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I need a brain planner for people bad at thoughts

This is bothering me way more than it should. Ballers is a show about someone who tries to help young football players be better with their money. There is another show or movie about someone helping another kind of professional be better with their money, but I can't think of it or google it. I can't even think of what the other profession is or who might star in this, but I'm sure I've seen it. Does any of this sound familiar?
posted by michaelh on Nov 30, 2016 - 4 answers

Smearing / differential movement display problems on my LED TV?

My LED TV has always had a couple of (probably related) strange display issues. I'd like to know what this problem(s) is called so I can figure out if it can be fixed (and to avoid getting it in the next TV I buy - I might just trash this one!). See details below. [more inside]
posted by Mechitar on Nov 27, 2016 - 8 answers

Sitcoms where the characters get to progress toward their goals?

A common plot device used in sitcoms is that the main characters repeatedly try and fail to achieve their goals. But what are some sitcoms where the characters make significant progress and that's what drives the plot forward? (Other than Parks and Rec, which I love.) [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Nov 25, 2016 - 33 answers

When will broadcast TV cease to exist? Or why won't it?

Just curious if anyone out there knows why broadcast TV stations aren't going the way of the dinosaurs anytime soon? Broadcast TV occupies nice wireless frequencies that can travel long distances and penetrate walls, etc.. but with fewer people watching broadcast TV, why are there "whitespace" experiments -- and not full experiments to replace "TV spectrum" with general purpose "Internet spectrum"? Do TV stations have some kind of regulatory right to exist or something? [more inside]
posted by lostguy on Nov 23, 2016 - 7 answers

I want to laugh, dammit!

I keep hearing we're in the golden age of TV. And yes, there's definitely too many acclaimed dramas to even keep up with, and new must-watch ones each year. But what are the great new sitcoms of today? What makes you laugh on a regular basis?
posted by smackfu on Nov 12, 2016 - 41 answers

movies and tv shows that display radical empathy

What are some movies and tv shows that display radical empathy? Another way to phrase what I'm looking for might be a complex, non-judgmental understanding of what it is to be humans, specifically and generally. This kind of storytelling is helping me right now. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Nov 10, 2016 - 47 answers

Australians and New Zealanders, what do your kids watch?

I’m specifically looking for reasonably recent TV shows or films for kids that are made in Australia or New Zealand. I have boys in the 6 to 12 age range. Thanks.
posted by guy72277 on Nov 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Escapist Visions of a (more-or-less) Functioning Society

I've been binge-watching Parks and Rec over the past few hours. It's hitting a sweet spot because of its warm portrayal of competent, caring people who manage to get things done for the public good despite opposition. Mr Smith Goes to Washington is a bit too saccharine, but is the right ballpark. The Goblin Emperor scratched this itch perfectly, even though it's not about a democratic society. Books, TV or movies. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Nov 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Does buying a big screen TV have to be this draining

Does buying a big screen TV have to be as draining - emotionally, chronologically, financially - as it seems? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Nov 5, 2016 - 23 answers

How do Roku TVs work? (For Dummies)

Help me understand and make an informed choice when it comes to Roku, TVs and Roku TVs. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Nov 4, 2016 - 15 answers

Stories about activists

I want novels/TV/movies about activists, people who devote time to fight for a cause they believe in. [more inside]
posted by Frenchy67 on Nov 3, 2016 - 48 answers

ISO adults who adult

I love a good exploding superhero cartoon as much as the next nerd, but this election really has me missing people who act like grownups. Can you recommend recent film or TV dramas in the vein of A Most Wanted Man, Spotlight, or Show Me a Hero that depict realistic characters who act like adults and do their jobs without a lot of fuss? Parameters and [more inside]
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide on Nov 3, 2016 - 29 answers

Seeking sweet television shows as an antidote to the sour US election

In the most recent election thread over on Metafilter blue, a discussion about the British comedy Detectorists and its effect as a balm to us election-weary folks has been at a gentle simmer. I am one more episode from the end (again), and am looking for a new show to watch with my mom that has a similar kind and calming feel. It need not be British (though aren't they just the best at this?), but something available on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime is ideal. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown on Nov 3, 2016 - 67 answers

How many channel numbers do people remember?

