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Positive, easy-to-digest documentaries and reality TV shows, please

I'm on brain rest (yes that's a thing) with a concussion, and need simple TV shows I can get in the US. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 7, 2015 - 45 answers

facedown in the mainstream

I've got a newish laptop (1.5 yr old, Samsung, Windows 8) that pretty much exclusively is used these days to stream sports to my tv via hdmi. I'd like a slightly more elegant set-up than I currently have, which has it sitting on a little stool next to the tv. [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Oct 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Looking for shows that aren't about jerks

I've reached my jerk quota in the real world, so I'm looking for some good TV shows (preferably on netflix or amazon prime streaming) that aren't about jerks. [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Oct 5, 2015 - 94 answers

When did they stop selling black and white television sets in the USA?

We had a black and white tv set when I was a child. We switched over to color at some point in the early '80s and we, along with tens of millions of other American consumers, never looked back. At some point, I suppose they must have stopped selling black and white tv sets [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 30, 2015 - 15 answers

Annoying anime for health and fitness

I get a much better daily workout on the stationary bike while watching anime that I kind of hate. I need recommendations for more series to watch that I won't like too much. Important additional details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee on Sep 27, 2015 - 23 answers

Positive depictions of consent in kids' media

I'm looking for depictions of healthy consent and boundaries in children's movies, TV shows, and other media. The catch is that I want stuff that does NOT refer to sexual activity directly and that is appropriate for kids under 12. [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Sep 27, 2015 - 6 answers

Favorite Halloween episodes of TV shows available on streaming.

My SO and I love watching Halloween-themed stuff this time of year. What are some awesome Halloween episodes of TV shows that are available on Netflix, HBO Go or Amazon Prime? Assume that we're not looking for movie recommendations (got that covered) and the following series are mainstays/have been seen: [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Sep 26, 2015 - 11 answers

My TV won't turn on remotely.

Our Tivo and TV remotes stopped operating our television. I can operate it with the physical buttons on the TV. I have checked the batteries and the connections and tried resetting the remotes to no avail. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Sep 24, 2015 - 2 answers

Help watching Australian "All 4 Adventure" show online?!

I'm trying to hunt down the All 4 Adventure show. Their YouTube channel just has short clips and compilations. I'm not currently in a location that they will ship their DVD's to. I've hunted around, but have come up dry. Thanks for helping!
posted by peripatew on Sep 24, 2015 - 1 answer

Best Season of Survivor?

I want to start watching Survivor again having quit at Season 16. Which season do you recommend I should watch? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Sep 21, 2015 - 10 answers

What is the word for this kind of violence?

I feel like there is a word for the type of violence in movies and TV that is indeed violence, but isn't all that disturbing. My Google skills haven't come up with much. [more inside]
posted by reshet on Sep 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Sarcasm in sketch comedy?

I'm half remembering a comedy sketch, or possibly part of a sitcom but can't remember who it is or the final punchline! The set up is that person A is being increasingly sarcastic but person b doesn't recognise it as such and takes what they are saying as a straight answer. Im pretty sure it's British and Google has turned up a Monty Python sketch or the Big Bang theory (neither of which is what I'm remembering) Thanks Metafilter!
posted by threetwentytwo on Sep 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Why are new TV shows running longer?

Why are new TV shows, such as USA's Mr. Robot and AMC's Fear The Walking Dead, running 65 or 66 minutes? Are we getting more show, more ads, or a little of both? How widespread is this practice and can we expect it to continue? In future syndication, will episodes be cut to fit in one-hour time slots?
posted by IndigoRain on Sep 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Explain TV Antennas to Me Like I'm Five

I need TV antenna advice tailored to my specific circumstances, and no amount of googling has helped beyond generalities. Yes, this is another cable cutting question. [more inside]
posted by ereshkigal45 on Sep 17, 2015 - 15 answers

Why does PBS show the same old music shows during fundraisers?

This is a cranky old lady question from a cranky old lady; whenever PBS has a fund drive, they take off the regular shows that I like and instead show old music specials or documentaries by Ken Burns they have already shown hundreds of times. I really do not want to see great hits of the 50s, Andrea Boccelli, or Simon and Garfunkle , and these substitutions make me less likely to contribute to the station, not more. Does showing these things again and again really get people to give money?
posted by mermayd on Sep 16, 2015 - 27 answers

Help me sound like Linda Belcher

My friend lost a bet and I get to talk to her for an entire morning sounding like Linda Belcher from Bob's Burgers. How can I best sound like Linda? [more inside]
posted by analog on Sep 16, 2015 - 7 answers

What's my best option for streaming tomorrow's debate to my Roku?

What's my best option for streaming tomorrow's Republican debate to my Roku? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Sep 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Where can I watch This Is England '90 in the US?

