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January 22

Saturday Night Live: Aziz Ansari, Big Sean  Season 42, Episode 12

Host: Aziz Ansari, Musical Guest: Big Sean [more inside]
posted by DizzyOnBugSpray at 1:18 AM - 9 comments

January 21

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Josh is the Man of My Dreams, Right?  Season 2, Episode 11

When the Santa Ana winds blow into town, they cause everyone in West Covina to act a little strangely and question their relationships and priorities.
posted by jeather at 4:22 PM - 5 comments

Vikings: Revenge  Season 4, Episode 18

Ragnar's plan comes to fruition; the Viking army lands on the coast of Northumbria.
posted by porpoise at 4:17 PM - 1 comment

January 20

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1  Books Included   Season 1 (Full Season)

After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the Baudelaire children are sent in turn to live with their "nearest" relative, a herpetologist, and a grammarian, before finding employment in a lumber mill. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 8:49 PM - 1 comment

Grimm: Oh Captain My Captain  Season 6, Episode 3

Adalind and Monroe do everything in their power to see that Nick's clever plan to get under Captain Renard's skin goes off beautifully. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:40 PM - 2 comments

January 19

The Good Place: Michael's Gambit  Season 1, Episode 13

Fake Eleanor, Tahani, Chidi, and Jason face a grave choice.
posted by Small Dollar at 6:10 PM - 57 comments

The Good Place: Mindy St. Claire  Season 1, Episode 12

Fake Eleanor, Jason, and Janet escape to the Medium Place inhabited by Mindy St. Claire, but their refuge is short-lived.
posted by Small Dollar at 6:10 PM - 9 comments

Frequency: Harmonic  Season 1, Episode 12

Raimy and Frank make a significant discovery in their search for the Nightingale. Meanwhile, Stan's determined to bring Frank down. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 5:30 PM - 0 comments

Podcast: Reply All: #86 Man of the People

A meet-cute where two men discover their shared childhood fascination with a local mansion and the strange widow who lives there. Turns out that the widow has a dark past--her husband was Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius and medical fraudster who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million watt radio station. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 9:45 AM - 8 comments

Manhattan: Perestroika  First Watch   Season 1, Episode 13

The secrets and lies that have been building for months finally come to a head in the season finale of “Manhattan.”
Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Manhattan Project’s scientific director, makes a surprise visit to the Hill to reorganize the project.... Meanwhile, Occam, the head of security at Los Alamos, is determined to figure out who is leaking information off the Hill. Charlie Isaacs has come under intense scrutiny after the arrival of Abby’s Eastern European relatives in New York City and the mysterious collapse of Thin Man.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:22 AM - 1 comment

Fringe: The Boy Must Live  Rewatch   Season 5, Episode 11

Walter’s plan to defeat the Observers is finally revealed, while a former ally reunites with the team after 21 years.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:14 AM - 0 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE SINISTER URGE  Season 6, Episode 13

aka The Young and Immoral. "Compulsive Killer Strikes Terror" "Frank... Daring... Shocking Realism" The police are trying to shut down a smutty picture racket while a killer, driven to insanity by pornographic nudity, preys on local women. With short Keeping Clean and Neat: An omniscient disembodied voice tells kids how to wash and perform hygiene. The movie is the last of Ed Wood's movies that Mystery Science Theater would cover. Reactions from the fanbase are mixed: Sampo of Satellite News thinks it's so-so, but some of the commenters, and Mighty Jack, love it. Wood made a softcore version of the movie the next year, and planned a sequel that was never made. YouTube (1h30m) Premiered November 5, 1994. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 7:37 AM - 5 comments

The West Wing: The War at Home  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 14

For all intents and purposes, this is the second half of a two-parter, as we start just a few hours after the State of the Union, and the captured DEA agent situation in Colombia continues. We also see more of the fallout over inviting a cop long ago accused of brutality (Richard Riehle); and Senator Seth Gillette (D-ND) (Ed Begley Jr.) gets mad at Toby for the President's tack to the right. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 7:24 AM - 1 comment

Star Trek: Voyager: The Cloud  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 6

The crew of Voyager—afflicted with isolation, professional tensions, and resource depletion—pins its hopes on a perfectly innocent-looking nebula and a reasonably competent-seeming Morale Officer. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:37 AM - 14 comments

January 18

Elementary: Crowned Clown, Downtown Brown  Season 5, Episode 12

When Holmes and Watson investigate a clown's murder upstate, they discover a connection between his death and the creation of a new weaponized virus. [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 8:59 AM - 3 comments

