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?

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best 30 Series of the Year, 30-16

  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. … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best 30 Series of the Year, 30-16

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

Fall Television “Preview”: Four series with problems to solve

With September upon us, the fall television season is just around the corner. At random times over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting some preview-like pieces about what is to come over the next few months. Just like last year, I haven’t seen any of the season’s new series – no pilots or anything. … Continue reading Fall Television “Preview”: Four series with problems to solve

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”

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The Top 60 Episodes, 50-41

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, 50-41

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

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