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

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. Continue reading “The 2012-2013 Refrigerator Rants End-of-Season Awards”

Romance Vs. Meta-Romance on Happy Endings

Last night’s episode of Happy Endings, “The Shrink, the Dare, Her Date and Her Brother,” started off innocuously enough: Brad and Alex were bonding over romcoms; Dave was upset at Penny for dating his therapist; and Max and Jane were busy with some nutty, immature contest. But then, things took a turn for the weird. In between scenes of the clichéd romcom that Brad and Alex were watching, Penny and Dave talked with their respective therapists about their unresolved feelings for each other. Of course, both Penny and Dave denied that such feelings existed, but the end of the episode, complete with the two of them walking through a park with a fountain, just like in the movie Brad and Alex were watching, seemed to indicate that this storyline isn’t over. So, what’s going on? Continue reading “Romance Vs. Meta-Romance on Happy Endings”

Mindless Iconoclasm, Vol. 1: Five Shows That I Like But Don’t Love As Much As Everyone Else Seems To

One of the advantages of being an anonymous blogger is that there’s no pressure for me to go with the flow and merely reconfirm popular opinion in whatever I write. That’s not to say that I follow the Armond White approach of going against the grain just because I can, but that does mean that if I can offer an alternative perspective on something, then I’ll do so with few misgivings.

That’s the spirit of a series of posts that I’m starting entitled “Mindless Iconoclasm,” in which I express opinions about pop culture – books, TV, movies, games, music – that are, in my experience, unpopular. These won’t be articles where I simply find fifty new ways to say, “Community sucks!” every week. I intend to explain, to the best of my ability, where I’m coming from and why I feel how I feel about the particular pieces of pop culture in question. I’m not trying to change anyone’s opinion here. I just want to express my own in a way that hopefully gets people thinking.

I’m going to kick things off with a look at five TV shows that I like, but don’t love as much as everyone else seems to. I watch quite a bit of TV, and I enjoy almost all of it, but there are some shows that don’t totally work for me as well as they work for other people. These aren’t shows that I hate; they’re just shows that I don’t completely adore as much as others would like me to. We’ll get started after the jump. Continue reading “Mindless Iconoclasm, Vol. 1: Five Shows That I Like But Don’t Love As Much As Everyone Else Seems To”

Thoughts on Friends With Benefits, Relationship Sitcoms, and Production Vacuums

After pushing back the premiere of Friends with Benefits by more than a month, NBC finally debuted the show last night. As the sixth in a line of relationship sitcoms from the 2010-2011 season, it’s bound to be overlooked, but I’ll offer some thoughts about it and how it compares to those shows after the jump. Continue reading “Thoughts on Friends With Benefits, Relationship Sitcoms, and Production Vacuums”

Happy Endings and The Season of Relationship Sitcoms

In light of the news that NBC’s long-delayed Friends with Benefits is set to premiere on June 25th, I think it’s an appropriate time to take a look back at what has arguably been this season’s most common genre of new comedies: the relationship sitcom. Not counting Friends with Benefits, no fewer than 5 sitcoms about people in various stages of their romantic lives debuted on American network television: Perfect Couples, Traffic Light, Happy Endings, Better with You, and Mad Love. I never watched those last two; both were multi-camera sitcoms that I had very little interest in watching. But I did watch all of Perfect Couples and Traffic Light, and I’ve seen all of Happy Endings that has aired so far.

Whether the glut of these shows was caused by simple coincidence or by a prevailing false belief among network execs that such sitcoms would be wildly popular, we’ll never know. What we do know is that all 5 of those comedies were critically panned, and all but one was them was cancelled. The sole survivor: Happy Endings. Continue reading “Happy Endings and The Season of Relationship Sitcoms”

The 2010-2011 Refrigerator Rants End-of-Season Awards

With the 2010-2011 television season more or less over and summer TV about to begin or recently having begun, it’s time to take a look back at the best that the past year brought us.

Before we dive in, I have to make one thing clear: I don’t watch most television shows, and I barely watch any cable television. I do watch a lot of television on the whole, but not nearly enough to make a fair assessment of what was truly the “best.” For that reason, the awards will be skewed towards the shows that I watch. So don’t go crying about my failure to include The Good Wife, Mad Men, or Friday Night Lights. I don’t watch those shows. With that mind, let’s get started! Continue reading “The 2010-2011 Refrigerator Rants End-of-Season Awards”