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 338: Thunderwall

What's up, Gearheads? We made an episode just for you! Join us for an in-depth discussion on Justin's new ride, and listen in as he breaks down all the special modifications he made both under and above the hood. This baby's got a Hemi, whatever that means. Sugggested talking points: Justin's New Car, Bassism, Altaba Answers, Ronald's Sex Commercial, Tapping, Brendan Frasier Deep Dive, Too Many Stuffies
posted by Tevin at 5:31 AM - 4 comments

January 17

Movie: Lion

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. [more inside]
posted by liquorice at 5:04 PM - 3 comments

The Young Pope: Second Episode  Season 1, Episode 2

Cardinal Voiello continues his investigations, while tensions arise between the Pope and Sister Mary.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:58 AM - 10 comments

Book: Ancillary Justice

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:59 AM - 18 comments

Deadwood: Plague  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 6

Bullock encounters native resistance in his quest to bring a murderer to justice. Swearengen presses a resentful Farnum to keep tabs on Alma and Trixie as the camp fathers pool their resources to dispatch riders after the precious vaccine and build a sick tent as smallpox arrives in Deadwood. Cochran turns to a distressed Jane for help caring for the diseased in the coming days.
posted by torisaur at 5:48 AM - 5 comments

Timeless: The World's Columbian Exposition  Season 1, Episode 11

Lucy is kidnapped by Flynn and taken to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and master illusionist Harry Houdini may be the only one who can save her. Wyatt and Rufus desperately search for Lucy, only to fall into a sinister trap. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 5:47 AM - 4 comments

Lucifer: Stewardess Interruptus  Season 2, Episode 11

Tensions between Lucifer and Chloe intensify after they have an interrupted "moment," and impact the investigation of two murders, the victims being former flames of Lucifer's. Meanwhile, Charlotte tries manipulating Chloe and Lucifer's budding romance. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 5:43 AM - 6 comments

The West Wing: Bartlet's Third State of the Union  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 13

The President addresses the nation, and five DEA agents are taken hostage in Colombia. C.J. discovers an invited guest to the State of the Union speech has a questionable background, while Capital Beat does a three-hour show live from the West Wing. Josh, Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin), and Donna run an important telephone survey that will influence a gun-control initiative the staff has been planning. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 4:55 AM - 1 comment

January 16

The Librarians: And the Fatal Separation  Season 3, Episode 9

A ruthless collector of magical artifacts seizes the Monkey King's sacred homeland, jeopardizing the very balance of the universe and triggering a Librarian mission to save the imperiled land. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:20 PM - 0 comments

Victoria: Doll 123  Season 1, Episode 1

As a new queen, the young Victoria struggles to take charge amid plots to manipulate her. Her friendship with the prime minister leads to a crisis in Parliament. And, it's rats all the way down. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 8:16 AM - 5 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: Phage  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 5

This episode starts off with a very sitcommy bit about Neelix's cooking (which will become a recurring bit), but takes a very hard left turn into horror with the introduction of a strong contender for the title of Trek's Nastiest Villains, the Vidiians. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:41 AM - 28 comments

Book: The Peripheral

William Gibson's 2014 novel is a noirish scifi thriller that, as usual for Gibson, raises many more questions than it answers. Set in two different-but-related post-apocalyptic worlds, it's something of a return to his early work, but by no means a rehash. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 6:15 AM - 7 comments

January 15

The Young Pope: Episode 1  Season 1, Episode 1

After being elected Pope, Lenny Belardo must navigate the politics of Vatican City. He shocks the Vatican with his desire to reject both publicity and the philosophies of his predecessor.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:57 PM - 22 comments

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill: Part Two  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 8

Klaus just isn't himself after seeing Dr. Orwell, an optometrist with oddly optimistic patients. Meanwhile, Violet works to clear her parents' names. (Season finale) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:54 PM - 8 comments

Sherlock: The Final Problem  Season 4, Episode 3

In the final episode of this series, written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, long-buried secrets finally catch up with the Baker Street duo. Someone has been playing a very long game indeed and, alone and defenceless, Sherlock and Dr Watson face their greatest ever challenge. Is the game finally over? [more inside]
posted by dame at 6:08 PM - 105 comments

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill: Part One  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 7

The children arrive at the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill and unearth some unsettling accusations about their parents, Count Olaf courts an old flame. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 5:05 PM - 4 comments

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window: Part Two  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 6

Klaus and Violet look for clues in a suspicious note that passes custody to Captain Sham, a seafaring scam artist with clear ties to Count Olaf. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 3:38 PM - 0 comments

