Alternate TV Realities Better Than Ours

“Whatcha watchin’?” was once a cutesy way of making small talk. Now it is asked with a slight whiff of desperation by those looking to use streaming entertainment like Flex Seal to patch the gaping holes punctured in normalcy. The question was once asked with a smile and is now posed like a thief asks […]

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The Best TV Shows of 2019 and 2020

The Midwest is still seated at the cultural kids table. We’re “not for everyone,” apparently unlike New York and Los Angeles, so we don’t get to see a big chunk of the best movies from a given year until the start of the following year. It’s like how Canada is just now getting fidget spinners. […]

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In Service of Streaming

“What are you binging?” is the new “How’s it going?” Except people actually want to hear your answer, if only so they can tell you what they’re watching. I used to get asked “Seen any good movies lately?” all the time. Now it’s pretty much “What should I stream next?” and “Can you stop with […]

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7 Years Bad Luck

It sucks that many of us saw this day coming. Exciting as it was when Netflix announced it was taking over Black Mirror, it seemed inevitable the series would lose its touch to a certain degree. A new season dropped last week, and it’s officially the first bad batch. Certainly not terrible but definitely not […]

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Pain in the End

An estimated 13.5 million Americans watched the finale of Lost. I am one of the literally tens of those Americans who loved it. It’s not just that decades of Chicago sports fandom and poor relationship choices had taught me to associate loving something with disappointment; I loved it because it resolved the characters. Sure, abandoned […]

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It’s a Hit, Man

It’s time to have a serious talk about the funniest show I have ever seen. The second season of HBO’s Barry just wrapped up. Unlike some HBO finales last Sunday night—I won’t point any fingers, just casually mention that they’re out there—pretty much any fan who saw the Barry finale agrees it did not disappoint. […]

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A Purge of Binges

The line between TV and movies is now blurry enough that Steven Spielberg only sees it as a middle finger. The process of binge-watching feels less like ingesting individual episodes of television and more like films with frequent intermissions for bullshit like “jobs” and “basic hygiene.” As much as I would love to provide full, […]

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Sticky Fingers

Years after Marvel and Netflix announced new series about Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, we’ve finally met all four “street-level” superheroes who will team-up in The Defenders series later this year. The first season of Iron First arrived March 17th on the heels of three of the most-acclaimed superhero series ever. Bad […]

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