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My Thoughts on the Game of Thrones Finale (spoilers)

My Thoughts on the Game of Thrones Finale (spoilers)

I thought about writing this last night, immediately after the finale ended, but I wanted to process the episode a bit before sharing my perspective. I should preface this with a disclaimer that may or may not matter to you: I tend to give shows I love the benefit of the doubt. It’s exceptionally rare […]


If You Need a Good Laugh…

Earlier today I watched a segment on The Daily Show that made me laugh and laugh, so I wanted to share it with you. Before I share this, I want to be clear in saying that this isn’t a political statement at all. I would find this just as amusing if this footage were of […]


What Did You Think of Season 2 of The OA?

What Did You Think of Season 2 of The OA?

A few years ago, I was transfixed by the first season of a Netflix show called The OA. It was weird, a little trippy, and it told two interesting stories: One about a group of people who were being studied against their will based on their near-death experiences and another about a group of high […]


A Survivor Loved-Ones Episode Idea

A Survivor Loved-Ones Episode Idea

Fair warning: This will probably be boring if you don’t watch Survivor. And if you do watch Survivor, there might be very minor spoilers regarding last week’s episode. One of the milestones in each season of Survivor is the “loved-ones episode.” Usually it happens when there are between 6 and 8 contestants remaining. There’s a […]


My Top 3 Saturday Night Live Sketches from Adam Sandler’s Return

This Saturday, Adam Sandler appeared on Saturday Night Live for the first time in something like 24 years. I’m more of a fan of Sandler’s movies (Happy Gilmore in particular) than of his SNL sketches, so I was curious how I’d enjoy him as a host. Overall, I thought it was a solid episode. There’s […]


How Would You Design a Cooking Show?

How Would You Design a Cooking Show?

I enjoy cooking, and I also enjoy cooking shows like Top Chef, Final Table, and–most recently–The Great British Baking Show. As entertaining as all of those shows are, they all have a few common elements that bug me. So I thought I’d try to improve upon the cooking show formula with a few tweaks. Issue […]


Who Is Your Doppleganger?

Who Is Your Doppleganger?

I walked into an Easter brunch gathering today, and the first thing my best friend’s dad–a man who’s known me since I was 4 years old–said was, “You’re on The Code!” It took a few minutes to figure out what he was talking about. Apparently there is a TV show called The Code (a show […]


Why Do I Like This Genre of Movie/TV So Much?

Why Do I Like This Genre of Movie/TV So Much?

Have you watched the TV show Schitts Creek? A number of episodes are available on Netflix, so I watched through them a month or so ago. I really enjoyed it. The premise of the show is that a very rich family gets scammed out of their money and is forced to move to a small […]


The Bachelor Finale: Creepy, Sweet, or Both?

The Bachelor Finale: Creepy, Sweet, or Both?

My month-long journey of watching The Bachelor ended this week with a series of entertaining twists. The show paints its conclusion as a modern fairy tale: Two people fall in love in a short period of time and walk off into the sunset, engaged and happy. To maximize the drama, the show wants the bachelor […]


What’s Your Favorite “Time Loop” Fiction?

What's Your Favorite "Time Loop" Fiction?

Last week, a friend recommended the new Netflix series, Russian Doll. I had heard of it but didn’t know much about it–all I knew is that it looked a bit dark and grim. But he mentioned two things that convinced me to give it a try: One, each episode is less than a half hour […]


Have You Watched Survivor: Edge of Extinction

Have You Watched Survivor: Edge of Extinction

I finally watched the first two episodes of Survivor tonight, and I’m already riveted. I think it’s going to be a great season. The dynamic of having a few returning contestants mixed with mostly new folks (lots of interesting personalities and stories among them) will be fun to watch. But the big twist–not a spoiler […]


My Top 3 Saturday Night Live Sketches of the Week

Last night, SNL was hosted by Don Cheadle, and there were a number of sketches that I really enjoyed. Here are my 3 favorites: 3. Pound Puppy I won’t spoil the twist, but the concept is quite relatable: You’re having an intimate moment with someone, and you look up to see your dog or cat […]


I Watched an Episode of The Bachelor, and I Was Surprised by What Happened

I Watched an Episode of The Bachelor, and I Was Surprised by What Happened

That’s right, I watched an episode of The Bachelor, the show featuring dozens of women vying to be engaged to a man on network television. It’s both incredibly archaic and quite modern at the same time. What compelled me to spend my time this way? Well, I subscribe to two YouTube channels–Jimmy Kimmel Live and […]


My Top 3 Saturday Night Live Sketches of the Week

Last night, SNL was hosted by someone named Halsey. I’ve never heard of her, but I thought she did a good job, and there were some solid sketches and bits. Here are my 3 favorites–all 3 of this hit close to home for me: 3. Instagram Couple Despite cringing through this sketch (it reminded me […]


Does “Sex Education” Match Your High School Experience?

Does "Sex Education" Match Your High School Experience?

I’m currently in the middle of the first and only season of a fairly new Netflix show called “Sex Education.” The core idea is that a high school student who happens to be the son of a sex therapist decides (for various reasons) to serve as a sex therapist himself for his fellow students. The […]


What’s Your Favorite Romantic Tale with a Happy Ending?

What's Your Favorite Romantic Tale with a Happy Ending?

Spoilers below for episode 2 of season 3 of the HBO comedy-drama, Crashing. I’ve been watching the show Crashing since the beginning. I like Pete Holmes’ comedy (if you don’t know who that is, perhaps you know him from the superhero sketches from his previous show–see photo), and I thought it would be interesting to […]


One Quick Note About Bandersnatch

Before Bandersnatch drifts away from the public consciousness, I wanted to add one quick thought in addition to the video I already posted about it. Bandersnatch is a choose-your-own adventure episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror.” As you watch, you’re prompted with a series of decisions to steer the direction of the main character and the […]


Do You Watch “Um, Actually”?

I’m not a trivia guy. It’s just not how my mind works–I don’t remember trivia. As a result, I generally avoid trivia nights, I don’t watch Jeopardy, and I rarely play trivia games (though I love Wits and Wagers). However, I love the CollegeHumor show “Um, Actually.” I wanted to share this love with you today. Basically, […]


The Question of Elaine and Jujyfruits

In one of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld, Elaine is standing in line at a movie theater concession stand when she learns that her boyfriend was in an accident and is hospitalized. Elaine decides on the spot to finish what she set out to do–order a box of Jujyfruits–and then heads to the hospital. Her […]


Off to See the Probst

Off to See the Probst

The time has finally come. After watching nearly every one of the 37 seasons of Survivor, I’m off to LA to watch the season finale on Wednesday. I’m incredibly excited, and hopefully I’ll have some good stories to share when I return. As usual, I’ve been thoroughly entertained by Survivor this season. Unfortunately, the primary […]


My 3 Favorite SNL Sketches of the Week

The gregarious Jason Momoa (Aquaman) hosted Saturday Night Live this week, and he brought a great energy to the show. My favorite sketches, though, weren’t actually live–all 3 were pre-recorded. First Impression My favorite sketch of the night is weird, though the premise isn’t: A boyfriend wants to impress his girlfriend’s parents when meeting them […]


Ranking the Authenticity of the “Conan in Japan” Videos

Ranking the Authenticity of the "Conan in Japan" Videos

I would watch a whole show of Conan O’Brien and Jordan Schlansky traveling to different locations around the world. I love those segments on Conan. I was particularly excited to see that Conan recently took a trip to Japan. I studied abroad in Hiroshima in high school and then in Kyoto in college, so the […]


My 3 Favorite SNL Sketches of the Week

This week’s episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by Claire Foy, who I only recognized from First Man (though apparently she’s on a popular show called The Crown). She did a great job in a number of roles–her range of accents is particularly impressive. Here are my top 3 sketches: The War in Words For some […]


Better Call Saul: The Questions

Better Call Saul: The Questions

I recently finished watching the latest season of Better Call Saul, the prequel to Breaking Bad. Personally, I think it’s one of the best–if not the best–drama on TV right now. The characters are interesting, the plot keeps me guessing, it’s funny at the right times, and I love watching a good, fictional con. Plus, […]