“The Shakespeare Code” (season 3, episode 2; originally aired 4/7/2007) (Available on Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Instant Video.) “This lot still have got one foot in the Dark Ages. If I tell them the truth, they’ll panic and think it was witchcraft.” “Okay, what was it then?” “Witchcraft.” In the era of classic Doctor Who, it was generally understood that there was one kind of story that the BBC could pull off convincingly, even on the show’s legendarily meager budget: the historical drama. Doctor Who might struggle to convey the full scale of a modern-day alien invasion, and any foray into the future required some fairly extensive suspension of disbelief on the part of the audience. But the BBC proved itself as a quality broadcaster with its ability to pull off lavish costume dramas, and Doctor Who was occasionally able to make use of these companywide strengths, not to mention the many convincingly historical locations … [Read more...] about : “The Shakespeare Code”/”Gridlock”
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With so many new series popping up on streaming services and DVD every day, it gets harder and harder to keep up with new shows, much less the all-time classics. With TV Club 10, we point you toward the 10 episodes that best represent a TV series, classic or modern. If you watch those 10, you’ll have a better idea of what that series was about, without having to watch the whole thing. These are not meant to be the 10 best episodes, but rather the 10 most representative episodes. Some TV series have such an impact on the medium that their gravitational pull becomes strong enough to suck in other shows around them, warping and changing them in interesting ways. These series’ success—both critically and in the ratings—lead other creators to play around with the innovations they pioneer. Think of how All In The Family created a market for social-issues-based sitcoms, or how Hill Street Blues started taking the camera home to follow its cops … [Read more...] about Check out the many moods of
The year in TV performances was marked as much by transformation as star power, as Hollywood A-listers continued to flock to the small screen. Rapt audiences watched as a couple of British gents who know their way around a Jane Austen drama turned into cads, and America’s sweethearts (past and present) tapped into their dark sides. Teen-comedy-breakouts-turned-Oscar-winners had a genre-bending experience, while a filmmaker’s muse became fashion royalty. But the glow from those marquee names couldn’t overshadow all the rising stars, the newcomers who grabbed our attention as they held their own against some of their most acclaimed peers, or the veteran actors who are not only the glue of their respective ensembles but also continue to show us all how it’s done. There’s some argument over how many truly great shows emerged this season, and that’s fine—but, as our list demonstrates, 2018 could easily be the year of the peak performance. … [Read more...] about The best TV performances of 2018
This piece was originally published May 04, 2018 and is part of The A.V. Club’s favorite features of 2018 “Ni de aquí, ni de allá” is a Spanish saying, one that’s used to describe what it’s like to be Latinx in the United States. It translates to not being from here nor there—their positions flip, but these locales are the U.S. and Latin American countries—but what it means is being asked by strangers where you’re from, then immediately asked where your parents are from if your response to the first question is a U.S. city. On the other side of the border, gulf, or ocean, it means being called “pocha” when you’re visiting relatives no matter how fluent you are in Spanish. In other words, it means always being other-ed, despite sharing language or skin color. That liminal state is touched on in Latinx-led shows like One Day At A Time and Jane The Virgin, and is also found in similarly delightful and diasporic … [Read more...] about offers a captivating twist on TV’s immigration and gentrification stories
Wouldn't it be great to retire well before 60? PeopleImages/Getty Images Try not to hate Tanja Hester and Mark Bunge. They are 38 and 41 respectively, and they are retired. Hester and Bunge, best-known for their blog Our Next Life, are members of a growing movement called FIRE (financial independence, retire early), a loose collective of young people whose goal is to save enough money to quit the rat race before they're too old to enjoy non-working life. Long before in some cases. Peter Adeney, the FIRE guru behind the blog Mr. Money Mustache, retired at 30. So, How Did They Do It? In Hester and Bunge's case, they both had high-paying jobs in political consulting and communications, but spent most of their paychecks on housing, food and fun in expensive cities (Washington D.C. and Los Angeles). Their early retirement awakening came when they decided to downsize to an inexpensive house in Lake Tahoe in 2011 and figured out they could pay it off entirely in just a few years. … [Read more...] about These Folks Retired in their 30s and 40s: Can You Do It Too?