Test Pilot: File #56, Over There

Test Pilot #56: Over There Debut date: July 27, 2005 Series legacy: A seemingly forgotten, only barely controversial look at soldiers’ lives in Iraq Welcome back to Test Pilot, friends and foes. We’re rolling through our latest theme on War on Terror television. Hopefully you enjoyed the piece on Sleeper Cell from last time. If…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #56, Over There

2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 episodes of the season

The 2011-2012 television season has been over for almost a couple of weeks now, which means a sufficient amount of time has passed and we are primed to reflect. Over the next handful of days, I will be producing some pieces and lists looking back on the season that was. I missed out on a…… Continue reading 2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 episodes of the season

2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 series of the season

The 2011-2012 television season has been over for almost a couple of weeks now, which means a sufficient amount of time has passed and we are primed to reflect. Over the next handful of days, I will be producing some pieces and lists looking back on the season that was. I missed out on a…… Continue reading 2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 series of the season

Test Pilot: File #44, The Shield

Test Pilot #44: The Shield Debut date: March 12, 2002 Series legacy: One of the best cop dramas, and series, of all-time Hello, everyone. Welcome back to your favorite discussion of television pilots on the internet, Test Pilot. Today we conclude our survey of the contemporary police drama. Hopefully we have done a fine job…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #44, The Shield

Test Pilot: File #43, Boomtown

Test Pilot #43: Boomtown Debut date: September 29, 2002 Series legacy: A well-respected but barely-watched entry into the police procedural genre Good afternoon! Hey there, party people. Welcome back to the internet’s most popular discussion of television pilots, Test Pilot. We’re still chugging our way through an exploration of the contemporary police procedural. Before you…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #43, Boomtown

Review: Justified, “Cut Ties”

I’m short on time again today, but I wanted to put down a few short thoughts on last night’s Justified. If you were to say that Justified had one weakness in its first two seasons (primarily in its first, though), it would be how the series handled the supporting characters who work with Raylan in…… Continue reading Review: Justified, “Cut Ties”

Season Premiere Review: Justified, “The Gunfighter”

I’m a bit short on time today, but I wanted to jot down a few thoughts on the very-good season premiere of Justified. When series take the kind of leap in quality that Justified did in its second season (although I maintain that somehow, we’ve retroactively decided the first season isn’t that great and that’s…… Continue reading Season Premiere Review: Justified, “The Gunfighter”

Showrunner Series: Ryan Murphy = Matthew Weiner (Except, you know, awful)

I received the book Prime Time, Prime Movers for Christmas and have been plowing through it over the last week or so. As these things go, reading a book about the big individual creative forces in television history has me thinking about contemporary writer/producers. Therefore, today, I debut a new occasional feature where I will discuss…… Continue reading Showrunner Series: Ryan Murphy = Matthew Weiner (Except, you know, awful)

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best New Series

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy…… Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best New Series

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Top Networks of the Year

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy…… Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Top Networks of the Year

Test Pilot: File #29, Lucky Louie

Test Pilot #29: Lucky Louie Debut date: June 11, 2006 Series legacy: Louis C.K.’s first major foray into television, and one that should be forgotten For nearly a decade-and-a-half, HBO has been the biggest power player in the television industry. More than any other individual network or entity, HBO has shaped our perceptions of quality…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #29, Lucky Louie

Review: Sons of Anarchy, “Hands”

Sons of Anarchy is having one heck of a season, no? Whether or not Kurt Sutter agrees with most of the criticisms of the mediocre third season, it is apparent that he decided to push the series back towards the things it does best in season four. Now that we’re coming to the final stretch…… Continue reading Review: Sons of Anarchy, “Hands”

Review: Sons of Anarchy, “Family Recipe”

  When I checked in with Sons of Anarchy last week, I couched many of my praises with some concerns. Sons had been having a very good season that led to a number of truly great moments last week, moments that I didn’t actually expect to come until the end of the season. But amid…… Continue reading Review: Sons of Anarchy, “Family Recipe”

Review: Sons of Anarchy, “Fruit for the Crows”

I don’t have a whole lot of time this evening, but I wanted to jot down a few things about this season of Sons of Anarchy, which I haven’t written about since the season premiere. You can also check out my extended thoughts on the season by listening to a podcast Les Chappell and I…… Continue reading Review: Sons of Anarchy, “Fruit for the Crows”

Friday List: Television’s most undervalued series

If you’re a regular reader of TV Surveillance, you know I love a good list. Or a mediocre list. Or even a horrible list. The point is I have a lust for lists. This fall, I’d like to provide you folks with more lists than ever and hopefully that will result in a weekly or…… Continue reading Friday List: Television’s most undervalued series