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.
Tuesday, February 24 2015
This is a traditional family sitcom, which means it's not funny.
Thursday, February 19 2015
We are living in the second Golden Age of Television, and not just because the writing is so good: TV is where we can tune in for real diversity.
Wednesday, February 18 2015
Chris Rock transcends generations of fans with a signature combination of intelligence and contemporary comedy.
Monday, January 26 2015
Feeling lucky, punk? The road from obscurity to legend wasn't easy for Clint Eastwood's iconic character Dirty Harry. Think you know the back story? Read on!
Wednesday, January 14 2015
In the face of mounting allegations against the beloved comedian, we are left to reconsider his artistic legacy.
Tuesday, November 25 2014
At its best, Maya serves as a window into an era of kids' adventure series with unusually authentic production values and undercurrents of thoughtful attention to cultural differences.
Friday, November 14 2014
Rather than recapitulating the faux sentiment of veterans' poppies, BBC's Centenary Collection gives viewers a chance to really understand WWI.
Tuesday, November 11 2014
Executive producer Bob Brush and actor Dan Lauria ruminate on The Wonder Years timeless nostalgia.
Thursday, November 6 2014
Ostensibly a silly, raunchy cartoon sitcom, Netflix's BoJack Horseman actually raises some significant existential questions.
Wednesday, October 22 2014
Every few years there's a new batch of funny faces making the rounds on Britain's television panel shows. Here are a few faces worth watching.
Wednesday, August 20 2014
Women are the alpha-characters in Halt and Catch Fire. There may be no better dynamic duo of smart leading females on TV today than Donna and Cameron.