A young woman disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy.
Inside Jokes: Full Season Season 1, Ep 1
Amazon's "Inside Jokes" follows seven stand-up comedians from New York City and Los Angeles as they audition for, and are cast (or not cast) in the "New Faces" show at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. [more inside]
An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams. [more inside]
Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean, locally famous true crime podcasters, suspect Morgan's new love interest is a murderer.
A Black Lady Sketch Show: Born at Night, But Not Last Night Season 1, Ep 6
Two friends come to regret their decision to visit a new black-owned restaurant. A mother and daughter go toe-to-toe. "Taskmaster," "Turnt," and "Insecurity" help Krystal through a surprise hot-air balloon ride. Carl and Lori's "special guest" has very specific boundaries. A judge, bailiff, court reporter, and attorneys celebrate their first ever all-black lady courtroom. Tensions rise between Ashley, Gabrielle, Quinta, and Robin as the reality of their situation sinks in. (Season Finale) [more inside]
A Black Lady Sketch Show: Where Are My Background Singers? Season 1, Ep 4
A divorce party spirals out of control following Eboni's bad mushroom trip. The tragic tale of star-crossed lovers, Rome & Julissa. A 1930's groupie, Feather Atwood, sets her sights on Negro League baseball player Satchel Paige. A frustrated airline passenger seeks a like-minded customer service representative. Denise tries to prevent yet another breakup and its typical, unusual side effect. "Taskmaster," "Insecurity," and "Turnt" help Crystal navigate a possible cat-calling situation. [more inside]
Asia is shocked by a very public, very unexpected marriage proposal from her new boyfriend DeWayne. New recruits talk about their goals and expectations at a gang orientation. A church service devolves when congregants take to the mic with self-centered motivations. Dr. Haddassah Olayinka Ali-Youngman turns a toast at her sister's wedding into a teachable moment. (also a 227 reboot, and the continuing 'After the Event' sketch) [more inside]
A perpetually-late-to-work Shayla decides to forgo her morning makeup routine, to her coworker Toni's dismay. Trinity the Invisible Spy hunts down The Reclues, an elusive villain with a surprising identity. An array of average, awkward contestants perform before a panel of judges at the Basic Ball. Security guard Fatimah helps an office worker investigate who stole her missing mug. Robin, Quinta, and Gabrielle uncover a shocking truth about Ashley's nighttime ritual. (plus a wedding vow sketch) [more inside]
Two women seek an escape from an ominous fog. 1960s soul group Claude and The Boppers perform their hit song "Ice Cream Shop." A world-renowned author and "philosophizer" promotes her latest masterclass. Maya's confession in a support group gets a less-than-supportive response. Trinity, the Invisible Spy, meets a formidable adversary. (HBO broadcast premiere) [more inside]
Derry Girls: Season Two Season 2, Ep 0
Derry Girls is a sitcom created by Northern Irish playwright Lisa McGee for Britain’s Channel 4, about teenage travails set in the 90s against the backdrop of the Troubles. It follows the misadventures of four teenage girls (and a male British cousin also attending their Catholic school) facing the everyday challenges of growing up against the backdrop of sectarian conflict. Series 2 trailer! [more inside]
A youth inspirational film, about how a group of high school students try to revive Chinese orchestra ensemble. They face many challenges along the way to compete nationally, including a rivalry with the more popular Western orchestra club. [more inside]
Anna Drezen (Reductress, SNL) and comedian Andrew Farmer kick off this new podcast by exploring their spooky childhoods and the horror of prairie romance in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark's classic tale, "Cold as Clay."
Los Espookys: El sueño falso (The Fake Dream) Season 1, Ep 6
Andrés and Úrsula plan a fake dream to help a doctor's insomnia patient fall asleep; Renaldo's skills as a makeup artist are put to the test on Bianca's film set; Tati stumbles into a solution to her debt problem.
Casey is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman fighting for her place in it.
Los Espookys: El laboratorio alienígena (The Alien Lab) Season 1, Ep 5
A high-maintenance researcher tasks Los Espookys with creating alien lab subjects for her government presentation; Tico tries to reassure Bianca while Renaldo, Úrsula and Andrés have differing opinions on her latest screenplay.
Los Espookys: El espejo maldito (The Cursed Mirror) Season 1, Ep 4
Los Espookys agree to help a U.S. ambassador fake her own abduction in exchange for the visas they need to work with legendary director Bianca Nova; Bianca turns to Tico to help her write her latest horror film.