It occurred to me today that I only know about six TV channel numbers anymore, and I was wondering whether that was particularly low. Is there any research into this? [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Nov 3, 2016 - 23 answers

What on earth was this program?

I was recently, late at night, in a hotel watching random TV in a language I couldn't understand. Can you id the show for me? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Oct 17, 2016 - 4 answers

Family Television for 5- and 7-year-olds

My boys are old enough to watch family TV (and movies) instead of just children's stuff! Yay! But this is hard to find! BOO! Suggest for us some family TV series in particular that we can enjoy as a family. Specifications within. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Oct 11, 2016 - 50 answers

What are good documentaries to watch with my kids?

I watched Reel Injun with my kids and we loved it. We also liked the new Cosmos. One of us loved the Katy Perry biopic. What are other recent documentaries we might enjoy? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 3, 2016 - 18 answers

Movies and TV shows about jobs... behind the scenes!

I loved Whiplash. I love Top Chef. I love documentaries about ballet. What else can I watch that gives an entertaining insight into the 'backstage' of various professions? [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on Sep 30, 2016 - 39 answers

Universal Streaming TV Watch List?

So now that CW has cut ties with Hulu in favor of Netflix (full seasons will be available 8 days after the season finale), I have three places to keep track of current TV: Hulu for NBC, Fox and ABC; CWtv.com for CW; and cbs.com for CBS shows. Halp! [more inside]
posted by hungrybruno on Sep 27, 2016 - 7 answers

How can I affordably conceal cables/cords/devices after I mount my TV?

I just bought a condo and need to mount my TV to the wall. I’d like to conceal as many of the other external parts and devices (TV power cord, cables, cable box, and Roku) as possible once the TV is mounted. My brother-in-law mentioned infrared repeaters and RF remotes as possible solutions, but I am overwhelmed by the options and their mechanics, which products are compatible with my TV, etc. [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Sep 19, 2016 - 13 answers

Who were the scary people who taught me to speak French?

Long ago back when the world was young, Mater Octorok tried to get me to learn French by making me watch videotapes of French language kids' TV. There are three series I particularly remember. One was Téléfrancais, one was French In Action, and the third was...freaking weird. This is what I can recall about it... [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Sep 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Does anyone ever get away from the police helicopter?

Shows like Police, Camera, Action! and Police Interceptors are a guilty pleasure. Watching these shows, it seems like once the police helicopter comes out, the person being chased is done for — they always get caught. Is this because the TV programmes don't show cases where the criminal escapes, or is it just impossible to get away once the helicopter comes out? [more inside]
posted by alby on Sep 17, 2016 - 16 answers

Interesting TV shows (or movies) with kind, loving characters

I'm looking for TV shows (or movies) that star, or heavily feature characters who are kind and loving to each other, who grow and develop into better people, and who are (often) genuinely trying or doing their best. If there are multiple characters you would want to hang out with in person, that's probably a show for me! I'd especially love to know who you'd want to hang out with and why in your answers. [more inside]
posted by freyley on Sep 15, 2016 - 75 answers

ISO of more Spanish language TV series like Narcos

I loved Narcos. What other Spanish language TV series, including telenovelas, do you recommend and which are available on streaming? I prefer dramas and thrillers. I have Amazon Prime and Netflix, but I'm willing to pay for additional content. I do not speak any Spanish, so subtitles are a must. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Sep 13, 2016 - 9 answers

Binge watching history

I am looking to settle into a nice, weekly marathon tele night where I can binge on one or two episodes of a riveting historical drama series or mini series... [more inside]
posted by pinkacademic on Sep 9, 2016 - 19 answers

Help us find this key--or as close to it as possible

My friend just introduced me to and older SyFy miniseries called The Lost Room, and I've gotten a little obsessed. I found replicas of the key fob featured in the show, but I haven't found anything close to the key itself. Here's a collage of images of the key from the show. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Sep 8, 2016 - 8 answers

Is hooking up a multi region player as easy as i think?

