The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. [more inside]
Angie Tribeca: "The Wedding Planner Did It" Season 1, Ep 2
Tribeca and Geils investigate a series of baker murders. [more inside]
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a comic book fan dons the persona of his favourite hero to save his enthusiastic friend and fight a tyrannical overlord. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Karen Peralta Season 3, Ep 14
When Jake brings Amy to meet his mother (special guest star Katey Sagal) for his birthday, he receives an unwelcome surprise. Meanwhile, Charles and Rosa's test run of the NYPD's body cams comes with some unexpected body issues. Elsewhere, Holt and the rest of the Nine-Nine wrack their brains solving a fiendish escape-the-room puzzle.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Cruise Season 3, Ep 13
The Pontiac Bandit rides again! When Jake and Amy go on their first romantic cruise, they discover that the ship's piano lounge entertainer is none other than Jake's hated archnemesis-slash-secret best bro Doug Judy. (special guest star Craig Robinson) Back at the precinct, Charles and Rosa wage dueling charm offensives to snag an amazing apartment that belonging to the vic in a murder case, and Holt must endure a visit from his brassy sister Debbie. (guest star Niecy Nash) [more inside]
A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 9 Days Season 3, Ep 12
When Jake tries to raise a lonely/depressed Holt's spirits with a long-abandoned case, they both end up in a nine-day mumps quarantine. With Holt out sick, Terry finds himself in charge of the precinct and unsure of his leadership abilities. Meanwhile, Rosa helps Charles deal with the tragic (mid-humping) death of his beloved dog. [more inside]
Detectorists: Season 1 discussion Season 1, Ep 0
Andy and Lance attempt to find the burial site of a Saxon king, but will relationships and the nemeses get in the way?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Hostage Situation Season 3, Ep 11
When Boyle's ex-wife Eleanor (special guest star Kathryn Hahn) holds his frozen sperm for ransom, he turns to Jake to help him "bring his boys home". Back at the precinct, Terry barely survives Amy's attempts to get his recommendation for a mentor-mentee program. Meanwhile, Holt and Diaz enlist Gina's help(?) in interrogating a tight-lipped perp with a surprising connection to her mysterious past...
Galavant got a second season, and everyone on the show is as surprised as we are! In the first part, Gal and Richard are waylaid at a bar frequented by Richard's "uncle", and everyone else adjusts to their new place in society. In the second part, Izzy and Gal come to a less charitable appraisal of their memorable first kiss.
A man continually trying and failing to get his wife to stay dead; a self-absorbed ad agency creative director who comes up with one unworkable inane idea after another; a British hitman who only wants to know everyone's function in life; and an unfortunate office worker and father whose brain is left scrambled after a stage hypnotist is murdered in mid-performance. Starting off as unrelated plot lines, they intertwine with each other as they continue on their respective ways.
Rita: The Idealist Season 1, Ep 1
Rita is a 40-something single mother of three and a teacher. She rents an old caretaker's house adjacent to the low-stakes school where she has worked for the last 14 years. Rita is unconventional, headstrong, fiercly protective of her charges, and somewhat in need of help herself. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Yippie Kayak Season 3, Ep 10
While taking care of some last-minute Christmas shopping, Jake, Charles, and Gina find themselves in the middle of an actual Die Hard hostage situation. On the outside, Terry matches wits (or whatever) with The Vulture (returning guest star Dean Winters!) to keep the whole thing from boiling over. Elsewhere, Holt and Rosa talk a skittish Amy into joining them on an ice-cold Polar Bear Swim. [more inside]
Max is a true believer who has become jaded with Christmas. As his extended family visits for what promises to be a terrible three day celebration, Max makes a wish that he soon begins to regret. Krampus is the new holiday horror film from director Michael Dougherty. [more inside]
Not, as I assumed, some sort of concert documentary, but a farce portraying a sort of parody of a day in the life of the Beatles early in their career as they dodge hordes of screaming fans and commit shenanigans and hi-jinks on their way to a live TV concert. I found it charming and very funny. [more inside]
Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal. Available to stream on VUDU and Amazon Instant Video. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Swedes Season 3, Ep 9
When Jake and Rosa take on an international jewel smuggling case and are teamed with a pair of overly-chummy Swedish Interpol detectives (guest stars Anders Holm and Riki Lindhome), they begin to question their current level of professional camaraderie. Meanwhile, Amy and Terry attempt to open Gina's mind to the wonders of the cosmos, and Boyle rediscovers his inner McEnroe by filling in as Holt's squash partner. [more inside]
