Test Pilot: File #51, Seinfeld

Test Pilot #51: Seinfeld Debut date: July 5, 1989 Series legacy: One of the biggest and greatest sitcoms of all-time First impressions mean a lot in television, and that’s why writers, producers, studios, networks, etc. put more time, effort and money into pilots than they do just about any other episode that could possibly be … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #51, Seinfeld

[Update] Test Pilot: Announcing the upcoming themes and files

5/25 Update: And they're all filled! Thanks people!   5/21 Update: Still a few open slots! Help me!   5/11 Update: I've updated the schedule with the requested spots. I still have many files open. Please consider joining me! After much consideration and the help of many of you (thanks by the way), I've crafted … Continue reading [Update] Test Pilot: Announcing the upcoming themes and files

#TVFail: Announcing the #TVFail schedule for the first quarter of 2012

This time of the year is a super-busy one for many of us, but if you're a graduate student like me, it's particularly awful. I know, I deserve it. Graduate students are, indeed, the worst. In any event, because much of the next six weeks is going to be filled with dozens of responsibilities and … Continue reading #TVFail: Announcing the #TVFail schedule for the first quarter of 2012

Test Pilot: File #4, The Simpsons

Test Pilot #4: The Simpsons Debut date: December 17, 1989 Series legacy: Not just the most influential animated comedy or most influential comedy, but the most influential television series of the 20th century, set a brand-new bar for animation, comedy and television as a whole, and continues to be important today, in its 22nd(!) season … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #4, The Simpsons

Over-Flow — Responses to Flow Conference 2010 Panels: The sitcom and happy endings

If you follow me on Twitter or caught up with a few of my delayed posts on last week's television, you know that I spent last weekend at my first academic conference. The 2010 Flow Conference took place in Austin, Texas and it was generally awesome, particularly for a super-young television scholar (I believe that … Continue reading Over-Flow — Responses to Flow Conference 2010 Panels: The sitcom and happy endings