In the annals of TV history, there are a handful of shows held up as the universal examples of shows gone horribly wrong – high-concept shows so preposterous as to flop and get cancelled extremely quickly. These shows live forever, but not as shows people remember, but as trivia items, because they were quickly cancelled and never seen again. Their names become punchlines and we can only imagine how bad these so-called bad shows truly were…even ones from eras in which TV was universally not very good. (Basically any time before 2007.) Shows like My Mother the Car. Turn On. Cop Rock. Pink Lady and Jeff. And of course, Manimal. It’s at the top of this unique list, and not only because it has the most inadvertently awesome and hilarious title in TV history. Also on that list, even though it ran slightly longer than Manimal and maybe because it’s title isn’t as glorious: Automan. The shows are spiritual cousins, if not actual cousins, because they were created by the same man (Glen A. Larson), …
A new DVD release introduces this groundbreaking series to a new generation.
“Fresh Off the Boat” is a refreshing take on the modern family sitcom.
“The Leftovers” recovers from a so-so first season and comes out swinging in Season Two
Thrilled to see that the Showtime network has sought fit to broadcast the British documentary, The Jam – About The Young Idea, as it’s high time a sizable audience could see/hear/learn about the most important band to come out of the 1977 punk/new wave explosion and be barely known in the United States. The Jam were a particularly British phenomenon and 33 years after their split, new audiences/new generations are finding out about them. Which means that a whole new audience in the United States may pick up on this incredible band. I’m not going to waste time giving you their history, etc. – that’s what this very well-done documentary does and I think does it smartly and in an interesting manner. It’s told in the band’s own words, uses archival footage of The Jam (including some songs that have not been previously heard) and speaks to various people – friends of and fans of the band, amongst them, noted actor Martin Freeman (Fargo, The Hobbit, etc.) and writer Paul Abbott (Shameless – both U.K. …
The beauty of Peanuts exists on several levels: the warmth of the characters; the sense of empathy one has for Charlie Brown; the sweetness and innocence of these children; the messages contained within both the comic strip and the T.V. specials that have appeared over the years. Understand, I grew up with and loved everything about Peanuts – from the first moment I’d ever read one of the collections or saw A Charlie Brown Christmas as a child. Now, even in my 50’s and not a father, I still find joy and pleasure in watching these programs and these beloved characters. And once again, Warner Home Video has offered up this dynamic collection, Peanuts: Emmy Honored Collection, a 2-disc gathering of no less than 9 Emmy nominated/winning Peanuts specials from over the years. Although these are cartoons, there are also some very powerfully poignant lessons to be learned, such as with “Why, Charlie Brown, Why?” in which Linus tries to learn how to cope with the serious illness of a friend of his; “Is This …
In “Narcos” Pablo Escobar embodies Machiavelli’s famous phrase: “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”
‘Cause I’m Stephen Colbert, yes I’m the real Colbert/All you other Stephen Colberts are just imitating/So won’t the real Stephen Colbert please stand up/Please stand up/ Please stand up?
The skydivers, Creepy Girl and a carnivorous carpet: Popdose tackles the first-ever Mystery Science Theater DVD set.
Zombies in L.A.? Man, what a bummer…
TV Land, once Cable TV’s Cousin Oliver, has gone all Marsha, Marsha, Marsha seemingly overnight. Their latest one-two punch, The Jim Gaffigan Show and Impastor, rival the best comedic fare on HBO and Comedy Central and just might be the best two scripted series on TV this summer. The Jim Gaffigan Show Gaffigan mines his irreverent family-themed adult stand-up routine to fuel his first headline series (after a solid two year run with a supporting role on TBS’s My Guys). Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) is perfectly cast as the fictional Jeannie Gaffigan; the real Jeannie serves as a show producer and writer. The Fat Dad/Hot Wife combo is a sitcom staple; what makes this one more believable than the rest is the fact that semi-fictional Jim and Jeannie work as well on screen as the real ones do off screen. Raising five kids in a 2-bedroom New York apartment is a fertile premise, with the Big Apple cast as a supporting character (reprising her role from Sex and the City). Adam Goldberg plays Jim’s BFF ‘Dave’ no differently than every other time ‘Adam …
Selina Meyer is the POTUS. God help us all.
Murder, conspiracy, and betrayal…welcome to L.A.
