Spaced: Art Rewatch Season 1, Ep 3
Daisy goes on a job interview at "Flaps", a women's magazine, while Tim takes speed and employs "lateral thinking and extreme violence" in the game Resident Evil for 24 hours, while Mike just takes speed. The non-gender specific Vulva - with whom Brian had a "multimedia performance-art partnership" - invites him to a 2-hour performance, which Marsha, Daisy, Tim, and Brian all must endure - er, enjoy. Well, at least there's free booze. [more inside]
Fresh Off the Boat: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Eddie Huang's family moves from D.C. to Orlando when his father assumes control of a failing steakhouse, certain that he can turn around its fortunes. Jessica is confused by the rituals and habits of her new neighbors. Eddie finds it difficult to fit in at school, while Emery seems to be doing just fine.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prescription drug marketing to doctors, the thin skin of Rafael Correa Season 2, Ep 1
This week: US Congressman Aaron Schock redecorates his office with a Downton Abbey theme. Argentina President Cristina Fernández catches flack for affecting a stereotypical Chinese accent on Twitter. Radio Shack files for bankruptcy and Last Week Tonight prepared a farewell message (YouTube, 3m), on their behalf. The main story: "Prescription drugs. The only ovals that can bring people in the Seattle area joy anymore." Marketing to doctors. (YouTube, 17m) And Equador president Rafael Correa calls out social media users who insult him on national television. John Oliver, in a helpful gesture to help Correa thicken his skin, provides his official Twitter handle, @MashiRafael, so internet users can directly insult him. That's right everybody: Last Week Tonight is back.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Windbreaker City (alt. title: Hostages) Season 2, Ep 15
When the Nine-Nine are invited to take part in an action-packed Homeland Security training exercise (run by guest star Nick Kroll), it seems like a great way for Jake to vent his frustration after breaking up with Sophia. But there's just one catch: They're playing the hostages. But soon the tables are turned, Gruber-style...
Spaced: Gatherings Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
Daisy has the brilliant idea of throwing a house-warming party on the very same day she's experiencing writer's block. "It's a bit short-notice, isn't it?" Right you are Tim but that never stopped a writer looking for an excuse. Aluminum foil flies in this episode. Introduction proper of Twist into the series. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: CATALINA CAPER Season 2, Ep 4
(1967, Color, Beach, Romance, Heist, Comedy) Tommy Kirk and a gang of teens party and woo on Catalina Island, and also thwart art thieves. One of the few overt comedies the Mystery Science Theater guys covered. There's a lot of surprises in this one: a song by Little Richard, the guy who played Exedor on Mork & Mindy, goofy millionaire shenanigans and the enigmatic "Creepy Girl," upon whom a young robot develops an unhealty fixation. YouTube (1h37m). First aired October 13, 1990. [more inside]
Galavant: It's All in The Executions Season 1, Ep 8
Galavant hatches a scheme to try to save the day.
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]
The Man of Steel has a new love interest and a new nemesis. [more inside]
Get ready for the funniest episode of Bullseye this year. We present selections from the best comedy albums of 2014. This special episode of the program includes chunks from Bob Odenkirk, Cameron Esposito, Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Hari Kondabolu and many, many, many more. [more inside]
Two weeks shy of his wedding, a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in need.
NEW PODCAST ALERT! In late 2014, China announced it was to ban puns. Helen Zaltzman wishes she could ban puns in her own family. Warning: this episode features some hideous incidences of wordplay. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Payback Season 2, Ep 13
After paying back an old debt, Peralta goes to extraordinary lengths to keep a secret for Jeffords -- and then to keep one from Jeffords. Meanwhile, Santiago and Capt. Holt follow up some leads on one of Holt's old cases, with results that could be described as explosive. [more inside]
Galavant: Pilot/Joust Friends Season 1, Ep 1
A fairytale musical comedy from the writer of Tangled, Dan Fogelman, with songs by more Disney veterans, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, Galavant tells the story of the dashing namesake hero on a quest to win back his former lover Madalena, who left him for the evil King Richard. Bawdy jokes and anachronistic references follow.
Transparent: Why Do We Cover the Mirrors? Season 1, Ep 10
A funeral brings all the Pfeffermans together and reunites them with their past - Shelley and Maura with old friends, Sarah with her ex, and Josh with his teenage babysitter - who brings a 17-year-old boy. Just when they thought there were no more secrets, the family busts out a few more.
Transparent: Looking Up Season 1, Ep 9
Maura finds solace with ex-wife Shelly, and the two hatch a plot to help Ed realize his wishes. Sarah spends time with her ex-husband and begins to question their breakup, while Raquel finally breaks through to Josh. And when the entire family is summoned to Shelly's, they are in for a few surprises.
Transparent: Best New Girl Season 1, Ep 8
In a flashback, Mort escapes with friend Mark (Bradley Whitford) to a cross-dressing retreat in the woods, and becomes captivated with a very accepting woman named Connie (Michaela Watkins). Left alone after canceling her Bat Mitzvah, 13-year-old Ali finds trouble with an older man at the beach.
Transparent: The Symbolic Exemplar Season 1, Ep 7
Josh goes on a date with Rabbi Raquel while Ali explores her feminine side with a TA from Gender Studies class. The kids turn out for Maura's performance in a talent show, but her delight quickly turns to dejection.
Transparent: The Wilderness Season 1, Ep 6
As they struggle to come to terms with Maura, Josh looks for answers from a rabbi named Raquel (Kathryn Hahn), and Ali looks for answers in a Gender Studies class with Syd. Sarah is left to answer questions from her own kids, who meet Maura for the first time.
Transparent: Wedge Season 1, Ep 5
When Shelly's husband Ed goes missing, Sarah, Josh and Ali set out to find him, and instead find themselves lost in their past. Ali can no longer keep Maura's secret from Josh, which sends him into a tailspin. When Maura runs into a Pfefferman family friend she takes a stand for her new identity.
Transparent: Moppa Season 1, Ep 4
Maura finally comes out to Ali, and they join Sarah on a field trip to the mall - where they all get rude lessons in womanhood. Josh is forced to confront his past thanks to questions from Syd (Carrie Brownstein) about his longtime relationship with Rita.
Transparent: Rollin' Season 1, Ep 3
Maura moves out of the family house and into a lively new apartment complex, just as Sarah needs a new home after dismantling her perfect life. Josh has to reconsider his sudden vision of starting a family, while Ali finds some new boundaries to cross.
Transparent: The Letting Go Season 1, Ep 2
Maura embraces her new journey, but nothing about life as a woman is easy -- making friends, finding a new community, and above all, coming out to her children. Sarah introduces her husband (Rob Huebel) to her ex-girlfriend Tammy (Melora Hardin). Josh pays a visit to his ex-babysitter Rita, as Ali gets closer to her trainer.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Beach House Season 2, Ep 12
After Captain Holt throws an unintentional wet blanket over the relaxed vibe of the B99 gang's big weekend beach house party, Peralta concocts a plan to have a secret second party. Meanwhile, Gina plots to summon "Six Drink Amy", the theoretical apotheosis of Santiago's drunkenness. [more inside]
An emotionally distant and depressed writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after experiencing family tragedy. [more inside]
Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight." When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.
Gugure! Kokkuri-san: DESTINY Season 1, Ep 12
The season finale is a combination Christmas/New Year episode. On Christmas Eve, Kohina is confronted by a peculiar salaryman while she window-shops. Later, on New Year's Day, the whole gang cleans house and visits the local temple.
This 2012 Australian horror comedy tells the story of two brothers who find a new and potent source of organic material for their blood and bone fertilizer business, and some teens who get caught up in their plans. Matt Zoller Seitz of rogerebert.com called it "the best low-budget horror comedy since Shaun of the Dead, and one of the most assured first features in ages." And it's on Watch Instantly! [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]
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.
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.
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]
LiteraryHero has done me the honor of tagging me for the next horror club pick! On Friday, December 19th, I'll post a discussion post for the 2012 Australian horror comedy 100 Bloody Acres, the story of two brothers who find a new and potent source of organic material for their blood and bone fertilizer business. Matt Zoller Seitz of rogerebert.com called it "the best low-budget horror comedy since Shaun of the Dead, and one of the most assured first features in ages." [more inside]
Should a couple install a sports team's flag outside their home?
Two comedy giants this week. First, Jesse talks to Chris Rock about what it was like to become one of the world’s best stand-up comics in the 1990s. Rock’s got a new movie out. It’s called Top Five. Then, Jesse sits down with Monty Python member John Cleese. They’ll talk about his early life and about what Cleese really thought about the recent Python reunion. Cleese’s new memoir is called So, Anyway. Plus, we ask Scott Aukerman what piece of culture he wishes he had made. His answer? Twin Peaks. Lastly, Jesse tells you about a TV show that lets people just be people.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Pontiac Bandit Returns Season 2, Ep 10
During an unexpectedly combustible undercover-Santa op, Peralta finally nabs the infamous Doug Judy, AKA "The Pontiac Bandit", (returning S01 guest star Craig Robinson) only to discover that Judy has the goods on the Giggle Pig kingpin. Meanwhile, Santiago finds an inconsistency in a long-closed case while making a scrapbook for Capt. Holt, and Boyle and Gina plot to break up their parents after a little bit of gift-exchange recon. [more inside]
Gugure! Kokkuri-san: Kureha's Days Spent Waiting in Vain! Season 1, Ep 10
Kokkuri and Kohina meet a mysterious girl waiting under a red maple tree, and decide to help her, with the assistance of other forest residents.
