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SHOW SHOW SHOW

So we’ve seen my top five books. We’ve seen my top five movies. Now let’s make another list that no one cares about by looking at my top five TV shows!

Quick note: #1 and #2 are light years ahead of the others.

Let’s do it.

#5: Community
When Nate and I first moved in together, we decided to write down the names of TV shows we wanted to watch on little pieces of paper, fold the papers up, and put them in a jar with the idea of randomly selecting one of the shows to watch all the way through whenever we had the time to watch TV (which, very quickly, ended up being the baseball off-season months). One of the first (or first?) shows we picked out of the jar was Community. Neither one of us had seen it or really knew anything about it, but we’d both heard good things about it. And it turns out that it was one of the funniest, best shows we’ve both ever seen. It was very unexpectedly hilarious. We also got my mom into it, so there’s that.

The Dean is the absolute best part of this show, but Chang is fantastic as well.


#4: Futurama

I have not met a single person who said that they didn’t like Futurama. Hell, even Rob – who hated everything else under the sun – liked Futurama. Like…what can even be said about Futurama?


#3: Ed, Edd, n’ Eddy
This was such a weird, colorful cartoon. I watched a lot of it at my dad’s house on the weekends, so a big part of the reason it’s on this list is because of nostalgia. But it’s also just a great cartoon.


#2: Metalocalypse
Anyone who knows me knows I love Metalocalypse. It’s a show that seems completely not my style, but I jive with it. It’s got ridiculous humor. Sean and I used to quote it all the time.


#1: Chicago Hope
So who’s surprised that Metalocalypse is not my #1? Yeah, me too. But here’s the thing. YesTV, for whatever reason, has been showing Chicago Hope every day at 4 PM, which means that I was able to watch it on my off day during the semester (when classes were still in person) and able to watch it every day once we moved to online learning. I had forgotten just how much I loved this show. I saw it first while I was still in high school. It was on the Discovery Health Channel and I always watched it when I came home from school. I hadn’t really gotten to see it (except for a few scattered episodes that are on YouTube), but now that I’ve been able to watch it again, yay, I love it.

Another Weird January Dream

So remember a couple days ago when I mentioned that my brain likes to fire off a fair number of weird, vivid, memorable dreams near the start of the year? Here’s another one for you!

In last night’s dream, I actually am not sure if I was part of the thing I was dreaming about or just watching it on TV. That part I can’t remember. But the rest of it I can, so we’re just going to say that I was watching this on TV in the dream, because it was a TV show I was dreaming about. Specifically, it was the show 7th Heaven. If you’re not familiar with the show, it ran from 1996-2007 and was heavy-handed with lots of Christian themes. It focused on the family of Reverend Camden, which consisted of his wife Annie and like nine kids, and their Wacky Christian Adventures. One such adventure, for example, was the Rev finding a blunt in the house and going berserk “I WILL DRUG TEST THE LOT OF YOU HEATHENS” on the kids because he wanted to know which one brought the Devil’s Grass into their holy house.

It was a…weird show.

Anyway. In the dream I am watching(?) 7th Heaven on TV and in the episode, one of the Camden kids has befriended some other kid (he’s like…eight? Nine?) and have brought him home to hang out with him. This kid is like perfect: no hair out of place, perfect clothes, perfect speech an annunciation, perfect response to everything that he is asked—and as the episode goes on, I think to myself in the dream that I remembered this episode from having seen it before. Specifically, the “big twist” is that this kid is actually Jesus.

Yup. Literal, actual Jesus, disguised as a nine-year-old kid.

The episode cuts to this scene where JesusKid is finishing the last book in a huge bookshelf of novels and one of the Camden kids – I think it’s Matt – says something like, “there’s no way you could have read all those books so quickly. You’d have to be some sort of divine being to have done that.”

(Subtle.)

Jesus Kid just smiles, and Matt takes one of the books and says “Okay, fine. But I’m going to read along with you just to make sure you’re reading them all like you say you are.”

Cut to a different part of this bizarre 7th Heaven universe: a farm. There’s a mother and a daughter out working in a field when the mother jumps up and starts freaking out about one of their sheep escaping its pen and going over to the Camden’s field. Now I’m pretty sure that in real life 7th Heaven, the Camdens lived in town, as they lived in a church-owned house that somehow held the Rev, the wife, and their massive brood. But in the dream, I guess they lived on a farm…?

Anyway, the mother and daughter start absolutely freaking out, because I guess there is some sort of giant pond between their farm and the Camdens’ and the sheep was in danger of drowning in the pond.

Cut back to Jesus Kid. Using what I’m assuming is his God-bestowed sixth sense, he suddenly seems to realize the sheep is in trouble, and he jumps up and runs out to the fields, much to the confusion of Matt and everyone else.