This week... more on the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris. US politicians use the opportunity to pile on Syrian refugees. And Now: The Dismal Prop Comedy Of The United States Congress. Main story: The US Penny, its dwindling value, and the issues around supporting it. YouTube (10m) And Now: What In God's Name Are They Covering On WCBS News At 11? And, finally, this is the final episode of this year of Last Week Tonight, so the show provided a retrospective, featuring the return of Wanda Jo Oliver. This concludes LWT's second season; it resumes in February. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Ava Season 3, Ep 8
Everyone in the Nine-Nine springs into action when Terry's wife Sharon goes into labor at the precinct: Jake and Gina discover the doula within, Rosa and Terry make a daring escape from Rikers, Amy and Boyle scale a mountain of paperwork, and Holt has to bury the hatchet with an old ex. (special guest star Nick Offerman)
The Grinder: Buckingham Malice Season 1, Ep 7
Instead of following in his father's footsteps and joining the backstage technical crew, Ethan auditions for a role in the school play. Meanwhile, Stewart questions his father about why he gave Dean and him two different takes on how to live their lives.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Fantasy Sports Season 2, Ep 34
This week.... Terrorist attacks kill over a hundred people in Paris. Singles Day, a minor holiday turned into a gigantic sales event, hits the nation of China, and called in to promote it are foreign celebrities Adam Lambert, Daniel Craig and Kevin Spacey as, of all things, his House Of Cards character Frank Underwood. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his first visit to the UK, while Indian industrialists prepare legal challenge for the return of the Koh-i-Noor, a huge diamond that currently serves as the centerpiece of the Queen's crown. And Now: Another One Of John McCain's Favorite Jokes. Main story: Daily fantasy sports apps DraftKings and FanDuel, and their skirting laws regulating gambling. Last Week Tonight provides a more honest ad for the apps than the ones they have been filling the airwaves with. YouTube (19m) [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Mattress Season 3, Ep 7
When Jake and Amy work their first case together as a couple, it's time to go to the mattresses. Back at the precinct, Charles (in Charge?) accidentally scratches Holt's prized convertible, and Rosa finds out that her Little Brother mentee got picked up for shoplifting.
Please Like Me: Natural Spring Water Season 3, Ep 4
Josh, Tom and Arnold have a night to remember as they experiment with drugs, head to a nightclub, meet the intriguing Ella and end up spending a long and surprising night in hospital.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prisoner Re-Entry Season 2, Ep 33
The UK unveils new surveillance laws. A hearing reveals that the honors to US veterans that often precede sporting events are frequently paid for by the Department of Defense. A certain Washington football team complains about its offensive trademark being cancelled by listing other companies with offensive names whose trademarks still stand. And Now: Everybody Wants To Be An Outsider. Main story: Prisoner re-entry, and the formidable societal and legal obstacles set up to harass prisoners reentering society. John Oliver interviews Bilal Chapman, a tomato grower subject to many of those problems. YouTube (19m) [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Into The Woods Season 3, Ep 6
Jake's plan for a relaxing weekend cabin getaway with Charles and Terry goes awry when he fails to take certain key considerations (namely, food) into account. Back at the precinct, Amy gets Gina to help her come up with a no-fail "shark tank" pitch for her practical yet boring invention. Meanwhile, Holt summons forth every last ounce of the raw emotion within in order to coach Rosa through an unexpectedly painful breakup. (Bye, Marcus...) [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Medicaid Gap Season 2, Ep 32
This week... John Kerry holds a conference in Vienna to try to get Syria to reach an agreement with rebels, but while delegates from 20 nations show up, neither Syria nor the rebels attend. "Chewbacca" is arrested in Ukraine for campaigning on behalf of "Darth Vader," who is running for mayor there. In the UK, the threatened removal of tax credits for the poor are thwarted by an unlikely benefactor: the House of Lords. And Now: The Inevitable, Sad Consequences Of Morning Show Anchors Celebrating Halloween. The main story: 2015 state elections determine whether more states will opt out of expanding Medicaid to their residents. YouTube (14m) And Now: Oh Sweet Jesus, They've Put The Weather Forecasters In Costumes Too. Finally, China attempts to gain control over shipping lanes in the South China Sea by claiming sovereignty over artificial islands, a situation that has become tensely volatile and a potential cause for war. In an attempt to introduce some reason, Last Week Tonight brought on Kenny G (unexpectedly popular in China) to sing a song about it. [more inside]
A satirical review of the week's news, chaired by Miles Jupp. Jeremy Hardy, Holly Walsh, Yasmine Akram and political sketch writer Michael Deacon are Miles' guests this week. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Halloween III Season 3, Ep 5
