Television

Mobile Suit Gundam Collection One

Mobile Suit Gundam Collection One

| November 30, 2015

Much to what I said in my Turn A Gundam review, the Gundam franchise is a massive undertaking, which has never managed to penetrate the American audience properly. Sure, the Gundam Wing franchise has a nostalgic following, due to the Toonami TV runs, but both Bandai Entertainment and Sunrise never managed to get people to […]

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Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back…

Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back…

| November 3, 2015

It’s no secret that I love made-for-TV movies. Hell, I wrote my Masters thesis on the subject! What can I say, there’s just something about the format that speaks to me. Maybe it’s that I grew up watching so many of them—fixed to the TV as I was—that I’m programmed for these things. And yet […]

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The Great American Dream Machine

The Great American Dream Machine

| November 2, 2015

If I were to tell you that no one makes television like The Great American Dream Machine (PBS, 1971-1972) any more, that’d be accurate. However, it would also be gross understatement. No one has ever made television like The Great American Dream Machine! I’d never so much as heard of the series until it was […]

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Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles: The Ultimate Collection

Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles: The Ultimate Collection

| October 22, 2015

Don Rickles is one of the greatest minds in comedy, and I don’t mean just in his own time or even “back in the day,” but then, now and always. He is one of the greatest. I previously raved about Don Rickles’ work in my review of The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes, but […]

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My Favorite Martian: The Complete Series

My Favorite Martian: The Complete Series

| October 20, 2015

I grew up on classic TV sitcoms, raised on healthy daily doses of my mother’s favorites: The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island among a host of others. It’s an affinity I retain to this day, though to some it might seem less an affinity and more a minor obsession at times. In fact, when pushed […]

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Ascension: Season 1

Ascension: Season 1

| October 16, 2015

Someone should tell whoever’s in charge of these things that a show that is cancelled is not retroactively a “mini-series.”  I went into Ascension thinking the three episodes were going to be the entire story and was slightly disappointed to see the third episode end in a cliffhanger.  Not a huge problem, I thought.  I […]

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One Piece: Season Seven, Voyage Two

One Piece: Season Seven, Voyage Two

| October 12, 2015

There are sections within the massive One Piece storyline that act as major growth points for its central characters, as well as pivotal in world building. The Alabasta arc in season 2 is where the Straw Hats make their mark and raise their respectable bounties. Another being the Enies Lobby arc, where the crew makes […]

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King of the Hill: Season 12

King of the Hill: Season 12

| September 23, 2015

I never really got into King of the Hill when it was on the air.  I like Mike Judge, and Greg Daniels has created one of the best sitcoms ever with Parks and Recreation, but their joint efforts on a folksy Texas animated series always felt disconnected at best and mean spirited at worst.  Most […]

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The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes

The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes

| September 14, 2015

The latest Time Life releases of Carol Burnett Show episodes  are dedicated to the so-called “Lost Episodes,” which is to say those episodes from the series’ first five seasons that haven’t been seen since their broadcast from 1967-1972. The first of these sets, The Ultimate Collection, includes 45 episodes chosen by Burnett herself spread across […]

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The Returned: Season 1

The Returned: Season 1

| September 13, 2015

I wasn’t looking forward to watching The Returned once I realized it was a TV series and not a movie.  Turns out I was confusing this series with another that aired last year called Resurrection on ABC.  It also turns out that I’m not alone, and the failure of Resurrection made it impossible for The […]

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