I'm wanting to get a multi-region player and the one i found is in the UK while i'm in the US. I know i'll at least need an adapter for the voltage but is it as easy as just plugging it up? Do i need to mess with setting on my tv too, or does NTSC/PAL not matter with lcd hdtvs anymore?
posted by earthquakeglue on Sep 7, 2016 - 4 answers

Film people: outdoor lighting's different in the West vs East Coast?

In this interview with Julia Louis Dreyfus, she talks about how the TV show Veep moved its filming location from Baltimore to Los Angeles. Halfway through, she says, "We never shot anything exterior during the day in California to stand in for the East Coast because the light is so different there." Having recently moved from Baltimore to Los Angeles myself, I'm curious - what does she mean?
posted by facehugger on Sep 6, 2016 - 20 answers

roll, roll, roll down ze hill.

trying to remember something from the 80s. help? [more inside]
posted by koroshiya on Sep 6, 2016 - 4 answers

Period dramas that are more Cold War than Corset

I've realised that I really like period dramas that are a) set in the 20th Century, particularly post-war b) often feature a workplace environment. Mad Men, Mr Selfridge, Halt and Catch Fire, The House of Elliot. Are there any others I should know about? Extra points if it has interesting costumes and has me looking up historical details on Wikipedia after an episode. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 2, 2016 - 37 answers

Lucha in the USA?

I am trying to find out if there are television channels in the United States that show Lucha Libre wrestling? [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener on Sep 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Running TV Audio Through Stereo, Can't Mute Sound Via Cable Remote

I have a 10-year old Samsung HDTV (LNT4661F). I run audio out via RCA cables into my 30 year old stereo amp, keeping the TV's volume at zero. Problem is when I hit "mute" on my cable (Verizon Fios) remote control, it doesn't mute (oddly, when I hit the virtual "mute" button on the virtual remote in my FIOS iphone app, the sound DOES mute!) there a way to make the cable remote (one of these mute the volume?
posted by Quisp Lover on Aug 31, 2016 - 22 answers

What is the name of this sleeping puppet show?

On a recent trip to Mexico (like, last month), I was watching TV in my hotel room at night (maybe around 10 pm or later) and found a show that seemed to literally just be a puppet sleeping for about three or more hours. I cannot find anything that makes me feel like I'm not crazy for having seen this. [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Aug 30, 2016 - 6 answers

How to watch the NFL without cable?

What is the legal, legit way to watch NFL games at my home? Difficulty factor: not tech savy. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Aug 25, 2016 - 12 answers

Help me refine and name my television show idea!

I am going to pitch a DIY design TV show- could you help me figure it out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2016 - 13 answers

Not Florence Foster-Jenkins.

Can you help my fiancé remember the name of a singer who had a cable access show in the 1980s, and who sang arias very badly? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 22, 2016 - 8 answers

Streaming without wifi

What device do I need to stream Netflix etc... to my not-wifi-capable TV? [more inside]
posted by Archipelago on Aug 18, 2016 - 31 answers

My Vizio 55" TV doesn't turn on unless unplugged!

Hola Mefi!, My 55 inch Vizio suddenly stopped turning on recently. The pain in the butt thing is that the only way to get it back on is to unplug it for ~90 minutes. Then it'll work for a few days until it doesn't. Rinse/repeat. I'm having trouble tracking down repair guides besides the standard backlight/flashlight test. Anyone else had this issue? Is there a great TV repair forum I don't know about somewhere?
posted by GilloD on Aug 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Looking for a VERY multi-interface video adapter for our conference TV

Is there a device that converts multiple video outputs (DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, mini-DP, VGA, DVI, ect) into a single HDMI cable? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Aug 11, 2016 - 10 answers

Not-quite-Nordic not-necessarily-Noir?

