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?
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 Performances, Comedy
Test Pilot #28: The Comeback Debut date: June 5, 2005 Series’ legacy: A flawed, lukewarmly received mockumentary that was perhaps a bit before its time 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 #28, The Comeback
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: 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
2010 has been a fantastic year for television. This year brought us a slew of great new programs and if we include the second halves of all the series that debuted in the fall of 2009 (which I am for these features), we have probably just experienced the best run of newbies since 2004. While … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The Top 60 Episodes, 60-51
2010 has been a fantastic year for television. This year brought us a slew of great new programs and if we include the second halves of all the series that debuted in the fall of 2009 (which I am for these features), we have probably just experienced the best run of newbies since 2004. While … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Most disappointing veteran series
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”