So the first episode of This Is England '90 just came out, and it's my very favorite show. Problem: how do I watch it in the US? [more inside]
posted by dysh on Sep 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Stories about Women who are Fighting Sexual Predators

Hey Brilliant People, happy Monday! I'm looking for film, tv, novel, play, etc. examples of women heros who are fighting against sexual predators especially ones who are doing it in secret? Like super heros! Can anyone think of a character like that? Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Sep 14, 2015 - 25 answers

I think like half of my AskMe history is identify-this-movie questions.

What movie/TV show am I thinking of? We find out grumpy conservative guy went to Woodstock and hated it. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Sep 7, 2015 - 5 answers

My 15 minutes soon to be lost!

I was interviewed by two television stations who later broadcast part of the interview. Both sent me a link to the story. The (formally) easy problem I have is to download the linked broadcast to my computer and eventually to a DVD archive. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep on Aug 17, 2015 - 7 answers

What was that 1980s TV movie/show with an alien news show?

In the late 1980s, I remember seeing something on television that featured some kids picking up a signal/broadcast from outer space. The broadcast contained an alien news show. It was a standard type of news show with male and female aliens at a news desk with an inset in the top corner. The aliens were sort of heavy-set, not your generic, skinny bug-eyed aliens. I don't think it was intended to be scary but it kind of freaked me out as a 7-year old and it has stuck with me to this day. [more inside]
posted by lbo on Aug 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me chose a Smart TV (I haven't had one in 15 years)

Help me chose a TV (like a Roku) or similar, that can play netflix, youtube, any webpage, and preferably my girlfriend's ATT U-verse live account (it has a website login). If it matters I'll be buying it used on craigslist or refurbished. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Aug 14, 2015 - 14 answers

Pre-season football fan needs a place to watch in Ventura County, CA.

Where, in Ventura County, is a good place to watch (and hear; keyword there) the NFL pre-season games live on TV and still manage to eat a reasonably priced meal? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Aug 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Unconventional Deaf Characters

Hey Brilliants! Can you think of any characters who are deaf and are also rebellious or unconventional / daring? Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Aug 6, 2015 - 21 answers

A recommendation engine for television shows

Asking for a friend. Is there a recommendation engine for television shows that you use and get good results from? I suggested that my friend ask Metafilter for recommendations, but he said that wouldn't work for him. He just wants recommendations powered by algorithms, he doesn't want to try asking people online. Also he is not a Netflix member and doesn't want to sign up.
posted by Cinnamon Bear on Aug 3, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me become Roger Ebert

When watching films or TV shows, on what basis do you deduce that screenwriting, directing, acting, casting etc. are good/bad? [more inside]
posted by frantumaglia on Jul 21, 2015 - 14 answers

Can I make this monitor work with my components?

I have this monitor. I use it with my 2012 15" Macbook Pro. I am curious about using it as a TV. I have questions about some of my older components and an adapter I saw on Amazon. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jul 10, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me remember the name of a 90s cooking show

Help me remember the name of a cooking show that starred an old man and younger woman that aired on public access TV In the 90s. [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Jul 8, 2015 - 4 answers

Spanish kids' shows for 6-year-old, first-year student?

Our daughter just finished her first year of Spanish in a full-immersion kindergarten. We're looking for good all-Spanish TV shows we can show her (and my wife, who wants to learn) over the summer so she doesn't forget it all. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 6, 2015 - 12 answers

My Dad loves Nascar Racing, how can he watch it online?

The Dish Network package he has doesn't carry the station this year that it is on. He does have internet so how can he watch it for free online? There are different things that come up when I search for it but I want one that is safe to use and has no malware or viruses.
posted by just asking on Jul 4, 2015 - 7 answers

House of Cards Episode Help!

Which episode of House of Cards featured the democrats hiding in their offices so Republicans would leave and they could quickly appear and win a vote? [more inside]
posted by Saebrial on Jul 2, 2015 - 2 answers

TVFilter: ISO "family viewing" series

We have watched (it was a long winter) the entirety of Anne of Green Gables, Road to Avonlea, Wind at My Back, and Emily of New Moon. We (two adults, one almost 8 yr old) need a new, mildly addictive, not scary series, hopefully with a similar sort of flavour? [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Jul 2, 2015 - 32 answers

O, to be in England...

I recall having seen something on TV maybe a decade or two ago in which a female character (or a male with a very high-pitched voice) was reciting the line, "O to be in England now that April's there[...]" several times with a very exaggerated/attempted British accent ("Eauuuugh to be in EEEEEEEEEEngland..."). I don't remember much more, and all my Google searches turn up is the actual poem that the line is from. I'd like to find this again; does it ring a bell to anyone? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Jul 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me identify a comedy show about a regular guy dating a starlet.

