A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time. (Note: I guess "grandma" is IMDB's translation of Nai Nai, which is how the character is referred to throughout the movie.) [more inside]
The Deep End is a 2001 drama film starring Tilda Swinton as Margaret Hall. Margaret disapproves of her teenage son Beau (Jonathan Tucker) sneaking off to meet his lover Darby Reese (Josh Lucas). When an argument between Beau and Darby ends in death, Margaret finds she's in over her head. [more inside]
Perpetual Grace, LTD: When Doves Cry Season 1, Ep 6
The episode where Ben Kingsley sings "When Doves Cry," and Ma (Jacki Weaver) tells Scotty Sholes (Hana Mae Lee) some (mis)information about mourning doves. Also, there's a switch-back Mexico double-cross, but it's not time for the yogurt phase yet.
The definitive edition of the classic, myth-shattering history of the American family Leave It to Beaver was not a documentary, a man's home has never been his castle, the "male breadwinner marriage" is the least traditional family in history, and rape and sexual assault were far higher in the 1970s than they are today. In The Way We Never Were, acclaimed historian Stephanie Coontz examines two centuries of the American family, sweeping away misconceptions about the past that cloud current debates about domestic life. The 1950s do not present a workable model of how to conduct our personal lives today, Coontz argues, and neither does any other era from our cultural past. [more inside]
A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold. [more inside]
The Umbrella Academy: Season One Season 1, Ep 0
Based on the comic book by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, a dysfunctional family of superheroes reunites after the death of their adoptive father, days before the end of the world. Shenanigans ensue.
Catastrophe: Episode 2 Season 4, Ep 2
Rob's sister visits and makes some introductions to Rob and Sharon; Sharon has some trouble at work; Sharon, Fran, Chris (and Chris' new girlfriend) get together to attend a suprising Shakespeare performance by Jeffrey. [more inside]
Catastrophe: Episode 1 Season 4, Ep 1
As Rob is sentenced to community service, finding a new acquaintance in the process, Sharon finds her own tools for dealing with the resulting upheaval. [more inside]
The Orville: Home Season 2, Ep 3
Ed, Gordon and Alara visit Alara's home planet of Xelayah. [more inside]
"Rob remembers breaking his arm as a kid. But the rest of his family says it never happened. Did he break his arm? The answer will determine Rob's sanity." No spoilers, but this is definitely recommended for anyone with a good memory, a bad memory, a family, or a memory of the role you play(ed) in your family/families.
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything. [more inside]
Riverdale: Chapter Thirty: The Noose Tightens Season 2, Ep 17
As the town (and school) politics heat up, Hiram's mobster associates come to stir up some trouble; things take a dangerous turn when an unexpected guest shows up at the Cooper residence; there's a good old-fashioned conversion asylum break-out! [more inside]
Riverdale: Chapter Twenty-Nine: Primary Colors Season 2, Ep 16
Jughead takes drastic measures to voice his opposition to Hiram's plans for Riverdale; Andy Cohen, Hermoine's friend, visits to lend a hand; Veronica decides to run for student council president; Cheryl worries that she is being targeted; and Mary Andrews (Molly Ringwald) is back, to help her ex, Fred, with legal troubles. [more inside]
Riverdale: Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood Season 2, Ep 15
Fred considers running for Mayor, and Archie picks sides; Betty becomes increasingly suspicious of Chic; Jughead makes a major discovery in his quest to take down Hiram, while there are more Blossom bombshells dropped. [more inside]
The X-Files: Nothing Lasts Forever Season 11, Ep 9
While investigating human organ theft, Mulder and Scully uncover a mysterious cult consumed with macabre rituals. [CW: gory surgery and dissection scenes] [more inside]
High Maintenance: Scromple Season 2, Ep 5
The Guy tries to de-stress when he ends up in an uncomfortable situation. A freelance brand strategist struggling with her latest assignment embarks on a desperate search for a weed fix. [more inside]
Shrink: Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
Like most med school grads, David Tracey expected to roll straight into a residency, earn his license to practice medicine and begin paying off his massive student loans. But when his hospital position falls through, David devises a scheme to start offering free psychotherapy - out of his parents' garage. Now, all he needs to do is clock the 1,920 clinical hours required and he'll get his life back on track. But when a ragtag stream of oddball clients begins coming to him for help, he starts to realize something about himself. He may have just found a new career that makes him feel right at home. [more inside]
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman: You Be the Newsman, I'll Be Liz Taylor Season 1, Ep 2
George Clooney opens up about his humanitarian work, courting wife Amal and his failed baseball dreams. Plus, Dave visits George's folks in Kentucky. [more inside]
Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.
