The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2013


It’s somewhat of a tradition at this blog to look back at the year that was and remember the year’s biggest pop cultural disappointments. Some were crappy albums, TV shows, or video games that we were forced to endure. Others were problematic cultural phenomena. And some were disappointing not because they were terrible, but because they had the potential to be great and fell far short. So let’s take a look at what disappointed me in 2013. More

The 2012-2013 Refrigerator Rants End-of-Season Awards

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It’s time to (belatedly) celebrate the end of the television season by giving out meaningless awards!

Sorry for being so late with this. I’ve been busy with other things and haven’t had much time to reflect on the TV season that just passed. But more importantly, I had a lot of frustrations with TV dramas this past season, which sapped my motivation to do these awards. But this has become somewhat of a tradition at the blog, so despite the drama categories being even thinner than last year (based on what I watched), I’m still going to pick my favourite performers and TV shows. The awards can be found after the jump. More

The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2012

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Looking back at the year’s disappointments has become somewhat of a tradition for this blog (if you can count doing something for two years running as a “tradition”). While I’ve made a post about my favourite TV shows of the year, and I’ve got posts about my favourite music and video games of the year on the way, I think it’s worthwhile to remember some of this year’s disappointments. Some had the potential to be good but fell short. Others were just plain terrible. So without further ado, here are the ten biggest pop culture disappointments of 2012. More

Thoughts on the Girls Season 1 Finale

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The controversy surrounding HBO’s Girls has been almost as entertaining as the show itself. First, there was the backlash. Then, there was the backlash against the backlash. And then there was the backlash against the backlash against the backlash. The controversy has spawned enough thinkpieces to fill an encyclopedia, ranging from this thoughtful piece about female body image by Alyssa Rosenberg to this ridiculous editorial about “masculine expectations of good TV” from Todd VanDerWerff. But let’s try to step back from all of that for a second and focus on what was actually on screen last night. The Girls season 1 finale, “She Did,” didn’t really do much in the way of resolving plot lines, but it allowed each of the four titular girls to reach a sort of milestone on their journeys. More

What I’ve Been Reading: June 17, 2012


Another week gone by, another set of articles to sink your eyeballs into. This week’s What I’ve Been Reading follows after the jump: More

The 2011-2012 Refrigerator Rants End-of-Season Awards

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The 2011-2012 television season came to a close last week with the end of May sweeps, so now it’s time for me to honour the best of what I watched with my annual fake awards show. The only problem is that it’s proving to be a little more difficult than last year. More

What I’ve Been Reading: May 20, 2012

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This week, we’re taking a look at social media marketing, weird soccer matches, and the complex relationship between video games, the Internet, and our shared cultural history. More

Girls and the Chain of Backlash


HBO has been no stranger to controversy, having aired both the incredibly violent Oz and the borderline pornographic Tell Me You Love Me, but I doubt anyone at the network predicted that their new half-hour dramedy, Girls, would cause such a fuss. Critics almost universally loved it. But viewers? Well, to say they were split would be an understatement. More