Help me identify a TV comedy about a regular dude who's dating a famous woman. [more inside]
posted by Sully on Jun 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Television for binge watchers short on time

My fiancé and I like to watch television together, but our schedules are unusually busy this summer, so our usual 45 minutes shows aren't cutting it. Any recommendations for excellent 21-30 minute programs? [more inside]
posted by alligatorpear on Jun 30, 2015 - 38 answers

I need some new shows to binge or get into :)

Hi there! I am trying to find three new shows to get into. My favorite shows was Grey's Anatomy- although the writing is not so great anymore. I really like Nasheville, Big Bang, Downton Abbey and Modern Family. I just got into Proof and The Good Wife. I have tried Scandal but just can't get into it. OITNB is too depressing for me. Any ideas? Any new shows I should try. thanks!!
posted by TRUELOTUS on Jun 30, 2015 - 37 answers

Is it protocol to turn treatment to tv script for free to get the job?

I met a guy who is producing a tv show - he has raised half the money to shoot the pilot and seems to be legitimate. I told him I was a writer and he expressed interest in having me on board as one of the writers for the show. He then asked me if I could turn his treatment (the overall idea of the first episode) into a proper script format. He did not offer to pay for this and it seemed like it was a way of auditioning / interviewing me. More details and my question inside.. [more inside]
posted by soooo on Jun 26, 2015 - 8 answers

At what point should I quit watching "Supernatural"?

One of my current brain-off binge-watch-while-tinkering/sewing shows is "Supernatural." I'm partway through Season 1. I've heard that, like many long-running shows (don't even look at me, X-Files), it eventually goes pear-shaped. As spoiler-free as possible: when should I quit? Alternatively, at what point should I quit, but feel free to point out any later episodes that are worth the watch.
posted by Naamah on Jun 24, 2015 - 19 answers

How can our family transition (esp. young son) to less screen time?

Right now everyone in our family, but especially my young son, watches too much TV (or shows on iPad). I'd like to cut it down a lot ideally, but realistically to under what is generally recommended the "safe maximum" for young children. [more inside]
posted by nosh, daven, shtup on Jun 19, 2015 - 22 answers

DVD: Deja Vu Detective?

I recently saw the first episode, "Hammer of God," of the 2013 BBC adaptation of Father Brown, with Mark Williams as the priest. Although I would swear that I had not watched the series before, I seemed to have seen this episode. I remembered it in great detail, except for two: I had not a single memory of Father Brown in the story, and in my memory the villain killed himself instead of turning himself in. Is it possible that the adaptation could have been used in another series? [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Jun 19, 2015 - 3 answers

TV Show recommendations to watch with my daughter?

Looking for TV Show recommendations (sci-fi, adventure, mystery) to watch with my 9 year old daughter who is currently a big Dr. Who fan. [more inside]
posted by malphigian on Jun 17, 2015 - 49 answers

What TV show should I watch with my friend while Skype-chatting?

A friend and I have a tradition of watching RuPaul's Drag Race (and its companion show Untucked) "together" while Skype-chatting. Now that season 7 is over, what other shows would lend themselves to watching this way? [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on Jun 17, 2015 - 13 answers

What caused these wires inside our TV to turn into charcoal?

We just bought a Vizio E550VL LCD TV on Craigslist. We tested it before buying it, of course, and it worked fine; we brought it home and watched an episode of Game of Thrones on it, and it continued to work fine. The next morning when we turned it on, the screen brightness starting flickering badly, and a little while later the screen stopped turning on at all. When we opened it up we found this charred wiring (note blackened housing and brown spots on circuit board.) What should we do? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Jun 16, 2015 - 11 answers

What are some shows that depict victims of trauma becoming sociopaths?

Also interested in books, movies, even news articles that have similar themes. [more inside]
posted by mingo_clambake on Jun 15, 2015 - 21 answers

Binge TV

What will get me hooked? [more inside]
posted by raider on Jun 13, 2015 - 61 answers

Rules about showing real corpses on TV?

What are the regulations, laws, or norms regarding showing images of actual (non-fictional) corpses on TV in the United States (or more specifically California)? [more inside]
posted by unsub on Jun 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Help preparing for an interview for Production Coordinator

Looking for as much information/anecdotes as possible [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jun 10, 2015 - 3 answers

What is some good science fiction like this?

I'm interested in good science fiction in any format (book, film, comics, etc.) that explores that idea that we are not alone in the universe, but wildly mismatched with everybody or nearly every else in terms of civilization stages, kinds of technology, perception, etc. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jun 10, 2015 - 44 answers

Why are TV shows still protecting for 4:3?

So I was just looking at some production art work for Adventure Time, and it seemed weird, in this day and age, that they're still producing the show to be watched on a standard-definition, 4:3 TV set. [more inside]
posted by 1970s Antihero on Jun 5, 2015 - 13 answers

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