A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life. [more inside]
Carnivàle: Milfay First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
After the death of his mother, Ben Hawkins joins Carnivàle. Meanwhile, Brother Justin has a religious vision.
Mad Men: Waterloo Rewatch Season 7, Ep 7
Don receives a troubling letter; Pete butts heads with Cutler; Roger gets an unexpected phone call; and a risky venture entails a new future for Peggy. [more inside]
Game of Thrones: Baelor First Watch Season 1, Ep 9
"Wha– what? Did they just– Really?! Oh my– you gotta be fu– WHAT?!" -- Entertainment Weekly, speaking for all of us. [more inside]
Helix: Vade in Pace Season 2, Ep 8
Amy makes a play for control, the CDC team gets a lead on a cure just a strike force prepares to pull them off the island and Sarah finally finds her missing fetus.
Game of Thrones: The Pointy End First Watch Season 1, Ep 8
All hell breaks loose in King's Landing as Robb Stark declares war on the Lannisters to avenge his father's imprisonment. [more inside]
Nashville: That's the Way Love Goes Season 3, Ep 15
Will starts working with a new songwriter. The Conrad Sisters open for Rayna at the Opry. Luke spends time with his son.
Game of Thrones: You Win or You Die First Watch Season 1, Ep 7
While the King is away hunting wild boar, Ned reveals Jon Arryn's discovery to Queen Cersei and suggests she leave the city before Robert returns. In response to his son Tyrion's capture, Tywin, the Lannister patriarch, orders Jamie to attack Riverrun, Lady Catelyn Stark's childhood home. The King returns, badly injured. Jon Snow and Sam Tarley take their vows and become members of the Night's Watch. Across the Narrow Sea, Ser Jorah receives a pardon from Varys. [more inside]
Nashville: Somebody Pick Up My Pieces Season 3, Ep 14
Edgehill Records closes its doors and everyone has to deal with the fallout.
Game of Thrones: A Golden Crown Books Included Season 1, Ep 6
Viserys' frustrations boil over. Ned recovers from his injuries. King Robert reappoints Ned Hand of the King, and then leaves to hunt wild boar. In his absence, Ned sits in for the King on the Iron Throne, and also makes a startling discovery. In the Eyrie, Tyrion wagers everything on the greed of Bronn the sellsword. [more inside]
Nashville: I'm Lost Between Right and Wrong. Season 3, Ep 13
Luke takes the boys out to celebrate his relationship status. Deacon writes a will. Jeff twirls his mustache.
Game of Thrones: The Wolf and the Lion First Watch Season 1, Ep 5
Robert orders a preemptive strike on the Targaryens; Tyrion helps Catelyn; Sansa is charmed by Ser Loras Tyrell; Arya overhears a plot against her father. [more inside]
Mad Men: The Better Half Rewatch Season 6, Ep 9
Peggy has a late night visitor. Don goes camping. [more inside]
Mad Men: Man with a Plan Rewatch Season 6, Ep 7
"Things quickly become awkward after the two firms merge, Don asserts his dominance over Sylvia, Pete has to deal with his ailing mother, and Bob Benson helps out a sick Joan." [more inside]
A chilling real-time thriller starring Maisie Williams - from Game of Thrones - as a teenager battling with an anonymous cyber-stalker. The plot of Cyberbully is inspired by dozens of real-life cases. Channel 4 TV movie. Notable for taking place in real time, in one room, with only Williams (the rest of the 'cast' are online in skype calls, vines, youtube videos etc). [more inside]
Mad Men: Collaborators Rewatch Season 6, Ep 3
Don has a disagreement with a client; Pete and Trudy entertain some guests; Peggy tries to motivate the staff; Joan is visited by someone from her past.
Mad Men: The Phantom Rewatch Season 5, Ep 13
Don gets visited by an old friend. Peggy gets a big opportunity.
The Missing: Till Death Season 1, Ep 8
Tony and Emily finally find out what happened to their son Oliver in 2006.
Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged fraternal twins (played by Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig) reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.
Mad Men: At the Codfish Ball Rewatch Season 5, Ep 7
Megan has visitors. Abe takes Peggy to dinner. [more inside]
Nashville: First To Have A Second Chance Season 3, Ep 10
It's wedding time for Luke and Rayna.
Nashville: Two Sides to Every Story Season 3, Ep 9
Rayna films a Christmas special.
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to appreciate poetry and make the most of their lives. [more inside]
English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II. [more inside]
An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam. [more inside]
Wrestler Mark Schultz forms a relationship with his new sponsor, millionaire John du Pont, as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances as both men feel inferior to Mark's revered brother, Dave. [more inside]
True Detective: Form and Void Rewatch Season 1, Ep 8
Case files... We're gonna hafta be lookin' at these records with fresh eyes, alright? Like we're totally green. Marty and Rust use every last resource to chase down Marty's hunch about the green-eared spaghetti monster. Green eyes, green ears, green paint, and then the Yellow King in Carcosa. [more inside]
True Detective: After You've Gone Rewatch Season 1, Ep 7
Rust convinces Marty that he has a debt, and the two begin to work together on the investigation again after a decade. Aside from one brief jaunt back to recount Rust's interview of Johnny Joanie, the story mostly moves forward in the present time as they follow up on the missing persons reports (not) filed about Marie Fontenot. [more inside]
Nashville: Road Happy Season 3, Ep 5
Rayna makes a commercial. Avery picks up trash. Will visits the park.
