television

Have You Seen Mr. Robot?

Have You Seen Mr. Robot?

Having finished Deadwood a few days ago (which, as my previous post suggested, is truly an incredible show), I moved on to another highly regarded show, Mr. Robot. I had heard good things about the show from a techie friend who called it the most accurate portrayal of a hacker in television/movies. Plus, /film has a weekly post […]


Deadwood

Deadwood

8 years ago, a friend told me that Deadwood was the best television show ever made. At the time, I was hooked on The Wire, and I couldn’t imagine any show being better. Also, the genre of Westerns isn’t something that’s ever excited me in any format (movies, TV, books, games, etc.), so despite my friend’s […]


What Will Make You Stop Watching a Show or Movie?

What Will Make You Stop Watching a Show or Movie?

I recently wrote that I was enjoying watching the first season of Outlander on DVD. But a few days ago, something changed, and now I’m done with the show. Minor spoilers below. In the penultimate episode, there is a torture scene that lasts over 20 minutes (there’s a brief reprieve in the middle). I cringed […]


Which Type of Show Are You Most Likely to Binge Watch?

Which Type of Show Are You Most Likely to Binge Watch?

I’ve been fascinated by the idea of “binge watching” for years now. I think it started becoming a thing when entire seasons (and series) of shows became available on DVD, and Netflix has taken it up a notch by releasing entire seasons of new shows all at once. I don’t think I’ve ever technically binge-watched […]


Was the Best Battlefield Scene Ever on Game of Thrones This Week?

Was the Best Battlefield Scene Ever on Game of Thrones This Week?

Spoilers for Game of Thrones are in this post. I watch Game of Thrones live every week with a few friends. Yesterday I did something for the first time ever: After a certain segment of the main battle, I picked up my remote and rewound for about 15 seconds to watch it again. It was […]


Outlander!

Outlander!

Many years ago, a friend told me about a book she was reading. If a person could swoon while describing a book, that’s what my friend did when describing Outlander.  Based on her description, I all-too-quickly disregarded the book as “chick lit,” which really wasn’t fair at all. I did, however, enjoy that the main love […]


What’s a Reasonable Timeframe for Spoilers in Different Forms of Media?

What's a Reasonable Timeframe for Spoilers in Different Forms of Media?

Yesterday a friend mentioned an interesting Facebook post to me. A person had posted that they were defriending someone because they had casually written a Game of Thrones spoiler 3 days after the most recent episode aired. (They could have just unfollowed them, but I guess that was worth the price of friendship to them.) It […]


Pet Peeve #64: Celebrity Privilege

Pet Peeve #64: Celebrity Privilege

Last week, the 32nd season of Survivor ended as it always does: A live reunion show where they announce the winner and talk with the contestants about the season. Sometimes Survivor itself has some surprises planned for the finale, but this time, someone in the audience brought the surprise. After Jeff Probst talked to the […]


What Is the Benefit to Weather Interruptions?

What Is the Benefit to Weather Interruptions?

As we’ve done on Wednesday night for a while, after game night, a few friends and I sat down to watch the latest episode of Survivor. The beginning of the episode was interrupted by a weather update about a cloud that kind of looked like a tornado, and I anxiously fast forwarded in the hopes […]


What Do You Think of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2?

What Do You Think of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2?

I loved Season 1 of Netflix’s The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In fact, I’m kind of in awe of it. By now I should know that Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Yahoo, and other online-only content creators can release shows that are just as good as network and cable television, but I’ve had a hard time wrapping my […]


The Magic of Live-Tweeting

The Magic of Live-Tweeting

For the first time in years, I was glad to be watching live TV tonight. I was finishing up my dinner when TiVo started recording the newest episode of The Magicians. Which, by the way, is fantastic. I’ve written about the book trilogy before, and the show is just as good, if not better. About […]


“The Expanse” Is “The Wire” in Outer Space

"The Expanse" Is "The Wire" in Outer Space

For several weeks now I’ve watched, riveted, as the new show The Expanse unfolded on the TV screen. However, as a fan of the book series, I couldn’t tell if the show is good or if I was just enjoying seeing the characters and world come to life on television. I’ve had the nagging feeling, though, […]


Master of None, aka Master of Amazing

Master of None, aka Master of Amazing

Just last week I was telling someone with just a bit of pride that I’ve never binge-watched anything. I’m too disciplined to spend an entire day doing nothing but watching TV or Netflix. Pride comes before the fall, because I fell hard for Master of None. Master of None is the brainchild of comedian Aziz […]


The Funniest Show on TV Is…

The Funniest Show on TV Is...

