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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The World Cup in Qatar  Season 9, Ep 30

This week... Elon Musk has been running Twitter for three weeks now and it hasn't been going great. And Now: People On TV Have Some Thoughts On Thanksgiving Foods. Main story: the World Cup comes to Qatar, a nation with some serious problems. A million people are coming to a tiny nation that casually threatens journalists, a nation that will now simultaneously host a plethora of human rights abuses and the world's biggest soccer tournament. On Youtube (25 minutes). And Now: People On TV Interrogate The Important Question: Do You Say Pecan Or Pecan. Finally, this is the last episode of Last Week Tonight for the season, and so we return to AI image generation, along with a whole bunch of clowns on unicycles. "Why do unicycles exist?" Why, indeed.
posted by JHarris on Nov 21, 2022 - 3 comments

Beforeigners: Season 2  Season 2, Ep 0

Alfhildr and Lars reunite for a murder case and wonder if Jack the Ripper has timeigrated to the present.
posted by porpoise on Nov 20, 2022 - 5 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The British Monarchy  Season 9, Ep 29

This week.... the Democrats did unexpectedly well in midterms, perhaps helping to staunch the gaping chest wound the US has been suffering since 2016. Republicans seem to be turning against Trump (FINALLY) and towards Florida governor Ron Desantis (still pretty awful). And Now: Steve Kornacki Is Never Not At The Big Board. The main story involves the British Monarchy, "the best thing to happen to white actors since literally everything else." But these days, what really is the point of the monarchy? And while most British people support the institution, the monarchy has some serious baggage attached to it. On Youtube (28 minutes).
posted by JHarris on Nov 14, 2022 - 3 comments

The Big Brunch: a new cooking competition on HBOMax  Season 1, Ep 0

Chefs are offered a chance to share their stories and business dreams while going head-to-head for a life-altering prize. Hosted by Dan Levy with judges Sohla El-Waylly and Will Guidara.
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 11, 2022 - 7 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Election Subversion  Season 9, Ep 28

This week.... Heidi Klum dresses as a worm in an awesome costume. Lula defeats Bolsonaro (YAY). Elon Musk takes over Twitter, which knowledgable people describe as "a nightmare built on sticks that might fall apart at any time," and he just fired half of the employees. Main story: Election subversion, trying to change the outcome of elections after they take place, a tactic that looks like it is coming to the United States in a couple of days, due to misinformation spread by conservative media. On Youtube. (33 minutes) Ends with a nice clip of Nick Offerman.
posted by JHarris on Nov 7, 2022 - 4 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Bail Reform  Season 9, Ep 27

This (well last) week.... Liz Truss resigns as UK Prime Minister after 45 days, to be replaced by Rishi Sunak. And Now: Unnecessary Full Disclosure. Main story: Bail reform, and how important it is despite it being used by right-wing attack ads to try to damage progressive, and, you know, just plain non-evil candidates. On Youtube (27 minutes) This is LWT's second report on bail; here is the first. (18 minutes) And Now: Unnecessary Full Disclosure All Tamron Hall Edition.
posted by JHarris on Nov 6, 2022 - 0 comments

Los Espookys: El Eclipse  Season 2, Ep 6

Without valet work, a struggling Tico still manages to impart advice to Andrés; after receiving a symbolic apology from Andrés, Los Espookys stage an eclipse during Mayor Teresa's last speech before the election.
posted by the primroses were over on Nov 6, 2022 - 1 comment

Los Espookys: El Virus  Season 2, Ep 5

An ageing actor recruits the increasingly uptight Los Espookys crew to cancel his dreary sitcom; Renaldo visits the other beauty contest participants; Ambassador Melanie's dream of running the embassy in Miami gets complicated.
posted by the primroses were over on Nov 6, 2022 - 1 comment

The White Lotus: Ciao  Season 2, Ep 1

Two couples navigate awkwardness, an Italian American family deals with a conspicuous absence, and Tanya arrives with her new assistant.
posted by paper chromatographologist on Nov 1, 2022 - 8 comments

House of the Dragon: The Black Queen  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 10

