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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

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 - 37 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 - 18 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 - 10 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

How far has the plot of Game of Thrones the show gone beyond SoIaF?

Up to this point, I've been a show-only person, who tries to avoid spoilers, especially big ones. I am considering reading a Song of Ice and Fire --- but I still want to be surprised by the show. Some of the I've read have said that as of now (S05E09) several of the major plotlines in the book have gone well beyond what's in the books, and others have matched their book endings. So can you tell me how many of the main characters still have a lot of stuff left in their book plots? (A fuller explanation below, possibly spoiler sensitive.) [more inside]
posted by maggiepolitt on Jun 10, 2015 - 8 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

Diving doc

A few weeks ago, may be a couple of months, I saw a trailer for a documentary on UK television that was mainly footage of a guy free diving / swimming in the sea. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Movies at 60 Hz , how they do that?

My new Sony flatscreen TV seems to have developed the superpower to show movies at 60 frames per second. But since I always thought that the movies were filmed at 24fps, it has me wondering: Are the in-between frames being GENERATED by the TV? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on May 11, 2015 - 8 answers

CTV News Television Ratings?

How many people watched CTV News Channel from 20:00-21:00 ET on Friday, April 24? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Apr 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for positive TV shows that are streaming online

I've been trying to find shows to watch streaming (Netflix US or Amazon Prime) that are interesting and entertaining without being cynical, negative, and/or over-the-top violent and gory, after realizing a lot of things I had been watching were pretty dark. Does anyone have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Apr 21, 2015 - 54 answers

Nerd Idol

Has there been any contestant on a singing or dancing TV competition that has performed something "nerdy", such as songs from video games, cartoons, or Internet media? The one example I can think of is a Dancing with the Stars routine to Super Mario.
posted by divabat on Apr 3, 2015 - 14 answers

A Very Frosty Law & Order

In this Law & Order Episode, a corpse was found that had been frozen for "4 or 5 years"...but how could they tell? Freezer burn? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Mar 29, 2015 - 7 answers

TV or not TV?

I need a better tv and movie-watching situation than balancing my laptop on knees. It's been, like, a decade since I bought a TV and...whoa, the options are overwhelming. What does an infrequent watcher of mostly-streaming media set up for minimum hassle? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Mar 26, 2015 - 23 answers

Why does the font in the Transparent credits look so familiar?

My friend recently started watching Transparent on Amazon, and she mentioned that the font used for the credits looks so familiar, like from some '80s TV show, and it's really been bugging her that she can't remember what other show it looks like. She showed me a screencap and I can't figure it out either, and now it's bugging me! Anyone know what '80s (or late '70s possibly?) TV show also used this font, or one very similar to it? Thanks in advance!
posted by stennieville on Mar 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Help with remembering this old sci-fi show

In the mid-'90s I watched this sci-fi show that was several agents who had to investigate anomalies. This one guy had a record player that entranced people to where they had to take part in his '50s flashback sitcom fantasy. One of the agents was a black woman who was forced to be a maid, the other was a blonde woman who was turned into the guy's teenage daughter. They shattered the illusion by pretending that they were being hit by a nuclear bomb. Does this juice anyone's mind grapes?
posted by satyricaldude on Mar 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Name this made-for-TV movie: Two kids steal a bus...

I'm wasting a question on this because otherwise I might go insane. Late 1970s, early 1980s, made-for-TV movie about two kids who steal a school bus. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 10, 2015 - 9 answers

The Tragedy: A Middle Aged Man's Wife Won't Let Him Have a Bigger TV

I have a couple questions regarding the purchase of a new (and our first) television. Mainly, what size should we get, and then of course which model. Our budget is probably around $700 for the TV itself. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Mar 9, 2015 - 35 answers

I want to watch really calm things.

Give me super placid media to engage with. Relaxing, tranquil, serene. TV, movies, and video games are all fine. Some examples would be Bee and PuppyCat, anything by Studio Ghibli and Knytt respectively. To be clear, however: I don't want stuff I can engage with mindlessly. I want stuff that I can pay attention to and follow along with and are interesting or humorous or even a teeny bit dramatic, but which are pleasurably slow-paced. [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Feb 20, 2015 - 62 answers

Best less-scary X-Files episodes?

My wife (and I) would like to catch up on the X-Files. However, she doesn't really like things that are too scary. However! One of her favorite shows of all time is Fringe, which had its own fair share of scary moments. Fringe never really scared her too much. So, with that in mind...what are the best X-Files episodes which won't give her nightmares?
posted by Sticherbeast on Feb 8, 2015 - 21 answers

Barrister/Solicitor in UK in "Broadchurch"

I'm an American watching right now (well, paused it to ask this question) the most recent episode of Broadchurch. I've been a bit confused about Charlotte Rampling's character, but because I read a bit about the barrister/solicitor distinction, I assumed that the idea was that she's an ace barrister and would be the one representing the prosecution in court. [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Jan 13, 2015 - 6 answers

What makes a drug a drug?

...or maybe what makes a drug it an addictive drug? In the way that there are checklists for psychological disorders, is there some kind of checklist of parameters that qualify a substance to be an addictive drug...or...I'm still not sure "addictive drug" is the right description. Well, what I'm really trying figure out is: Besides the fact that it's not a substance, can television be considered a drug? Maybe another way of asking is: What is the behavior of an addictive drug?
posted by SampleSize on Jan 1, 2015 - 10 answers

What's that scene where he calls a guy "Slumdog Millionaire"?

Trying to remember this scene: There's some TV show or movie where a white person says, "Hey, you, Slumdog Millionaire!" to address an Indian man whose name he should know but can't remember. Or maybe he's talking to his colleague and says, "Ugh, you know, Slumdog Millionaire in the accounting department." Does anyone remember what this is from?
posted by lizzicide on Nov 25, 2014 - 19 answers

Can anyone help me identify this television play from the 70s?

