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Have You Watched “The Leftovers”?

Have You Watched "The Leftovers"?

What if, in the blink of an eye, 2% of the world’ population disappeared? That’s the question posed by The Leftovers, an HBO show that has been my go-to entertainment over the last 2 weeks (it is NOT, as I originally thought, a reality show about leftover food). The Leftovers aired for 3 seasons, completed […]


What If Star Wars Was Narrated Like Arrested Development?

Star Wars and Arrested Development are two of my favorite series ever. I love Star Wars for the vast worldbuilding, the lively characters, the mysterious Force, and the epic scale. I love Arrested Development for its humor, its memorable characters, and its narration. Now the folks at Nerdist have combined these two amazing pieces of […]


Do You Watch Veep?

Do You Watch Veep?

I’ve been on a Veep kick over the last week or so. If you’re not familiar with Veep, it’s a half-hour HBO comedy staring Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. She plays a character who is kind of similar to her Seinfeld counterpart, except that she curses a lot more and lives near the White House as the vice […]


Pet Please #144: Extra Season Finales

Pet Please #144: Extra Season Finales

This happened twice to me recently, both with Better Call Saul and Silicon Valley, and it elated me each time. For both shows, I watched what I thought was the final episode of the current season. My mindset throughout the entire episode was that I was watching the finale, and the ending of each was […]


GLOW, Heroes, and Villains

GLOW, Heroes, and Villains

Netflix’s new series, GLOW, surprised me. I almost didn’t watch it (an odd thing to say less than a week after it was released, but somehow it’s true), but I like Alison Brie, and it looked like something different, something unique. GLOW is the story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. It’s a bit of […]


Have You Seen Oh, Hello?

Have You Seen Oh, Hello?

One of the biggest entertainment surprises for me in a long time is how much I enjoyed watching Oh, Hello. I laughed harder and more often than I have at any TV show or movie this year. Oh, Hello was a 2-man Broadway show spanning from 2016-2017 featuring young comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll […]


What’s Your Favorite Sports Final?

What's Your Favorite Sports Final?

I’m going to throw some 2016/2017 stats at you: NBA Finals (game 1): 20 million viewers World Series  (game 7): 40 million viewers Super Bowl: 114 million viewers UEFA Champions League Final: 350 million viewers I spent a few hours on Saturday afternoon watching the Champions League Final, the last game in a tournament that […]


Why Do You Binge Watch?

Why Do You Binge Watch?

A few weeks ago, I did my first real, true, same-day binge watch of a TV show. I wrote about the show, Master of None season 2, a few days after I watched it. The show was released on Netflix on a Friday; I watched a few episodes during lunch, then I took a break […]


Have You Watched Master of None Season 2?

Have You Watched Master of None Season 2?

I’m in awe of how good Master of None is. I shouldn’t be surprised, considering how much I liked season one. I always have some level of trepidation about second seasons, though. They can make or break a show. But Aziz Ansari now has my eternal trust. There’s something about this season that says to […]


Whom Would You Choose to Join You on Survivor’s “Loved Ones” Episode?

Whom Would You Choose to Join You on Survivor's "Loved Ones" Episode?

Every season of Survivor, there’s a “loved ones” episode. The remaining contestants are lined up, and one by one they’re greeted by a specific person they chose in advance to visit them. There are a lot of tears (from the contestants, their loved ones, and me) followed by a reward competition where only the winners […]


Have You Watched “The OA”?

Have You Watched "The OA"?

A few months ago, I discovered a show on Netflix called The OA, but I didn’t watch it. Instead, I thought it would be more efficient to read recaps about it, and I even wrote a blog entry that referenced the varying lengths of each episode. In the comments of that blog entry, a friend […]


Jimmy Kimmel’s Monologue

Last night I was getting ready for bed when I noticed a new video on my YouTube subscription list. It was a 13-minute monologue from Jimmy Kimmel Live. I usually don’t watch the monologue clips, but I’m really glad I watched this video. If you even just watch the first 5 seconds, you can tell […]


What Type of Sitcom Do You Enjoy?