While mourning a tragic loss, Rhaenyra tries to hold the realm together, and Daemon prepares for war.
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Oct 24, 2022 - 32 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Transgender Rights II  Season 9, Ep 26

This week.... Russia's forces, under the direction of General Sergey "Armageddon" Surovikin, strike back at Ukraine for destroying the Crimea Bridge by firing missiles at Ukrainian cities. And Now: More Electrifying Small Talk From San Antonio's "Daytime With Kimberly & Esteban." Main story: the struggle for transgender rights, and Republican efforts to use it to drive supporters to the polls, often using ridiculous exaggerations or outright lies to do so (as is their standard practice). On Youtube (27 minutes). Last Week Tonight is off next week. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 17, 2022 - 6 comments

House of the Dragon: The Green Council  Season 1, Ep 9

While Alicent enlists Cole and Aemond to track down Aegon, Otto gathers the great houses of Westeros to affirm their allegiance. [more inside]
posted by Hume on Oct 17, 2022 - 40 comments

Los Espookys: Las Muchas Caras de un Hombre  Season 2, Ep 4

As the group’s paths diverge, Renaldo decides to investigate the death of slain pageant queen Karina, whose ghost continues to haunt him. [more inside]
posted by the primroses were over on Oct 13, 2022 - 1 comment

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Crime Reporting  Season 9, Ep 25

This week... protests by schoolgirls in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini after her arrest for violating hijab rules. And Now: Christopher Columbus: Kind of a Cool Guy (according to Fox faces). Main story: how crime is covered by the media, which is frequently sensationalist and leaves people with a sense that crime is a much bigger problem than it is, and can stoke fears of false problems like "rainbow fentanyl." It's often compounded by an unquestioning stance regarding police statements. On Youtube (26 minutes) And Now, finally: Another Installment of Local News Beat Poetry From NBC4 Washington's Pat Collins. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 12, 2022 - 3 comments

Los Espookys: Las Ruinas  Season 2, Ep 3

Úrsula assists Mayor Teresa's bid for president, while Los Espookys help a professor stage a fake archaeological site. [more inside]
posted by the primroses were over on Oct 4, 2022 - 3 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Antiquities in Museums  Season 9, Ep 24

This week... Liz Truss faces a cost-of-living crisis in the UK and decides to solve it with trickle-down bullshit, and is roasted by British media after only one month in office. And Now: Shopping Networks Recognize Queen Elizabeth's Death The Only Way They Know How. Main story: Antiquities, artifacts of great cultural worth that are frequently stolen from their homelands in order to be displayed in museums, where they frequently remain indefinitely, one of those practices that people seem to think is okay mostly because it's done so often, and has been for so long. On Youtube (34 minutes)
posted by JHarris on Oct 4, 2022 - 5 comments

House of the Dragon: Driftmark  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 7

As the families gather on Driftmark for a funeral, Viserys calls for an end to infighting and Alicent demands justice. [more inside]
posted by asteria on Oct 3, 2022 - 46 comments

Los Espookys: Bibi's  Season 2, Ep 2

Andrés searches for a new place to live as Tati’s marriage deteriorates. Meanwhile, Los Espookys create a monster named Bibi’s.
posted by the primroses were over on Sep 27, 2022 - 3 comments

House of the Dragon: The Princess and the Queen  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 6

Ten years later. Rhaenyra navigates Alicent's continued speculation about her children, while Daemon and Laena weigh an offer in Pentos
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Sep 26, 2022 - 35 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Bolsonaro  Season 9, Ep 23

This week... Biden declares the pandemic to be over, which it isn't. Florida governor Ron DeSantis flies migrants (from Texas, not Florida) to Martha's Vineyard at Florida taxpayer expense in a ridiculous stunt for the benefit of Fox News. Puerto Rico, hit by Hurricane Fiona, has power problems again, in large part due to the mismanagement of LUMA Energy. Puerto Rican rap artist Bad Bunny drew attention to the island's continuing electrical woes with a video that at first appears to be a music video, but then turns out to be a 22-minute documentary. And Now: The Queue to End All Queues (the one to pay respects to the deceased Queen of England). Main Story: A return to Jair Bolsonaro, the far right President of Brazil who is running for election. He seems likely to lose but may decide to refuse to leave office, following Trump's example and encouraging a riot. On Youtube (20 minutes). At the end, John Oliver wishes support for the people of Brazil, speaking Portuguese while swinging nunchaku around. There's a reason, kind of.
posted by JHarris on Sep 26, 2022 - 3 comments

