Posts Tagged ‘television’

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]