“Get on all fours.” Those words mark a turning point for Adam Sackler, the main love interest on Girls. Directed at his new girlfriend Natalia in the penultimate episode of the show’s second season, they initiate the most uncomfortable sex scene of a series that’s built its name on uncomfortable sex scenes. Adam picks Natalia up and forcibly throws her onto his bed. Adam keeps going when Natalia objects that she hasn’t showered, and when she asks that he watch out for her dress. Adam doesn’t appear to care about Natalia’s obviously pained facial expressions. But did Adam rape Natalia? … Read More
Fake websites have been a long-running joke on television shows. Usually, these sites are just quickly mentioned, like the multiple fictional versions of Facebook (The IT Crowd‘s FriendFace or Degrassi‘s Facerange), or are registered domains that steer back to the show’s official site (30 Rock‘s JoanOfSnark.com). However some shows take the extra step and actually create these sites for viewers to enjoy. Here are seven of the best TV tie-in websites from Silicon Valley to Parks and Recreation. … Read More
The current cover story of Entertainment Weekly is all about TV finales, featuring in-depth interviews with the showrunners behind memorable finales like The X-Files and 30 Rock. “The Art Of Saying Goodbye” remarks upon the tough process of crafting an episode that is satisfying for the creators, the audience, and the fictional characters. It’s not an easy task, and plenty of shows have mucked it up, but the process showrunners go through is fascinating. One of the most interesting interviews is with Vince Gilligan, who reveals some original ideas he had for the Breaking Bad finale. Gilligan’s not the only indecisive writer — many creators have pondered, shot, and even released different endings from the ones that aired. Here are seven TV shows and the spoiler-filled alternate endings that almost were. … Read More
Television fan culture has blossomed into something huge and wonderful. There are so many TV shows that have a rabid and obsessive group of eager fans who love to buy merchandise related to their favorite shows and characters. I should know — my apartment is overflowing with memorabilia from The Simpsons, Beavis & Butt-Head, Community, etc. — but sometimes networks go beyond simple T-shirts and magnets and start selling everything from costumes to sofas to swords. Here are 20 examples of the weirdest television merchandise that you can buy. … Read More
The massive popularity of Game of Thrones is something of an outlier in the field of what we might call Quality TV. Much of the 21st-century television renaissance has involved shows that have, in various ways, held up a mirror to what’s going on in post-millennial America: it doesn’t take a genius to draw a line between the subprime mortgage fiasco and TV’s constant narrative theme of a trapdoor opening under an average, middle-class life (Breaking Bad, Weeds, Orange Is the New Black, innumerable zombie shows), while the rise and rise of the antihero seems to parallel a widespread sense of moral ambiguity, a feeling that the world isn’t as straightforward as it used to be. In this context, an epic sword-and-sorcery drama — one that is, let’s be honest, a giant soap opera with lots of death and inventive swearing — seems somewhat out of place. Why is it so popular? You might argue that it’s pure escapism, but I think the answer is more nuanced than that. … Read More
A quick confession: I have been meaning to watch The Good Wife. I have friends who love it, who evangelize for it, I’ve heard it’s smart and sexy and about a full-grown woman played by Julianna Margulies dealing with the most fascinating humiliation of all, at least at the outset: being the smiling wife next to the politician who has sinned. And it’s written and created by a husband-and-wife team, a showrunning setup I am super interested in. But … the show is on CBS. I am, for now, young (or insufferable, ha?) enough to not have a TV. It wasn’t really available for streaming until last year when it popped up on HuluPlus, where you pay for the pleasure of rare BBC shows and commercials. So I haven’t caught up on The Good Wife‘s goodness.
[And now, a warning: spoilers ahead.] … Read More