one requires real skill. Luckily, there are comedians out there who have mastered the art.
Wednesday, September 21 2016
Flops, superheroes, monsters and noir in The Next Reel.
Thursday, September 15 2016
Roald Dahl's short-lived anthology feels like a merging of Rod Serling's horror and sci-fi with Alfred Hitchcock's obsession with unhappy marriages.
Thursday, May 19 2016
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer may be comedy legends, but at the heart of their success lies a romance that's real and true.
Wednesday, May 18 2016
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert examines food in a manner that is Catholic. But also, it engages with food in a manner that is catholic.
Friday, April 8 2016
While United 93 was released "too soon" for viewers' comfort, a mix of critically derided films and critically acclaimed series continue to depict the age of terror.
Thursday, March 10 2016
Watching the Esquire television network's food show brings to mind how Jean Baudrillard was so right about the ugliness in our reflections of reality.
Tuesday, March 8 2016
Whether he wanted it to be or not Hee Haw was the vehicle that imprinted Buck Owens into the minds of millions of music lovers around the globe.