With the new Watchmen HBO series airing, would this be a good time for a post about the original book? [more inside]
Silicon Valley: Artificial Lack of Intelligence Season 6, Ep 1
Season Six Premiere. Richard discovers his promise to keep Pied Piper free from collecting user data is under threat. Jared finds himself missing his role as Richard's go-to guy and revisits the hacker hostel. Gilfoyle devises a creative way to deal with Dinesh's complaining.
His Dark Materials: Lyra's Jordan Show Only Season 1, Ep 1
Orphan Lyra Belacqua's world is turned upside-down by her long-absent uncle's return from the north, while the glamorous Mrs Coulter visits Jordan College with a proposition. (BBC, HBO) [more inside]
Watchmen: She Was Killed by Space Junk Books Included Season 1, Ep 3
Following a late-night visit from the Senator who authored Masked Policing Legislation in Oklahoma, FBI agent Laurie Blake heads to Tulsa to take over the recent murder investigation. Far away, the Lord of the Estate draws unwelcome attention.
His Dark Materials: Lyra's Jordan Books Included Season 1, Ep 1
Orphan Lyra Belacqua's world is turned upside-down by her long-absent uncle's return from the north, while the glamorous Mrs Coulter visits Jordan College with a proposition. [more inside]
Mrs. Fletcher: Empty Best Season 1, Ep 1
Single mom Eve Fletcher (Kathryn Hahn) packs up her son Brendan (Jackson White) for college, and tries to figure out what's next. Mrs. Fletcher airs on HBO, and is adapted from Tom Perrotta's novel of the same name by Perrotta and director Nicole Holofcener. [more inside]
Watchmen: Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship Books Included Season 1, Ep 2
As Angela relives haunting memories of an attack on her family, she detains a mysterious man who claims responsibility for Tulsa's most recent murder; An original play is performed for an audience of one. [more inside]
Catherine the Great: Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
Russian Empress Catherine the Great faces challenges to her throne on all sides as she meets the forthright and bold Lieutenant Grigory Potemkin. (HBO, Sky) [more inside]
Watchmen: It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice Show Only Season 1, Ep 1
Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own. (IMDB) [more inside]
Watchmen: It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice Books Included Season 1, Ep 1
Angela investigates the attempted murder of a fellow officer; The Lord of a Country Estate receives an anniversary gift from his loyal servants. [more inside]
Succession: This Is Not for Tears Season 2, Ep 10
Season Two Finale. On the Roys' grand Mediterranean yacht, Logan weighs whether a member of the family, or a top lieutenant, will need to be sacrificed to salvage the company's tarnished reputation. Roman shares his hesitations about a new source of financing, as Kendall suggests a familiar alternative. Shiv proposes taking her open marriage with Tom to another level.
Season One Finale. Eli questions his children's future in the Gemstone ministry. Jesse struggles to keep his marriage together. Judy opens up to BJ about her past. A disillusioned Kelvin embraces his dark side.
Jesse deals with the fallout of the dramatic events of Easter Sunday. Judy attempts to win back BJ after receiving some harsh words from Baby Billy. Kelvin has a crisis of faith.
Succession: DC Season 2, Ep 9
With the shareholders meeting imminent and Waystar Royco in a precarious position after a whistleblower makes headlines, Logan, Kendall, Gerri and Tom testify before Congress and face tough questions from a determined Gil Eavis. Shiv speaks candidly to Kira, a victim who is set to be a key witness. In Turkey, Roman's business pitch takes a chilling turn.
Succession: Dundee Season 2, Ep 8
The entire Roy clan travels to Logan's hometown of Dundee, Scotland for a celebration of Logan's fifty years in the business. There, Logan reflects on his past and the company's future, while Shiv defiantly looks to her family for support in taking down Rhea. Ewan gives Greg an ultimatum about working at Waystar.
The Righteous Gemstones: And Yet One of You is a Devil Season 1, Ep 7
Eli informs Jesse, Kelvin and Judy that they'll each need to be front and center for Easter Sunday service, their biggest telecast of the year. Judy's deference to Baby Billy threatens her relationship with BJ and with her family.
Succession: Return Season 2, Ep 7
When Kendall and Roman are sent to the UK to negotiate with their mother, Caroline, an uninvited Shiv shows up to get answers from her father. Rhea's continued presence raises eyebrows amongst the Roy kids, as Logan seeks her counsel. Later, Kendall is forced to confront what happened last time he was in the UK. Back in New York, Tom encounters unexpected pressure.
Jealous of Kelvin's rising star, Judy seeks her moment in the spotlight under Baby Billy's tutelage. Jesse procures a key piece of evidence he hopes will lead to the blackmailers.
