Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 8: Christianity and “Whomanism”

Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine. Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime Part 5: Music for a Mad Man Part 6: Those Complicated Companions Part 7: The Episode I Never Want to See Again Could the Doctor be an intergalactic Jesus? Consider the following: 1. He is a timeless being; 2. He is known across the univers … [Read more...]

The Case Against “The Case Against Breaking Bad”

As AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad builds toward its conclusion, the hype builds right along with it. Fans and critics alike are lighting up the internet with all manner of adulation and, of course, goofy fandom. In fact it’s difficult to find negative reactions to Breaking Bad anywhere right now, as the show rides a wave of almost universal acclaim.In the elevated tradition of critical thought, then, Stephen Bowie over at AV Club has put together "The Case Against Breaking Bad", and it’s worth … [Read more...]

Filmwell’s “Favored TV Moments of 2012”

As a companion piece of sorts to CaPC's own list of favorite television shows from the last year, check out this list of "favored TV moments" by my Filmwell colleague M. Leary. As the title implies, it's less a rundown of favorite shows, and more reflections on specific moments within those shows, including: Doctor Who's "impossible astronaut"; Community's "Digital Estate Planning"; and the opening credits of "Game of Thrones", which, as Leary puts it, "is a pitch perfect representation of the … [Read more...]

Modern Family’s Cussing Controversy

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.This week, Modern Family broadcast a controversial episode in which two-year-old character Lily drops the “f-bomb” ( The ABC sitcom airs Wednesdays at 9pm (at least in EST), but the episode raised the ire of protest groups before show-time even rolled around. Both the Parents Television Council and a stud … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: A Case for the Idiot Box

Each Friday in The Televangelist, Richard Clark examines the met and missed potential of television.Television gets a bad name, primarily because it's so good at supporting stuff that is unequivocally dumb. Still, underneath that thick layer of dirt is something beautiful. There are several television shows being produced that could be worth the time, but the common factor of almost all of them is that they take a certain amount of work and commitment. They take an investment.But that's the … [Read more...]

Still Watching: Firefly Returns

If you will allow me a small delay in my expository re-watch of Lost, I would like to give another week for those who want to join in, but need a little extra time. You know who you are. I would also like to use the column this week to address some events which have been unfolding over the last few weeks. As a self-proclaimed Browncoat, or fan of the late, great television series, Firefly, I have been following with interest the latest fan-induced Firefly-related craze.The Browncoats have … [Read more...]

TGFF: Thank God for "Friday Night Lights"

In 1988, H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger had just received a Pulitzer Prize for journalism.  He was interested in small town sports, and so moved to Odessa, Texas, for a year-long sabbatical.  Here, at one of the most storied high school football programs in the country, he examined the lives, pressures, tensions, hopes, and dreams of the 1988 Odessa Panthers.  The resulting book, Friday Night Lights, has been hailed by Sports Illustrated as fourth on the list of the greatest sports books of all time, and … [Read more...]