What Type of Sitcom Do You Enjoy?

Earlier this evening I tried out a new sitcom called “Great News.” It’s about a cable news show. The commercials made it seem pretty funny, and there’s no laugh track, so it was worth a watch. While it was funny, I found myself struggling with something. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until […]


When Were You Last Moved by the Human Spirit?

When Were You Last Moved by the Human Spirit?

I was moved to tears today by a reality show. For this season of Survivor, I’ve been hosting viewing parties every 2 weeks instead of every week, which works better for everyone’s schedules. We watch both episodes back to back. I had heard rumors about last week’s episode, but they came nowhere close to conveying […]


Is Event TV Better Than Netflix?

Is Event TV Better Than Netflix?

I’m an on-again, off-again Netflix member. Whenever network and cable TV goes on hiatus in the winter and summer, I’ll sign up for Netflix again (DVD and streaming). But more often I’m hearing about premiere dates for a new season of a show I like (Master of None) or a completely new show on Netflix that […]


Have You Watched “Detroiters”?

Have You Watched "Detroiters"?

I’m going out on a limb, but I think Detroiters might be the best comedy on TV right now. It’s a brand-new show, something like 3-4 episodes into its first season. But every episode so far has provided a number of truly laugh-out-loud moments, something I find to be pretty rare. And yes, there are […]


Pet Please #142: Consistent TV Show Callbacks

Pet Please #142: Consistent TV Show Callbacks

My filler show right now is Parks & Rec. I watched Parks & Rec when it was new, but it’s been long enough that it’s mostly fresh to me now. It’s a great show for when I want to smile while cooking dinner or eating lunch if I don’t have anything else to watch. Since […]


Who Attends Talk Shows and Game Shows?

Who Attends Talk Shows and Game Shows?

Of the great mysteries of the universe, this is near the top of the list: Who are all these people attending talk shows and game shows? I know this: Most talk shows (even the ones that air at night) record during the day. Also, many talk shows record multiple episodes in a row. So new […]


Black Mirror and SNL

Black Mirror and SNL

I recently steamrolled through the 6 episodes of the new season of Black Mirror on Netflix. In case you’re not familiar with the show, each episode is its own story in its own alternate universe that is very similar to the real world, except with an interesting/disturbing twist on how people interact with technology. There […]


Is This What the Future of TV Looks Like?

Is This What the Future of TV Looks Like?

How long is an episode of a TV show? If you’re like me, your mental image of a TV show is 30-60 minutes (or 21-42 minutes if you have a TiVo). That’s just the way it is, and how it has been for a long time as the result of network and cable programming. Because […]


Did You Watch the Survivor Finale?

Did You Watch the Survivor Finale?

I know that no one reads this blog for Survivor updates, but I allow myself one entry per season because I continue to really love the show. This is that entry. Also, spoilers for the finale. Don’t read this if you watch Survivor but haven’t seen the finale. If you don’t watch Survivor, you might […]


What Would You Tell Your Past Self If You Spoke Today?

What Would You Tell Your Past Self If You Spoke Today?

My TiVo only records one show at a time (it’s an old TiVo), so sometimes it only catches a few episodes of a show. This season, Frequency is that show for me. The premise is speculative: A woman starts talking to a man on an old ham radio. The man turns out to be her father…20 years […]


How Would You Spend Your Time in Westworld?

How Would You Spend Your Time in Westworld?

I’m watching three new shows this season, and I’m sure I’ll write about them all at some point: The Good Place, Frequency, and Westworld. I’m enjoying all three, but I’m really loving Westworld, so it gets the spotlight first. I’m not going to spoil anything from the first three episodes, though if you want to […]


Stranger Things: Why Is 1980s Nostalgia So Powerful?

Stranger Things: Why Is 1980s Nostalgia So Powerful?

Based on what I’ve seen on social media, Stranger Things has been a huge hit for Netflix over the last month. I knew I would watch it at some point, but it wasn’t going anywhere and I had Deadwood to watch, so I put it off for a few weeks. A few days ago I […]