Capt. Holt returns to the precinct, just in time for this year's Halloween (HALLO-WEEEEEEN!) heist. This will be a decisive year, since Holt and Jake are currently tied at 1-1 over the past two seasons, and there's a new twist: Instead of Jake stealing something of Holt's, they're each putting together a team to go after the same prize -- a golden crown that will anoint the winner as King of the Nine-Nine. [more inside]
This week.... New Zealand Prime Minister John Key answers surprisingly candid questions on radio. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, unpopular for his reforms, courts controversy with an insensitive TV commercial. A Copenhagen zoo's decision to kill a healthy two-year-old giraffe and feed it to the lions is followed up by the decision to kill two lions and their cubs, and another zoo in Denmark dissected a lion in front of a crowd. LWT helpfully produced an honest commercial for Denmark's zoos. Main story: Canada has an election tomorrow (er, by now, two days ago -- Justin Trudeau won). Cameo appearance by Mike Myers! YouTube (15m) And Now: A Student Passes Out Listening To Steven Harper Speak. (Two students, actually.) Finally, in response to the epidemic of quote misattribution by political figures and generally on the internet, LWT created a website to generate random misquotes from historical figures, definitelyrealquotes.com. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Oolong Slayer Season 3, Ep 4
It's a brand-new Jake/Holt team-up! When the Vulture limits the precinct to working dull misdemeanors (wieners), Jake rebels by secretly taking on a serial killer case, and an equally bored Holt (with Gina!) jumps at the chance to help. Meanwhile, Rosa and Amy are both roped into planning the Vulture's birthday party, and Terry fights a losing battle against stress eating. [more inside]
Steven Universe: Too Far Season 2, Ep 24
Work on the drill continues apace, but Peridot's Homeworld sensibilities cause a culture clash with the Crystal Gems.
Is anyone interested in trying a few News Quiz posts? [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: North Dakota Season 2, Ep 30
Russia fires cruise missiles at targets in Syria and Iran, and the U.S. suspends their rebel training program. FIFA's ethics committee suspends Sepp Blatter for 90 days, and all his replacements are either being investigated themselves or might be soon. The U.S. asks Toyota how come so many of their trucks have gotten in the hands of ISIS. And Now: John McCain's Favorite Joke. Main story: North Dakota's oil rush, and the environmental and human cost to the state. LWT produced a video appeal to North Dakota to hold oil companies to greater account for their malfeasence, and paid for a billboard in the state saying "Be Angry. (Please.)" YouTube (20m) [more inside]
Fishing with John: Thailand with Dennis Hopper Season 1, Ep 5
John Lurie and Dennis Hopper travel to Thailand in search of the deadly, hypnotic Giant Squid in this two part episode. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mental Health, Peeple Season 2, Ep 29
Vladimir Putin launches air strikes against ISIS in Syria. Quick takes from the United Nations general debate: Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe defends their anti-homosexuality laws; Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declaims the Iran nuclear deal by silently staring them down for 45 seconds; dictator of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko brings his 11-year-old son to sit beside him in the General Assembly. The Secret Service hits scandal yet again by trying to embarass Congressman Jason Chaffetz by leaking his old job application to their agency. And Now: People On Television Talking Shit About Their Producers. Main story: the horrifying plight of the mentally ill in the United States. YouTube (12m) And Now: Newscasters Stretching The Definition Of The Word "Exclusive." And finally, the new "Yelp for people" app, Peeple... wait that sounds a bit familiar. Last Week Tonight launches a website to facilitate people saying awful things on the internet without actually hurting anyone: screamintothevoid.com. Or consider another suggestion by LWT: Peeble, an app which rates people according to the opinion of Mario Van Peebles. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Funeral Season 3, Ep 2
(Official Fox synopsis) The Nine-Nine gets another personnel change that could put Jake and Amy’s budding relationship at risk. Meanwhile, Terry assists Holt with an important public relations matter, and Rosa and Gina try to convince Charles to rethink his affection for a fellow officer (guest star Archie Panjabi). [more inside]
Fishing with John: Maine with Willem Dafoe Season 1, Ep 4
John Lurie and Willem Dafoe brave the elements to go ice fishing in Maine. [more inside]
Moonbeam City: The Strike Visualizer Strikes Again Season 1, Ep 3
Dazzle starts a friendship with an artist. Meanwhile, a killer called the Moonbeam Maniac is terrorizing the city.
Fishing with John: Costa Rica with Matt Dillon Season 1, Ep 3
John Lurie and Matt Dillon try their hand at the mysterious, local fishing customs of Costa Rica. [more inside]
Fishing with John: Jamaica with Tom Waits Season 1, Ep 2
John Lurie and Tom Waits take a fishing trip to Jamaica. [more inside]
Scream Queens: Chainsaw Season 1, Ep 2
Chanel turns Hester into her next project; Chanel No. 3 shares a secret; a surprising connection between two students is revealed.