He bolts to the pond as fast as he can and sees the sheep drowning near the middle of the pond. Then – I kid you not – he just calmly walks on the pond water out to the sheep. He touches the sheep, which grants it the ability to walk on water as well, and the two return to the Camden side of the pond.

So, walking on water: obviously a Jesus thing, right? But the Camdens don’t make that connection. They chalk the whole thing up to an optical illusion (???) and are just happy that the sheep is safe.

Jesus Kid, meanwhile, waits until everyone is busy doting over the sheep, then disappears into the ether with a weird little halo glow about his head.

Then the episode is over.

I literally had to Google “7th Heaven Jesus episode” when I woke up this morning, because while I was sure that no episode exactly like the one in my dream existed, I was convinced that there was some episode where the kids meet Jesus without even knowing it.

There’s not.

7th Heaven creator Brenda Hampton, I am disappoint.

Talespin!

When Nate and I were on our walk last weekend, we somehow got on the topic of shows we used to watch when we were kids and I mentioned that Talespin was one of my absolute favorites. My dad had eight or so VHS tapes that each had two or three episodes on them and they were awesome.

Anyway, talking about Talespin made it so that the theme song lodged itself nicely in my brain for approximately a week.

Cool times.

I’d also forgotten how fantastic Don Karnage was. He was always my favorite.

Simp

This is a very interesting analysis of how and why The Simpsons, which actually died somewhere around season 9 or 10, is still so relevant to us through the way we’ve memed the hell out of it.

(Steamed Hams discussion starts at 8:06.)

Seriously, if you enjoy the way the internet seems to just latch on to certain things and make them into Things™, you’ll like this.

Mochrie is God

Was sad. Then Whose Line helped a little.

DAAAAAAAAAALE

I have no idea how many of my readers watch Riverdale (or watched it back when it was relatively sane*), but this video was in my recommended today and I can’t stop laughing at the accuracy.

That black hood one, oh my god.

*First season = typical teen drama TV, not too bad; second season = WTF

Edit: OH MY GOD SEASON THREE WHAT DRUGS DID YOU TAKE AND CAN I HAVE SOME

VROOM!

I saw this clip on Robot Chicken when it originally aired.

I think about it a lot for some reason.

Anyway. Sorry, don’t have anything else to say today.

Squidward is a Millennial

Change my mind.

The best part about that idea is that Squidward existed prior to the generally agreed-upon “lower limit” of the Millennial (SpongeBob started in 1999; most of the definitions of “Millennial” I’ve seen use the birth year range of early 1980s to early 2000s). This means that many Millennials grew up on a healthy dose of SpongeBob.

Perhaps we imprinted on Squidward! There’s your scapegoat, angry and critical Boomers. ‘Twas SpongeBob Squarepants all along.

Edpool

The highway scene in Deadpool overdubbed with sound effects from Ed, Edd, n’ Eddy? FANTASTIC.

Ed makes a great Deadpool, honestly. And this made me realize just how sound effect-heavy EE&E was. Such a good cartoon.

CARBO

I’d love to see someone who knows nothing about Aqua Teen Hunger Force watch this scene and try to figure out what in the actual living fuck the show is about.

Hell, I’d like to see someone who is very familiar with Aqua Teen Hunger Force watch this scene and try to figure out what in the actual living fuck the show is about.

Master Shake reminds me of my friend Zack from high school for some reason.

Also, I used to watch this show a lot during my first year of college. This and Futurama.

…then Metalocalypse.

Community: My Anti-Depressant

So the past week and a half has been a shit show.

But then I saw that someone had uploaded all of the Community end credit scenes from seasons 1 – 3 and that helped make things a lot better.

ATHF

Someone’s posted a whole ton of Aqua Teen Hunger Force episodes on YouTube and I’m having a flashback party to when I used to watch this show all the time in college.

I’d forgotten how weird it was.

It also got me into Metalocalypse, ’cause that was always on after ATHF. And we all know I love Metalocalypse.

Confession:

I feel like “Stranger Things” is overhyped. I watched the first season with Nate and I honestly didn’t see what the big deal was. Do people just like it because ZOMG 80s?

BobSponge

Nostalgia, anyone? [had to link a new one ’cause the old one got taken down]

I recognize about 97% of these. I used to watch a lot of Spongebob.

Sorry, it’s been a crappy day and this is all I’ve got right now.

Sun

This week has been awful, what with losing Annabelle and feeling really shitty for not being there for her when she was put down.

So this video was very much needed.

If you’ve never watched It’s Always Sunny, you’re missing out, yo. It’s the craziest. As one commenter says: “Out of context this show looks insane. In context this show is insane.” Truth.

Boozle

Holy crapples, I love the intro to The Defenders. Both the music and the animation. Check it:

The best one yet. Rankings:

1. The Defenders (music and animation)
(Edited to add): Punisher (music and animation) (Punisher and The Defenders are tied for first)

 

2. Daredevil (music and animation)

 

3. Iron Fist (music)

 

4. Jessica Jones

 

5. Luke Cage

Y’all know I like to rank things.

