“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 ...

“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 ...

TV First Impression: “Animal Practice”

When the POPDOSE’ers were splitting up the fall TV schedule to review, I jumped on Animal Practice with hopes of having easy fodder to maliciously savage. I became extra agitated when I tuned in last night only to discover NBC ...

DVD Review: “Steve Martin: The Television Stuff”

The target audience for the new Steve Martin box set will remember a time when “on-demand” meant tuning into a television program at the scheduled time, or buying tickets to go see a particular event.

As the internet talking heads ...

TV First Impression: “Guys with Kids”

You’ve see the promos. Three thirty-something men carrying babies on their stomachs doing all kinds of manly activities, like watching sports and hanging out at a bar (watching sports). From the mind of Jimmy Fallon, along with Amy Ozols and Charlie ...

TV First Impression: “Go On”

Matthew Perry makes another attempt at a post Friends television career with this comedy that was written specifically with him in mind. Perry was leaning toward working on a drama after a multi-episode arc on The Good Wife, so a return ...

TV First Impression: “The New Normal”

This year, instead of the typical TV Review of new Fall Television series, I thought we’d change the direction of the site’s look at new shows. I was speaking with fellow my doser, the very funny Kelly Stitzel, and we agreed ...

TV Review: “Bent”

Bravo to NBC. After subjecting their shrinking audience to the unfunny Whitney and the even worse, Are You There, Chelsea, the network finally… FINALLY… delivers a show worthy of their Thursday night lineup. Based on the first two very funny episodes ...

The Office (and Community): Get the Girl

Two relatively interesting things happened on NBC this week. The Office finally closed out its Florida arc by dragging most of the subplot’s principal characters back to Scranton and Community returned after a long, nervous hiatus. Coincidentally and with two different conclusions, ...

The Office Florida Excursion: Last Day in Florida

I may step on some critics’ toes for this statement, but I believe film will always be at least a little more respectable than television. It’s not because film attracts an inherently higher caliber of actor or is inherently better ...

The Office Florida Excursion: Test The Store

In the climactic scene of this week’s intriguing but ultimately problematic episode of The Office, the show provided an apt metaphor for why exactly it’s failing today more often than it’s succeeding. Jim, stepping in for Ryan, gives an all-flash, ...

The Office Florida Excursion: After Hours

Last week I griped about two early problems with The Office‘s Florida plot arc. I worried that, by dividing the action over so many locations, the show would stretch itself too thin to sustain a meaningful story. I also had ...

The Office Florida Excursion: An Introduction

The American adaptation of The Office is, in its own way, the most consistently interesting show on stateside television. It’s a network microcosm show, one that reflects the nature and fate of the network that carries it. The Sopranos was that show ...

Popdose’s Winter 2012 TV Preview: “Smash”

Smash — Mondays, 10:00 PM, NBC

For what seems like a year, NBC has been tirelessly promoting its new musical-drama Smash; I think I’ve seen promos for this show a total of eleventy billion times since Christmas. The pilot ...

Popdose’s Fall 2011 TV Preview: “Parks and Recreation”

Today, Kelly Stitzel looks at a returning favorite, Parks and Recreation. How does the new season stack up with last year’s triumph? Well don’t ask me! Read, damn it!

“Parks and Recreation” (Thursdays, 8:30 PM, NBC)

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The Three Strike Rule: “It’s an honor just to be nominated”

With the announcement of the 2011 Emmy nominees Thursday morning, I was prepared to toss off some cynical opinion about this year’s television awards. Let’s face it, the nominating process is flawed. Voters receive screeners with one or two episodes ...

TV on DVD: “The Best of the Dean Martin Variety Show”

It’s easy to be cynical about a show like The Dean Martin Variety Show. For a modern audience, a show like this one could seem very old fashioned. However, what I gained from digging into a couple of hours of Dean ...

“The Office”: The Best of Michael Scott

Tonight, we say farewell to Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the lovably terrible boss of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company on NBC’s The Office. Michael’s leaving Scranton, Pennsylvania to move across the country with the love of his life, Holly (Amy Ryan). If this ...

“Friday Night Lights”: Top Ten Episodes

There’s a scene in season one of Friday Night Lights when Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) has dragged the Panther team out of their homes in the middle of the night to teach some discipline. It’s pouring rain, the kids are exhausted, ...

TV Review: NBC Thursday-Night Comedy

Hey all, it’s Scott Malchus. Last week, Emilia and I decided to take a look at NBC’s revamped Thursday night schedule. Hard to believe that the once proud peacock network, home of such acclaimed series as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Homicide: ...

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