While we continue to await news of Joel Hodgson’s long-teased reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Shout! Factory continues to do us MSTies right with its latest four-disk reissue. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIII features giant spiders, two helpings of antisocial teenagers and a cardigan-wearing spy with a streak of grey in his hair, and Popdose MSTies Tony Redman and Dan Wiencek are on hand, as ever, to give you the scoop. Daddy-O (Episode #307) Tony: The first movie in this set is season 3’s Daddy-O. “(Old) teenagers on the wrong side of the law” was a popular genre for the show, and this is one of their best, from the vocal stylings of Dick Contino to the gutsy young woman willing to match him toe to toe, (“Want some?”), to the great jazz score by John Williams. The movie is preceded by the wonderfully random short Alphabet Antics. Host segments include the catchy “Hike your Pants Up” song, in honor of Contino’s almost impossibly high waistline. Also notable this episode was the ending, where the button to …
Season 4 of Veep, the Emmy Award winning political satire starring Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, and season 2 of Silicon Valley, the latest comedy from the mind of Mike Judge are currently available to buy on Digital HD. Each series purchase comes with bonus features including outtakes, deleted scenes and more. Veep was created by Oscar nominee, Armando Iannucci (In the Loop). The series began as a comical look at the life of the Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfuss) first female Vice President of the United States. Season 4 find Selina occupying the Oval Office, as she is now the sitting President. As she tries to navigate her new responsibilities, Selina and her crack(ed) staff must also run for reelection. The 10-episode 4th season of Veep is available now through Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, XBox, CinemaNow, Fios, Nook and Playstation. Silicon Valley, Mike Judge’s latests work place comedy, is a sensation that features a breakout performance by Thomas Middleditch. The actor stars Richard Hendricks, the CEO and inventor of an app called Pied Piper. In season 2, Richard and his team, which includes Martin …
“Silicon Valley” continues to provide enough laughs and commentary on the human condition to make it one of the most binge worthy and intelligent shows on TV.
PlayStation takes a dip in the TV pool with the new superhero/cop show, “Powers,” now on Blu-ray.
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 same age they were when I discovered them. This helpful strategy keeps me from thinking about how when I first bought, say, a Bruce Springsteen album, he was a good 15 years younger than I am right now, which would throw off the entire space-time continuum. Of course as a Springsteen fan I’ve been particularly spoiled, since he somehow continues to power through his AARP years with the energy level (and waistline) of a 30-year-old, allowing us middle-aged huffer-puffers to fist-pump through his concerts as if we, too, have managed to curb the aging process. So what if we have to spend the next day with our feet up and a wet towel draped across our foreheads? For that moment we’re 19 again and all is well with the world, and also with …
FX’s “Justified” went out like it began, with guns blazing.
“Welcome to Sweden” is like a summer shandy: it goes down smooth, is sweet, and doesn’t leave a sour taste in your mouth
The second season of “Broadchurch” is just as thrilling as the first.
This is not about the Mad Men finale.
David Letterman leaves The Late Show and late night next week. Must we be so darn serious about it?
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, I never had a chance to get reacquainted with the Lena Dunham’s award winning show until this opportunity to review season 4 on Digital HD. Since the Digital HD release comes with the same features as the Blu-ray, I was able to get updated on season three events thanks to the recap video that is included. Season four opens with Dunham’s Hannah set to leave New York and begin a prestigious writers workshop at the University of Iowa. While her parents (played by Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari) are thrilled that she’s pursuing this great opportunity, her friends are mostly distracted, all of them preoccupied with their own lives. Shoshanna (Zoisa Mamet) has graduated from college and is beginning a job search, Marnie (Allison Williams) is trying to make it as a musician while …
FX’s thrilling crime drama “Justified” has its series finale this week.
In an era where news needs to please political guests, the only current unchained commentator is heading for the door. Will his replacement double down or back off?
The hot-topic HBO documentary about Scientology premieres Sunday, March 29th.
On March 26, NBC announced the return of Hayden Fox, the character that toplined the ’90s ABC sitcom Coach.
Series primaries announced this week a limited series return.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXII, available March 24, comes to us without a theme or anniversary tie-in — just another slate of four pretty-funny-to-outright-hilarious outings with Joel, Mike, Crow and Tom Servo, ranging from forgotten ’70s TV pilots to an actual, bona fide Academy Award winner. Without further ado, Popdose MSTies Tony Redman and Dan Wiencek give you Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXII!