November 15


I'm wondering if there's interest in discussing the ContraPoints YouTube videos and, secondarily, how it'd fit on FanFare. [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 10:04 AM - 4 comments

November 8

Romanian New Wave

I've been watching as many of these as I can get my hands on of late, as they are usually pretty terrific, if extremely bleak and dark. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, Graduation, The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu... I'm probably going to be posting a fair number of these over the next few weeks and then wrapping up with an FPP when I run out of films. Anyone who would like to follow along can do so. I'll be posting under the #romanianfilm tag and including links on where to find the films wherever possible. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:43 AM - 4 comments

November 5

World Chess Championship

The World Chess Championship 2018 is an chess match between the reigning world champion since 2013, Magnus Carlsen, and challenger Fabiano Caruana to determine the World Chess Champion. [more inside]
posted by OHenryPacey at 5:40 PM - 1 comment

November 3

House of Cards, Claire's season?

The final eight episodes are up on netflix. Most reviews are about offscreen politics and complaints - any metafilter fans who support #metoo and love the vicious Claire Underwood?
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 7:34 AM - 3 comments

November 2

What to do about the Good Place podcast?

The Good Place podcast is great and adds a ton of cool detail to the show. It comes out on Friday morning after the Thursday night episode. But is it okay to post about it in the episode Fanfare? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:24 PM - 17 comments

October 30

The Bechdel Cast?

Is anyone else listening to The Bechdel Cast, a podcast that looks at how women are portrayed in films? I feel like we could have some interesting conversations about the films and the podcast episodes about them, but you kinda need to have both seen the film in question and have heard the podcast, so participation would probably be super low. [more inside]
posted by ODiV at 12:12 PM - 2 comments

October 26


Anyone interested in a watch-through of Lexx? [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr at 7:13 AM - 13 comments

October 23

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown?

I tried looking but I haven't seen any conversational topics on it. I haven't watched the final season yet, mostly because I feel I'd find it hard to deal with since I'm still pretty shocked he's gone. Would anyone else be interested in watching the last season? I could also set it to the entire series, but I'm not sure what would work best for a show like this.
posted by yueliang at 2:20 PM - 0 comments

October 19

Mike Flanagan Appreciation Society

Given how fantastic The Haunting of Hill House is, I've been revisiting the other works of writer-director Mike Flanagan. They are consistently terrific. Anyone interested in a series of posts for Absentia, Before I Wake, Oculus, etc.?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:08 PM - 4 comments

October 18

Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix

There's a lot to love about Salt Fat Acid Heat, but when I try to add it to FanFare, I get this message: "The show that you requested currently exists on IMDB, but information about it is not yet available to us. We have added it to our queue and will approve it as soon as we can. Sorry about the delay." What does it mean that the info is not available? The IMDb listing seems complete.
posted by roger ackroyd at 3:51 PM - 3 comments

There She Goes - BBC4

This looks really interesting - "A young girl with a learning disability makes her way through life. " ... stars David Tennant (Doctor Who etc) and Jessica Hynes (Spaced, W1A). Anyone interested in a fanfare post for it?
posted by memebake at 11:55 AM - 1 comment

October 16

Dancing Queen?

Anyone interested in FanFare posts for Dancing Queen (Alyssa Edwards new show on Netflix)? I'd probably do just one post for the whole season since it's only 9 episodes.
posted by sperose at 7:46 AM - 3 comments

September 27

American Vandal Season 2 - Mrs. Wexler’s role

How did Mrs. Wexler play in to Kevin’s confession? [more inside]
posted by Pig Tail Orchestra at 7:46 AM - 4 comments

September 22

American Vandal Season 2 Grossout Factor

I am easily grossed out. I loved American Vandal season 1 but I hear season 2 is super gross. Can I get a judge's ruling on HOW gross? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:27 PM - 2 comments

September 21

Maniac on Netflix

Should we do a full season discussion or per episode?
posted by Catblack at 11:56 AM - 3 comments

September 20

Series Posts vs Individual Episodes

Is there any agreement on Binge-worthy series and if they merit a single entire series post, or do most people prefer individual episode posts? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 4:00 AM - 11 comments

September 9

Fall 2018 Anime Season

Time for another season of new shows for the upcoming Fall season. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 12:26 PM - 53 comments

September 7

The Flash TV - Inhumane prison - asking for a little spoiler

Does the show ever meaningfully address the inhumanity of their jail? I stopped somewhere in season 2 because the good guys should not be running a worse Gitmo. I imagine this has been addressed before, but the search function only brought up episode caps. I really dislike spoilers, but this I would need to know. It's okay if they don't - there's so much Supernatural I haven't got to yet. Thanks!
posted by turkeybrain at 10:48 AM - 7 comments

August 31

Creating a thread for an entire book series (trilogy)?

Apologies if it's been discussed before, but I couldn't find what the protocol would be for creating a thread for a book series rather than a single book (much like posting for a season rather than each episode), or if it would be better to post book-by-book. [more inside]
posted by typify at 1:59 PM - 2 comments

August 25

The Children Act (2017 movie, released 2018)

Legal drama adapted by Ian McEwan from his 2014 novel, starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Ffion Whitehead. Has this had a wide enough distribution to make it worth discussion here? It's just got a limited release in the UK, and I understand it's gone straight to streaming in the USA. (IMDB, BBC)
posted by Major Clanger at 2:13 PM - 1 comment

German language film/tv club?

Anyone interested in a biweekly/monthly club where we watch something in German and chat? Open to any genre/theme/vintage. [more inside]
posted by mrcrow at 11:20 AM - 10 comments

August 13

Lodge 49?

Heard Terry Gross interview the creator on NPR today and the show sounds cool.
posted by rhizome at 11:36 PM - 9 comments

August 11

BlackkKlansman, anyone?

Curious whether someone's already preparing a post for discussion for this. Just saw it and am curious to hear other thoughts.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:18 PM - 3 comments

August 6

The Next Voyage

There's been some talk of another Trek series rewatch now that our Voyager rewatch is wrapping up. So, as we did before, let's hash out some deets! [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 6:54 AM - 19 comments

August 3

Making It?

I wanted to suggest the Nick Offerman/Amy Poehler craft show, but it doesn't show up on IMDB so I can't officially do it.
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:06 AM - 10 comments

July 15

Temporary TV doldrums

With so many good shows having ended their seasons in the past few months, are there any newer television-like-entertainment-products that people are liking? FFT include any streaming service. [more inside]
posted by sylvanshine at 5:31 PM - 26 comments

[Netflix] Any interest in Sacred Games season review?

Netflix first big budget Indian production and it is damn good. Sacred Games [more inside]
posted by KaizenSoze at 8:45 AM - 7 comments

July 6

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Surprise, surprise, another Friday the 13th is right around the corner, and with that another episode of the Friday the 13th slow burn movie club. I will post the movie to Fanfare next Friday, the 13th, so you have a week to watch if you are inclined. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 2:49 AM - 1 comment

July 3

Star Trek Discovery discussion

This thread about the S7 Voyager episode Prophecy sprawled into a discussion of Star Trek Discovery's merits and treatment of Klingons. I am moving it here to allow broader discussion. All aired Star Trek should be considered fair game here. [more inside]
posted by mordax at 7:29 PM - 7 comments

July 2


I wanna discuss Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette, y’all. Do Netflix specials get classified as TV or movies?
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 4:27 AM - 7 comments

June 30

Interest in "Kiss Me First"?

I just saw the first episode. of Netflix Original "Kiss Me First". It's based on a YA novel of the same name, but they added in some VR elements (makes for better TV I guess, but it's not the main point of the show). Great camera work, writing, and acting - watch the first two minutes and see how the director can say so much with just a simple camera pull - had me hooked for the whole ep. Any interest in an episode by episode or even just a "Full Series watch"?
posted by Mogur at 8:35 AM - 4 comments

June 20

Summer 2018 Anime Season

Summer lineup on MyAnimeList and AniChart. I predict there will be punching, zapping, transformations, power ups, and scenes of people waxing rhapsodic about the freshly served food they just bit into. Anything look good to you? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 1:48 AM - 34 comments

June 6

Plus Ultra! (My Hero Academia Interest Post)

Wondering if there's enough people watching My Hero Academia (currently available on crunchyroll [memail me if you want a guest pass]). If you don't know it's an anime about a superhero high school in Japan. It looks at themes of what it means to be a hero (and a villain) in a world filled with super powers. [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw at 7:59 AM - 7 comments

June 5

After El Ministerio del Tiempo... ?

I'm enjoying watching El Ministerio del Tiempo with y'all. I've been watching it partially to help with my Spanish, and I'd like to find another equally addicting Spanish-language show to watch when we're through. Would anyone be interested in joining me? If so, does anyone have recommendations? Someone told me that Money Heist / La Casa de Papel was great, but I know nothing about it. [more inside]
posted by tofu_crouton at 6:25 PM - 9 comments

June 1

Break out your space blanket ponchos, Better Call Saul fans

The show is coming back August 6th, per this AV Club article. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 12:07 PM - 5 comments

May 27

Cowboy Bebop: 20th Anniversary

CB was originally run in 1998 and it is 2018 and that seems like a good point for a rewatch! [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 9:13 PM - 17 comments

The Break with Michelle Wolf

I not on FanFare much but just saw the first episode of The Break with Michelle Wolf on Netflix and wonder if others have seen it/are interesting in discussing it. Am not proposing to discuss entire season necessarily and not sure how this works. So should I just wait to see if someone else proposes discussing the season as it goes along or ... ? Dunno if y'all do one-offs or really how this works. (I read the FAQ, honest!)
posted by Bella Donna at 3:15 AM - 6 comments

May 21

Colony Season 3?

Colony Season 3 [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 10:34 PM - 5 comments

May 14

Only show things that also have books?

Is there a way to only view items that have both a book and a tv/movie version? [more inside]
posted by aesop at 1:51 PM - 2 comments

May 11

Can we set up a Eurovision 2018 post?

Eurovision is tomorrow!
posted by k8t at 3:38 PM - 5 comments

May 9

Horror Book Club?

Just a thought for people who enjoy reading horror like I do. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 11:27 AM - 9 comments

May 8


Just wondering if anyone else has work issues and watches the red panda of rage. Is it worth discussing here? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:26 AM - 7 comments

May 7

Fallback shows?

What shows, in our age of universal infinite access, do you rerun as comfort viewing when the hunt for novelty wears thin? Personally, I run TNG, the Jeremy Brett Holmes, Poirot, and the Fry and Laurie Jeeves and Wooster - all, not incedentally, prestige series from the late eighties and nineties (although Poirot really hits its stride much later).
posted by mwhybark at 7:53 PM - 12 comments

May 4

Cobra Kai

The two episodes are free on YT. After watching, YouTube Red just got the most unlikely new customer. ‎Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from 1984's The Karate Kid. It's 34 years later. It's underdog vs asshole once again. Or is it? Peppered with clips from the original movie and sequel, the themes are familiar but jumbled and amusing, and contrasted with more modern themes. Kept me smiling the whole time. Looks to be ten half-hour episodes. This is one of the most clever reboots I've seen. Nostalgic, yet fresh. Will likely binge watch this weekend if I can get out of some grubby work.
posted by 2N2222 at 10:21 PM - 6 comments

May 1

Anyone interesting in Wakfu?

A few notes from my viewings of Wakfu:

The show just showed up on Netflix. It is French production, but the English dubbing is very good.

Nice blending of American and Japanese animation styles.

Definitively a kids show, but with adult jokes.

The end credit animations can be adorable.

Mostly strong female characters with caveats.

Episodes are short, less then 30 minutes.

Fan fare has it in their TV list now.

posted by KaizenSoze at 10:12 AM - 2 comments

April 30

Blood and Ashes!

Who is interested in doing a first read/reread of The Wheel of Time? [more inside]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 12:21 PM - 3 comments

April 29

Interest in House (series with Hugh Laurie)?

Medical drama follows Dr. House, a brilliant but troubled diagnostician [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 12:07 AM - 5 comments

April 26

The Chalet

Anyone watching the new French thriller The Chalet on Netflix? I'm three eps in and it's easy to binge once you work out who all the people are.
posted by Athanassiel at 3:17 PM - 2 comments

April 21

Misfits UK?

Anyone here a fan? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 6:15 PM - 6 comments

April 19

Anyone else watching Craig of the Creek?

We're caught up with the first season, as it's been aired so far, and I'm in love with this heartwarming little cartoon. Anyone else interested in talking about it? (And if so, independent threads for episodes, or full season at once? I don't know how this works...)
posted by librarianamy at 7:15 AM - 2 comments

April 15

Beyoncé at Coachella

I'd love to discuss this mind blowing performance. Is this TV? Podcast?
posted by k8t at 9:35 PM - 4 comments

April 7

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

Another year, another Friday the 13th. Next Friday (the 13th, uh) we* will be continuing the Friday the 13th movie club with a discussion of the 7th film, The New Blood. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 5:59 PM - 3 comments

April 6

Previous/Next post for Books and/or Clubs?

Pursuant to poffin boffin's comment, would it be possible to get the previous/next links down for books at the bottom of a post that exist for TV series? If not for books because metadata, then how about for the club links instead? E.g. the M&C post would have a previous to "I am with child...", and a next to Post Captain?
posted by fleacircus at 11:13 PM - 2 comments

April 2

MyFanfare - Only TV Shows?

Why is it I can only add TV shows to "My Fanfare"? I want to add movies, special events, etc, so I can continue to follow those conversations, the same way I do for TV shows. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:20 AM - 9 comments

March 31

Belated Tournament of Books Club

So the 2017 Tournament of Books has ended and apparently, we all need to go read Fever Dream. We've talked about this on the blue, but maybe we could stand to make this a club? These are great books to read and it's as good a framework as any toward getting a group of people onto the same titles at the same time for discussion. It's kind of late for this year, but consider it a test run for next year. Here's the tag so you can find the ToB books that are on FF so far.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:24 AM - 3 comments

March 22

"I am with child to see a dew pond." -- Time to reread Aubrey-Maturin

Hey. I am embarking on a reread of all 20 Aubrey-Maturin books. I was thinking there might be some MeFites who have never read them, or who would like to reread them, but have been waiting for a sign, or other people to talk with. This could be that sign! We could be those other people! [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 1:45 AM - 25 comments

March 18

Spring 2018 Anime Season

Most of the Spring season is listed on AniChart now, so we might as well start in on what looks good, bad, and good-bad. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 5:35 PM - 74 comments

March 17

Secret Agent / Danger Man series

I'm going to start a watch series for the seminal series Secret Agent (US) / Danger Man (UK, starring Patrick McGoohan. Are you in?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:54 PM - 5 comments

March 16

New Club: Marvel Cinematic Universe

If you enjoy any of the movies or TV shows set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, please join us in our new Fanfare Club!
posted by Jacqueline at 1:02 PM - 3 comments

March 15

Any interest in Tabula Rasa?

Anyone else watching this Belgian mystery series? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 8:50 PM - 2 comments

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