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Tuesday, June 17 2014

Does Fan Service Ruin Television?

Too often fan service, not inspiration, becomes the end goal of creative work.


Friday, June 6 2014

“The Pressure Is Different Now”: An Interview with Fred Armisen

When not working on Portlandia or leading the band on Late Night with Seth Meyers, SNL album Fred Armisen is releasing his "Hometown Heroes" series of singles under the guises of fake bands.


Wednesday, April 9 2014

Why Do Feminists Love Don Draper?

Don Draper’s insightful ad pitches are full of arrogance and sexism, but they’re also full of rhetoric, history, philosophy, psychology, and even pure, sexy poetry.


Tuesday, April 1 2014

“Doll & Em’s” Azazel Jacobs on the Pleasure of Being Stuck and Working Your Way Out of It

Azazel Jacobs’ unique worldview -- a place populated with characters that seem too strange to be real, and too sympathetic to be completely invented -- proves to be the perfect fit for Doll & Em.


Monday, March 31 2014

‘True Detective’ and the Primal Urge to Tell Stories by Starlight

The True Detectives are driven by the desire to create form from void, to seek meaning where none exists. They share the primal urge to daub on cave walls and tell stories about the shapes we see in the stars.


Monday, March 24 2014

Sex, Drugs, and Honey Nut Cheerios

Nelly on Cheerios is a deconstructionist’s dream: full of sweet contradictory goodness.


Monday, February 17 2014

White Jumpsuits, Catsuited Babes, Pornstaches and Other Joys of ‘70s Sci-Fi Television

As the idealism of the ‘60s congealed into the malaise of the ‘70s, TV offered us small bands of forlorn humans in tight suits, roaming the stars. These are the “the starlost shows”.


Tuesday, January 21 2014

Art Is a Lie, Nothing Is Real: An Interview with Bo Burnham

His third standup special was one of his most popular to date, and the 23-year-old Bo Burnham decided to release the entire thing on YouTube for free. In talking with PopMatters, Bo tells us about all the why's of what.


Monday, January 13 2014

The Best Television of 2013

Perhaps the most stunning element of this years list is the lack of domination by the broadcast networks. In fact, there are more streaming and pay cable shows taking top honors than any Big Three offering. The future of the medium is here and now.


Thursday, December 19 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.


Tuesday, December 10 2013

“Something to Do with Gravitational Fields”: An Interview with Rhys Darby

Rhys Darby has a small legacy of his own, ranging from his roles in Flight of the Conchords to How I Met Your Mother to his outrageously theatrical standup, as well.


Monday, December 9 2013

My Afterlife As a Comic Book Character: Reflections from the Cast of ‘Star Trek’

A visit to Seattle's Star Trek convention reveals the conflicted feelings cast members have towards being immortalized in comic form.


Tuesday, November 26 2013

‘Blackadder’ and the Case for the Defense of Anachronism

Anachronism so cunning you could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel.


Wednesday, November 20 2013

Political Incorrectness Gone Good: An Appreciation of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia pushes the boundaries of human decency -- in a good way.


Wednesday, October 23 2013

How Can Musty Old Dracula Scare Sophisticated Viewers in the 21st Century?

The Count’s long and many lives have terrified us with our xenophobia, anti-Communism, and fear of AIDS. What will he do to us next?


Monday, October 7 2013

Why Do We Feel So Good About Walter White’s Bad Behavior?

Like Walter White, we left Breaking Bad with a big smile on our faces. And that’s what was so bad about it.


Wednesday, September 11 2013

Take a Look, It’s in an eBook: An Interview with LeVar Burton

From Roots to Star Trek and well beyond, LeVar Burton says that his time on Reading Rainbow was "the most important thing I've ever done." With a new app to encourage reading, he tells us how its legacy will extend to a whole new generation.


Tuesday, September 10 2013

Introduction to Identification: Abed in ‘Community’

Synecdoche. Diegesis. Star Wars. Pop Culture. Cool Cool. Open a TV Tropes tab as we look into Abed’s identity in Community.


Thursday, September 5 2013

Every Era Gets the Monster It Needs, and Ours Is the Era of the Zombie

The images of humans imprisoning themselves in The Walking Dead speak poignantly about a world in which walls seem like an answer to the threat of those masses of bodies on the other side.


Tuesday, August 27 2013

Cult TV: Three Shows You Should Be Watching

Consider watching these true originals before American remakes completely ruin them or force them back into hiding underground.


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