Each post contains a brief plot summary. You can turn them off if you're worried about spoilers. Just click this: Hide Post Descriptions.

January 27

Murder, She Wrote: Unfinished Business  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 3

Re-re-retired Lt. Barney Kale decides to use his new-found freedom as a private citizen and re-examine his last unsolved case, in which Lowel Dixon "accidentally" drowned ten years ago at Juniper Lake in the midst of a property development scandal. Cabot Cove's Dr. Seth Hazlit is pulled in the new investigation as a former investor in the development, which draws Jessica into the case. When a young man with no apparent connection to Dixon is killed in a cabin by the lake, it seems like a simple case of mistaken identities, but nothing is ever that simple when Jess is around.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:23 AM - 0 comments

Gotham: Welcome Back, Jim Gordon  Season 1, Ep 13

When the key witness in a homicide ends up dead while being held for questioning by the police, Gordon suspects that it’s an inside job and looks to an old friend for information. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot takes control of one of Fish Mooney’s prized possessions, as she gets a gets a small taste of her own medicine.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 3:55 AM - 2 comments

January 26

Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Broad City' And Required Reading

On this week's show, the Comedy Central half-hour Broad City and the many hours we spent reading classics because we had to. (And sometimes wanted to.) [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:48 PM - 2 comments

Sons of Liberty: The Uprising  Season 1, Ep 2

From the Boston Tea Party to Lexington Green.
posted by Countess Elena at 9:24 PM - 0 comments

Bob's Burgers: Late Afternoon in the Garden of Bob and Louise  Season 5, Ep 10

Bob gets a plot in the community garden, in exchange for giving Louise's nemesis Logan an unpaid internship at the restaurant so Logan can get into a competitive summer program. Bob find's his happy place, while he turns the restaurant into a living hell for Louise and Linda, due to the presence of Logan and his mom Cynthia, who camps out in the restaurant to write Logan's essay on his crappy job.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:48 PM - 3 comments

Mr Selfridge: Episode 1  Season 3, Ep 1

Two weddings and a funeral. [more inside]
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 8:35 PM - 1 comment

Black Sails: IX  Season 2, Ep 1

The Walrus crew is stranded on the beach with an army of Spanish soldiers standing between them and the gold on Urca de Lima. Which is the only reason Flint is still alive, i.e. he was right about the gold, despite lying about almost everything else. Gold puts pirates in a forgiving mood [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:39 PM - 3 comments

Looking: Top to Bottom  Season 2, Ep 3

Patrick buys an enema. Augustin gets his beard trimmed. Dom plays rugby. Doris gets laid.
posted by dnash at 7:02 PM - 1 comment

Game of Thrones: The Kingsroad  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 2

Bran's fate remains in doubt. Eddard Stark and his daughters leave Winterfell, to travel with King Baratheon's entourage to King's Landing. Jon Snow heads north to join the Night's Watch. Daenerys tries to learn how to please her new husband.
posted by zarq at 12:55 PM - 5 comments

Podcast: Roderick on the Line: Ep. 140: "Nadir for Now"

The Problem: Left means wall. (Note: By very popular demand of our listeners, here’s a recent unreleased episode of Roderick on the Line. It was recorded on November 24, 2014.) [more inside]
posted by jazon at 12:07 PM - 1 comment

Sons of Liberty: A Dangerous Game  Season 1, Ep 1

"As young men, Sam Adams (Ben Barnes), John Adams (Henry Thomas), Paul Revere (Michael Raymond-Jame), John Hancock (Rafe Spall), and Dr. Joseph Warren (Ryan Eggold) join forces as the Sons of Liberty seeking to start a revolution in this three-part miniseries." -- Metacritic [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 11:15 AM - 2 comments

Podcast: Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: Show 45 - Wrath of the Khans III

The expansion of Genghis Khan's conquests continue, with locations as far apart as Europe and China feeling the bloody effects of Mongol warfare and retribution. Can anything halt the carnage?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:05 AM - 0 comments

Breaking Bad: Buried  Rewatch   Season 5, Ep 10

While Skyler's past catches up with her, Walt covers his tracks. Jesse continues to struggle with his guilt. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 9:34 AM - 5 comments

Galavant: It's All in The Executions  Season 1, Ep 8

Galavant hatches a scheme to try to save the day.
posted by drezdn at 8:14 AM - 10 comments

Steven Universe: Coach Steven  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 20

On a mission, Garnet and Amethyst fuse to form Sugilite, a tremendous brute with an unstable personality.
posted by JHarris at 1:32 AM - 4 comments