Los Espookys: Los Espiritus en el Cementerio  Season 2, Ep 1

After a long break, the Espookys crew is back! [more inside]
posted by the primroses were over on Sep 22, 2022 - 4 comments

House of the Dragon: We Light the Way   Books Included   Season 1, Ep 5

Daemon visits his wife in the Vale. Viserys and Rhaenyra broker agreements with the Velaryons. Alicent seeks the truth about the princess.
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Sep 19, 2022 - 20 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Law & Order  Season 9, Ep 22

The President of Chile was undermined during a speech by a toddler on a bicycle in a Superman outfit. Queen Elizabeth died, and Liz Truss replaced Boris Johnson as the Prime Minister of the UK. And Now: Sean Hannity Does The Opposite Of An Ad For Walmart. Main story: Law & Order, not the concepts but the show, and how it's taken as a true depiction of how policing is done when it really shouldn't be. On Youtube (27 minutes).
posted by JHarris on Sep 17, 2022 - 2 comments

House of the Dragon: Second of His Name   Season 1, Ep 3

Daemon and the Sea Snake battle the Crabfeeder. The realm celebrates Aegon's second nameday. Rhaenyra faces the prospect of marriage.
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Sep 5, 2022 - 39 comments

House of the Dragon: The Rogue Prince  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 2

The great game continues as Rhaenyra, Daemon, and Corlys test boundaries.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 28, 2022 - 37 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Carbon Offsets  Season 9, Ep 21

This week (for another day or so at least)... Sensitive documents found at Mar-A-Lago. Midterm elections and the legacy of deceased Alaskan Representive Don Young, and the possibility that they could step down from him to Sarah Palin. And Now: Sixty Seconds Of Tucker Carlson Being Right About Stuff. Main story: carbon offsets, corporations idea to fix the environment that seems unlikely to work. The companies in charge of ensuring that offset deals are followed have such hugely lax regulation that John Oliver and LWT started their own offset company, Oliver's Offsets, simply because it's possible and easy. On YouTube (24 minutes) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 28, 2022 - 3 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Afghanistan  Season 9, Ep 20

Last week.... Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act which contains substantial efforts to combat climate change, and the FBI searched Trump's Mar-A-Lago residence and found over 300 sensitive documents that he had taken when he had left office. But the main story is on Afghanistan and the problems created when the U.S. withdrew from it a year ago, a situation that was arguably necessary and long overdue, but that also caused issues for the people living there, who it is difficult to help due to the many (reasonable!) prohibitions on cooperating with the Taliban. On YouTube (21 minutes). And Now: Shepard Smith Has The Best Story Intros In The Business. And finally, they visit the phenomenon of AI-generated art, and the curious images prompted by a user named "postpoopzoomies," that resulted, at last, in Steve Buscemi marrying John Oliver to a large prop cabbage.
posted by JHarris on Aug 26, 2022 - 1 comment

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Monkeypox  Season 9, Ep 19

This--last--okay two weeks ago: a French scientist posted a picture of a slice of chorizo (MeFi) and called it a distant star, and Alex Jones was found liable in three lawsuits brought by families of Sandy Hook victims finally. And Now: Some Thoughts From CSPAN's Most Frequent Caller. (Walter, from Butler, Indiana) Main story: Monkeypox, what it is, the stigma attached to it, and its unfortunate echoes of the AIDS crisis. On YouTube (23 minutes) And Now: Walter From Butler, Indiana Has Some Thoughts On Mortality.
posted by JHarris on Aug 26, 2022 - 1 comment

The Rehearsal: Pretend Daddy  Season 1, Ep 6

The aftermath of a birthday party causes Nathan to re-evaluate his entire project. [more inside]
posted by Hume on Aug 20, 2022 - 9 comments

The Rehearsal: Apocalypto  Season 1, Ep 5

After a visit from his parents, Nathan struggles to stick up for his values. [more inside]
posted by Hume on Aug 13, 2022 - 11 comments