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window: Part One  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 5

The orphans arrive at the aptly named Lake Lachrymose to meet their widowed Aunt Josephine, a strict grammarian who's haunted by the past. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 12:42 PM - 1 comment

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room: Part Two  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 4

Klaus and Violet suspect Count Olaf and his evil cohorts when a lifeless body turns up in the reptile room. Sunny sees the inside of a suitcase. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:59 AM - 2 comments

Saturday Night Live: Felicity Jones, Sturgill Simpson  Season 42, Episode 11

Host: Felicity Jones; Musical Guest: Sturgill Simpson [more inside]
posted by DizzyOnBugSpray at 6:23 AM - 28 comments

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room: Part One  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 3

After the Baudelaires move in with Dr. Montgomery, a renowned expert in reptile behavior, their new guardian hires a frighteningly familiar assistant. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 5:43 AM - 3 comments

January 14

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning: Part Two  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 2

While Mr. Poe's secretary works overtime, Count Olaf casts Violet and Klaus in "The Marvelous Marriage," a work of theater with alarming implications. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:03 PM - 10 comments

Movie: Sing

In a city of humanoid animals, a koala named Buster Moon (voices by Matthew McConaghey) is a hustling theater impresario attempting to save his theater with a singing competition, which becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 4:38 PM - 8 comments

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Will Scarsdale Like Josh's Shayna Punim?  Season 2, Episode 10

Rebecca and Josh travel to her Mom's house for a family bar mitzvah. Daryl gets to know the New Guy as he continues to terrorize the office. <3 Patti Lupone <3 guest stars.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:40 AM - 22 comments

January 13

Grimm: Trust Me Knot  Season 6, Episode 2

Nick makes a pact with potentially deadly consequences; Diana demonstrates her power while in the care of Monroe and Rosalee; and Eve and Trubel do some digging to figure out the mystery of the cloth found with the healing stick. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 7:17 PM - 4 comments

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning: Part One  Show Only   Season 1, Episode 1

The dreadful history of the Baudelaire children begins with a deadpan narrator, a terrible fire, and the ominous arrival of a distant relative. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 5:38 PM - 24 comments

Podcast: Twice Removed: #1: Dan Savage

Dan Savage has helped redefine what it means to be a family in the 21st Century. And given his ancestors, it's no surprise why. Dan's family history traces back to the 1920s Chicago mob scene, a South Asian autocracy, and to a New York City apartment filled with men trying to save a community. We'll tell these stories and introduce Dan to a surprise relative [more inside]
posted by SteveInMaine at 2:13 PM - 4 comments

Podcast: Reply All: #85 The Reversal

For years, Dr. Richard Bedlack has hunted for a cure for ALS, a fatal degenerative disease.  And then one day he builds a website called ALS Untangled. That's when strange things start to happen. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 2:12 PM - 3 comments

The West Wing: The Drop-In  Season 2, Episode 12

Leo tries to convince President Bartlet of the importance of supporting a missile defense plan, while Lord John Marbury (Roger Rees) is appointed British ambassador to the United States. Toby and Sam clash over a speech the President gives to an environmental group. C.J. tries to talk a comedian (Rocky Carroll) out of embarrassing the Bartlet administration. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 10:59 AM - 0 comments

January 12

Movie: Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.
posted by Literaryhero at 7:49 PM - 2 comments

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Broken Promises  Season 4, Episode 9

The Nadeer family has a reunion, which really isn't going to go well. You know what else doesn't go well? HAVE YOU LEARNED NOTHING FROM TERMINATOR MOVIES?! [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:10 PM - 11 comments

The Good Place: What's My Motivation  Season 1, Episode 11

Tahani comes up with a plan for Fake Eleanor's defense. Jason confesses to Michael. Chidi has conflicted feelings towards Real Eleanor. [more inside]
posted by Small Dollar at 6:40 PM - 14 comments

Elementary: Be My Guest  Season 5, Episode 11

Holmes and Watson race to find a woman who's been held captive for years before the kidnapper takes drastic steps to avoid being caught. [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 12:47 PM - 8 comments

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 54. The Suffering Game - Chapter Four

After Round One of The Suffering Game, our heroes aren't doing too great -- and with another turn of the Wheel ahead, the future's not especially bright, either. Can they keep their heads up (and on) to power through? Magnus makes an invisible friend. Merle charms the crowd. Taako makes 'em laugh.<
posted by Tevin at 9:51 AM - 35 comments