True Detective: Haunted Houses Rewatch Season 1, Ep 6
All the threads through 1995 and into 2002 begin to weave together as we watch the fate of both Marty's marriage and Rust's investigation. Cohle visits the families of missing children and follows up with old leads Joel Theriot and Reverend Tuttle, and realizes that his fears about the scope of the problem might have been an underestimation. Hart makes good on his down payment at the Bunny Ranch, and beats the crap outta pretty much ever'one. And in an oddly empty scene (that is, one with neither Rust or Marty in it) Papania and Gilbough bring in Maggie for some friendly questioning: In a former life I used to exhaust myself navigating crude men who thought they were clever. [more inside]
In what would cause a fantastic media frenzy, Clifford Irving sells his bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a premiere publishing house in the early 1970s. [more inside]
Gilmore Girls: The Deer Hunters Rewatch Season 1, Ep 4
Rory has a hard time adjusting to Chilton and her car gets hit by a deer.
Nashville: I Feel Sorry For Me Season 1, Ep 4
Rayna goes dress shopping.
True Detective: The Secret Fate of All Life Rewatch Season 1, Ep 5
Time is a flat circle. The story and its telling deviate explicitly, as Rust and Marty wrap up their respective interviews with Gilbough and Papania by relating the culminating, heroic events of their 1995 investigation and summarizing the subsequent several years. [more inside]
True Detective: Who Goes There Rewatch Season 1, Ep 4
The Detectives jump on the Reggie Ledoux lead, retracing some steps but altogether making progress in a new direction, earning leeway with their commanding officer in the process. But Rust's history and Marty's present personal situation make timely and not-so-timely intrusions (respectively), and the seeming inexorability of their plan to find Ledoux weighs heavy on them both. [more inside]
When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined. [more inside]
During the UK coal miner's strike in 1984, a group of gays and lesbians in London decide to raise funds to support the miners, in a show of solidarity against the tactics of Margaret Thatcher's government. When the national union won't accept their donations, they contact a small village in Wales directly, where an initially hesitant reception gradually opens hearts and minds all around. A warm hearted comedy, chock full of great British actors including Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, and Andrew Scott. [more inside]
True Detective: The Locked Room Rewatch Season 1, Ep 3
Rust and Marty put off handing the case over to the fly-in boys for as long as possible, following scant leads to remote locations and coming away with a description of the monster at the end of their story as well as a name. A tall man, with facial scars. "Reggie Ledoux." The world needs bad men. We keep the other bad men from the door. - Rust | You just look them in the eyes and the whole story's right there. - Cohle [more inside]
A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. [more inside]
Forever: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A medical examiner who's seen it all gets caught up in a train crash investigation. [more inside]
Scorpion: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A team of geniuses help out the government. [more inside]
The feature adaptation of Roger Lewis' book about the actor best remembered for his comedy on The Goon Show (radio), as Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther movies, comedy records, and much more. [more inside]
True Detective: Seeing Things Rewatch Season 1, Ep 2
The interview continues, Rust and Marty illustrate just how boring and frustrating chasing gossamer leads can be, and we continue to examine their slow drive investigation of Dorie Lang's murder and interpersonal relationships. — Days of nothing. That's what it's like to work cases. Days of... lost dogs. — It goes on like that.... you know the job. Lookin' for narrative. Interrogate witnesses. Partial evidence. Establish a timeline. Build a story. Day after day. [more inside]
The Wire: Port in a Storm Rewatch Season 2, Ep 12
After a setback, the Detail scrambles to make the most of a bad situation. For once, interdepartmental communication (or lack thereof) helps the case instead of hindering it. For once, good policing is rewarded with rock solid evidence and suspects in custody. For once, all the police seem to get what they want—closed cases, busted unions, scrambling crime lords. But for all that finally went right for the Detail, the world continues to turn, criminals adapt, and the scope of what they're fighting to bring to justice just keeps scaling up.
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. [more inside]
Red Band Society: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Teenagers in a hospital get to know each other. [more inside]
The Honourable Woman: The Empty Chair Season 1, Ep 1
This BBC/Sundance production by Hugo Blick, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andrew Buchan, Stephen Rea, and Lubna Azabal, is a critically-lauded eight episode series that's certain to appear prominently in next year's Emmy nominations. Reminiscent of le Carré, this is a story of duplicity, of familial and personal tragedy, and is set within the context of the Palestinian occupation and the diplomacy, politics, and espionage of the British, Israelis, and Americans. "It is a wonder we trust anyone at all." [more inside]
I'd like to do a FanFare post on HBO's Temple Grandin - would people be interested in discussing this? [more inside]
Houdini: Part 1 & 2 Season 1, Ep 1
Follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin. [more inside]
True Detective: The Long Bright Dark Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
Meet LA State Police Criminal Investigation Division Detectives Martin Eric 'Marty' Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin Spencer 'Rust' Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), both retired from the force, as they each sit down with State CID detectives in 2012 to go over an old homicide case of theirs from 1995 that has mysteriously resurfaced. As Nic Pizzolatto's story seeps slowly out of director Cary Joji Fukunaga's vision of their recollections, dank and withered and burned out hollow, the tale of occult, ritual, (iconic, planned) murder emerges from the jungle of coastal Louisiana like so much aluminum-tinged smoke and ash. People out here, it's like they don’t even know the outside world exists. [more inside]