Posts Tagged ‘television’

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Would You Record Every Second of Your Life?

Would You Record Every Second of Your Life?

Black Mirror is fantastic. A friend recently turned me on to this short-run BBC drama about some of the dark twists technology can have in our near-future world. There are 6 episodes available on Netflix. The most thought-provoking episode for me is one called “The Entire History of You.” In it, pretty much everyone in the […]


I Heart Supergirl

Last week, CBS and other major networks revealed trailers for their fall television lineups. One of those trailers was so popular (with 10 million views and counting) that it has more views than all of the other trailers from all of the major networks combined: Supergirl. I have to say, I account for several of […]


Louis CK and the Worst Customer Service Ever

Louis CK and the Worst Customer Service Ever

I recently watched an episode of Louis that I can’t stop thinking about. The show is fictional, but I have the feeling it’s grounded in reality. In the opening scene, which you can watch at the bottom of this article, Louis is shopping at a home and garden store. That is, he’s trying to shop there. He’s […]


The Unattainable Kimmy Schmidt

The Unattainable Kimmy Schmidt

Over the last week I watched the first season of Netflix’s new show, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. This is old news for those of you who binge-watched the show a few months ago, but for the rest of you, I’m here to say that the show is awesome. Especially if you like 30 Rock. The premise of […]


Sitcoms to Help You Get Over the Loss of Parks and Rec

Sitcoms to Help You Get Over the Loss of Parks and Rec

Recently I was lamenting the loss of one of my favorite sitcoms, Parks and Rec, with one of my readers who knows a lot about television. There are still some great sitcoms on TV–I love New Girl, Broad City, Workaholics, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia–and even the new Better Call Saul has some great […]


Television, Social Media, and Survivor

Television, Social Media, and Survivor

Eight or nine years ago I was really into a show called The Wire. My girlfriend at the time discovered the series through her sister, and we got the DVDs from Netflix, often sending them back to Netflix the next day for more episodes. While my girlfriend and I would simply watch and discuss the […]


Community Is Back…and It’s Spectacular

Community Is Back...and It's Spectacular

One of my favorite shows of the past few years, Community, has had an interesting journey that has resulted in it moving from NBC to Yahoo, of all places. I’ve had March 17 on my calendar for quite a while now in anticipation for the Yahoo premiere, though I was a little worried it would […]