January 25

Downton Abbey: Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 4  Season 5, Ep 4

Breakups! Breakups for everybody! And awkward declarations of love that aren't returned, awkwardly! Oh, you English! [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:38 PM - 26 comments

Podcast: This American Life: #545: If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS

The Internet is the one place where it's safe to say whatever you want — nobody will know it's you. But the same protections that make commenters invulnerable are what make the Internet scary — even downright dangerous — for the commented upon. In this week's show: what happens when the Internet turns on you?
posted by tjgrathwell at 8:48 PM - 15 comments

Movie: Videodrome

A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. (IMDB) Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian postmodernist science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg, starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and Deborah Harry. Set in Toronto in the early 1980s, it follows the CEO of a small television station who discovers a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture. Layers of deception unfold as he uncovers the signal's source and loses touch with reality in a series of increasingly bizarre and violent hallucinations. (wikipedia) [more inside]
posted by valkane at 7:41 PM - 11 comments

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Defense Rests  Season 2, Ep 14

Things get a little out of hand when Jake invites himself to a party thrown by Sophia's boss (guest star Chris Parnell). Meanwhile, Holt weighs whether to torpedo Wuntch's bid to become chief of the Boston PD, and Boyle's dad seeks Gina's blessing to marry her mother. [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:06 PM - 4 comments

Movie: Superman III

The Man of Steel has a new love interest and a new nemesis. [more inside]
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 5:34 PM - 5 comments

Movie: Down With Love

A throwback to 60s sex comedies from the director of Bring It On and starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.
posted by RobotHero at 2:37 PM - 21 comments

The Book of Negroes: Episode 1   Season 1, Ep 1

CBC's production of Lawrence Hill's acclaimed epic novel begins by introducing 11-year old Aminata Diallo, just as she is stolen from her home in West Africa and forced into slavery. [more inside]
posted by chapps at 1:05 PM - 3 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Toll for the Brave (Pivoting Trap)  Season 1, Ep 15

UFE and Vers forces prepare for battle in their respective asteroid bases. Magbaredge informs Inaho about some findings from research on activating Aldnoah Drives using Asseylum's blood. Slaine continues facing contempt from other Vers Counts for being a Terran, but is defended by Saazbaum. Finally the battle starts when the Trident and Marineros bases near each other. Saazbaum also joins the battle in his refurbished Dioskuria II.
posted by needled at 9:38 AM - 11 comments

Helix: Reunion  Season 2, Ep 2

In the future, Julia and Caleb dig up Alan’s grave and make a discovery that only adds more questions about the plague. Evidently Alan left a clue in the mismatched bones in his grave, instead of just a note, because why make anything simple when trying to deadly contagion ? In the present day on the island, a plague ridden child appears in the "safe haven" and then is mysteriously healed, prompting much WTFing from the team. Meanwhile, Sarah and Alan have a (see episode name) and we discover the horrifying truth of what happened to their baby. Seriously, any women who saw this episode are probably having nightmares.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:43 AM - 1 comment

Elementary: The Illustrious Client  Season 3, Ep 11

Watson starts her new job as an investigator for an insurance firm, but ends up joining forces on a case with Sherlock when a threat to Kitty emerges.
posted by soundguy99 at 8:32 AM - 2 comments

Cowboy Bebop: Mish-Mash Blues  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 27

Due to the violence portrayed in the series, and the violence occurring at the time in Japan, the series was briefly canceled and "Mish-Mash Blues" (fansub transcript; part 1, part 2) was created. The characters provide a philosophical commentary, set to hip-hop loops and played over clips from the first 12 episodes, and it ends with the words: "This Is Not The End. You Will See The Real 'Cowboy Bebop' Someday!" [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:07 AM - 11 comments

Murder, She Wrote: Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 2

One murder leads to another as Jessica finds herself chasing down false alibis and the employees of a rival circus. Just when she thinks she has all the funny business behind her, a stunning confession will throw everyone for a loop.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:18 AM - 1 comment

Mad Men: For Immediate Release  Rewatch   Season 6, Ep 6

Roger changes tack to make new business. Pete has an awkward run-in with a client.
posted by tracicle at 7:00 AM - 8 comments

Saturday Night Live: Blake Shelton  Season 40, Ep 12

Blake Shelton handles himself admirably as host and musical guest, with assistance from a Kate & Aidy musical joint and a surprisingly strong Weekend Update.
posted by Etrigan at 6:11 AM - 11 comments

Constantine: Quid Pro Quo  Season 1, Ep 10

John, Zed and Chas race to save Chas's daughter after her soul is taken by an evil wizard.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:56 AM - 2 comments