Los Espookys: El monstruo marino (The Sea Monster) Season 1, Ep 3
After a longtime tourist attraction is compromised, the mayor of a seaside town is approached by Renaldo to create another; Tico eyes a fortuitous partnership after running into Renaldo's favorite director in Los Angeles. [more inside]
A mysterious woman enlists Los Espookys to frighten five people vying to win a millionaire's fortune by staying through the night at his "haunted" mansion; a case of mistaken identity lands Tico in the spotlight of the art world.
Los Espookys: El Exorcismo (The Exorcism) Season 1, Ep 1
In the series premiere of a primarily Spanish language comedy (with English subtitles), 4 friends use their love of horror to start a business. [more inside]
In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best. As Jenny says: "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos ... [more inside]
Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hare-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that somehow involves his former boss, the (supposedly) legendary Mr. Henry. [more inside]
Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas: Labor Problems Season 2, Ep 1
Everyone's favorite late night show is back for a second season! unions : a modest proposal- jashoezzi : education [more inside]
In this classic Preston Sturges comedy, the soldier-smitten Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton) discovers that she is both married and pregnant after a raucous troop send-off party. While she has no idea who her new husband is, her longtime admirer, Norval Jones (Eddie Bracken), seizes the opportunity to help. When Trudy's cop father (William Demarest) catches wind of the situation, however, wacky misunderstandings follow, with the well-meaning Norval on the wrong side of the law.
Dead to Me: Full Season Season 1, Ep 0
Jen's husband was recently killed by a hit-and-run driver. As she tries to recover, she meets Judy, who also recently suffered a loss. But there's more to Judy (and to Jen (and to her husband (and to pretty much everyone and everything else))) than meets the eye. [more inside]
Wondering if anyone is watching this Amazon Prime documentary show. Hosted by the lovely and talented Kal Penn (Kumar of Harold and, former Obama admin advisor) and written by the author of The Big Short. Good range of topics from money laundering to our dependence on rubber, and a plethora of guest appearances in amusing skits. I would love to have the hive mind help me fangirl over the fun bits and grouse about questions that are raised but not satisfactorily addressed.
Don't Forget The Driver: First Series Season 1, Ep 0
A coach driver and single father navigates the post-Brexit world surrounding his seaside enclave. [more inside]
Santa Clarita Diet: Season III Season 3, Ep 0
The Hammonds try to cope with increasing exposure while fending off an ancient enemy, and Abby and Eric cope with the consequences of their own criminal actions.
I'm Sorry: Seasons 1 and 2 Season 0, Ep 0
Almost finished binging the first two seasons of this hilariously, filthy comedy and loving it. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Psychics Season 6, Ep 2
You might not think much about psychics these days, but they're still all over the place, on daytime talk and "reality" shows especially. LWT takes a look at how they continue to bilk people. The main story is on YouTube.
Don't stop the camera! Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies. [more inside]
Miracle Workers: Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
When God (Steve Buscemi) plans to destroy the Earth, two low-level angels (Geraldine Viswanathan, Daniel Radcliffe) must convince their boss to save humanity. They bet him they can pull off their most impossible miracle yet: help two humans fall in love.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: He Said, She Said Season 6, Ep 8
Jake and Amy investigate a workplace harassment and sexual assault case at a big financial firm; Holt is suspicious when his old nemesis "The Disco Strangler" dies. [more inside]
Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine. [more inside]
Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton work in a corporate office. Their boss is a pig. When they manage to trap him in his own house they assume control of his department and productivity leaps, but just how long can they keep him tied up?
Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: CATALINA CAPER Rewatch Season 2, Ep 4
Rewatch! What do you get when you cross a beach movie with a heist movie? Nothing good! It does contain a musical number by Little Richard. This movie marks the establishment of the rule that MST3K would avoid comedies, but it's still a fairly well-remembered episode from the show's classic era. With this film, we're back in Joel territory for a while! Previously
PEN15: Season 1 (Complete) Season 1, Ep 0
Comics Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play versions of themselves as 13-year-old outcasts in middle school in the year 2000, surrounded by actual 13-year-olds. [more inside]
Based on the initially anonymous blockbuster 1996 account of Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992, the film version continues the novel's weak à clef distance, casting a thinly disguised John Travolta as Bill and Emma Thompson as Hillary as they navigate the ethically trying road to the White House. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: A Tale of Two Bandits Season 6, Ep 5
When a car thief seemingly copies the MO of the now-retired (and possibly deceased?) Pontiac Bandit Doug Judy, it's up to Jake and Terry to crack the case. Meanwhile, the rest of the Nine-Nine submit to a drinking contest to defend Shaw's Bar from an attempted FDNY takeover. Guest starring Nicole Byer and Rob Riggle!
