Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Television
'Major Crimes': Watching People Watching People
By Lesley Smith
The sheer frustration of watching the nearly immobile Major Crimes is compounded by the glimmers it offers of alternative roles for women in primetime television. [24.Nov.14]
Jumping the Shark and Surviving: A Reappraisal of the Fifth Season of 'Happy Days'
By Daniel R. Budnik
"Jumping the shark" may be a fun and lingering trope in popular culture, but its truth in relation to the Happy Days episode from which it gets its name is questionable. [18.Nov.14]
How Doctor Who Got Good Again (in Two Easy Steps)
How did Doctor Who go from grasping at straws to having one of the best seasons in years? Amazingly, in just two simple steps. [17.Nov.14]
Retracing Classic TV With 'Twin Peaks the Entire Mystery'
This restoration of the television classic will remind you of all that was wonderful and odd, sweet and quirky, intriguing and terrifying about Twin Peaks. [14.Nov.14]
'World War One: The Centenary Collection' Remembers, But Does Not Memorialize, the War
Rather than recapitulating the faux sentiment of veterans' poppies, BBC's Centenary Collection gives viewers a chance to really understand WWI. [14.Nov.14]
Reviews
By Lesley Smith
The sheer frustration of watching the nearly immobile Major Crimes is compounded by the glimmers it offers of alternative roles for women in primetime television. [24.Nov.14]
Just under the surface, the earnest Barry Allen suppresses his darkness in the hope of freeing his wrongly convicted father. [10.Nov.14]
DVD Reviews
The Honourable Woman is smart, taut, and consistently suspenseful, without ever sacrificing character for plot, which is no easy feat. [29.Oct.14]
Affairs, unwed pregnancies, and murder all abound, but at the heart of Death Comes to Pemberley is the story of a marriage. [27.Oct.14]
Mixed Media
News
By Rick Bentley
The following is a look at some of the DVD boxed sets available in stores and online. Included is the suggested retail price — but remember the sets are often available at a reduced sale price. [19.Nov.14]
Features
By Daniel R. Budnik
"Jumping the shark" may be a fun and lingering trope in popular culture, but its truth in relation to the Happy Days episode from which it gets its name is questionable. [17.Nov.14]
This restoration of the television classic will remind you of all that was wonderful and odd, sweet and quirky, intriguing and terrifying about Twin Peaks. [14.Nov.14]
Columns
Channel Surfing
Rather than recapitulating the faux sentiment of veterans' poppies, BBC's Centenary Collection gives viewers a chance to really understand WWI. [13.Nov.14]
Channel Surfing
Executive producer Bob Brush and actor Dan Lauria ruminate on The Wonder Years timeless nostalgia. [10.Nov.14]
From The Blogs
How did Doctor Who go from grasping at straws to having one of the best seasons in years? Amazingly, in just two simple steps. [17.Nov.14]
Now on PopMatters
Announcements
PM Picks

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.