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Marco Polo: The Fourth Step Season 1, Ep 4
Marco has daddy issues. The Blue Princess is back on. Jia is really cruel. [more inside]
We address winter holiday disputes in this all-docket episode (with a special surprise appearance from a past guest).
Breaking Bad: Problem Dog Rewatch Season 4, Ep 7
A frustrated Walt gambles on a risky new plan. Skyler's business venture hits a snag. Hank recruits Walter, Jr. for an unusual outing. [more inside]
Psycho-Pass: Gauging the Soul Season 2, Ep 10
Kamui and his group try to locate the Sibyl System by overloading the network, by using the stolen Dominators on a group of 500 hostages. Kasei realizes the goal and orders Akane to kill Kamui by setting off a detonation that would kill all the hostages, pushing Akane further by showing her pictures of her grandmother's murder scene (actual scenes not visible in the episode). [more inside]
and Holiday Inn. In White Christmas, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Danny Kaye put on a show to save the General's Inn. In Holiday Inn, Bing Crosby opens an inn that only puts on shows on holidays. [more inside]
The Problem: The Emperor went to Pepperdine. [more inside]
On January 13, 1999, Adnan Syed was a hurt and vengeful ex-boyfriend who carried out a premeditated murder. Or he was a bewildered bystander, framed for a crime he could never have committed. After 15 months of reporting, we take out everything we've got - interviews and documents and police reports - we shake it all out, and we see what sticks.
THE SPIRIT OF 99 VIEWING CLUB – A checkout clerk in need of rent money gives drug dealing a try. A Vegas weekend goes awry. A pair of soap opera actors deal with legal and relationship issues. "You know what I like most about Christmas? The surprises." [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE BLACK SCORPION Season 1, Ep 13
(B&W, Monster, Horror, Mexico, Volcano, Education) Giant scorpions come out of a volcano and attack Mexico. A large number of educated people try to stop them. "BLACK... so you can't see him until he's ready to get you! BLOODLESS... that's why he wants you!" "NOTE: The management reserves the right to put on the lights any time the audience becomes too emotionally disturbed!" We're here. We have made it to the end of the first season of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It's also the end of the early history of MST, and the swan song of Josh "J. Elvis" Weinstein as Dr. Lawrence Erhardt and original voice and performer of Tom Servo. To Weinstein may I just say: "THAAANK YOOOU!" Unavailable on YouTube. First aired February 3, 1990. [more inside]
Person of Interest: The Cold War Season 4, Ep 10
"Here, Samaritan deploys a variety of non-violent intimidation and manipulation tactics that amount to a well-crafted argument as to why it deserves to win—and “win” means reign supreme over humankind in this case. As the scale of Samaritan’s efforts escalates from the intimate to the epic, its terrifying plot and capacity for destruction are slowly revealed until the tension climaxes with a stunning reveal." - The AV Club [more inside]
Ho! Ho! Ho! It's the year end holiday episode of Comedy Bean Bag with music from The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) and guests galore! Director of the Underworld series, Len Wiseman is back for the CBB festivities that will include visits from some spooky ghosts, a naughty elf, and much more. [more inside]
Chapter 38: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes the creator of James Bond himself, Ian Fleming (Matt Gourley) to the Dead Authors stage. Mr. Fleming is a troubled soul who only wants to be a monstrous misogynist. Is that so much to ask? Apparently so. [more inside]
In 1996 Jennifer Ringley started Jennicam.org, where she recorded and broadcast her entire life, 24/7. It made her famous. And then, one day, she disappeared from the internet entirely. What'd she figure out about the perils of living publicly before the rest of us did? Alex Goldman tracks her down.
A year after Tom Scharpling ended The Best Show's monumental 13-year run on WFMU, it's back as a podcast. Mike! Spike! Gary the Squirrel! Kurt Vile! John Wesley Shipp whipping whips! Steamrollin' chumps with a studio full of equipment from Sam Goody!
American Horror Story: Orphans Season 4, Ep 10
The death of a Freak sparks troubling behavior in Pepper. Elsa reveals the history of the Freak Show. Desiree grows suspicious of Maggie.
Fringe: Over There: Part 2 Season 2, Ep 22
Peter takes a helicopter tour of New York and visits Liberty Island, Olivia proves herself, and William Bell talks shop with the Fringe Division in this, the Science Fiction Double Feature season-ender. [more inside]
Black Mirror: White Christmas Season 3, Ep 1
I wish it could be Christmas every day [more inside]
Marco Polo: Feast Season 1, Ep 3
The Cricket Master gets badass. Jingim is made to wriggle. Blue Princess is out, Khutulun is in. [more inside]
Mad Men: At the Codfish Ball Rewatch Season 5, Ep 7
Megan has visitors. Abe takes Peggy to dinner. [more inside]
In our current digital age, the hashtag identifies movements, events, happenings, brands—topics of all kinds. The “#” didn’t always have this meaning, though. It’s had a few different lives... [more inside]
Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin: Shadow Slasher Season 1, Ep 11
In the castle, Alfonso, León, and Germán encounter Bernardo, who is only interested in fighting Germán. While Germán and Bernardo confront each other, Alfonso and León venture deeper into the castle in search of Mendoza.
