British black comedy at its finest. Series 1 has already aired and is available on DVD and amazon. Series 2 is currently airing. It's an anthology series so you if you don't like one episode, try the next one. Any interest in discussing this? [more inside]
Spaced: Mettle Rewatch Season 2, Ep 3
Tim and Mike run into old rivals as they prepare to enter the "Robot Wars" quarter final. Meanwhile, after being sacked from several jobs, Daisy is sent to work in a kitchen by her temp agency: it's 'Neo Nachos' in Kentish Town ("I've been there; it's nice."). Brian is given little notice of an opening at an upcoming exhibition and is left scrambling to create something, anything. [more inside]
Spaced: Change Rewatch Season 2, Ep 2
Jar Jar Binks, Amber, the Job Centre (oh joy!) and Bilbo (played by Bill Bailey) all figure in this episode. [more inside]
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Makes Waffles Season 1, Ep 13
Kimmy and the mole-women re-visit the bunker.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes to Court! Season 1, Ep 12
Kimmy returns to Durnsville to testify and Titus comes along to provide support/see the trial without ads.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Municipal Violations Season 2, Ep 7
This week: Elections in Israel go again to PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party. --- Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz asks employees to discuss race matters with customers. --- 4th Graders in New Hampshire draft a bill to declare the Red-Tailed Hawk the official state raptor and travel to the state capital only to watch it get (metaphorically) shot down in flames. To make it up to the kids, LWT declares it the show's official bird, brings one into the studio, and airs a short promotional video. --- And Now: People On TV Honoring St. Patrick's Day In The Most Offensive Way Possible. --- Main story: Municipal violations in the US and how grievously they punish the poor. (YouTube 18m) LWT produced a short video piece against the practice, using hashtag #shutdownthefuckbarrel.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Rides A Bike! Season 1, Ep 11
Kimmy joins a spin class. Titus goes to the library.
Spaced: Back Rewatch Season 2, Ep 1
After receiving an injection of money following the sale of her articles, Daisy returns from her holiday in Asia, but finds it hard to settle back into the flat atmos of play-fighting and repeat viewings of skateboard accidents--and who can blame her? Tim works through his George Lucas/Phantom Menace issues via a Star Wars bonfire, minus the Obi Wan robe he wears, of course. And Mike has moved into Daisy's room after an unfortunate accident (particularly unfortunate for the cat). Matrix Agents (Kevin Eldon and Mark Gatiss) are tracking Daisy and catch up with her at the pub, resulting in a karate-fight specatular. [more inside]
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy's in a Love Triangle! Season 1, Ep 10
Kimmy decides between Dong and Logan. Xanthippe finds out that she has to move to Connecticut to live with her mother. Titus gets a straight coach to help him get an acting gig.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Has A Birthday! Season 1, Ep 9
Kimmy's stepdad comes to visit just in time for a party celebrating Kimmy's 30th birthday. [more inside]
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Is Bad At Math! Season 1, Ep 8
Kimmy works on earning her G.E.D. while Titus starts a new job.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes To A Party! Season 1, Ep 7
Jacqueline invites Kimmy to an elaborate dinner party set up to catch her husband's mistress. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The NCAA Season 2, Ep 6
ISIS gains an ally in Boko Haram. Ireland accidentally legalizes a number of psychoactive drugs for a day. Brazil prepares to investigate politicians taking bribes from oil companies. And Now: Newscasters Who Don't Know About You. Main story: NCAA is a billion dollar industry, but with many problems with how it treats its players (YouTube 21m). Last Week Tonight introduces the hashtag #soybeanwind and ends with an ad for their more realistic NCAA simulator video game.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes To School! Season 1, Ep 6
Kimmy starts her GED class while Titus tries to make a music video.