…Nathan For You. I’m not always a fan of awkward humor. The British version of The Office often made me cringe so much that I didn’t have any room for laughter. I couldn’t get into Curb Your Enthusiasm for the same reason. But somehow, Nathan For You works. It is amazing. The premise is that Nathan […]


Supergirl: Two Episodes In

Supergirl: Two Episodes In

A while ago I talked about how pumped up I was about the new Supergirl show. We’re now two episodes into the first season, and so far I’m really happy with the show. I won’t go into details so as to avoid spoilers (though almost the entire first episode was spoiled by the trailer–there are […]


The Most Impressive Thing I’ve Seen on Shark Tank

The Most Impressive Thing I've Seen on Shark Tank

I’ve really enjoyed watching Shark Tank for the last 4-5 seasons. While the show can be a sensationalist, I think it provides some great insights for creators to learn how to pitch their ideas, and I’m sure many entrepreneurs have been inspired by watching the show. While it might sound weird, one of the key […]


Netflix and Chill

Netflix and Chill

A few days ago I read a really interesting post on Slashfilm about how Netflix knows exactly how many episodes of each show it takes to get you hooked on that show. I’m particularly fascinated in this data from the storyteller perspective–what happens in the tipping-point episodes and what does this say about the importance […]


Survivor Is Alive!

Survivor Is Alive!

The 31st season of Survivor started yesterday, and It. Was. Awesome. (No spoilers are in this post in case you haven’t watched it yet.) I’ve been an unabashed Survivor since the first season, and I’ve only missed 2 early seasons due to my time abroad in Japan. I love the show because of the social […]


American Ninja Warrior

American Ninja Warrior

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about American Ninja Warrior until now. Have you watched this sport? It’s amazing. It’s based on a show that aired for a while in Japan called Ninja Warrior, and it basically makes an obstacle course into a sport. This is the 6th season of ANW. Up until this season, […]


The Nightly Show and Race

The Nightly Show and Race

I recently lamented the loss of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The show served a key purpose for me: entertain and educate me while I make dinner (rarely are visuals needed to understand the show). When the show went off the air a few weeks ago, I figured I’d wait until the new Daily […]


Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer makes me want to go back to summer camp. I just finished watching the Netflix miniseries today, which is a prequel to the original movie. The setting is a 1980s summer camp in upstate New York. Despite it being a very different experience from the summer camp I intended (particularly the […]


A Tribute to Moderation

A Tribute to Moderation

About 9 years ago, my girlfriend at the time moved in with me, bringing with her approximately one million pairs of shoes, a cat named Catface, and a love of Jon Stewart. The girlfriend, shoes, and that particular cat moved on a long time ago, but the last of those things–a love and admiration for […]


I Love “The Flash”…and I Want to Know Why

I Love "The Flash"...and I Want to Know Why

I love the television show “The Flash,” which I’m watching for the first time in reruns this summer. Yet I’m not sure exactly why I love it. This past weekend, I was playing games at Gen Con, a big game convention in Indianapolis. While the people to my left at the table were trying to crack the […]


What Is the Oldest Recording on Your DVR?

What Is the Oldest Recording on Your DVR?

I usually listen to The Daily Show or a comedy that doesn’t require visuals while I’m making dinner, but today I discovered that the only unwatched show on my TiVo was Halt and Catch Fire (a show to watch while I’m eating, not while I’m cooking). But then I remembered that I actually do have […]