Gugure! Kokkuri-san: The Age of Many Worries! Season 1, Ep 9
Kokkuri panics when he begins losing his hair. Inugami feels bitter and lonely when the household ignores him, so he decides to run away.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Road Trip Season 2, Ep 9
When Peralta goes on a romantic getaway with Sophia (recurring guest star Eva Longoria), he tries to also set up Santiago and Teddy at the same B&B, with predictably disastrous results. Holt asks Boyle to teach him how to cook breakfast for his husband, and an ailing Diaz goes on a wild non-drowsy cold medicine bender. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: USPIS Rewatch Season 2, Ep 8
When Diaz's task force uncovers evidence of a postal service connection to Giggle Pig distribution, Peralta and Boyle must seek the aid of: JACK DANGER*, AGENT OF USPIS (guest star Ed Helms). Meanwhile, Santiago tries to quit smoking cold turkey, with advice from the rest of the Nine-Nine. *(pron. "donger") [more inside]
Shigaraki wins tickets for a trip to the hot springs, and so Kokkuri and the gang takes a hot springs vacation. Kokkuri uses the trip to find a way to revert the curse received in the previous episode. [more inside]
Gugure! Kokkuri-san: Cat God Tama's Love at First Sight! Season 1, Ep 7
Kokkuri and Kohina confront the cat god Tama after she has been stalking them. Later, while cleaning the Ichimatsu family storehouse, Kokkuri opens one of the boxes out of curiosity.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Lockdown Season 2, Ep 7
It's Thanksgiving! Holt leaves Peralta in charge of the precinct for the evening, just in time for a package of unknown white powder to appear, triggering an all-night security lockdown. Meanwhile, Jeffords endures the emasculating derision of his extremely big/tall brother-in-law (ex-NFL player Jamal Duff), only to find an unexpected solution. [more inside]
An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam. [more inside]
Gugure! Kokkuri-san: Kohina, the Cyclops, and Shigaraki! Season 1, Ep 6
Kohina begins seeing small demons and spirits, and Kokkuri and Shigaraki begin to worry. Later, Kokkuri and Inugami have a heart to heart talk.
This week: Turkey president Erdogan builds a gigantic thousand-room house. New Yorkers become eligable to register .nyc domain names, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg preregisters a ton before scalpers get them. (LWT registered a few of their own: michaelbloombergisawiener.nyc, tinytinymikebloomberg.nyc and bloombergeatsbabycornasifitsrealcorn.nyc). A brief look at the Salmon Cannon (5m), a device for getting fish up stream past hydroelectric dams. (The show kind of goes nuts with the idea.) Main story: State lotteries, their problems and abuses (15m). And Now: People On TV Misunderstanding What The Term "Spoiler Alert" Means. And, finally, this is the last episode of Last Week Tonight for the season, and the year. They bring back the puppets, the Scottish Unicorn, the Space Sex Gecko, and Breakdancing Lincoln for the closing credits. G'night, John Oliver.
Gugure! Kokkuri-san: The Flowers on the Desk are a Message! Season 1, Ep 5
Shigaraki encounters Inugami in female form for the first time and things get awkward. Later, Kohina is confronted by Jimeko-san at school and meets the school's new exchange students.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Jake and Sophia Season 2, Ep 6
The night before delivering crucial testimony in a diamond heist trial, Peralta accidentally sleeps with the defense attorney (guest star Eva Longoria). Diaz pushes Santiago into running for
onion union rep against Scully. Ex-"poke-buddies" Boyle and Gina go to war over a non-refundable reserved hotel suite, with unexpected results. [more inside]
Gugure! Kokkuri-san: The One on My Mind is Into Sci-Fi! Season 1, Ep 4
Shigaraki the rather unpleasant tanuki introduces himself and we learn about his past with Kokkuri. Later Kokkuri, concerned about whether Kohina is being bullied, follows her to school and meets the grey schoolboy Yamamoto-kun.