Succession: Argestes Season 2, Ep 6
As Logan looks to finalize a deal to buy the Pierce family's papers and TV stations at a media & banking retreat, a threat to the deal arises from an unexpected quarter. Tom worries about ATN's new slogan after learning some distressing news from Greg. Kendall, Shiv and Roman fail to see eye to eye on how to handle damage control ahead of a panel featuring the Roys.
The Righteous Gemstones: Interlude Season 1, Ep 5
In 1989, young Jesse, Judy and Baby Billy each deal with the news that Aimee-Leigh is pregnant in their own unique way, while Eli looks to grow his family's prospects.
The Righteous Gemstones: Wicked Lips Season 1, Ep 4
Judy and Martin take Gideon behind-the scenes of the Gemstone enterprise. Eli tasks Kelvin with doing a "satanic sweep" for Dot, the rebellious teen daughter of the church's biggest donors. Jesse and his friends are thrown for a loop when Chad's wife finds some disturbing emails.
Succession: Tern Haven Season 2, Ep 5
The Roys attempt to woo the Pierces by spending a weekend on the rival family ground.
A Black Lady Sketch Show: Born at Night, But Not Last Night Season 1, Ep 6
Two friends come to regret their decision to visit a new black-owned restaurant. A mother and daughter go toe-to-toe. "Taskmaster," "Turnt," and "Insecurity" help Krystal through a surprise hot-air balloon ride. Carl and Lori's "special guest" has very specific boundaries. A judge, bailiff, court reporter, and attorneys celebrate their first ever all-black lady courtroom. Tensions rise between Ashley, Gabrielle, Quinta, and Robin as the reality of their situation sinks in. (Season Finale) [more inside]
The Righteous Gemstones: They Are Weak, But He Is Strong Season 1, Ep 3
Aimee-Leigh's elderly brother Baby Billy returns to the Gemstone ministry, bringing along his much younger wife Tiffany. Jesse closes ranks on his co-conspirators to root out the identity of his blackmailers.
Succession: Safe Room Season 2, Ep 4
Roman begins a six-week management training program in the Parks division and is irritated about spending so much time with "normals." Logan brings Shiv in for a day at Waystar, raising suspicions with Kendall and Gerri. Connor and Willa attend the funeral of a family friend with a complicated past. Logan and Kendall arrange a covert meeting with PGM CEO Rhea Jarrell.
A Black Lady Sketch Show: Why Are Her Pies Wet, Lord? Season 1, Ep 5
Four friends on a camping trip unknowingly disprove a stereotype. A pastor tries to take back control of his church potluck. A flight attendant struggles to get compliance from newlyweds Chris and Lachel in the exit row. Elementary school students notice a change in their teacher Ms. Miller. Jackie receives a less-than-warm welcome when she returns to her hometown high school. [more inside]
Succession: Hunting Season 2, Ep 3
Logan informs his skeptical management team of his plan to make another attempt to acquire Pierce, a rival media company and one of the most respected names in news, and brings back Frank to work on the deal. Convinced the acquisition is a terrible idea, Shiv asks Tom to deliver the message to Logan at a corporate retreat in Hungary.
After discovering Amber, Pontius and Abraham reminiscing about an estranged family member, Jesse tasks his friends with acquiring surveillance footage that could explain the strange events of the night before.
A Black Lady Sketch Show: Where Are My Background Singers? Season 1, Ep 4
A divorce party spirals out of control following Eboni's bad mushroom trip. The tragic tale of star-crossed lovers, Rome & Julissa. A 1930's groupie, Feather Atwood, sets her sights on Negro League baseball player Satchel Paige. A frustrated airline passenger seeks a like-minded customer service representative. Denise tries to prevent yet another breakup and its typical, unusual side effect. "Taskmaster," "Insecurity," and "Turnt" help Crystal navigate a possible cat-calling situation. [more inside]
The Righteous Gemstones: The Righteous Gemstones Season 1, Ep 1
The new series from the team behind Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals. Upon returning from a baptism marathon in China with his father Eli and brother Kelvin, Jesse Gemstone receives a video from blackmailers seeking to sully his reputation. Eli moves forward with plans to expand the Gemstone empire as he continues to mourn his late wife Aimee-Leigh.
Succession: The Vaulter Season 2, Ep 2
Roman and Kendall do a "routine health check" of new media brand Vaulter to determine the future of the company. Tom tasks Greg with sniffing out waste at ATN, as Greg wonders if the divisive media outlet is the right fit for him. Connor and Willa host a soiree to mark their return to New York. Shiv brings Tom into the loop about her future at Waystar and with Gil's campaign.