The story of the titular girl known only as "The Girl with the Black Hair" and her insanely long night of partying and drinking-complete with a book fair, festival, and many adventures in between. It is also the story of "Senpai," her upper class man who has been attempting to get closer to her by "coincidentally" running into her again and again. However, on this night, meeting up with her may be the greatest challenge of his life. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Tattler Season 6, Ep 3
Jake and Gina attend their 20th high school reunion. Back at the Nine-Nine, Charles helps Rosa with her love life. Also: crinkling noises. [more inside]
Schitt's Creek: Season Five First Watch Season 5, Ep 0
As we begin the new season (after a lovely Christmas special), Moira is filming her comeback movie in Bosnia and David is working on taking his relationship with Patrick to the next level. [more inside]
Future Man: Replay One Season 2, Ep 0
Josh wakes up... or does he? after saving the world... or did he? in the future... or is it? You know what, who knows what the hell's going on anymore. But Future Man is back, and things are as grimy as ever.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Honeymoon Season 6, Ep 1
The Nine-Nine is back, now on Thursdays on NBC! (Spoiler inside!) [more inside]
Schitt's Creek: Season 2 Season 2, Ep 0
After a failed attempt to sell the town, the once rich and powerful Rose Family come to the depressing realization that their stay may be longer than they originally hoped. But the Roses will bloom again – even if it’s in Schitt’s Creek. [more inside]
Schitt's Creek: Schitt's Creek Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
A wealthy businessman (Eugene Levy), his soap-opera acting wife (Catherine O'Hara), and their 2 adult children have their assets stripped from them from the feds except ownership of a rural town named Schitt's Creek.
Patriot: American Dimes Season 2, Ep 1
John must make a choice at the train platform - be free from his obligations and adversaries by letting Agathe take the money or pursue her in an effort to protect his brother, father, and country.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Family Separation Season 5, Ep 28
- 2018 Midterms, which has been exceptional in negativity. California Congressman Duncan Hunter accused opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar of being a terrorist trying to infiltrate Congress; Iowa Congressman Steve King, who has been notorious for associating with white nationalists and got pissy when confronted about it before cameras, and lost the support of a number of corporate PACs; and in Nebraska's 1st district a sign promoting Jeff Fortenberry was defaced with googly eyes and changed to read Jeff Fartenberry, causing his Chief-of-Staff to accuse a local professor, who was unlucky enough to have "liked" a Facebook photo of the sign within his random notice, of supporting vandalism.
- And Now: Out Annual Check-In With The Consequences Of Combining Local News Shows And Halloween
- Main story: Immigration, "The system that brought you me, but it's still good, and I promise that won't happen again." Specifically, the Trump administration's family separation policy. It's faded from the news, but its consequences have not ended yet. Content warning: horrifying consequences of the enforced separation of children from their parents. YouTube
- And Now: Halloween Part II: Just The Traffic And Weather
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: State Attorneys General Season 5, Ep 27
- Violence marred the prior week, and Fox News went out of their way to position the attacks as "false flag" operations, supposedly stages by Democrats to make Republicans look bad. Geraldo Riviera "outsmarts himself" in making such allegations.
- Saudi Arabia continues to try to explain the disappearance, likely murder, of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, while President Trump and right-wing figures try to downplay the killing of an American resident.
- Main story: the role of state Attorneys General on our nation, their role in investigating wrongdoing, and the increasing degree to which the offices have become politicized. YouTube
- Special productions: A WWE commercial that properly notes the fact that it takes place in Saudi Arabia, and the problems that causes; a concert for bagpipes, accordion, theremin and recorder (multiple, played by young children) to annoy people to stepping away from their TV sets and actually researching their states' candidates for Attorney General. A good place to do that, they note, is at Vote411.org.
This week (after a gap of some episodes, sorry about that), after an introduction acknowledging Trump's embarrassing UN conference and the Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty, the whole show was devoted to the main story, Brett Kavanaugh's looming confirmation, and the terrible implications if he is confirmed. [more inside]