January 24

Podcast: NPR: Invisibilia Podcast: How to Become Batman

Alix and Lulu examine the surprising effect that our expectations can have on the people around us. You’ll hear how people’s expectations can influence how well a rat runs a maze. Plus, the story of a man who is blind and says expectations have helped him see.
posted by radioamy at 6:48 PM - 2 comments

Star Trek: The Alternative Factor  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 28

While investigating and scanning an uncharted planet, the Enterprise and its quadrant of space are subjected to a violent force that seems to cause a 'blinking out' of everything near them. The crew goes to the planet's surface and encounters Lazarus, a reality jumping madman. [more inside]
posted by Benway at 10:16 AM - 6 comments

Banshee: A Fixer of Sorts  Season 3, Ep 3

Lucas' secret is threatened. Tommy Littlestone organizes a second strike against Proctor.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:53 AM - 8 comments

Podcast: The Bugle: Bugle 285 - Where's Bono?

World leaders head to Davos, but the big question has to be asked... where's Bono? [more inside]
posted by mayhap at 9:41 AM - 3 comments

January 23

Glee: The Hurt Locker, Part 1  Season 6, Ep 4

I take back everything I said about Glee getting good again. Now I shall discuss my rage. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:11 PM - 5 comments

12 Monkeys: Mentally Divergent  Season 1, Ep 2

The trail of a mysterious organization called the “Army of the 12 Monkeys” leads Cole to a mental institution in 2015, where a patient holds the key to the plague that destroys the world. Meanwhile, despite warnings that her involvement may disrupt the course of history, Dr. Railly risks her life to help him.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 9:57 PM - 8 comments

Grimm: Tribunal  Season 4, Ep 10

Nick gathers Wu and the team to track down Monroe, who was abducted by the Wesenrein; Juliette learns more about being a Hexenbiest.
posted by oh yeah! at 9:22 PM - 13 comments

Project Runway All Stars: Versatile Tops and Bottoms  Season 4, Ep 10

Or the QVC Challenge in which Dmitry's sneer almost took over his whole face. [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 12:40 PM - 16 comments

Steven Universe: The Test  Season 1, Ep 38

Steven finds out the mission to the Sea Spire was a test, and asks for a new one.
posted by Small Dollar at 11:33 AM - 17 comments

Archer: The Archer Sanction  Season 6, Ep 3

Archer, Lana, and Ray strip down and bivouac together. No sexytimes ensue. [more inside]
posted by psoas at 9:22 AM - 14 comments

Breaking Bad: Blood Money  Rewatch   Season 5, Ep 9

As Walt and Jesse adjust to life out of the business, Hank grapples with a troubling lead. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 9:21 AM - 6 comments

Adventure Time: Astral Plane  Season 6, Ep 25

Oh my glob! [more inside]
posted by bleep at 8:07 AM - 12 comments

January 22

Movie: American Sniper

Based on the true story of a U.S. sniper who served in Iraq.
posted by bq at 10:03 PM - 21 comments

Supernatural: The Hunter Games  Season 10, Ep 10

Dean remains affected by the Mark of Cain and he fears continuing down that dark path. After having exhausted their efforts to find a cure in the lore, in desperation Castiel reaches out to an unlikely source for help. Castiel is also trying to find a way to help Claire, despite her anger and rejection of him. Crowley and his mother Rowena spend a little time together in hell.
posted by cfoxhi at 8:31 PM - 5 comments

Movie: Moonstruck

Moonstruck is an American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and written by John Patrick Shanley. It stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia Dukakis. Moonstruck was nominated for six Oscars at the 60th Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. (wikipedia) Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she agreed to marry (the best friend of her late husband who died seven years previously). (IMDB) [more inside]
posted by valkane at 7:36 PM - 18 comments

Podcast: Answer Me This!: #306: Ainsley Harriott, Colleagues on Tinder, and Chicken Kiev

This episode the the gang considers: Ainsley Harriott; Extreme Wink Murder; standing desks; Britney Spears’s haircare range; Barry Norman’s pickled onions; Paul Simon’s chicken and eggs; yellow dusters; skateboarding and similar activities; having ‘a bit of fun’ on Tinder; and Chicken Kiev. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 7:05 PM - 2 comments

Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Selma and the Use of Dramatic License in Historical Dramas

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Gene Demby to discuss the Civil Rights Era film Selma. They'll discuss the direction by Ava DuVernay, the Oprah of it all, and how well it brings Martin Luther King, Jr. to life. Then they'll discuss other historical dramas and the advantages and limitations of dramatic license. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:00 PM - 1 comment