Asia is shocked by a very public, very unexpected marriage proposal from her new boyfriend DeWayne. New recruits talk about their goals and expectations at a gang orientation. A church service devolves when congregants take to the mic with self-centered motivations. Dr. Haddassah Olayinka Ali-Youngman turns a toast at her sister's wedding into a teachable moment. (also a 227 reboot, and the continuing 'After the Event' sketch) [more inside]
Succession: The Summer Palace Season 2, Ep 1
Kendall tries to make amends with his dad for his takeover attempt betrayal. Logan receives some unvarnished advice from his banker about the next best move for Waystar Royco. As Tom maneuvers for a new position in the company, Shiv tries to determine whether Logan is playing mind games regarding his successor.
A perpetually-late-to-work Shayla decides to forgo her morning makeup routine, to her coworker Toni's dismay. Trinity the Invisible Spy hunts down The Reclues, an elusive villain with a surprising identity. An array of average, awkward contestants perform before a panel of judges at the Basic Ball. Security guard Fatimah helps an office worker investigate who stole her missing mug. Robin, Quinta, and Gabrielle uncover a shocking truth about Ashley's nighttime ritual. (plus a wedding vow sketch) [more inside]
Euphoria: Season 1 discussion Season 1, Ep 0
Euphoria follows "a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship." [more inside]
Two women seek an escape from an ominous fog. 1960s soul group Claude and The Boppers perform their hit song "Ice Cream Shop." A world-renowned author and "philosophizer" promotes her latest masterclass. Maya's confession in a support group gets a less-than-supportive response. Trinity, the Invisible Spy, meets a formidable adversary. (HBO broadcast premiere) [more inside]
Big Little Lies: Kill Me Season 2, Ep 5
Renata deals with the fallout from Gordon's legal troubles and attempts to help Celeste; Bonnie relives painful memories from her past.
The Deuce: We're All Beasts Season 2, Ep 6
Candy shoots her film guerilla-style on the streets of New York. [more inside]
Big Little Lies: She Knows Season 2, Ep 4
Celeste accuses Mary Louise of overstepping boundaries with Jane; Renata endures a prying court hearing with Gordon; Jane opens up to Corey at Amabella's birthday party; Madeline continues to try to make things right with Ed.
Big Little Lies: The End of the World Season 2, Ep 3
Mary Louise tries to get closer to Jane; Renata focuses her wrath on Principal Nippal; Madeline is forced to confront her issues at couples therapy; Celeste struggles with her memories of Perry.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Impeachment Season 6, Ep 15
Episode 6-15 was about the U.S. process of presidential impeachment, the means provided by its Constitution to remove a sitting President from office. But impeachment itself doesn't imply the process will be successful--Clinton was infamously impeached. To this day the process has never been successfully used to unseat a president. What would it entail, and what are the pros and cons of impeaching Donald Trump? On YouTube (20m)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Equal Rights Amendment Season 6, Ep 14
Ep 6-14 was on the Equal Rights Amendment, which infamous got all the way up to the finish line but stopped just short of being ratified by enough states, and because of it sex discrimination is not unconstitutional. What is it, and why did it stall out? Here's the piece on YouTube (16m).
Euphoria: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Rue returns home from rehab and meets Jules; Nate and Maddy attempt to make each other jealous; Kat is pressured to lose something.
Big Little Lies: Tell-Tale Hearts Season 2, Ep 2
Renata faces an uncertain future when Gordon lands in legal trouble; Celeste opens up to Mary Louise about her relationship with Perry; Ed confronts Madeline about her secrets.
Gentleman Jack: Are You Still Talking? Show Only Season 1, Ep 8
Season One Finale. Difficult news from Shibden spurs Lister to leave behind her new lifestyle in Denmark. [more inside]
Gentleman Jack: Are You Still Talking? Books Included Season 1, Ep 8
Season One Finale. Difficult news from Shibden spurs Lister to leave behind her new lifestyle in Denmark. [more inside]
Big Little Lies: What Have They Done? Season 2, Ep 1
Following first-day-of-school events, Madeline is worried by Bonnie’s behavior and, later, is shocked when Abigail says she doesn’t want to go to college. Mary Louise, Celeste’s mother-in-law, offers her unvarnished assessment of Madeline’s character. Jane learns from her new coworker, Corey, that she’s known in town as one of the “Monterey Five.” Directed by: Andrea Arnold Teleplay by : David E. Kelley Story by : David E. Kelley and Liane Moriarty
Gentleman Jack: Why've You Brought That Season 1, Ep 7
Lister travels to London with her old flame Mariana Lawton, a trip that exposes crippling memories of their past relationship.
Chernobyl: Vichnaya Pamyat Season 1, Ep 5
The fallout. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Medical Devices Season 6, Ep 13
This week's topic is medical devices, specifically those made to be implanted in the human body, and how there's much less FDA oversight of the development and sales of these devices than one would think. There is a real and huge difference between the phrases FDA Approved and FDA Cleared, as many have recently discovered. The segment is on YouTube (19m).