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TV recommendations for the hard to please

AI have super picky, specific tastes in TV. Help me find more shows that meet my criteria. Exact preferences and shows I already enjoy or dislike under the fold. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jan 18, 2017 - 57 answers

What TV Shows Are Like Burn Notice and White Collar?

White Collar is my all-time favorite TV show. Recently I've speed-binged Burn Notice on Netflix, and I'm almost done. I'm looking for my next fix. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Jan 17, 2017 - 56 answers

Can I run an extension cord behind drywall?

My wife and I finally broke down and bought a modern, flat-screen TV. I would like to hang it and hide the wires behind the wall. I know that I can do this with the low-voltage, HDMI cables, but I am wondering if I can run a good commercial-grade extension cord behind the wall as well so that I can hide the TV's power cord. Is this a dangerous/terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jan 17, 2017 - 7 answers

Is this story about Star Trek real?

There's a scene in the classic Star Trek episode "The Naked Time", which is mostly known for shirtless Sulu, where he stands in front of Uhura and says "I'll protect you fair maiden!" And she says, "Sorry, neither." I noticed this tumblr post pop up on Facebook and Twitter in the last few days suggesting that Nichelle Nichols adlibbed that line. Is that true? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Jan 4, 2017 - 13 answers

TV buying advice for dinosaurs. Non-US dinosaurs.

We're Americans living abroad in Europe. We've lived an essentially TV-free life for the last several years but watch a lot of DVDs, and some internet stuff. We have a ˜15 year old CRT tv, but we really want to upscale to a big flat-screen. I'm tech savvy, but feel like a total dinosaur on this. Need some really basic guidance. [more inside]
posted by leticia on Dec 27, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me find a new, but old, underappreciated Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series.

So, I do a podcast which focuses on the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century television show that ran from '79 to '81 and we'll soon run out of that show. It's time to move on to another sci-fi/fantasy television series. [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on Dec 22, 2016 - 43 answers

What do your kids watch?

What does your 7/8/9 yo kid watch on Netflix or Amazon? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Dec 22, 2016 - 23 answers

Trope/examples of scenes featuring secret meetings in movie theaters?

Can you give me examples of scenes in film or television either featuring two characters clandestinely meeting up in a movie theater to exchange intelligence/money/drugs, or in which an assassin goes to the movies to kill his mark? Is there a TV Tropes name for this? I seem to remember one specific example of this happening in a theater showing X-rated footage, but can't pin it down.
posted by lizzicide on Dec 21, 2016 - 30 answers

My, how you've grown!

Can you help me think of examples of this longstanding creepy trope? The trope is when a man saves/helps/knows a girl in her youth, and has a paternal relationship to her if any. Then he leaves (presumably to go on adventures) and he returns to the girl, who is: omg a *woman* now. And they get together and it's not creepy at all (by the movie's standards). [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Dec 19, 2016 - 86 answers

Where Have I Seen This Tower Of Televisions?

Please have a look at these two stills taken from Cowboy Bebop (Session #23). They reminded me so much of an image (motif) I had seen before in some other sci-fi feature. Does it ring any bells with anyone?
posted by roryks on Dec 17, 2016 - 22 answers

Race-aware essays about Westworld?

I've been watching the HBO series Westworld and am interested in reading writings applying critical theory to the depiction of race in the show (including race/gender/orientation intersectionality). Everything between pop-culture articles/tweets/Tumblrs and academic papers is welcome. PoC authors especially preferred.
posted by matildaben on Dec 15, 2016 - 2 answers

Please help me evict the gremlins from my TV

My Viore TV has developed an interesting problem -- when it's in its usual spot in the living room, any button pressed on the remote will "stick" and keep repeating. If I move the TV to a different spot, the problem stops and the remote works perfectly. Even weirder, when I brought in a different TV, it had the same problem. Can you help me troubleshoot? [more inside]
posted by dislegomena on Dec 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Scottish atheist solves crimes, has steamy romance, on Mystery!

I can't believe I'm asking this, but here we are. Sometime between 1990 and 1998 I saw a miniseries on Mystery! or Masterpiece Theater or just PBS and all I remember is that it was about a Scottish atheist who was a detective, or a PI, or something mystery-related? And he points out that men wearing just socks are silly, but women wearing just socks are sexy? Setting was contemporary. It was in reruns when I saw it. What the heck did I see and can I watch it again?
posted by blnkfrnk on Dec 1, 2016 - 10 answers

TV series like literary novels

I recently inhaled The Crown. My all time favorite TV show is Mad Men. What should I watch next? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Nov 28, 2016 - 59 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

Fantastic dances with the stars?

I'm hoping to make a YouTube playlist featuring all of the best dances from Dancing with the Stars. I have not watched it in awhile. Which performances do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Nov 24, 2016 - 8 answers

What channel should I watch election returns on?

I'm watching the U.S. election returns tonight. What network will have the best anchor, most informative commentators, and accurate calls?
posted by Alluring Mouthbreather on Nov 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Discovering Average Wait After Airdate on Various Streaming Services?

Is there anything out there that advises, for a show you would type in, what the average wait between airdate and it showing up on a particular legal streaming service is? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Nov 7, 2016 - 3 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 - 70 answers

Tell me when to quit.

