Comrades Podcast: Episode 9, “New Car”

This week’s especial Easter edition of Comrades features an in depth discussion of Christianity and its effect on the Soviet spy circa 1982.

Not!

Instead it’s another hour plus discussion of The Americans, the brilliant FX series about two KGB agents living ...

CD Review: Vince Guaraldi Trio, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”

I’ve admitted, to my embarrassment, just how jazz-illiterate I am. Yes, I had Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew since the late-1980s, and I knew of the crooners that skirted that jazz/standards/pop division from the ’30s to the ’50s. I recognized Dave Brubeck’s ...

The Three Strike Rule: “Rogue,” “Broadchurch”

Still going through True Detective withdrawal? Let me suggest a couple of alternative detective series that should give you a healthy dose of thrills and nail biting moments.

Thandie Newton (Crash) stars in Rogue, an cop drama that airs in the ...

Comrades Podcast: Episode 8, “Arpanet”

Michael Parakeeton? There’s no reason Malchus should be laughing so hard to this joke. Anyway, the boys return for another episode of Comrades, their weekly discussion about The Americans. This week’s ep had a lot of computer mumbo jumbo, at least, that’s ...

Of Heather Langenkamp, Whom I Knew Not

One of the most curious aspects of pop culture is the advent of “fandom,” and how it does and does not survive over time. Literally, the word “fan” is short for “fanatic” and there is plenty of fanaticism to be found in ...

DVD on TV Review: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XXIX

It’s been nearly 15 years since the cult classic television show Mystery Science Theater 3000 went off the air, and Shout! Factory has been releasing four episode boxsets of it for the last six years (continuing the numbering from ...

Comrades Podcast: Episode 4, “The Walk In”

Welcome back to Comrades, a weekly podcast/discussion/ramblefest about the FX series, The Americans. This week’s stellar episode of the show was entitled “The Walk In.” It featured a distracted Elizabeth, Paige taking a road trip, and Stan getting a big reward. Okay, ...

Comrades Podcast: Episode 3, “Cardinal”

Dinner plans and busy work schedules. These are the reasons for the delay in the latest podcast! Welcome back to Comrades, a weekly podcast devoted to the FX drama, The Americans. In this week’s edition, Jeff and Scott spend a late ...

Blu-ray Review: “The Venture Bros., Season 5″

The biggest advantage an animated series has is its immunity to the passage of time. Actors may age, but their animated counterparts don’t: Bart Simpson is well into his third decade in the fourth grade, and Stewie Griffin can travel back in ...

“Comrades” Podcast: Episode 2, “Comrades”

Welcome back for another episode of Comrades, a weekly podcast dedicated to FX’s The Americans.

This week, Jeff and Scott discuss the season two premiere of The Americans, coincidentally entitled “Comrades.” Elizabeth is back with the family and discovering that her loyalties are shifting ...

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

We’ve got DVD sign!

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 ...