Mr. Robot: Eps3.3metadata.par2 Season 3, Ep 4
"Metadata. The story behind the data. Getting information is one thing, but how it was created, where and by whom can often be illuminating." Official summary: Dom has a close call; Elliot chases himself with Darlene on the lookout. [more inside]
Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. He learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth. He must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. Winner of 2013 Cannes Jury Prize. [more inside]
One Mississippi: Two Mississippi Season 2, Ep 0
Season two of Tig Notaro's Amazon series takes us deeper into the lives of Tig's step-father, Bill, and her brother, Remy. Meanwhile, Tig continues to speak honestly on her radio show as Tig and Kate's relationship perpetually redefines itself. Politics come into play, and a Mississippi changed by the election of Trump hangs grotesquely in the background. Also, trigger warning. Very upsetting but necessary discussions of molestation, abuse, and harassment, including scenes of deplorable men being deplorable, also occur this season. And in spite of all that, the show continues to be a funny, even joyous celebration of love and compassion. [more inside]
Underground: Auld Acquaintance Season 2, Ep 8
Noah struggles to devise a new plan; Ernestine forms an unlikely bond. Christmas is saved, and another is ruined.
Underground: 28 Season 2, Ep 7
Rosalee's going to get her family back if it’s the last thing she does; meanwhile, Ernestine tries to teach Clara that "just because bad things are done to you doesn't mean you have to be a bad person," and Cato is reunited with an old friend.
Episode F8, in which a haka is performed with great fierceness (Go Red Dragons!), Helen Mirren chews scenery, and we learn a Most Important Lesson: The only thing more important than family is...MOAR FAMILY! [more inside]
The Originals: Haunter of Ruins First Watch Season 4, Ep 3
Everyone tries to decide what they most want out of life, and some people's past decisions come back to haunt them. [more inside]
The Originals: No Quarter Season 4, Ep 2
As usual those who should know better claim that 'Family trumps all'.... except when it blatantly doesn't. [more inside]
Elementary: Fidelity Season 5, Ep 16
Joan and Kitty try to prove that a string of murders, stemming from an old case Sherlock and Kitty solved in London, is connected to an international government conspiracy with the Defense Intelligence Agency at its center. [more inside]
Blockbuster inspirational sports drama based on a true story: former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat decides to teach his daughters to wrestle. Indian film star Aamir Khan stars -- and produces it, along with Walt Disney Pictures. Dangal is "the second highest grossing Indian film of all time". [more inside]
Steven Universe: Gem Harvest Season 4, Ep 8
Greg's cousin Andy makes an unexpected appearance at the barn.
Three sisters wrestle with the tensions of birth order as they reminisce about the worst family car ride of all time. A family tries to take one simple group photo but all hell breaks loose. And a son shields his father from a painful family secret.
A day in the life of a family in their cramped Berlin apartment. Described by writer/director Ramon Zürcher as a "horror movie without any horror." 70 minutes. [more inside]
Please Like Me: Pancakes with Faces Season 3, Ep 6
As Tom & Ella make a nervous trip to the dentist, Josh & Claire have to deal with a decision that makes them realise they're growing up fast. Mum plots revenge when she learns Stuart is still seeing his wife. [more inside]
Farscape: Family Ties (Part 1) Rewatch Season 1, Ep 22
When Rygel decides to sell out the crew of Moya to the Peacekeepers, the crew must come up with a way to escape capture. Their luck changes when Rygel returns along with Crais. They formulate a risky plan to destroy the Gammak Base.
Steven Universe: Nightmare Hospital Season 2, Ep 19
When Dr. Maheswaran confiscates Rose's sword, Connie and Steven go to her hospital to get it back.
Ben, a young Irish boy, and his mute little sister Saoirse, who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world in this visually stunning animated feature. [more inside]
The Carmichael Show: Protest Season 1, Ep 2
Jerrod is excited about celebrating his birthday and upset when his girlfriend, Maxine, wants to go a Black Lives Matter protest instead; the rest of the family pick sides. [more inside]
The Carmichael Show: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
When Maxine moves in with her boyfriend, Jerrod, she wants to tell his parents right away and Jerrod prefers never telling them.
‘Step-‘, as in stepparents or stepchildren, originated in grief. Family structures have evolved, but are stepmothers now so tainted by fairytale associations with the word ‘wicked’ that we need new terminology? Lore’s Aaron Mahnke stops by to describe the lovelessness, literary tropes and life expectancy around ‘step-‘. [more inside]
When he was three years old, my son informed me that she was actually my daughter. I'm now the mother of a happy, confident little transgender girl, but it took a while to get here.
Julius Robinson had killed for revenge before, and so when his sister was brutally murdered in her sleep last year, he says he planned to "get" the killer. He felt like his family expected him to get revenge, because that's what he'd always done, both in and out of prison. But when he learned that the killer was actually his 17-year-old nephew, he struggled against his family's expectations and his own.<
Even when you're not trying to get one over on someone, it can be useful to keep the truth to yourself. Or conversely, to not know why people are lying to your face all the time. This week we'll tell you the whole truth about not telling the whole truth. Including the story of a guy who learned to lie for the first time in his life at age 29.
Francis Ford Coppola directs Mario Puzo's story of a fictional New York crime family. This is the first of a trilogy. [more inside]
Looking: Looking for the Truth Season 2, Ep 5
In what seems to be becoming a fifth-episode tradition, Patrick and Richie spend a lot of time talking through their feelings (this time while driving an ice cream truck around San Leandro, because something something hipsters) and find that they both want to be friends. It is delightful and devastating. [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.
"The first AMT of 2015 is an absolute peach, so trot over to answermethispodcast.com/episode305 to read all about it." [more inside]
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.
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