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.
Wednesday, February 24 2016
Live from New York it’s Saturday Night Live (albeit broadcast one week later, with French subtitles on an obscure cable channel)!
Tuesday, February 2 2016
Miles Jupp excels at many things, but he earns special top marks for his ability to be both an engaging guest and host of comedy panel shows.
Thursday, January 7 2016
One of today's most accomplished and revered comedic minds has jettisoned himself onto the frontlines of the culture wars where he wittily battles on behalf of humanism, reason, and secularism.
Wednesday, December 2 2015
Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan are funny people who have made a funny sitcom that's laced with an honesty that hurts.
Monday, November 30 2015
Master of None was made for millennial men who can relate to Dev’s relationship struggles.
Wednesday, November 18 2015
If you type the word “doctor” in the Wikipedia search box, “Doctor Who” appears ahead of “doctorate”. Now that’s cultural relevance for you.
Tuesday, October 20 2015
To offend is inevitable for the socio-political commentator-comedian, and to suffer the slings and arrows of backlash should be equally expected.
Wednesday, October 14 2015
Through the levelling power of humour, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report cut through the culture's sensationalism and panic to remind us of the baseline of normality beneath all the hysteria.
Thursday, October 1 2015
It's challenging enough to write good comedy. It's nearly impossible to do so burdened with an agenda, even one as innocuous as featuring a "likeable atheist" as the protagonist.