Spaced: Ends Rewatch Season 1, Ep 7
Tim is ecstatic when his ex-girlfriend Sarah decides she wants him back; Daisy is less so, causing tension in the flat. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Sabotage Season 2, Ep 19
When Peralta is suspended due to a failed drug test, Santiago and Diaz help him find the culprit who (wait for it) sabotaged the results. Meanwhile, Holt and Jeffords patch things up with Gina after missing her dance troupe performance, and Boyle's patience is tested when Hitchcock and Scully take on a case of their own. [more inside]
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Kisses A Boy! Season 1, Ep 5
One of the other mole-women comes to visit Kimmy and brings along her fiancee.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes To The Doctor Season 1, Ep 4
Titus auditions for "Spider-Man Too" while Kimmy visits Jacqueline's plastic surgeon.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes On a Date! Season 1, Ep 3
Jacqueline sets Kimmy up on a blind date. Titus can;t let Lillian know he has money.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Gets a Job! Season 1, Ep 2
Kimmy fights to get her job back while Titus fights to get his costume security deposit back so he can follow his dreams.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: US Territories Season 2, Ep 5
This week: Federal civil rights committee finds evidence of systemic racism in Ferguson police department. Upcoming elections in Israel. Fanta ad pulled in Germany for referencing war-related origins. (Last Week Tonight makes a commercial for Fanta.) Main story: the rights of citizens and nationals in US territories. (YT 13m) How Is This Still A Thing: Daylight Savings Time. (YT 3m) And an update on the tobacco industry, and LWT's #jeffwecan tag and meme.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy goes outside. Season 1, Ep 1
Kimmy Schmidt, and Indiana cult member gets freed by police. She decides to try living in New York City.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Captain Peralta Season 2, Ep 18
When Jake's estranged airline-captain dad comes by for a visit, it's for more than just father-son bonding. Meanwhile, Capt. Holt confounds the precinct with a seemingly insoluble brainteaser. [more inside]
Spaced: Epiphanies Rewatch Season 1, Ep 6
Tim's bicycle courier friend Tyres (Michael Smiley) pops round the gaff to collect money Tim owes him, and decides to take the gang clubbing. Brian is forced to face one of this fears: being alone with Marsha, or clubbing. Clubbing it is, then. Mike is thrown out of the 'Rough Ramblers' but finds a new outlet for expression in rave culture (cue "The A-Team" remix). And Tim and Daisy reach a new understanding: it's alright to snap at each other. Well, good, then. Tim gets hit in the head with a stick. [more inside]
In Russia, another Putin critic, Boris Nemtsov was gunned down. (CNN) FCC passes Net Neutrality rules. (BBC) Scientists suspect gerbils, not rats, were responsible for bubonic plague. (New Yorker) Last Week Tonight makes a video apologizing to rats and demonizing gerbils. Main story: The crumbling national infrastructure of the United States, and why it's hard to do something about it. (LWT YouTube, 21m) LWT provides a trailer for an action movie about performing basic maintenance on roads and bridges.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Boyle-Linetti Wedding Season 2, Ep 17
It's the big day for Charles and Gina's parents, and Peralta's in charge of picking up the ring. What could go wrong? Meanwhile, Terry sweats being asked to perform a non-exercise themed wedding ceremony.
Spaced: Chaos Rewatch Season 1, Ep 5
This episodes sees a major test of Tim and Daisy's friendship: Daisy mistrusts Tim after he loses Colin on late-night walkies. Can Tim redeem himself? Will Brian come back in one piece (you know the piece I mean)? And will Colin the dog ever go on walkies with Tim again? Pass me a Bourbon... [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Judge elections in the US and the Chinese Year of the Sheep/Goat Season 2, Ep 3
This week: Greece gets a loan reprieve. Cease fire violated in Ukraine, Egypt butchers the Russian national anthem. The UK's Labour Party tries to appeal to women by means of a pink bus (YT 4m). Last Week Tonight imagines what would happen if Labour did damage control in a video segment, Pretty Princess Ponies. Main story: The many problems with electing state judges in the US (YT 13m). And Now: CNN Weatherman Chad Myers Hates His Job, His Life and Everyone Around Him. China celebrates the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. Or is it Goat?
Spaced: Battles Rewatch Season 1, Ep 4
Daisy's boyfriend breaks up with her after she takes some ill advice from Tim, who goes on a cathartic, if challenging, paint-ball expedition with Mike. Peter Serafinowicz appears as Tim's arch-nemesis, 'Duane Benzie'. Also: Colin. [more inside]
This week: The US Government pulls diplomats out of Yemen as Houthis take control of the country. Theaters saw the worldwide release of the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Ecuador president Rafael Correa carps back at John Oliver on Twitter (Washington Post). How Is This Still A Thing: the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (YouTube, 3m). The main story (YouTube, 18m) is on the current boom times for the tobacco industry around the world, and the efforts they've gone through to ensure them, which include suing countries through international courts to repeal and prevent public health legislation. Oliver presents a new mascot for free use of the tobacco industry, Jeff the Diseased Lung in a Cowboy Hat. Twitter uses can show their support for Jeff with the hashtag #jeffwecan. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Wednesday Incident Season 2, Ep 16
When Capt. Holt's sour mood puts the whole 99th Precinct on notice, Jake and Gina take some time to investigate the cause. Meanwhile, Boyle catches a notorious bank robber -- who turns out to be an adorable, yet altogether devious, senior citizen (very special guest star Garry Marshall).
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.