Chitchat: Bays, Thomas and How I Met Your Mother are just trolling us, right?

I talk television with a lot of people. Friends, family, other critics on Twitter, vagrants on the street. I just love talking about TV. Because I don’t have the time and resources to do a podcast like I used to in college, I’m going to sort of replicate that experience in textual form in a … Continue reading Chitchat: Bays, Thomas and How I Met Your Mother are just trolling us, right?

Test Pilot: File #34, Freaks and Geeks and #35, Undeclared

Test Pilot #34 and #35: Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared Debut date: September 25, 1999 and September 25, 2011 Series legacy(ies): Two of the most beloved and respected short series of all-time Welcome back to Test Pilot guys and gals! With that extra-special Joss Whedon Theme Week behind us, it’s time to fall back into … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #34, Freaks and Geeks and #35, Undeclared

Guided by Moments: On Watching How I Met Your Mother in its Elder Years

How I Met Your Mother is one of those series that I watch every week, but never find time or inspiration to write about here on TV Surveillance. I don’t feel the frustration that some people do and I also don’t feel the overwhelming support and connection to the series. This is probably because I … Continue reading Guided by Moments: On Watching How I Met Your Mother in its Elder Years

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

It’s that time again, folks. The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 14, which means I have almost an entire month to flood this space with hopes, dreams and predictions about what could happen come nomination time. To kick things off, I’ll be bringing back the Dream Emmy Ballot. It’s something I did last … Continue reading 2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

How I Met Your Mother, “Legendaddy”

Note: This post would have been up much earlier, had it not been for WP issues. My apologies. There’s something inherently problematic with Barney Stinson’s place within How I Met Your Mother. On one hand, he’s the series’ breakout character, primarily for the hilarious broadness at which he operates as a womanizer, friend and all-around … Continue reading How I Met Your Mother, “Legendaddy”

How I Met Your Mother, “Garbage Island”

Inspired by the sprawling, multi-armed conversation about the state of television criticism (see here, hereandhere, among other places), I’ve decided to take the next week or so to check in with the series that I watch every single week, but never actually write about. There’s been a lot of discussion about writing longer form pieces on series … Continue reading How I Met Your Mother, “Garbage Island”

Fall TV Preview: Four returning series that have something to prove

The fall television season is just about to begin! To celebrate, I’ll be doing a series of fun features and previews for both returning and brand-new series. I have not seen any of the new pilots or premieres from veteran series, and thus the quotes around preview. No matter, that won’t stop me from doing … Continue reading Fall TV Preview: Four returning series that have something to prove

TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

This week I’ll be pretending that I have an Emmy vote and discussing my picks for all the major categories. Once it gets closer to the time that nominees are actually announced, I’ll do an official “picks” column. Today: Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series! Two things before we get going: First, I’m only choosing … Continue reading TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

2009-10 season wrap: How I Met Your Mother

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be summarizing my thoughts on many of the series that ended just as the “official” television season came to a close recently. Overview: Season four of How I Met Your Mother was extremely funny and just heartfelt enough from start to finish, really the series at its best. It … Continue reading 2009-10 season wrap: How I Met Your Mother