The Rehearsal: The Fielder Method  Season 1, Ep 4

Nathan travels to LA to train actors for his show [more inside]
posted by Hume on Aug 6, 2022 - 11 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mental Health Care  Season 9, Ep 18

This week.... A huge heat wave hits Europe, and a walrus called Freya is sinking small water craft in an attempt to find a spot to sunbathe. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is "sad [...] to be giving up the best job in the world, but them's the breaks." Replacement candidates: Rishi Sunak, trying to establish his social conservative bona-fides by attacking "woke nonsense," an rival Liz Truss. And Now: People On TV Daydreaming About Winning The Lottery. Main story: Mental health care. Reported mental health issues have spiked, exacerbated by the pandemic. On YouTube (25 minutes). And Now: The World's Horniest Televangelist (Dr. Mike Murdock).
posted by JHarris on Aug 4, 2022 - 0 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Inflation  Season 9, Ep 17

This (well, last), week.... Boris Johnson agrees to step down. The January 6th hearings continue, and Josh Hawley, who encourged the rioters, later was seen on camera fleeing from them. Main story: Inflation, another of those words that, like Watergate, has been portmanteau'd to pieces. Reasons for it are numerous and varied, creating a "perfect storm" of causes, although many are quick to blame their usual targets, despite it being a global phenomenon. As a subject for examination, John Oliver presents a particular giant frog statue. On YouTube (24 minutes). And Now: Local News Reacts To The Consquences Of Global Warming Exactly As Expected (reprising an old Johnny Carson bit by asking "How hot is it?"). At the end, further news on LWT's quest to obliterate those creepy dolls that washed up in Texas. (A web exclusive bit, that segment was on YouTube: 9 minutes.) Having obtained them, they are now trying to send them to Austrailia to have them destroyed in a polystyrene recycling machine.
posted by JHarris on Aug 4, 2022 - 4 comments

The Rehearsal: Gold Digger  Season 1, Ep 3

While Angela continues to raise her “son,” Nathan goes to new lengths to help a man prepare for a difficult conversation. [more inside]
posted by Hume on Jul 29, 2022 - 10 comments

The Rehearsal: Scion  Season 1, Ep 2

Nathan allows an Oregon woman to prepare for motherhood by simulating the experience of raising a child from zero to eighteen. [more inside]
posted by Hume on Jul 23, 2022 - 10 comments

Westworld: Generation Loss  Season 4, Ep 4

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?
posted by Kybard on Jul 18, 2022 - 24 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Rent  Season 9, Ep 15

This week.... The January 6 investigation continues, revealing the complicity of Trump's legal advisor John Eastman. Republicans across the country are fielding election deniers in positions for public office, such as conspiracy theorist and QAnon ally Jim Marchant, the Republican nominee for Secretary of State in Nevada. And Now: In Honor of Father's Day, ZADDIES. Main story: Rent, which has been skyrocketing across the nation, a crisis that's been with us for multiple decades, has gotten much much worse lately, and no one seems willing to do anything about. On YouTube (22 minutes). And Now: It's Always Happy Hour on QVC. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jun 20, 2022 - 8 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tech Monopolies  Season 9, Ep 14

This week... the January 6th hearings have begun. A Republican Senate primary in Arizona is getting competitive, between current Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and opponents such as Jim Lamon and Blake Masters, who admires the Unabomber as a "subversive thinker." And Now: Sean Hannity's Favorite Joke. ("It's an Adam Schiff-show") Main story: tech monopolies, especially Apple, Google, and Amazon, and how they often preference their own products when you turn to them for information, software, or merchandise. On YouTube (27 minutes). Look out for a cameo by three movies from Video Brinquedo!
posted by JHarris on Jun 14, 2022 - 2 comments

Barry: Starting now  Season 3, Ep 8

NoHo Hank hatches an escape. Sally lets out more aggression. Barry encounters more traps sprung by Fuches.
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 13, 2022 - 27 comments

Barry: Candy asses  Season 3, Ep 7

The penultimate episode of Barry's third season brings the storylines together and sets the stage for a thrilling finale next week.
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 7, 2022 - 10 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: School Resource Officers  Season 9, Ep 13