The TV show Fargo is great. I really enjoy it. But aside from the great storytelling and filmmaking skill, I realized it ticks some boxes that I want more of: 1) crime 2) in flyover country 3) during the winter Can you suggest books, movies, or TV shows that meet these criteria?
posted by Monochrome on Aug 9, 2016 - 38 answers

i swear to god i use to be fun

What are some good food/travel and HGTV-type home and design shows on Hulu? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 8, 2016 - 11 answers

"Oh God, How I Miss TV!”

We don't have cable or receive OTA signals. We'd like to watch some TV (NetFlix, YouTube, network streaming). We have WiFi, a Samsung SmartTV(450, 2010?), a Toshiba TV, a Wii, an old MacBook w/ dying monitor (6,1 OS X 10.6.8), an old iPod Touch (4th Gen?), and an iPhone 5. Please suggest setups and options using the resources we have or cheap peripherals (<$100) that would make our TVing satisfying. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Aug 6, 2016 - 18 answers

What to buy for a sweet PS4/general entertainment setup?

I'm gonna be coming up on some money soon. Hooray! In order to save money I plan on buying a PS4, but I'm starting from nothing. What sorts of things do I need to have a really fun experience? [more inside]
posted by gucci mane on Jul 30, 2016 - 14 answers

tv shows on Netflix: real emotions, self-consistent worlds, happenings?

Can you direct me to shows on Netflix that are sort of character sketches with really good acting as well as where intense stuff like, I don't know, murder, peril, sexual assault still happen? Examples within. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jul 15, 2016 - 43 answers

Amazon Fire TV or something else for live sports?

I want to cancel my U-Verse subscription and still have access to live NHL and MLB games. Would the Amazon Fire TV work for me or is there something better? More details about my TV preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by a moisturizing whip on Jul 12, 2016 - 8 answers

Where are Series 1 & 2 of Endeavour?

I have a recurring recording for Masterpiece Mystery on my DVR, and a few weeks ago I was suddenly seeing Endeavour in the queue. This is great because I found I like it a great deal. However, it is series 3, and I never saw the first two series. I went to my AppleTV to see if I could find the first two series there but I didn't see them. So, how can I (legally) view the first two series? [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Jul 11, 2016 - 7 answers

In Scotland, people waved a friend over with a hand-puppet like move

Last month, in Scotland, people were waving at friends across the way by extending their arms up and forming a hand-puppet shape with their hand. (With the 4 fingers parallel to the ground, at a right angle from the arm, thumb under the fingers. Then the thumb and fingers move apart and back together, to simulate talking, like you'd see the Muppet Kermit talk.) Is this a wide-spread phenomenon in Scotland, or the UK in general? Is it from a TV show, or other cultural segment that hasn't made the jump to the US yet? Or was this a bizarre coincidence to see a few times over the course of a week? (More detail below.) [more inside]
posted by davebug on Jul 6, 2016 - 12 answers

What are some fictional examples of archaeology/ruins set in the future?

I'm looking for examples of archaeology of the present day, and/or of the ruins of the modern world, from the perspective of the future, as expressed in fiction or film. These could be major plot points, recurrent themes, or merely passing references. [more inside]
posted by Rumple on Jul 4, 2016 - 42 answers

Suggestions for Wall-Mounting a 40" RCA Flatscreen?

I just moved into my gf's cozy apartment. The only place to mount my tv is above the bedroom's French doors. This should be doable but I wanted to talk it through before ordering the right mount and I'd very much like to do this right. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Jul 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Help my friend improve her TV diet!

My friend has taken a vow to only watch television shows that have socially conscious casting and writing, and she's doing this by applying what I'll call "The Nanton Test." Can you recommend well-written shows that fit the bill? [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Jun 30, 2016 - 38 answers

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