Taskmaster: Series 8 Season 8, Ep 0
"It's a very rare treat on a television program, to see someone lose their job on a different television program." Available on YouTube or on Channel 4. [more inside]
The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back. [more inside]
In the midst of the wedding princess Miroslava is kidnapped by a dragon and carried away into his castle on the remote island. [more inside]
A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality. [more inside]
Dispatches from Elsewhere: The Creator Season 1, Ep 9
Simone, Peter and Janice explore new interests, while Fredwynn finds it hard to let go. [more inside]
Cherish the Day: Catharsis Season 1, Ep 8
Series Finale: Gently hosts a birthday party for Miss Luma and most of the gang gathers. A surprise visitor from the past turns up.
Cherish the Day: Synopsis Season 1, Ep 7
Gently and Evan shop for counselors and recap their relationship thus far.
Cherish the Day: Nemesis Season 1, Ep 6
Conflict between Evan's focus on work and a newly-buttoned-down Gently boils over at a dinner.
Cherish the Day: Analysis Season 1, Ep 5
Differing expectations and backgrounds clash, resolve and clash again as Gently, Evan and their families plan a big day. The two dads meet for the first time and find they have much in common, and Evan's mother tries her best. Bonus: extended interview with Ava DuVernay in which she discusses the love story's origins in her documentary 13th, the actors choosing not to use an intimacy coordinator for the sex scenes, and why she "really wanted to embrace a darker-skinned sister" for the romantic female lead role.
Cherish the Day: Basis Season 1, Ep 4
Evan has a stressful breakfast with Gently's uncles. Miss Luma is in on a scheme. Evan takes Gently for a hike and fancy dinner, only to find the two of them have different conceptions of time. Evan ignores the advice of a friend. Ava DuVernay's one-day-per-episode look at love between two black professionals in Los Angeles continues. Bonus video: DuVernay talks about how she achieved gender parity in the first season by making sure over 50% of the show's entire crew (not just writers and directors) are women.
Cherish the Day: Oasis Season 1, Ep 3
Three months into their renewed relationship, Evan brings Gently to meet his parents at their 40th anniversary party. Gently’s own mother suddenly shows up in town as well, after years of absence.
Cherish the Day: Synthesis Season 1, Ep 2
One year after their first encounter, Gently and Evan meet again at an art gallery and spend the day together, with Evan running into the Friend Test from Gently’s BFF. Bonus bowling alley and emergency room visits.
Cherish the Day: Genesis Season 1, Ep 1
Ava DuVernay's new series tracks the relationship between Gently (Xosha Roquemore) and Evan (Alano Miller), two young African-Americans in south Los Angeles. Each of the 8 episodes takes place during one day, across what the series will cover as five years. In the premiere the two meet at the library and spend the day getting to know each other via cheesecake and a refrigerator. Cicely Tyson has a supporting role as a sharp, sly aging film star. Airing, like DuVernay's Queen Sugar, on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
The New Pope: Episode 6 Season 1, Ep 6
"They're all distortions of love. Hysteria of one sort or another. That's how the Holy Father defined them. [...] Follow the love, I was saying. That's where you will find failure." [more inside]
Love Is Blind: All Episodes Season 1, Ep 0
Singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like, have signed up for a less conventional approach to modern dating.
On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman. [more inside]
Work in Progress: Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
Abby is a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship. Chicago improv mainstay Abby McEnany co-created and stars in this uniquely human comedy series. Includes roles by Julia Sweeny, Al Yankovic, and Lilly Wachowski writes and executive produces the first season. [more inside]
Lodge 49: Circles Season 2, Ep 6
Liz attends Champ's housewarming party, and discovers that there's more happening at Orbis, while Dud finds Blaise, as Blaise found Jackie's story. "We're stuck in a circle, but the magic is just there, just beyond. Merrill knew."
Lodge 49: Estrella y Mar Season 2, Ep 5
Marriages are tested, tried, discussed, considered, and re-considered. Alchemical truths (the magnum opus, making gold, finding the elixir of life and becoming immortal, "an endless catalogue of bullshit") are enjoyed. A psychic is consulted, about life and ponies. And there's a brief, violent interlude with a nail gun, which might just be the nexus for positive changes.
"L'amour relève-t-il d'un processus chimique ou d'un miracle spirituel ? Existe-t-il un moyen infaillible pour déclencher la passion, comme l'élixir qui jadis unit Tristan et Iseult ? Est-on, au contraire, totalement libre d'aimer ?" Anciens amants, Adam et Louise vivent désormais à des milliers de kilomètres l'un de l'autre, lui à Paris, elle à Montréal. Par lettres, tout en évoquant les blessures du passé et en s'avouant leurs nouvelles aventures, ils se lancent un défi : provoquer l'amour.... [more inside]
Lodge 49: Conjunctio Season 2, Ep 4
"Well, guys, this is my speech. Long ago, at Shamroxx, we served french fries. But here we serve Pommes Frites. They literally come out of the same bag, and we charge twice as much. It's magic. So, let that inspire you." Also, there's a robbery, an attack with a frying pan, the closing of a door, and a marriage.
