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: The Office’s Jim and Pam, World’s Worst Humans?
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: Where does The Office stand?
The accused: Moonlighting, “I Am Curious…Maddie” The crime: Destroying the series with the consummation of the unresolved sexual tension and setting a precedent for countless other series to either do the same or avoid resolution for far too long Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 7: Moonlighting, “I Am Curious…Maddie”
This is the newest post in 2011′s Surveillance Summer Watch series featuring Cheers and Hill Street Blues. For the next couple of months, I’ll be writing weekly reviews of episodes from each series’ first seasons, with Cheers on Tuesdays and Hill Street Blues on Thursdays. For more information, see this post and for all the SSW pieces, visit this page. I really wish I had … Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch: Hill Street Blues, “I Never Promised You a Rose, Marvin” and “Fecund Hand Rose”
The accused: The Office, "The Banker" (Season 6, Episode 14) The crime: Clip show. That is all. Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) to the much-discussed clumsy conclusions of series we were convinced had it all planned out (nice to see you … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 4: The Office, “The Banker”
Like many of the series I've written about this week, I haven't checked in on The Office for a bit. Thursdays are always busy for me and the series isn't in a position where it MUST be written about each week. I thought about writing something during Michael Scott's goodbye, but so many other people … Continue reading Season Finale — The Office, “Search Committee”
Well, it feels real now. After a summer of speculation and 18 episodes of wondering and looking for clues as to how The Office would figure out how to say goodbye to Michael Scott, "Garage Sale" gives us our answer. As this episode unfolded, I was assuming that I'd be of two minds as to … Continue reading The Office, “Garage Sale”
Inspired by the sprawling, multi-armed conversation about the state of television criticism (see here, here andhere, 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 … Continue reading The Office, “Threat Level Midnight”
Note: I have not seen any of season three like many real critics. This argument is based mostly on season two and just a bit on my own assumptions/critical acclaim for season three. Even with my small profile as an "online television critic," or my time at my undergraduate university newspaper, the question I've probably … Continue reading No more questions: Parks and Recreation is already better than The Office has ever been
If The Office's writers wants to send Michael Scott off into the sunset and I believe that they do (this is American television, after all), they would be smart to not only give him an emotionally satisfying conclusion but also make sure that he finishes strong...intellectually? I guess that's the word I'm looking for. By … Continue reading The Office, “The Sting”
Thus far this season, The Office has only briefly hinted at any departure for Michael (the spanking, the counseling) and chances are the only reason I think those moments are hinting at said departure is because we know he's leaving. If we didn't, those would probably seem like normal Michael behaviors. But I think it's … Continue reading The Office, “Sex Ed”
Though it has taken me a few extra days to get to writing up "Andy's Play," the episode has been in my mind ever since Thursday night, as it is certainly the best episode of this young season and probably the most enjoyable effort since "Niagara." Yeah, I said it. The writers said before the … Continue reading The Office, “Andy’s Play”
Going into Steve Carell's final season as Michael Scott, The Office is in a unique position. Though last season was definitely the worst thus far and Year 7 is rarely a whirlwind resurgence for a slumping long-running comedy, Carell's departure suggests that the series' writers will be faced with doing some of the things that … Continue reading Season Premiere — The Office, “Nepotism”
There weren't too many people high on the sixth season of The Office. Despite a number of high-water marks (the Halpert wedding and birth, among others) and compelling plot-lines, the season seemed disjointed, unfunny and constantly bored with the possibilities that certain stories were bringing to the table. For every single person or critic that … Continue reading Not quite Dundie worthy, but not as bad: Post-DVD watch musings on The Office’s sixth season
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