This week.... The Queen of England's Platinum Jubilee. The school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. That leads us directly to the main story: school resource officers, pitched as a way to deter school shootings, but there is little evidence that they do, and there are many drawbacks to their presence in schools. Get ready for terrible stories of police involvement in schools, including a girl getting arrested for a science project that made the cap of a coke bottle pop off. On YouTube (27 minutes) And Now: People On TV Get A Little Too British For The Platinum Jubilee. Finally, vandals last November attacked a banana-and-skull sculpture in Melbourne. The show offers the city, if they will give their sculpture to them, to compensate with donations, plus as a return gift, their statue of a cartoon alligator flipping the bird that they've had pointed at the offices of Dr. Oz. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jun 6, 2022 - 6 comments

Barry: 710N  Season 3, Ep 6

Fuches' schemes finally catch up with him. The Taylor's hunt for Barry, and Barry plans to re-connect with old friends.
posted by ellieBOA on May 31, 2022 - 11 comments

Barry: Crazytimesh*tshow  Season 3, Ep 5

The Bolivian problem resurfaces. Gene reconnects with faces from his past. Sally is disappointed with the future of her show. Barry continues to spiral.
posted by ellieBOA on May 25, 2022 - 8 comments

Barry: all the sauces  Season 3, Ep 4

Desperate to solve his Bolivian problem, Noho Hank turns to Barry with a plan; Fuches returns to LA with a vengeance; Sally celebrates the premiere of her show; Gene scrambles to skip town, only to be bombarded with reasons to stay.
posted by ellieBOA on May 25, 2022 - 3 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Subway  Season 9, Ep 12

This week.... Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, who spread Trump's like about 2020 election fraud (and has said some very disturbing things about how he'd run their election) and marched on the Capitol on January 6, reached a near-tie in the Republican primary for that state. And Now: Some Things They Say In Texas. The main story is about the Subway restaurant chain and the terrible straits their franchisee agreements can put buyers through, which can include opening new stores surprisingly close to each other. On YouTube. (27 minutes) At the end, they present a short romantic drama about a Korean Subway franchisee. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 23, 2022 - 11 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Electric Utilities  Season 9, Ep 11

This week (episode taped on 5/14)... Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. was elected President of the Philippines as was feared in the previous episode, Norway presents a severely WTF entry to Eurovision. Alabama bans the use of hormones and puberity blockers to treat transgender patients under the age of 19, making it a felony punishable by 10 years in prison, a bill signed by Governor Kay Ivey. And Now: The Delightful Delight Of Allison Hammond. Main story: electric utilities: the incredible amount of power their wield, how weakly they can be regulated, and the damage that can do, which has resulted both in the creation of spurious and badly-managed projects in order to charge more on bills in profit, and in them attacking community-led solar projects that threaten their bottom line. In the end, John Oliver is killed by Reddy Kilowatt. On YouTube (24 minutes). [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 18, 2022 - 3 comments

The Time Traveler's Wife: Episode 1  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 1

In the clearing behind her home, six-year-old Clare Abshire encounters 36-year-old time traveler Henry DeTamble for the first time. Fourteen years later, an unexpected reunion at the library gives Henry the opportunity to meet Clare. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on May 15, 2022 - 2 comments

The Time Traveler's Wife: All Episodes  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 0

Audrey Niffenegger's novel, previously adapted as a film, now a 6-episode series by Steven Moffat (HBO, HBOMax, Sky Atlantic). [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on May 15, 2022 - 21 comments

Gentleman Jack: A Lucky and Narrow Escape  Season 2, Ep 5

Halifax is smashed to pieces by a mob hungry for political change. It’s a dangerous time to be a Tory, and a lesbian, but Anne Lister refuses to keep a low profile.
posted by ellieBOA on May 9, 2022 - 3 comments

Gentleman Jack: I'm Not the Other Woman, She Is  Season 2, Ep 4

Anne Lister is drawn back into her complicated past with Mariana during a trip to Lawton Hall. Back at Shibden with her in-laws, Ann Walker receives a visitor.
posted by ellieBOA on May 9, 2022 - 0 comments

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