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.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Inescapable Season 6, Ep 6
Altarah traps Fitz and Simmons in a mind-prison to coerce them into inventing time-travel. They encounter many obstacles, including the return of Leopold and a homicidal ballerina representing Gemma's buried rage. Enoch figures out how to be a better BFF. [more inside]
The Good Place: The Worst Possible Use of Free Will Season 3, Ep 7
Eleanor recalls some forgotten events from her past. [more inside]
Castlevania: "Old Homes" Season 2, Ep 2
More back story is revealed and several characters are scheming inside Dracula's War Court of Dignitaries ... [more inside]
Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.
From Rotten Tomatoes: Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
Sense8: Amor Vincit Omnia First Watch Season 3, Ep 1
A 151-minute wrap up of Season 2. [It's listed as the sole episode of Season 3 on IMDB] [more inside]
In a snowball fight between schoolboys the handsome Dargelos hits the chest of Paul, who drops unconscious to the ground. Paul has a deep affection for Dargelos, and later denies that there... [more inside]
Love: Season 3 of Love Season 3, Ep 0
Mickey and Gus continue to explore the limits of their relationship in the final season of "Love."
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." [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]
Longing to escape the Massachusetts hometown that has always blamed their family for whatever goes wrong, Gillian and Sally respectively marry and run away but are drawn back by a seemingly magical force. Reprint. NYT. [more inside]
Some jokes about Trump. A little crowd work. And then jokes related to his heartbreaking loss. [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]
Ever since his bit about the drug cocktail called "cheese" was featured on This American Life in 2010, I've been intrigued by Kumail Nanjiani. I've seen him pop up with wonderful small parts in Portlandia and Garfunkel and Oates, but now he's made an autobiographical movie (written together with his wife Emily V. Gordon) about struggling against cultural differences and parental expectations while discovering love and pursuing the dream of comedy. It is both deeply touching and hilarious as the cheese bit ever was.
Blood Orange stars Iggy Pop as Bill, an ageing rock star living with his beautiful and promiscuous young wife Isabelle (Kacey Barnfield). Into their peculiar paradise comes a dangerous ex-lover (Ben Lamb) hell bent on revenge. [more inside]
Love: On Lockdown Season 2, Ep 1
Season 2 opens seconds after season 1 ends, with Gus and Mickey at the gas station where they first met.
The Good Place: Chidi's Choice Season 1, Ep 10
Chidi's indecision causes problems when both Tahani and Fake Eleanor confess their feelings towards him. Jason has fewer hangups.
Steven Universe: The New Lars Season 3, Ep 10
Steven inadvertently takes control of Lars' body!
Steven Universe: Mr. Greg Season 3, Ep 8
A trip to Empire City inspires Steven, Greg, and Pearl to break into song.
Steven Universe: Gem Drill Season 3, Ep 2
Steven and Peridot journey to the center of the Earth.
Girls: Love Stories Season 5, Ep 9
Hannah meets an old rival and does some soul-searching, Shoshanna goes undercover to help Ray's struggling coffeeshop, Elijah makes a heart-felt confession, and Marnie rediscovers an old passion through a bizarre dream.
Love: The End of the Beginning Season 1, Ep 10
Troubles keep mounting for Gus as he gets to experience life in the writers' room. Meanwhile, a new crisis pushes Mickey to a breaking point.
Love: The Table Read Season 1, Ep 9
Mickey becomes a stalker and sneaks onto the set of Witchita. Gus gets his spec script bought. An argument breaks out between the two. [more inside]
Love: Closing Title Song Season 1, Ep 8
At a theme song party for movies that don't have theme songs Mickey feels alone, Gus rhymes things with "Carlito's Way," and Heidi tries to get closer to Gus. [more inside]
Love: Magic Season 1, Ep 7
Gus and Mickey go out on a date. For some reason, Gus makes one of the boldest of first date choices: a magic show. [more inside]
Love: Andy Season 1, Ep 6
Mickey spends a night with Andy Dick playing himself. Gus has to work late causing him to miss a midnight date with Mickey. [more inside]
Love: The Date Season 1, Ep 5
Gus and Bertie go on a terrible date which they pivot into a purposefully terrible non-date. Mickey looks for something to do. [more inside]
Love: Party in the Hills Season 1, Ep 4
Mickey invites Gus to a housewarming party. [more inside]
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