3 Difficult to Conceptualize Reasons to Watch Rick and Morty

Obviously we’re living in a golden age of television. 30 years ago in a world of cheesy-looking apartment living room sets and overly enthusiastic studio audiences, television producers never would have dreamed that the plotlines and characters we consider so casually would grace the small screens in our homes. High… [Read More]

Pop Culture Winnows Out the Chaff

I have this friend* who, in response to anything she finds extra, vehemently asserts, “girl, do less. Just do less.” Though our friendship is rather nascent—we originally became friends drunkenly bonding over Kanye and grapefruit beer Homecoming weekend, as one does—she has had a sizable effect on both my Weltanschauung† and vernacular…. [Read More]

You, Me, and Recommendation Fatigue

December 25, 2014, 8:20 AM I am going on a Christmas morning hike with my parents and I am fighting with my mom about Friday Night Lights. We’re not fighting over Saracen versus Riggins (but: Saracen M-F and 33 on the weekends, obv), we’re not fighting about the famously flawed… [Read More]

High Art: Weird is the New Good

I’ve always been a fan of the absurd. I spent most of my high school Saturday evenings sprawled across living room floors with friends watching terrible ’80s horror movies like House IV  and kids movies like Going Bananas. Whether it was a woman fighting a demon-posessed talking pizza or a… [Read More]

Jesse Pinkman, Style Icon

Jesse Pinkman is somewhat of a style non-icon. Like the character himself, Jesse’s clothes have changed significantly over the past 5.5 seasons. Let’s go back and look at what the self-proclaimed king of the ABQ was wearing out on these streets. Season 1 When we first meet Jesse, we’re supposed… [Read More]

The Marital Bonds of TV Viewership

Commitment to watching a stellar TV series is a glorious and momentous undertaking. It’s much like any relationship, beginning with an initially awkward period of wonder and adjustment, which spills into intense exhilaration as a viewer comes to understand a show’s on-screen characters and the story really hits its stride…. [Read More]

‘Game of Thrones’ and the “Now What?” Syndrome

Okay, so the Red Wedding went down earlier this week, along with Catelyn, Robb, Talisa and one of maybe six hundred major plotlines. You’ve had a few days to decompress, reached out to those you care about, and resolved to stick with them and get through these hard times in… [Read More]

TV Nostalgia Hits a High

With just a few days remaining before the release of 15 brand new Arrested Development episodes on Netflix, the hype built up over the last year is raising into a crescendo. All fans of the show—whether they watched the series when it first aired, binged on its DVD/Netflix availability long… [Read More]