The Three Strike Rule: “Justified” Fires One Last Round

Tuesday brings us the series finale of FX’s Justified, one of television’s most entertaining crime dramas. The series, adapted from the Elmore Leonard story Fire in the Hole, has run for six seasons and was the closest thing ...

“The Big Get” And The Jon Stewart Loss

As the weeks advance, what the viewership will lose when Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show comes into clearer focus. His replacement Trevor Noah was announced this week, and immediately problems arose regarding the choice. This is not about that. It ...

“Coach” Comes Off The Bench

The flashbacks continue. On March 26, NBC announced the return of Hayden Fox, the character that toplined the ’90s ABC sitcom Coach. Reports do not indicate whether the new show will also be called Coach or whether it will assume a new ...

The Three Strike Rule: “Maison Close”

Welcome back to the Three Strike Rule, the column where your intrepid reviewer watches three episodes of a series and offers his opinion on it. This week I’m discussing Maison Close, a 2010 French drama set in a Paris brothel ...

“Parks and Recreation” Top Ten Episodes

On February 25, the television landscape will have a chasm in its schedule. The night before, NBC’s Parks and Recreation will have faded to black one last time. The series finale of Parks and Rec (as it is called by ...

Streaming Review: Sewing Hope

Sewing Hope is a documentary about the St. Monica Girls Training School and Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe. With locations in Gulu and Atiak, Uganda, the school works with girls who have returned home after being kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army. ...

TV Review: “One Child”

One Child is a penetrating look into the corrupt world of the Chinese government, although, anyone following the news in the U.S. these days could say that that the communists aren’t that much different that the rich and powerful in the United ...

Popdose 2014 Holiday Guide: TV on DVD/Blu-ray

Each year I like to highlight some of my favorite TV on DVD/Blu-ray collections from the past year that would make great presents during this Mellowmas season. Some of these selections you may have heard of, while others may be coming to your attention for ...

TV on DVD Review: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume XXXI

Ah, Thanksgiving — that yearly ritual of coma-inducing food, awkward conversation with scarcely seen relatives and, if you come from a certain kind of family, hours and hours of cheesy movies, expertly skewered by Joel (or Mike) and the ‘bots on Mystery ...

Bill Cosby’s Un-Interview

Into the absence of an explanation, the public will provide their own. It’s a human compulsion to find a linking narrative when those strands are not available. When discussing a scandal, both criminal and unthinkable to the average person, the mind immediately ...

DVD Review: “The Merv Griffin Show”

In the very late 1970s the world of talk shows was beginning to change. This was primarily thanks to the outsized efforts of Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show. Prior to Carson, comedy had played a part in the format, but not ...

JUST WONDERING: 10 comic book TV questions

I have to admit that I’ve kind of given up lately on brainy, morally ambiguous cable and Netflix shows like “House of Cards,” “Mad Men” and “Boardwalk Empire,” in favor of a genre that is less taxing on my overworked cranium: comic ...

DVD Review: The Marx Brothers TV Collection

The Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and sometimes Zeppo) entertained audiences for many years in their movies, and still do so today. However, much of their television work is less well known. Shout! Factory hopes to remedy this with their 3 DVD ...

Robin Williams 1951 – 2014

I was going to write about the mini love affair I had with the Ringo Starr song “Photograph” this weekend, in it’s glorious beauty and underlying sadness.

I was going to write about Morrissey, you stupid ass, when will you grow ...

DVD Review: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume XXX

Mystery Science Theater 3000 continues its post-cancellation afterlife with another new set of four episodes, released on July 29 — the 30th such set since the show began appearing on DVD back in 2000. For this landmark release, Popdose’s resident die-hard MSTies Tony Redman and ...

Film/TV/Live Event Review: Monty Python Live (Mostly)

It is a difficult prospect to bring out the old favorites and play them once again for the audience. We’ve seen it again and again with groups like The Police, Genesis, and even Led Zeppelin. There is an all-too-adoring and forgiving presence ...