TV Review: “True Detective” (Season Two)

William Faulkner’s name is among the canonical writers of American fiction, but his success as a novelist did not pay dividends of the monetary kind — which is why he took a $500 a week contract with MGM to pen screenplays. The ...

The Three Strike Rule: “Silicon Valley” Season 2 on Digital HD

Silicon Valley suffered a devastating loss during its first season. After the fifth episode was completed, series star Christopher Evan Welch, who portrayed bizarre brilliant billionaire Peter Gregory, died. Mike Judge and company chose to have Gregory be present, ...

How dare Debbie Harry and Bruce Springsteen get old?

I usually don’t get worked up about aging celebrities, mainly because I’ve managed to convince myself that their age is somehow unrelated to mine — this way, no matter how old they get in real life, in my brain they stay the ...

The Three Strike Rule: “Broadchurch: Season 2″

Season 1 of the BBC series Broadchurch followed the homicide case of an 11-year-old boy found on a beach at the bottom of a tall cliff. The setting was Broadchurch, a small, coastal town in Dorset, South West England. It’s the ...

Brand Identification: An Afterthought

I have no reason to discuss the finale of AMC’s lauded Mad Men. There’s plenty of talk already about it, and I’m sure we’ll have at least a couple days more as well. But one thing that we will have plenty ...

Something From The Meat Case, Linda?

You’ll get over the retirement of David Letterman. I know it doesn’t seem that way right now, but it will happen. Late night is particularly flighty, and you’ve already gotten over Craig Ferguson (or was it Kilborn?) For those who watched Leno, ...

The Three Strike Rule: “Girls Season 4″

I haven’t watched an episode of HBO’s Girls since the end of season one. After that wonderful first year, my HBO subscription ran out and other TV series grabbed my interest. Short of getting access to a friend’s HBOGo account, ...

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 ...