The 100: Remember Me  Season 1, Ep 9

The alliance faces its first challenge.
posted by mordax at 5:59 PM - 8 comments

Podcast: Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period: 12 Devil in a Blue Dress (w/ Kathryn P. McMurphy)

Special guest Kathryn P. McMurphy returns to discuss the 1995 neo-noir mystery Devil in a Blue Dress with Kevin & Kamau. They talk about Denzel passing the ball to Don Cheadle, try to figure out the deal with that guy cutting up all the trees in the movie, and get into the sexiest Denzel moment in film history. Plus, a quick update on Carbon Copy! [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband at 4:29 PM - 0 comments

Broad City: Mochalatta Chills  Season 2, Ep 2

New opportunities arise as Abbi is finally able to train somebody at Soulstice and Ilana finds success as a corporate overlord.
posted by Pendragon at 11:21 AM - 9 comments

Empire: The Devil Quotes Scripture  Season 1, Ep 3

A family dinner is held. Hakeem has two girlfriends now. Cookie meets up with an old friend to give her ex-husband a musical "blast from the past" he's not too happy about. Jamal hits his limit on his father's dissing of him. Andre and his wife have some kind of ah, interesting arrangement. Lucious is having more ALS symptoms. Also, this show is so Dynasty. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 11:04 AM - 1 comment

Podcast: NPR: Planet Money Podcast: #597: We're Short America

A simple primer on (and multiple warnings about) short-selling stock. Fun fact: Unlike the risk of buying a stock, shorting one opens the trader to possibly losing much more than the original investment. [more inside]
posted by psoas at 10:56 AM - 2 comments

Arrow: Left Behind  Season 3, Ep 10

As Diggle, Felicity and Roy start to fear the worst after Oliver's disappearance, Melyn continues to scheme, Ray gets a new suit, and another vigilante appears in Starling.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:19 AM - 25 comments

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Teacher's Pet  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 4

After her science teacher encourages her, Buffy is shocked to find him dead the next day. His replacement, the beautiful Ms. French, takes a liking to Xander. Iffy student/teacher relations aside there's one big problem: She's a giant praying mantis. Really. Ugh this episode.
posted by yellowbinder at 7:30 AM - 16 comments

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Witch  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 3

Yearning for a normal high school experience, Buffy tries out for the cheerleading squad. As her competitors suffer bizarre afflictions, she must hunt out the witch before it's too late.
posted by yellowbinder at 7:26 AM - 14 comments

Steven Universe: Rose's Room  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 19

Steven's Gem unlocks the old room of Rose Quartz in the Temple, which appears to grant him anything he wants.
posted by JHarris at 3:24 AM - 3 comments

January 21

Podcast: Reply All: #10 The French Connection

In the early 80's, way before the world wide web existed, the French government shipped a $200 terminal to every home with a phone line, and created a service that for decades ran alongside the internet. It was called The Minitel. Producer Carla Green speaks to reporter Jean-Marc Manach, who, in the early 90's, made a living posing as a woman in sex chat rooms on Minitel. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 9:58 PM - 11 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: JUNGLE GODDESS, with THE PHANTOM CREEPS part 1  Season 2, Ep 3

(1948, B&W, Lippert, Adventure, Short) Pilots land in Africa to search for Greta, an heiress lost in a crash at a young age. Now she's worshiped as a goddess by a native tribe. Greta and Pilot Mike must overcome the machinations of both the tribe witch doctor and the other pilot to make to back safely to hamburger sandwiches and french-fried potatoes. A fairly good episode mocking a movie with some pretty unfortunate racial stereotypes. Also: The Phantom Creeps, part 1: Bela Lugosi is Dr. Zorka, who threatens the world with his inventions: a goofy-looking robot and a collection of explosive walking Ding-Dongs. YouTube (1h38m) First aired October 6, 1990. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 9:25 PM - 8 comments

Movie: Miller's Crossing

The Coen Bros. do Dashiell Hammett. With links to Yojimbo. Miller's Crossing is a 1990 American gangster film by the Coen brothers starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J. E. Freeman, and Albert Finney. The plot concerns a power struggle between two rival gangs and how the protagonist, Tom Reagan (Gabriel Byrne), plays both sides off each other. (wikipedia) [more inside]
posted by valkane at 8:23 PM - 14 comments

American Horror Story: Curtain Call  Season 4, Ep 13

The Freaks rebel against new management. Dandy prepares for his debut performance. Elsa arrives in Tinseltown.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 8:15 PM - 8 comments