TV on DVD: “Newhart: The Complete Second Season”

The Bob Newhart Show is the Newhart sitcom that most people seem to remember most fondly, but for me, it’s his second long-running series, Newhart, that really hits the spot. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the 1982-’90 CBS hit has been comparatively neglected ...

TV on Blu-ray: “The Simpsons: The Sixteenth Season”

Sixteen seasons into a series, you’d think it would lose its ability to surprise and make you laugh. But The Simpsons isn’t your average TV show, and sixteen seasons in it’s still pretty darn funny. The Simpsons: The Sixteenth Season compiles ...

The Popdose Interview: Antonio Fargas

You may know him as Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch, as so many people who grew up in the ’70 did, or you may remember him from any number of other TV and film roles he’s done over the years (and ...

Family Guy: Death of Brian

“I have a message. Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake’s plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan. It spun in. There were no survivors.”

So said Radar O’Reilly in one of the most shocking moments in TV history. The brain trust behind ...

The Popdose Interview: Jerry Van Dyke

If you came of age in the ’60s or ’70s, it’s possible that you may think of Jerry Van Dyke simply in terms of being Dick Van Dyke’s younger brother, and…well, it’s not untrue, and most people did first see him on ...

DVD Review: Mystery Science Theater 3000 — 25th Anniversary Edition

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It hardly seems possible, but it’s been 25 years since a quirky comedian named Joel Hodgson unleashed Mystery Science Theater 3000 on an unsuspecting Minnesota public. To commemorate the show’s 25th anniversary, Shout! Factory has issued the latest ...

Eastbound & Down’s Shockingly Awesome Final Season

Take a bow Kenny Powers, you have earned it yet baby. On Sunday night, the HBO series Eastbound & Down takes a final bow for the second time after a surprise renewal for a 4th season. Eastbound was a show I loved ...

In Praise Of “Twilight Zone Version 2.0″

I don’t think I need to say much about The Twilight Zone that hasn’t been already said. The original series was that rare combination of actual geniuses (mainstays Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson; and others like Ray Bradbury ...

An Open Letter To Edna Krabappel From Bart Simpson

Dear Mrs. Krabappel who art in heaven,

I was told that, in times like these, I’m supposed to pour one out. I don’t know what that means. I guess it’s my heart, so let me keep this quick because the Bartman doesn’t ...

How I Met Your Mother: The End Is Not Near Enough

I took in another new episode, “The Poker Game,” of How I Met Your Mother’s final season last night. The show is virtually unrecognizable from where it began, in spite of the creative team’s brazen efforts to assure you otherwise.

Yes, ...

Popdose Flashback 1993: “Got Milk?” Debuts

I remember seeing someone leave a movie theater, grousing about what he had just seen, and asking anyone aloud, “Who gave that guy the money to make a __________movie?”

“That guy” was action director Michael Bay, the movie was either ...

TV on Blu-ray: “American Horror Story: Asylum”

American Horror Story: Asylum is the 2nd season of FX’s horror anthology series. In a risky move- ingenious, if you ask me – FX has given the American Horror Story creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Fulchak, the liberty to start from ...

Goin’ Country: “Nashville: The Complete First Season”

ABC’s Nashville should be much worse than it is. With so many melodramatic storylines that are textbook “nighttime soap opera,” its first season chould have derailed before it reached mid-season. Yet the fine acting by Connie Britton (Friday Night ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: The Animated G.I.Joe Debuts

Warfare is not the easiest subject matter to adapt to children’s television. Neither is terrorism, and post 9-11, the concepts seem absurdly unthinkable, and yet here we are. The animated G.I. Joe mini-series debuted in syndication in ...

The Show Must Go On: 10 TV Series That Dealt With Death

When Fox’s Glee returns to the air for its fifth season tomorrow, it will do so with the weight of tragedy behind it. Cast member Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson, died of a drug overdose in July. A tribute episode is ...

The Crisis of Criticism and Film Culture

It probably isn’t much of a shock that Americans, especially students, have declined in their critical thinking skills over the last 30 years or so. Of course, this observation tends to get shrugged off (uncritically, natch) as your typical brand of “these ...

Top 10 Late-Night TV Talk Show Bombs

The landscape of late-night television talk shows is an ever-shifting one, and seems to have been in a near-constant state of flux since the legendary Johnny Carson retired in 1992. But even before then, the list of failed talk shows over the ...

The Popdose Interview: William Shatner

William Shatner is one of the greatest Canadian exports of all time, a full-fledged North American treasure. He is also a man who is unafraid to stay on topic, so if you’d like to get him to open up, it’s best to ...

Popdose Flashback 1993: The Fugitive

Landing on August 6, 1993, nobody expected much from The Fugitive. It was directed by Andrew Davis (previously director of Steven Seagal action flick Under Siege) and written by David Twohy (later of ...

TV Review: “Low Winter Sun”

The run down, poverty stricken streets of Detroit are the backdrop of AMC’s latest crime drama, Low Winter Sun. Just like The Wire and Homicide used Baltimore to great effect, Low Winter Sun uses the streets of the Motor City to set ...

TV on DVD: The Best of ‘Fridays’

Everyone knows a few particular things about certain things. Pluto is not a planet. Lincoln and Kennedy had many similarities. And Fridays was that Saturday Night Live clone that ABC put on in the early ’80s, and Kramer was on it.

Yes. ...