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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, […]


10 Must-Watch Episodes of Community

10 Must-Watch Episodes of Community

I loved watching Community back in the day. On its surface, it was a show about a study group at a community college, but it delves into some really zany (and very funny) territory. If you’re familiar with Rick and Morty, it was created by the same guy. I’ve rewatched Community in syndication, but some […]


What Would Cause You to Quit Survivor?

What Would Cause You to Quit Survivor?

(spoilers within about recent Survivor episodes) I got my bi-weekly dose of Survivor tonight, and unfortunately one of my favorite contestants, Bi, decided to quit the game. Usually when someone quits Survivor, it’s met with a certain amount of disdain from me, my friends, and especially host Jeff Probst. However, Bi’s situation was a little […]


What’s Your Favorite Clip Show Episode?

What's Your Favorite Clip Show Episode?

I think my first clip show experience was an episode of Friends. If you’re not familiar with the term, a clip show is when a television shows short highlights from past episodes instead of new content. As a viewer, I wasn’t a fan of clip shows. If I’m sitting down for my weekly dose of […]


A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Long Shot Sequence

One of my absolute favorite filmmaking techniques is the long shot: A scene where the camera doesn’t cut away for minutes at a time. The movies Gravity and Children of Men have amazing long shots, as does Goodfellas (there are many others too). As fascinated as I am by these scenes, I’ve never seen exactly […]


Which TV Show’s Season Finale Would You Most Like to Attend?

Which TV Show's Season Finale Would You Most Like to Attend?

I’m incredibly excited about something I never really thought I would be excited about. I watch quite a few shows–or parts of shows–that involve live studio audiences. The various late-night talk shows, the season finales of competitions like Top Chef and American Ninja Warrior, some sitcoms, the Super Bowl, etc. Only a handful of times […]


My Top 3 Saturday Night Live Sketches of the Week

I wasn’t allowed to watch SNL as a kid, but as an adult, I look forward to watching new episodes each week. As inspired by Slashfilm’s weekly rundown, this season I thought I’d share my top 3 favorite sketches of the week whenever I remember to do so. I’ll post my commentary below each video […]


My Thoughts on the American Ninja Warrior Finale

My Thoughts on the American Ninja Warrior Finale

If you watch this show and haven’t watched last night’s episode, spoilers await! Otherwise, if you don’t care about spoilers and are curious about game design, competitive TV, and sports, you might find this interesting (and I’d like to hear your thoughts). *** As I’ve written about a few times, I love American Ninja Warrior. […]


Do You Watch “The Profit”?

Do You Watch "The Profit"?

I’m hooked on a CNBC show called “The Profit.” Someone recommended the show to me recently (I’ve searched through my emails and can’t find who it was, so if it was you, please tell me so I can thank you! Over that last week I’ve watched 10 or so episodes, and I’m really enjoying it. […]