Black-ish: Lemons  Season 3, Episode 12

Two months after the election the Johnson's are still sad that Donald Trump won the election. Everybody at Dre's work isn't happy either and have a fit when Lucy admits that she voted for Trump. After talking Dre suggests that it's time for the entire nation to come together. [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 9:32 AM - 4 comments

Vikings: The Great Army  Season 4, Episode 17

Bjorn heads home to join his brothers as they plot a grand revenge for their father's death. Tensions arise between the brothers about what to do with Lagertha. [more inside]
posted by dnash at 7:55 AM - 2 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE STARFIGHTERS  Season 6, Episode 12

"THE BLAZING ADVENTURE of the men and planes who rocket to the very edge of OUTER SPACE!" A young Air Force cadet, who is Actual Bob Dornan and manifestly unlikeable even then, learns to fly a new jet, but forget about that. Get ready for tons of hott thicc triple-X refueling action! Oooh god. This episode has gotten something of a legendary reputation because of its great inanity (you wouldn't BELIEVE how much refueling can be in a movie), and the pointless late-film introduction of the "poopie suit," and the riffing is pretty great. The host segments have some great moments too, with the highlight being the United Servo Academy Men's Chorus. But the movie BITES, much more than the average. YouTube (1h32m) Promo (They're playing Doom!) Premiered October 29, 1994. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 7:04 AM - 12 comments

Star Trek: Voyager: Time and Again  Rewatch   Season 1, Episode 4

While investigating a destroyed civilization, Janeway and Paris get trapped in its recent past. Like, uncomfortably recent. [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:45 AM - 11 comments

January 11

Frequency: Negative Copy  Season 1, Episode 11

Raimy and Frank end up in the thick of things. Meanwhile, Frank learns the meaning behind a betrayal.
posted by oh yeah! at 9:08 PM - 1 comment

Frequency: The Edison Effect  Season 1, Episode 10

Frank and Raimy put a plan together for Frank to kill the Nightingale. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! at 9:08 PM - 0 comments

Taboo: Shovels and Keys  Season 1, Episode 1

Believed to be dead on the African continent, James Delaney has returned to inherit his father's estate. Rumors swirl about James' mysterious past abroad, and nobody seems happy to see him. Especially the board members of the East India Company, who desire a valuable tract of land held by the late Delaney Sr., and which is currently willed to James.
posted by codacorolla at 7:04 PM - 4 comments

Star Wars Rebels: Ghosts of Geonosis (Parts I & II)  Season 3, Episode 12

Two years before Rogue One, the rebels are sent on a mission to Geonosis to investigate the disappearance of Saw Gerrera and find themselves pulled into the mystery of what happened to the native Geonosians and what the Empire was up to on the red planet. [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 9:14 AM - 4 comments

January 10

Sweet/Vicious: The Blueprint  Season 1, Episode 1

MTV describes "Sweet/Vicious" as an offbeat superhero story for the millennial generation. It's about unlikely friends Jules and Ophelia taking a stand against those who dare get away with abuse on their college campus. [more inside]
posted by Pendragon at 12:05 PM - 5 comments

Podcast: Thrilling Adventure Hour: The Thrilling Adventure Hour Holiday Funaround 2016

Join us on FanFare for a discussion of the Thrilling Adventure Hour's final episode and 2016 Holiday Special. In this week's thrilling episode, Sparks Nevada literally rides off into the sun (which is now part of Mars due to some very questionable gerrymandering) after helping the barkeep clear up some trouble in his place. Later, Millionaire Jasper Manorlodge once again settles into his hobo alter-ego, Banjo Bindlestuff, to help defend an old friend in Hobo Court (which is nothing like regular court) who stands accused of being the Jerk Who Invented Work. Finally, join us for The Thrilling Adventure Hour's final feature: Beyond Belief. Meet Frank and Saide Doyle: the toast of the upper-crust, headliners on the society pages – and oh yes – they see ghosts they've invited a group of vampires into their home for a holiday party. [more inside]
posted by schmod at 10:51 AM - 0 comments

The West Wing: The Leadership Breakfast  Rewatch   Season 2, Episode 11

With Congress reconvening, the White House is planning a "leadership breakfast" to encourage bipartisan cooperation. Toby locks horns in negotiations with the Republican Majority Leader's new Chief of Staff (Felicity Huffman) on minimum wage, against C.J.'s wishes and to a truly disastrous end. Both Sam and Donna try, and fail, to impress an influential newspaper columnist. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 7:45 AM - 0 comments