Name an underrated Simpsons character.

My answer: Milhouse.

I still say “everything’s comin’ up Milhouse!” in my head sometimes when something works out nicely.

Metal

I miss this stupid show so much, oh my god. I need to go back and watch the whole thing again.

Wonderful.

Street

OH MY GOD I REMEMBER THIS

[I had a different video of this linked originally, but it was taken down…it turns out that an official one was posted like a month later?]

We had this on VHS and I watched it so much as a kid.

“C” is the best.
“H” is great, too. Such a deadpan voice, hahaha.
“L” was one of my favorites, too. “LINOLEUM!!!!”

Holy crapples, the “V” story always scared the hell out of me.

Yay nostalgia.

SpongeCake SquarePan

These guys have made some action re-makes of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes.

They’re fantastic. Example:

The guy who plays SpongeBob does a freakishly good “panicked SpongeBob cry” (2:31).

Choke

So the local Calgary news crew had a little artichoke dip mishap a few days ago and now the video’s gone viral:

Oh, Canada.

“What happened to the stairs?!”

Hahaha, this makes me super happy and nostalgic.

Sorry, I’ve been having a really crappy day and this made things a little bit better.

ANTM?!

Holy crap, I just found a bunch of old America’s Next Top Model episodes on YouTube. Time to watch all of them!!!!

(I used to watch ANTM back in high school on nights when my mom would go down to Lewiston to visit Kelly.)

Anyway.

Edit: hahaha, I totally didn’t do a stats blog on this date like I was supposed to, did I? Oops.

Clefairy Party!

I am 8000% obsessed with Clefairy now. I have no idea why it wasn’t my favorite Pokemon back when I was into the cards, but holy hell, it’s the cutest little thing to me now.

On YouTube yesterday afternoon, I happened to find “Clefairy and the Moon Stone,” the episode of the Pokemon cartoon where Clefairy first appeared (I’d watched several episodes that had been uploaded, so this one was on my “recommended” list on YouTube).

LOOK AT HOW ADORABLE THESE THINGS ARE SERIOUSLY

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Also, I ordered a Clefairy plushie. Because I needed one.

The end.

A Decade of Metalocalypse

Hey, so apparently today marks exactly 10 years since Metalocalypse first aired on Adult Swim.

I know I’ve talked on and off about this show on this blog since, like, 2008, but that’s because this show is great. I also recently realized that it’s been on* for my entire college career, save the last few years since Doomstar Requiem, so it’s kind of traveled along with me on my journeys across North America. It sounds corny, but it was always nice to be able to have new episodes of Metalocalypse to chill to regardless of where I was/how stressed I was/how desperate I was to jump off a bridge.

ANYWAY.

Let me tell you how I found this show, because if you were to watch an episode of it, you probably would not think it’d be a show I’d like. And that was my first impression of it, too. Back in 2006, as a freshman at the U of I, I lived in the Literal Hellhole Wallace. I had a dinky little 12” TV that I hooked up to the cable there. I quickly became obsessed with Aqua Teen Hunger Force, since really the only channel I watched was Cartoon Network and ATHF was the weirdest shit I’d ever seen and was thus the best thing ever (also, Shake reminded me of one of my friends from junior high).

I would often watch ATHF, then keep the TV on but put it on mute. That’s something I do a lot, actually. But anyways. I saw the opening sequence for Metalocalypse a few times on my muted screen, since the show aired right after ATHF for awhile, but thought it looked like something that would be super dumb, so I never had the desire to unmute it. I actually remember glancing over to the TV and watching about three minutes of one of the muted episodes** and thinking, “why do people waste their talent by animating crap like this?”

Fast-forward to 2008. I’m now living in McConnell, a much nicer dorm, and still have my dinky little TV hooked up to the cable. Similar situation: I’ve finished watching ATHF and muted the TV. An episode of Metalocalypse came on, but I wasn’t really paying attention to it. But then I glanced over at it at some point and, for whatever reason, just decided to unmute it and see what it was really all about.

And I was right. It was the dumbest thing I’d ever seen.
And it was awesome.

You know that specific type of funny that’s just so ridiculous that it’s great? Metalocalypse is that for me. It’s so screwy. It’s so dark. It’s so messed up. They’re all such man-children. But it works, and it’s funny. I enjoy it.

It sounds like Adult Swim is being awful and not letting Metalocalypse have its much-needed 5th season, on Adult Swim or anywhere else. But I’ve still got the four seasons plus Doomstar that I can re-watch. And I will, because Metalocalypse is and always will be funny to me.

So yeah.

*when I say “on” I mean, more technically, “waiting 2+ years between seasons” because Adult Swim is a bunch of concrete farts.
**turns out that episode was the season 1 finale. Which is awesome, FYI.