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin: Fallen Blood Season 1, Ep 10
Alfonso and León join forces due to their shared goal of freeing Valiante from Horrors. Alfonso is introduced to Ema and Germán. Germán misunderstands his relationship to Alfonso, which leads to his reminiscing about his younger days with Anna and Bernardo. Meanwhile, Alfonso prepares a plan for attacking the castle. News of Rafael's death leads Mendoza to remember the origins of his rift with the Makai Order.
Marco Polo: The Wolf And The Deer Season 1, Ep 2
Marco learns more about the Mongol culture, checks out the spices and is schooled in combat. Mei Lin gets badass. Kublai Khan gets badass. [more inside]
The Wire: Hamsterdam Season 3, Ep 4
"Why you got to go and fuck with the program?" -Fruit [more inside]
Stories about people feeling lost and trying to figure out how to move ahead: two brothers take a doomed road trip through through Mexico and a couple from radically different backgrounds draw up a contract for their unlikely romance.
The Bullseye Holiday Special returns for 2014! Music expert Mitchell Kezin talks about his new documentary called Jingle Bell Rocks! It dives into the world of alternative and underground Christmas music. Bill Corbett (the veteran writer and performer from RiffTrax and Mystery Science Theater 3000) talks about his new graphic novel called Super-Powered Revenge Christmas. And there’s another exciting Christmas comic out this year: The Flash Gordon Holiday Special: 2014. Jesse will talk to its authors, The Daily Show writers Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy and their pal Stuart Wellington. Lastly, Jesse reveals his one true holiday tradition.
A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: The Green Mill Murder Season 1, Ep 3
Miss Fisher enjoys a night out at a fashionable club, but the good times are rudely interrupted by a less-than-discreet murder. Her dance partner and another of her friends are clearly mixed up in the incident somehow, so Phryne follows a trail of blackmail victims to discover the killer. [more inside]
Murder, She Wrote: Trial by Error Rewatch Season 2, Ep 13
It's Twelve Angry Men, but not everyone is so angry, and there's more gender balance. Jessica is the foreperson in the case of the car crash that lead to a one-night stand and murder in self-defense. But with Jessica involved, nothing is ever cut and dry, much to the chagrin of nine other jurors.
Breaking Bad: Cornered Rewatch Season 4, Ep 6
Skyler makes an unsettling discovery. Walter, Jr. pushes his dad into a questionable purchase. Jesse offers Mike some unexpected help. [more inside]
Jim Jarmusch's beautiful, moody, and lingering tale of a vampire couple (portrayed by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston) in what seems to be a faintly apocalyptic world of today. [more inside]
A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale (1970). Directed by Ronald Neame, starring Albert Finney and more. [more inside]
The Newsroom: What Kind of Day Has it Been Season 3, Ep 6
In the series finale, the newsroom staff attends Charlie Skinner's funeral. [more inside]
Gugure! Kokkuri-san: Adult Dropout Cosplay! Season 1, Ep 11
The household succumbs to even more chaos than usual after Inugami steals Kokkuri's bottle of rejuvenating spring water.
Marco Polo: The Wayfarer Season 1, Ep 1
In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, "Marco Polo" is based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China. [IMDB] [more inside]
CRFC8: Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York centers on a theater director named Caden Cotard. Caden, coming off an award winning production of Death of a Salesman, is given a MacArthur grant for his work. With the newfound money he strives to make the most realistic piece of theater ever. [more inside]
Bob's Burgers: Tina, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Season 5, Ep 7
Tina goes undercover in her old Thundergirls troop to expose a plot most foul, Louise joins her to "help". Meanwhile Gene explores fashion most foul and Linda explores her inner blonde. [more inside]
A stone monolith appears overnight in front of City Hall. Plus, a former high school quarterback playing college football, opening ceremonies at the Drawbridge, and updates from the desert otherworld. [more inside]
Buttons are usually small and unimportant. But not always. Sometimes they are a portal to power, freedom, and destruction. Today we thread together tales of taking charge of the little things in life, of fortunes made and lost, and of the ease with which the world can end. [more inside]
The Librarians: And the Horns of a Dilemma Season 1, Ep 3
The Librarians' first solo mission hits a snag when Baird loses the others in a magical labyrinth that exists below a skyscraper.
Homeland: "Krieg Nicht Lieb" Season 4, Ep 11
While the embassy is being cleared out for good, Carrie and Quinn have different agendas. Surprisingly, both get the chance to take out Haqqani, but don't. Quinn's attempt is blighted by Carrie, who is within spitting distance of the target. When Carrie aims at the terrorist, she makes a shocking observation. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Stakeout Season 2, Ep 11
The unbreakability of Peralta and Boyle's friendship is tested during an eight-day stakeout. Amy and Gina notice that the main characters in Terry's DIY picture book bear a striking resemblance to themselves. Meanwhile, Capt. Holt's nephew (guest star Nick Cannon) draws Diaz's romantic interest, and everything is awkward. [more inside]
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Martin Freeman/Charli XCX Season 40, Ep 9
The star of the Hobbit series, the UK version of The Office, and the FX series Fargo drops by Studio 8H.
