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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 - 17 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

Best New TV For Watching Old Movies?

Our TV, a stately Sony Trinitron that's served us since 1999, is dying. We need a new 42 inch-ish TV. I have no idea what to look for in this new flat/plasma/HD market. All I want to avoid is that godawful HD thing where old movies look like cheap soap operas and everything is too sharp and flat. No interest in a smart TV or 3D or anything like that. What should I buy to make our media diet of old movies and Netflix TV shows look the best?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 28, 2016 - 17 answers

How does TV get to a TV?

What process happens when a TV studio produces an electronic signal and then sends it along to be displayed on your TV at home? Where does the signal go and how does it get there?
posted by Socinus on Jan 27, 2016 - 6 answers

Like Paw Patrol, but with more bitches.

My two-year-old daughter is obsessed with Paw Patrol. I'm not in love with the gender representation on the show. What shows are similar but with better diversity in terms of gender? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jan 21, 2016 - 36 answers

Documentary TV Shows On TV Modarn Day

What are your FAVORITE "Documentary-style" TV shows that aren't reality shows, currently airing in the US? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 19, 2016 - 12 answers

Franch language television suitable for binge watching?

Just finished binge watching all of Young Montalbano and Detective Montalbano. Great stuff. What I would like to find is something equally binge worthy, but in French. Genre not important, just engaging characters and/or stories. DVD by preference. [more inside]
posted by BWA on Jan 14, 2016 - 20 answers

Overthinking a plate of bubble and squeak

Wondering about an odd bit of dialog (spoiler-free) in Downton Abbey, Season Six, ep 1. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown on Jan 7, 2016 - 8 answers

What's worth watching these days?

What do you consider the most underrated TV show to air during the past year? [more inside]
posted by mollywas on Jan 3, 2016 - 75 answers

Lens on Lilliput — searching for the theme

Back in the early days of Australian television — back before I was born — there was a show on the ABC called "Lens on Lilliput". It was a show of its time where basically they showed the view from a microscope. My wife's uncle wants to hear the theme again and although all the family of his age remember the show, they can't remember the theme. Google has been of almost no use to me here and I'm hoping that maybe someone might be able to help.
posted by antipodes on Dec 27, 2015 - 3 answers

So, who was the first "Flo"?

My hubs and I were talking earlier about the character "Flo" in the the Progressive commercials and got to wondering... who was the first Flo-like character? I'm thinking Mr. Whipple of "Please don't squeeze the Charmin" fame, I'm sure there must have been someone earlier than that. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Dec 24, 2015 - 22 answers

What is the most best computer/editing software for basic video editing?

I’m a television documentary executive/producer/writer/director. Earlier in my career, I did some some basic editing, but it was never my specialty. For the last dozen years, I have hired editors and post supervisors to handle everything, so I’m terribly out of touch with the best options out there. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by avrobie on Dec 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Ways to Cut the Cable/Satellite Cord?

I work for a small, community-owned, fiber optic Internet and telephone start-up and we want to provide customers — and potential customers — with options on how to use our services to (legally) watch their favorite programming. Looking to the hive mind for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Dec 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Questions about streaming TV

I’m not a luddite, but I’ve been left in the dust by TV technology. Help us start streaming, please. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Dec 14, 2015 - 38 answers

What was this TMNT rip-off show?

When I was ten or so, I remember catching a TMNT-style animated show with a 50s theme. What was it? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Dec 11, 2015 - 10 answers

1980s TV show.. ERASED from existence

There was a TV show, early 80s, probably on PBS. Short subject, less than 20 minutes, squeezed in between shows. It was all about Emerging Future Tech! Like microcomputers, art in tech, digital stuff. The host was Laurie Anderson. It has FALLEN off the FACE of the EARTH. [more inside]
posted by AaronRaphael on Dec 8, 2015 - 6 answers

TV and Movie Reviews and Recaps websites sought.

In the past few years, most of my mainstay pop culture sites for movie reviews and TV recaps and reviews have shut down or declined drastically in appeal. I need suggestions for replacements to check out that aren't defunct, or sites I already know about that don't fit the bill; I'm not expecting a voluble community, as I'm happy with just good site writers with a good grasp on pop culture and an intelligent perspective. So not AV Club, not Fanfare, not Vulture or TVLine or Entertainment Weekly but somewhere new; a lot more detail follows. [more inside]
posted by gadge emeritus on Dec 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Handbrake stopping halfway through TV episode.

I've tried to rip an mp4 of an episode of Wire in the Blood (Season 1 Disc 3 : Justice Painted Blind) from an immaculate disc on my iMac using the lastest Handbrake. It only rips the first part (48:35) then stops. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Dec 5, 2015 - 8 answers

Mystery b/w film reel labeled Hoot Gibson Show #36 - help me ID it?

I picked up a reel of film at an estate sale the other day. It is only labeled "Hoot Gibson Show #36." [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Nov 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Characters who incidentally have an illness or disability?

Can anybody give me some examples of characters in film, television, or literature who incidentally have an illness or disability (i.e., their illness or disability does not somehow become a central plot device)? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Nov 17, 2015 - 69 answers

How represented are Indian Americans in U.S. television?

The recent FPP on Aziz Ansari, made me wonder exactly how much Indian Americans are under represented on television. According to the 2010 census, Indian Americans are roughly 0.9% of the U.S. population, but what percentage of TV actors are Indian American? The only statistics I was able to find on representation of minority groups lumped all minorities together. Can anyone point me to a good source for this type of information?
posted by nolnacs on Nov 11, 2015 - 2 answers

I AM LIKE UNTO A GOD (of teevee)

I just got a one-week Nielsen TV diary in the mail for November 5-12 -- including a crisp $1 bill to help grease the wheels. Yay! Unfortunately most of the shows I watch regularly, like Silicon Valley, Louie, Key & Peele, and Rick and Morty are on hiatus (or over) right now. I'm already planning to catch Last Week Tonight and Colbert's Late Show, but what other worthy television (that doesn't require a lot of prior familiarity) should I give my coveted (if minuscule) 18-34 ratings boost to? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Nov 3, 2015 - 30 answers

Trying to identify an old 1980s feature-length Halloween cartoon.

This Halloween animation about a kind witch and two children aired on broadcast television sometime in the early 1980s. Because I was only 6 or 7-years-old, I remember very little. Please, help me this identify this show. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Oct 28, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me learn more about the history and craft of television

I've always been more of a TV person than a movie person. Now I think I'd like to get more serious with my interest, and really delve into the history and theory of television, both in terms of the shows themselves and the industry behind them. Help me get started with this! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 22, 2015 - 13 answers

Go back to Stars Hollow?

Over the past few months I have been watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix for the first time - I never watched while the series was on TV - and for the most part, I have really enjoyed it. However I recently started Season 6 (out of 7) and have not been super pleased with it so far. Given that a revival seems to be in the cards, should I power through? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Oct 20, 2015 - 17 answers

Late 1980s one-off drama, with insects as its obsession...

Long shot, but I'm trying to identify an old TV episode. British, 1988-1990, a one-off episode in some late-night strand, probaby BBC2... [more inside]
posted by 4eyes on Oct 10, 2015 - 4 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

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