Community vs Big Bang Theory vs SFF : A Dialectical Approach

Genre and anti-genre, satisfaction and subversion. Why Community is so much fun for me as a geek, why TBBT isn't, and why I'm actually into that, (but you don't have to be.) I'm going to try and defend TBBT too, but defending TBBT turns out to look a lot like trashing TBBT, so something here for everyone.

I don't want… » 1/31/14 12:49pm 1/31/14 12:49pm

I Like The Big Bang Theory, Because Communism

TBBT is not a happy show. Whether it's funny is an open question, but I can find no way of looking that makes it happy. Accepting that I was essentially watching a slowly unfolding tragedy rooted in a very unsentimental and perfectly materialist worldview, it made much more sense...and became rather brilliant. » 1/12/14 1:43pm 1/12/14 1:43pm

This Week's TV: Guess which show features a Wolverine cameo! Plus…

On this week's TV, Wolverine shows up to deal with some flying shrimp. Also, The Walking Dead features some sage relationship advice. But more importantly, the British Being Human returns to American TV — and it's twice as crazy as ever! Also, Shannen Doherty is playing a witch once again, and chewing enough scenery… » 2/20/12 9:00am 2/20/12 9:00am

This Week's TV: Nathan Fillion saves America from weird science!

This week on television, Nathan Fillion's Castle joins the CIA, to save America from an international conspiracy. And Ridley Scott explains just how Isaac Asimov changed the world, in Prophets of Science Fiction. Plus Ben Edlund writes a new Supernatural, and there's an especially heartbreaking Adventure Time. » 2/13/12 9:00am 2/13/12 9:00am

This Week's TV: The Best Pilot We've Seen in Years. Plus the Most…

The Walking Dead comes back this week, and the show's creators are promising the fast-paced action you've been craving. But that's not all television has in store for you — there's also the series premiere of The River, a unique horror series from the creator of Paranormal Activity. Find out why we thought The River's… » 2/06/12 9:00am 2/06/12 9:00am

This Week's TV: The Return of Supernatural and 6 Other Shows

All your favorite TV shows are back this week — including a new Supernatural, in which Aunt Jenna from The Vampire Diaries is getting knocked up. And you might (or might not) be surprised to see who's the father. Also, a whole new pair of alternate selves meet up on Fringe, and Obi-Wan finds himself in strange… » 1/30/12 9:00am 1/30/12 9:00am

This Week's TV: Could Kiefer Sutherland's new show look any more…

This week on television, Kiefer Sutherland returns to the network that gave him 24. Plus another new TV show debuts, in which video games invade the real world! And Chuck finally races to its conclusion after five years of spy craziness. Plus Brad Dourif is threatening to destroy Miami with a super-volcano! » 1/23/12 9:22am 1/23/12 9:22am

This Week's TV: You'll never guess who's getting back together with…

J.J. Abrams brings you another mysterious island and a ton of sinister clues, with his new show Alcatraz. Plus there are two other new shows debuting tonight. Meanwhile, this week also sees the return of several of your favorite shows, including Adventure Time, Being Human and Archer. Plus take a tour of the Lego… » 1/16/12 9:00am 1/16/12 9:00am

This Week's TV: You'll never guess which science fiction show is having…

Here are some things that might make this week's television worth watching, in spite of the Thanksgiving lull: 1) Donald Glover playing an animated rapper named Alpha Dog. 2) A brutal look at how astronauts might survive crash-landing on Mars. 3) Two new Adventure Time episodes! 4) Lady Gaga takes over Thanksgiving!… » 11/21/11 9:00am 11/21/11 9:00am

This Week's TV: Stuff Gets Real on Fringe, Clone Wars and Walking Dead!

As the fall TV season starts to lurch to a halt, many of your favorite series are ramping up to a thunderous conclusion. The big mysteries on Fringe are thickening, and a new Walking Dead clip will just increase your apprehension about what's to come. Meanwhile, just how far will General Krell's troops go on Star… » 11/14/11 9:00am 11/14/11 9:00am

This Week's TV: Green Lantern lights up our TV screens, and Ridley…

This week sees the launch of two exciting new television shows. Green Lantern gets an animated adventure show from the guy who helped put DC animation on the map. Meanwhile, Sir Ridley Scott explores the history of science fiction. Plus Primeval returns to American TV! And Terra Nova does something unutterably cool… » 11/07/11 9:00am 11/07/11 9:00am

This Week's TV: Tricia Helfer stars in possibly the worst thing ever…

It's November sweeps, which means the shocking twists are coming fast and furious on your favorite TV shows — including a terrible decision on The Walking Dead, and some uncanny twists on Fringe. But meanwhile, Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer is guest-starring in the worst piece of television you'll ever see. Ever » 10/31/11 9:00am 10/31/11 9:00am

This Week's TV: It's Zombie Week! Including Candy Zombies, Alien…

It's not just Walking Dead rocking the zombie scares this week. Instead, there's a zombie outbreak on Adventure Time, plus the truth about aliens and the undead. Max Brooks and friends explain the history of zombies, and Ving Rhames fights a zombie apocalypse. Basically, it's wall-to-wall zombies! » 10/24/11 9:00am 10/24/11 9:00am

This Week's TV: A Buffy Reunion, More Robot Chicken, and 2 Brand New…

This week on television, Robot Chicken returns. And two Lost writers take us to a fairytale land with Once Upon a Time. There's one new Marvel superhero show, plus the return of another. Two Buffy stars reunite on Supernatural. And there's gorgeous new evidence of possible life on other planets! » 10/17/11 9:00am 10/17/11 9:00am

This Week's TV: The Walking Dead brings a whole new level of pain

The Walking Dead returns to your screens with twice as many episodes as last year — and it sounds as though the road is going to be a very dangerous place this time around. Meanwhile, Malcolm McDowell and Faran Tahir both have some pretty bizarre cameos. The Matrix may provide the key to a major mystery on Fringe. » 10/10/11 9:00am 10/10/11 9:00am

This Week's TV: Welcome back Fringe and Supernatural. Plus 5 Brand New…

The fall season is in full swing this week, with tons of TV shows returning — including the season premieres of Fringe, The Big Bang Theory, Community, Supernatural and several other shows. But there are also a number of series premieres, including Person of Interest, the creepy new show from Jonathan Nolan and J.J.… » 9/19/11 9:00am 9/19/11 9:00am

This Week's TV: Bathroom Sex, Weird Supervillains and Anakin's…

Everybody's flirting with the Dark Side on television this week. Sam Winchester's discovering how bad he really went, Anakin Skywalker's getting a horrific vision, and Peter Griffin is hanging out with Death. Meanwhile, we're going back "Over There" on Fringe. John Laroquette is back on Chuck, and one member of the… » 2/07/11 9:00am 2/07/11 9:00am