Cowboy Bebop: Boogie Woogie Feng Shui Rewatch Season 1, Ep 21
Jet receives a cryptic e-mail from his old friend, Pao, who is one of the top three feng shui masters on Mars. Or was, as Jet finds Pao's gravestone, where he meets Pao's daughter, Mefia, and some hitmen. Spike and Faye speculate about Jet's relationship to Mefia, which gets to Jet, but they all work together to solve the mystery of the sun stone. [more inside]
Mad Men: Far Away Places Rewatch Season 5, Ep 6
Peggy is rattled by a pitch while Don visits a potential client.
Adventure Time: James Baxter the Horse Rewatch Season 5, Ep 19
After watching James Baxter the Horse masterfully cheer up BMO after a tragedy, FDH and JDD decide to learn how to make others happy through entertainment. [more inside]
Murder, She Wrote: Murder by Appointment Only Rewatch Season 2, Ep 12
Jessica accompanies her nephew, Grady, who is hoping to land a job with the Lila Lee cosmetics firm. Grady's in is his old friend, Todd Amberson, who is the son of one of the firm's partners, Norman Amberson, and nephew to Lila Lee Amberson, the forceful face of the company. Norman's secretary and future bride is Jessica's former English student, Elizabeth Gordon. Unfortunately, not everyone supports the planned marriage between Norman and Elizabeth. When she's murdered during what appears to be a break-in without robbery, Jessica digs in to find out the truth of the crime, and more.
Constantine: The Saint of Last Resorts Season 1, Ep 8
John and Chas investigate a child abduction in a Mexican convent as a favor to a member of John's Newcastle crew and discover the ancient forces behind the rising darkness. Back in Georgia, Zed's past comes back to haunt her.
Psycho-Pass: Omnipotence Paradox Season 2, Ep 9
Mika learns the truth of the Sibyl System and her hue is unchanged. Seeing this, Kasei and Togane decide to use Mika to push the ever-calm Akane into darkness. Meanwhile, Akane and the others learn of one of Kamui's school friends, Koichi Kuwashima, who didn't get on the fateful plane. The young man is now an up-and-coming official who seems to be working with Kamui.
Elementary: The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction Season 3, Ep 7
Joan is hired to find a woman who had mysteriously disappeared five years ago. Joan, Sherlock, and Kitty soon find themselves investigating several disappearances which all had one clue in common: the smell of nutmeg. Is it the signature of a serial killer, or something else?
The Amazing Race: Hooping It Up Season 25, Ep 11
4 teams race in Manilla on the penultimate leg of a race around the world. [more inside]
Star Trek: The Return of the Archons Rewatch Season 1, Ep 22
The Enterprise travels to Beta III to learn the fate of the U.S.S. Archon, gone missing a century earlier. One member of the landing party disappears, and one returns in a strangely blissful state. Kirk beams down with another landing party; amidst the chaos of "Festival" their hosts asks if they are "Archons." To learn more, Kirk must convince Betan citizens to disobey Landru, the man who has ruled them for 6,000 years - or find those who already resist. But with the Lawgivers everywhere, that task is going to be difficult... [more inside]
Directed by Penny Marshall in 1990, Awakenings focuses on a group of patients frozen in a trance like state until Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) begins to experiment with a drug called L-DOPA. [more inside]
The Walking Dead: TS-19 Rewatch Season 1, Ep 6
In the Season 1 finale, the group finds shelter at the CDC, and Rick learns a disturbing secret. Of course, the relative safety and comfort doesn't last long...
Breaking Bad: Shotgun Rewatch Season 4, Ep 5
When Jesse goes missing, Walt fears the worst. Skyler has an unlikely reunion. Hank shares some bad news with Detective Tim Roberts. [more inside]
Project Runway All Stars: Luck Be A Lady Season 4, Ep 6
Designers roll the dice to determine their fabric and the occasion for which the outfit will be worn. Denim/Brocade/Lace/Silk and for Dmitry, "I'd rather shoot myself" Velvet. The events were Bachelorette Party/Awards Ceremony/Gallery Opening/Sunday Brunch and wtf? Masquerade Ball? [more inside]
Grimm: Chupacabra Season 4, Ep 8
When a traveler inadvertently brings a blood-sucking legend to Portland, Nick and Hank investigate el chupacabra's gruesome trail; Monroe and Rosalee prepare to leave for their honeymoon; Wu confronts Nick about what he has been seeing.
In a very special podcast cross-over event, Bond experts Matt Gourley and Matt Mira of James Bonding join Paul, June, and Jason to figure out if A View To a Kill is the worst Bond movie of all time. Recorded LIVE at Largo in Los Angeles, they cover h...