The Televangelist: Why Pete and Pete is the Greatest Live Action Kids Show that will Ever Be Made

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Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television.   When my family got cable in my early teens there wasn't much I was allowed to or wanted to watch, but those early live action shows on Nickelodeon were some of my favorite. I had a crush on Alex Mack like crazy as a kid and I didn't mind an episode of Clarissa Explains it All, but it was the elusive and fantastic Adventures of Pete and Pete that really got me. By the time I saw it the s … [Read more...]

The Televangelists: “Freaks and Geeks” Offers a Thoughtful and Hilarious Look at High School

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Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television.The history of television is littered with the remains of shows that were cancelled or otherwise mistreated by studio executives, marketing folks, and other suits. One such show was Freaks and Geeks, a high school drama/comedy created by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) and produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin) that lasted less than a season when it aired in 19 … [Read more...]

The Televangelists: An Apocalypse You Can Believe In

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Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television.Last week, Slate's Torie Bosch posted a rather unorthodox critique of NBC's new sci-fi series, Revolution. She didn't seem to actively dislike the show, but something about it bugged her... the fact that the women in the show's post-apocalyptic society still had perfect hair. The daughter of Revolution, Charlie (played by Tracy Spiridakos), wears carefully tousled waves with a hint o … [Read more...]

The Televangelists: Revenge of the City Hunter

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television. Over the last year, Netflix1 has been drawing newcomers into the expansive world of Korean dramas (or K-dramas) by making a number of shows available and then pushing them into the Recommended Viewing lists that make up their browsing experience. South Korea's television produce is part of what's been termed the Korean wave, a surge in the international visibility of Korean pop culture. … [Read more...]

The Televangelists: NBC's Olympics coverage could be so much better

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television.I'm going through withdrawal. After two weeks of reveling in the Olympics, I've returned back to "normal" life where gold medals, world records, and inspirational feats of human strength and prowess are few and far between. I might have to fire up my DVR every so often during the next few weeks to get another little fix... at least, until the 2014 Winter Games commence. Unfortunately, this … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: The Angelic Ambiguity of "Haibane Renmei"

What comes to mind when you see the word "anime"? Chances are, the list probably includes such tropes as giant robots, ridiculously proportioned female characters wielding ridiculously large weapons, angst-ridden male characters, lots of sex, lots of violence, and lots of violent sex. This is understandable, when you consider most of anime titles that have informed the American awareness of the art-form. However, anime, along with manga, is an incredibly diverse field, with titles and stories … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: Does "Bunheads" Have The Right Moves?

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television. Fans of the retired TV series Gilmore Girls learned to expect certain things from the show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, during its seven-season run. Things like the quirky small-town setting, charmingly humorous dialogue, a strong supporting cast, acoustic guitar strumming in the background, a bold sprinkling of pop culture references, and a savvy-yet-rebellious lead female who ditched … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: Pretty Little Liars Unravel the Truth

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television.Tuesday’s Season Three premiere of Pretty Little Liars displayed all the elements that make the show, part teen drama and part mystery, successful: vulnerable but brave teenage girls, rainstorms and secluded rural settings, and layers upon layers of plot twists. This season, there’s a new “A” in town, and the four protagonists face the uncertainty of figuring out the identity of yet another … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: Community's Advanced Observation and Introduction to Participation

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television.The outlook for Community is not good (one news outlet helpfully called it, “the darkest of all possible timelines”). Despite 13 more episodes, its poor ratings virtually ensure cancellation. Further, creater and executive producer Dan Harmon has been shown the door, and the executives at NBC don’t want to talk about it . . . but they are looking forward to next season.There are three pla … [Read more...]

The Televangelists: In Praise of Sherlock & its Co-Creator Steven Moffat

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television.I don’t watch much TV these days. Mad Men, Downton Abbey, and Game of Thrones have all been tried and found wanting, to the universal consternation of my peer group. I will, however, watch anything and everything written and/or produced by Steven Moffat. The three episodes of the second season (or series, if you want to be properly British) of Sherlock, the contemporary re-vision of Sh … [Read more...]


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