Fishing with John: Montauk with Jim Jarmusch Season 1, Ep 1
John Lurie and Jim Jarmusch drive to Montauk. New York to hunt man-eating sharks. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Refugees flood Europe Season 2, Ep 28
This week.... Pope Francis visits the US. The book Call Me Dave alleges a bizarre and hilarious fact about UK Prime Minister David Cameron: he once put his penis into the mouth of a dead pig's head. German car company Volkswagon faces huge fines and criminal charges for rigging automobiles to beat emissions tests, causing the resignations of several executives including the CEO. Last Week Tonight presents a new VW ad unveiling not-made-up features like solid gold breaks and a dick-sucking engine. "Volkswagon: Hitler trusted us. Why won't you?" The main story: the huge wave of refugees atttempting to immigrate into European countries. For a Syrian refugee girl who's a fan of Days Of Our Lives, LWT got her two favorite characters back together (one of whom had recently died on the show) for a short reunion -- during which they describe the plight of the refugees. YouTube (18m) [more inside]
Fear the Walking Dead: Cobalt Season 1, Ep 5
The National Guard's plan for the neighborhood is revealed; Travis and Madison make a difficult decision. A new black male character appears, taking bets on how long he lasts.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: New Captain Season 3, Ep 1
Season Premiere! After Capt. Holt is unavoidably promoted to a Public Relations desk job and leaves the precinct with assistant Gina in tow, the Nine-Nine meet their new efficiency-freak captain, Seth Dozerman (new regular cast member Bill Hader!). Meanwhile, Jake and Amy try to keep their newly-minted dating relationship a secret from their office cohorts, and Holt and Gina get their new department to settle on a name for the NYPD mascot. [more inside]
Scream Queens: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
In the latest horror-comedy-farce from the minds of Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, the audience is introduced to the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority, which is being haunted by a figure in a red devil costume. Grace Gardner is our heroine (of sorts), who comes into the sorority as an effort to find out what happened to her mother so many years ago in the same house. Chanel Oberlin is the current queen of the castle in KKT, and her general unpleasantness guides the opening intrigues of the show. Crusty old dean, Cathy Munsch, has cracked open the exclusive club of KKT (much to Chanel's dismay), leading a band of misfits to rush the sorority, and provide a cast of red shirts who will likely be picked off as the season progresses. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The sad state of public defense in the US, OLOPE shuts down Season 2, Ep 27
Michigan state representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat leave office, the first resigning, the second removed from her position, due to allegations they were having an affair together. Guatemala elects a new President following the resignation of Otto Pérez Molina. Queen Elizabeth becomes the longest-serving monarch in British history. And Now: Some More Descriptions Of The Queen's Ridiculous Hats. Main story: public defenders, their relatively short history (only since 1963), and the many ways our legal system stacks the deck against them. (YouTube 15m) Last Week Tonight produced a short piece reimagining cop shows' Miranda warnings in light of the challenges faced by public defenders. And Now: An Important Message From Our Lady Of Perpetual Exemption (OLOPE), an update on the state of the church, which is closing down, and all the things they sent, at least one of which is really NSFW. Last Week Tonight is off next week. [more inside]
A college student receives a surprising offer to be a movie star. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: LGBT Discrimination Season 2, Ep 26
This week.... Hostilities flare up between North Korea and South Korea. Vladimir Putin bans the import of many types of food from the West. Greece President Alexis Tsipras resigns (but will still run for reelection) after just seven months in office amidst controversy over his bank-mandated austerity measures. And Now: Another Check-In With The Most Patient Man On Television. (That would be Steve Scully of C-Span's Washington Journal.) The main story: discrimination against LGBT couples still legal in surprisingly much of the nation. YouTube (15m) And Now: The Most Patient Man On Television Faces His Greatest Challenge. Finally, a follow-up on the business of John Oliver's church, Our Lady Of Perpetual Exemption. They got rather a lot of mail, including a giant bag of seeds, followed by gianter bag of seeds the next day. They also got beef jerky and a 100-Trillion-dollar bill from Zimbabwe (worth about 40 cents). Last Week Tonight is taking a break for two weeks. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Televangelists Season 2, Ep 25
This week.... Cuba allows their US embassy to reopen for the first time in decades. Historians confirm that US President Warren G. Harding had a child out of wedlock. New Zealand is considering changing their flag, and held a competition for people to suggest designs. John Oliver points out some particularly ludicrous entries. And Now: Six More Actual Flag Designs Submitted to the New Zealand Goverment, With Descriptions of What They Look Like. Main story: Televangelists, those forgotten scourges of the poor, their tax-exempt status, and the surprisingly legal things they get away with. YouTube (20m) To demonstrate the extent of the problem, LWT started their own church, "Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption." Said church has a website, www.ourladyofperpetualexemption.com. Metafilter thread about the episode. [more inside]