Parks & Rec is one of my favorite shows. But it wasn’t perfect. For all of its smarts and brilliant hilarity, there was a blind spot — constant and nearly universally unquestioned fat-shaming.
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Were you introduced to a TV show or movie too late? Did you see something that was clearly only good to those who could watch it through nostalgia-colored glasses? Did timing just ruin pop culture for you? Read More This Open Thread Missed Some Pop Culture Moments
Formulaic reality TV makes for great boozing.
Have you ever felt like there’s just too much television to watch? I have, and it turns out, that’s not just in my head. According to the research department at FX networks, there were “328 scripted first-run prime-time programs aired on ad supported or subscription-based broadcast, cable and streaming networks in the U.S.” in 2014 alone. That’s a whole lot of television. It feels like in the last couple of years, the number of “must watch” and critically acclaimed television shows has increased substantially, and the odds of missing the zeitgeist are high if you aren’t paying rapt attention. How anyone could even attempt to keep up with 180 scripted shows a year is beyond me, and that doesn’t even take into account reality television staples like The Bachelor or American Idol. Read More Do You Have Time To TV?: On Television Overload
Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of rape and sexual assault.
Let me start by saying that Reign is a great show. I started watching during the break between seasons one and two and haven’t turned back since. In a lot of ways, Reign is typical CW fare, pretty people’s pretty problems, but in others, it’s a very progressive and feminist look (even if wildly historically inaccurate) at the life of one of history’s most notorious and fascinating women. Read More On #Reign, Rape And Sexual Assault As Plot Device
It takes guts to run a zombie show in the era of the high-concept, high-budget Walking Dead. But Z Nation from Syfy does it the only way it can be done: it’s a run and gun, campy, yell-at-the screen show that doesn’t take itself seriously. Read More Is Z Nation Worth Your Time? Short Answer: Yes
TV is in a “Golden Age,” right?