For (drama or crime) television shows that you have watched the entire way through to the end of the series, please tell me which shows are worth watching through to the series end and, for those that aren't, where I should quit watching them. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Oct 24, 2016 - 71 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

Actor ID, from the television show "24"

Does anyone know the name of this actor, who plays a member of the national security team in a Presidential briefing in s7e15 of the show: 24? Thanks in advance!!
posted by stanleyhuff on Sep 21, 2016 - 4 answers

2016 US Presidential Debate viewing options for cable cutters

What are some alternative viewing options for the Presidential debates starting next week? I'd like to watch on our TV, not a browser window, but we don't have a device connected to our basic cable service. We do have an Apple TV and a Fire TV stick. [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen on Sep 20, 2016 - 20 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

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

Moar TV recommendations

I have cable for the first time in my adult life... what should we watch? [more inside]
posted by joycehealy on Aug 14, 2016 - 15 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

Third Party DVR that works with SlingTV?

I am interested in SlingTV as a replacement for my Dish Network service, but I primarily consume TV via DVR. Is this a not-starter? [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Aug 3, 2016 - 8 answers

Queer short films appropriate for teens

I facilitate an LGBTQ+ teen support group that meets weekly, and next week we're renting a space with an auditorium and projector so that we can watch a short film and chat about it afterwards. What do we watch? [more inside]
posted by libraritarian on Aug 2, 2016 - 5 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

Longshot filter: Help me ID what I saw on the news as a little kid.

When I was five, I got up out of bed to bug my parents about something, and accidentally saw some unusually violent footage on the evening news. The awfulness of it has stuck with me, even though I have no idea what it really was. This would have been around 1983 - 1984 (possibly troubling details within). [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on Jul 27, 2016 - 9 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

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

Name That TV Show: British/PBS 1980s edition!

Someone emailed my office trying to remember the names of two TV shows, possibly British, that aired on U.S. public TV in the 1980s. Can you and your wayback goggles help? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Jun 30, 2016 - 5 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

What are the best (and worst) fake accents?

On a scale from 1 to "Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice", what are the most standout examples (for better or worse) of fake accents in movies and on TV shows? [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco on Jun 24, 2016 - 77 answers

Giving up the boob tube

I'd like to give up watching tv. I watch 1 to 2 hours a day now and it's a huge waste of time. What are your hacks for giving it up? [more inside]
posted by Kalmya on Jun 7, 2016 - 38 answers

Toddler sad about war

Looking for a way to show my toddler Mr. Roger's Neighborhood Episode 1525, or something similar. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on May 29, 2016 - 15 answers

Need a new TV show, with previous suggestions

Know of any good drama-ish TV series that are great to dive into? [more inside]
posted by sanka on May 28, 2016 - 47 answers

Smart thrillers, not too gory?

Here's another "choose my entertainment for me" question: If I like "Alias" and "The Night Manager"—smart, not-too-gory, lots of twists and turns—what else will I like? [more inside]
posted by pipti on May 27, 2016 - 24 answers

Does Downton Abbey get better or worse?

I am currently finishing Season 2 of Downton Abbey with the war just ending. How would you grade Seasons 3 through 6? Is it worth the time commitment given my concerns? [more inside]
posted by pixlboi on May 13, 2016 - 45 answers

Is this a real book?

There's a book used as a prop on the tv show Elementary and I'm wondering if it's real or not. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Apr 21, 2016 - 3 answers

How do things like live broadcast TV deal with vacation/absences?

Most every other company I've seen can grind to a halt on certain days depending on who calls in sick and how many, who is on vacation, etc. How does broadcast and other "must go on" stuff like that deal with these kinds of personnel issues? Do they just have a 3-deep bench of understudy people for every role that usually aren't doing much and step in in case of emergencies? Do they borrow people from other studios with an understanding that it will be reciprocated? Do the unions help somehow?
posted by basehead on Apr 12, 2016 - 12 answers

Why does the picture dance?

Can someone please explain this odd tv image effect that I've noticed for several years [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Apr 6, 2016 - 3 answers

In search of brainbreaking episodes of Mister Rogers

Toddler WanKenobi & I have been all about Fred Rogers lately. We've seen a few episodes that have broken the fourth wall in interesting ways, and I'd like to see more. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Mar 22, 2016 - 12 answers

Where can I download kid's cartoons other than Amazon and iTunes?

I want to buy and download videos of children's tv programs and films so that they can be watched when we don't have internet access (in the car, for example). [more inside]
posted by Ariadne on Mar 5, 2016 - 7 answers

70s/80s movie about a babysitter who's a witch

I have a vague memory of watching a movie on local TV Saturday afternoon (this would have been in the late 90s). Family hires a new babysitter, she turns out to be a witch & does witchy stuff. I remember she was blonde and there were lots of yellow & orange tones in the shots. I'm also pretty sure there was a shot of her levitating. I already have determined it is NOT the 1990 Friedkin film "The Guardian", though the witch did look similar. Any ideas?
posted by gracespeaks on Mar 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Blog documentary on British television.

I have a memory of a documentary on British television, possibly in the early 00s about blogging culture, which had interviews with key figures, but I can't remember the title. Any ideas?
posted by feelinglistless on Feb 21, 2016 - 2 answers

Why don't TV stations stream their programming?

For example, why can't I see the network news shows in real time on my computer? For that matter, why don't they steam their entire lineups, ads and all? They'd reach more viewers, and surely it's not that expensive. Yes, I understand that local affiliates decide what and when to broadcast. But why don't the locals just stream a mirror of their broadcasts (which don't require cable or satellite etc)?
posted by LonnieK on Feb 18, 2016 - 14 answers

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