Thursday, August 27 2015
Few comedians have aimed for the mind over the funny bone (while still reaching both) quite like George Carlin has.
Wednesday, August 19 2015
Recent televisions shows are focusing attention on the plight of the spouses of gay men and lesbians. But is it enough to make their lives less traumatic?
Monday, August 17 2015
24 began sugared-up on gooey clichés of liberty and freedom -- and ended in hypoglycemic shock. Would a new series be worse for our health?
Wednesday, August 12 2015
While this show is as funny now as it was when it first aired 20 years ago, the passing of time has given it even greater cultural meaning.
Tuesday, August 11 2015
Kristen Wiig’s genius is that she can generate humor and pathos from the same source, her characters’ pain.
Thursday, July 30 2015
A series about making money, airing on CNBC, might seem like an unlikely place for fostering positive values.
Wednesday, July 22 2015
Gil (Sebastian Bach) was the physical embodiment of the themes Gilmore Girls tried to convey through music.
Friday, June 26 2015
Since New Atheists have done a stand-up job of elucidating the illusions of religious belief, why not point out some of the logical absurdities of atheism?
Monday, June 15 2015
For all the alarmist propaganda about political correctness in the US, insensitive speech is still protected by the First Amendment. The complaints about PC are BS.
Thursday, June 4 2015
Louie knows that if we do, ever, really encounter aliens, they're sure as hell not going to bend over backwards to accommodate our point of view.
Wednesday, May 27 2015
Series 2 of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's Inside No. 9 provides a perfect balance of tragedy and comedy.
Friday, May 22 2015
Two Canadian forays into sci-fi television, Ascension and The Starlost, bear interesting parallels to modern life in Canada.
Tuesday, April 21 2015
Not even the combined might of Superman, Batman, Predator and James Bond can save their respective series from sinking like an ocean liner into the Bay of Pigs!
Wednesday, April 8 2015
Nostalgia has its uses, its benefits. But is it useful and beneficial when it obscures the reality of the past and present, usually in the service of power, prestige, and making a buck?
Monday, March 30 2015
True Detective and Serial mark our society’s preoccupation with all things illegal, especially when they end in murder.
Thursday, March 19 2015
Arthur Mathew and Matt Berry's sitcom, Toast of London is almost too weird and wonderful to put into words.
Wednesday, March 18 2015
Canada’s hit comedy news program offers a provocative example of the role political satire and popular culture can play in defining and even changing a nation
Tuesday, March 10 2015
The CW's excellent Jane the Virgin reminds us there is no such thing as a true guilty pleasure.
Tuesday, March 3 2015
For Buffy, turning invisible allows her to indulge all her worst impulses; but in doing so, she realizes that she is not embracing life, but fleeing it.
Friday, February 27 2015
The '30s era Hays Code limited significantly what artists could express and what audiences could see. Today's LGBT media has blasted through all that.