Posts Tagged ‘television’

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. […]


Have You Watched Letterkenny?

Have You Watched Letterkenny?

For the last month or so, a few friends have been quoting this television show, Letterkenny, nonstop. They do this a lot with shows they enjoy even though it makes no sense to the rest of us. But they’ve recommended some quality shows in the past (like Rick & Morty), so after what seemed like […]


What Do You Think About This Ninja Warrior Advertising Technique?

What Do You Think About This Ninja Warrior Advertising Technique?

American Ninja Warrior is doing something a little different this season. Once per episode, before they cut to commercial break, the announcers say something to the effect of, “Stay tuned during the commercial to watch X competitor’s run through the course.” At that point, the TV screen is divided in 2 parts: In the upper […]


Which Comedian and Which Car?

Which Comedian and Which Car?

If you were to drive around in any car ever invented for a few hours with a famous comedian, which car and which comedian would you choose? This is essentially the question Jerry Seinfeld gets to answer whenever he films an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I like that he took a few […]


What’s Your Character Arc?

What's Your Character Arc?

At a dinner party yesterday, I was privy to listen to a heartfelt debate between several people about which Star Trek show is the worst. I’ve watched the Star Trek movies, but not the television shows, so I had nothing to contribute to the conversation. But it was an interesting exchange, and a point about […]


Have Your Tastes in TV Changed?

Have Your Tastes in TV Changed?

Recently I’ve noticed that my tastes in TV have started to change. Or maybe they’ve been changing for a while and I just haven’t realized it. I typically watch one show at lunch and 40-60 minutes of TV at dinner. The dinner slot is perfect for longer, scripted shows. Yet I find myself wanting to […]


Pet Please #153: Hard Cuts in Movies and TV to Duets

In a recent episode of Brooklyn 99, two of the characters are waiting for a meeting. They happen to be in a karaoke parlor at the time, so one of them shyly mentions that they could sing a song. The other shrugs. “I guess so….” Hard cut to the two actors singing their hearts out in a […]


Have You Ever Been on a TV Show?

Have You Ever Been on a TV Show?

Today I got my daily temptation alert from the Hi Pointe Drive In, one of the best and most creative burger places in St. Louis. The alert was for a $5 version of their classic taco burger AND a notification that a television show (I think it was for the travel network) would be filming […]


The Office: A Retrospective

The Office: A Retrospective

Recently I’ve been spending my mealtimes watching The Office. I was a viewer during the 9 glorious seasons of this show, and I would say it’s easily among my favorite sitcoms of all time. I don’t know if this blog entry will make much sense, considering that even if you watched The Office, you probably […]


Have You Watched A.P. Bio? I Highly Recommend It

Have You Watched A.P. Bio? I Highly Recommend It

I’m constantly in search of legitimately funny, well-written, half-hour comedies. I often discover them late in the game and have to catch up (see Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rick & Morty, etc), but I’ve gotten lucky with a new show. As you can tell by the title, the show is called A.P. Bio. It’s an […]