This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Naked First Dates

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, summer TV gives us a suburban dad turned escort, naked singles, and gross, wormy vampires. … Read More

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20 Years Later, ‘Dinosaurs’ Is Still TV’s Weirdest Family Sitcom

Sometimes I’m convinced that Dinosaurs was just a fever dream. A four-season, 65-episode-long fever dream about clunky dinosaur puppets going through the motions of a typical human family. The bumbling father is a Megalosaurus who works a blue-collar job while his Allosaurus wife stays home to tend to housework. Their children grapple with puberty, homework, and crushes. They also train humans to do tricks and secretly experiment with eating vegetables. To put it bluntly: Dinosaurs is a show so weird that it shouldn’t have existed. It’s been 20 years since Dinosaurs aired its bizarrely depressing series finale, but it still remains the strangest — and funniest — approach to the family sitcom. … Read More

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VH1′s ‘Dating Naked’ Is Perfect, Stupid Reality Television

We are living in the golden age of television. If you’ve read any article written about TV in the last few years, especially ones written during the months when Breaking Bad or Mad Men was on the air, then you’re already aware of this. For as long as critics have been throwing around this declaration — every decade since the ’60s has been a golden age! — other critics have been quick to dismiss it, scoffing at the idea that TV is any better than it once was. The current general consensus is that this golden age, the one focused on complex male antiheroes doing complex things, is coming to an end. To that, I say: What about Dating Naked? … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ABC Announces Fall Premieres, New ‘Gotham’ Teaser

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, ABC announces premiere dates for its fall slate, Saturday Night Live announces firings, and Syfy premieres a trailer for 12 Monkeys. … Read More

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USA Network Is Searching for a New Identity — Will It Find One in ‘Satisfaction’?

The backyard of the Satisfaction set is indoors, which makes it immediately disorienting. The trees look real from afar, but up close it’s obvious that they’re one-dimensional. There are real leaves on the ground, but the grass is artificial turf. All television sets are optical illusions, yet Satisfaction’s, in Atlanta, seems more like a lie than most — which is fitting considering the subject matter. The murky drama follows the troubled relationship of a married couple, examining the ever-increasing list of lies that surround their family, threatening to tear it apart at any second. It looks like it could be the next brooding Sunday-night AMC hit, but it’s actually premiering on USA today. … Read More

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Watch an Exclusive Clip From Tonight’s ‘Rectify’ Episode, “Act As If”

We’re nearly halfway through Rectify season two, otherwise known as the best thing on television right this minute (and possibly… Read More

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From ‘La Jetée’ to ’12 Monkeys,’ the SyFy Series: New Trailer Reveals Sad Devolution

“Most of what we know has been pieced together from fragments,” Aaron Stanford says at the beginning of the 12… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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FX’s ‘Married’ and ‘You’re the Worst’ Hilariously Demolish Romantic Comedy Conventions

Last fall, I found myself lamenting, with other TV obsessives, how “nice” sitcoms had gotten. These conversations usually touched on the optimism of Parks and Recreation (a show I love but sometimes find overwhelming) or the glut of new family sitcoms — The Goldbergs, The Michael J. Fox Show, Trophy Wife, Sean Saves The World — about people who love each other dearly, bicker a bit, and hug at the end. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing (I adored Trophy Wife); when done well, like The Middle, these shows can be sweet and funny. It’s likely that the sheer volume of similar shows is what made us so cynical — and that’s also what makes FX’s two new sitcoms, Married and You’re the Worst, so appealing. … Read More

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Watch Possible Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Make ‘Hard Choices’ on ‘The Daily Show’

“No one cares, they just want to know if you’re running for President,” Jon Stewart quipped to Hillary Clinton… Read More

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