There was a play I saw on TV in the '70s. I don't remember a title, or any character's name, but it was about a faculty at a British school of some sort, and an amiable professor of some unimportant english course, who was always there to help other faculty members with whatever came up. [more inside]
posted by carping demon on Nov 22, 2014 - 4 answers

TV shows with plots that span decades?

I'm looking for television shows that have plots that span long periods of time. Boardwalk Empire comes to mind. So does The Borgias. [more inside]
posted by vecchio on Nov 17, 2014 - 28 answers

In search of a Blu-ray player with specific apps

Is there a Blu-ray player with HBO Go and WWE Network? [more inside]
posted by dorisfromregopark on Nov 16, 2014 - 3 answers

In Search of Fantastic TV

I'm halfway through my sophomore year of college and I feel as though I've binge-watched every good TV show in existence. Surely this can't be true, though. This is why I need your help! [more inside]
posted by ourt on Nov 15, 2014 - 61 answers

"Sorry, sir, it's hospital policy."

You know how on every single television show ever when someone is in the hospital, the nurse says they have to be wheeled out in a wheelchair upon discharge, even when they are perfectly capable of walking, because it's "hospital policy"? Is this a true thing that hospitals do? [more inside]
posted by something something on Nov 13, 2014 - 56 answers

I'm going to be on TV! Help me look decent!

I just found out I'm going to be interviewed for a PR thing for my workplace tomorrow, and it will air on local news. Exciting! But I'm so worried I will look bloated/saggy/dull/sleepy or talk with a lisp or a weird accent or completely lose my mind and stare blankly at the camera, sweating. What are some tips to help me look, feel, and speak at my best? [more inside]
posted by elken on Nov 4, 2014 - 26 answers

Are there any salacious history books of 1970's gameshows?

So I met a guy who used to work on a few of the celeb shows of the 1970's - the Bert Convy, Jamie Farr, Young Betty White years. He was telling some stories that were equal parts shocking and hilarious. I was wondering: IS there some sort of oral history of the shows and all their craziness at the time BESIDES Confessions of Dangerous Mind? I'd love to read about it.
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Walter White and Frank Underwood must be livid.

I'm thinking there must be many real people out there with the same names as fictional TV characters. They had these names before the TV show ever came into being, but because of the huge popularity of these shows, their lives must be changed. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Oct 24, 2014 - 42 answers

How to get a job writing for a TV show

what's the trajectory of someone who wants to eventually write for a comedy/drama or even a kid's show? Is there an entry-level equivalent for that kind of thing? What skills are necessary besides screenwriting experience?
posted by ennuisperminute on Oct 20, 2014 - 10 answers

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How much more footage does a director tend to shoot for a 60 minute show than for a 45-minute show (i.e., 60 minutes with commercials?)
posted by michaelh on Oct 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Searching for a specific QI episode

What's the episode of QI where they award retroactive points for being wrong in the past? They're having a discussion about how scientific knowledge advances so rapidly that up to 30?40?% of the facts in series 1 have been disproven, then give Alan Davies something like 850 points for it.
posted by tehloki on Oct 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Have writers ever changed television series based on fan discussions?

Have writers ever changed television series based on fan discussions or feedback? I have a memory that this happened with Lost, but I can't find the specific article. I may even have read it in a book. Any other suggestions? Links to articles/interviews would be helpful.
posted by feelinglistless on Oct 16, 2014 - 25 answers

QT on IPTV, OK?

Can you make me an IPTV ninja? I finally tried loading up some stations on XBMC/Kodi and I am digging it immensely. I'm interested in getting tips on IPTV excellence. Any users here? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Cinematography basics

What are the best resources to learn the basics of cinematography? [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Sep 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Regional dialects and vernaculars in fiction and television?

I'm curious as to how writers of fiction or television (specifically writers who are not from the depicted region or culture or economic class themselves) of shows like The Wire or Deadwood or The Sopranos, are able to write a wide range of dialects, vernaculars and idioms so successfully.* [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Buck Turgidson on Sep 8, 2014 - 9 answers

What is it about old radio broadcasts that makes them so distinctive?

What is it about the audio in old radio or TV broadcasts that makes them identifiable as "old"? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Sep 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Entertaining Grandpa

My Grandfather is almost 93 and legally blind. Help me keep him entertained! [more inside]
posted by unicornologist on Sep 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Home renovation shows that get into the nitty gritty

My boyfriend would like some recommendations for good, detailed home renovation shows. [more inside]
posted by reshet on Aug 24, 2014 - 13 answers

No violence but dark TV?

I like dark and/or intriguing television shows. I like shows with interesting characters and long pay offs. What I do not like are any sudden scenes with violence against women or children. I have access to all counties of Netflix but no other streaming services. What can I watch? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Aug 21, 2014 - 37 answers

Hulu plus list of web only content

I am a Hulu plus subscriber and tend to watch via my sony blu-ray player which I believe is an android based app. I also have a computer hooked up to my TV that I rarely use but I have noticed that quite a bit of good content on hulu is web only. The Hulu android app doesn't show web only shows unless you specifically search for them. Is there somewhere I can see a list of what is available on Hulu plus but is web only? I can't seem to find any.
posted by srboisvert on Aug 19, 2014 - 3 answers

How do new TV shows get sent to other countries?

According to this entertainment news article, Channel 7 "will screen an episode on December 2 and another on December 3 - just hours after it airs in the USA." What does this process look like? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece on Aug 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Standard musical cues for TV programs?

I want to learn about the types of musical cues that are commonly used for television programs. [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Jul 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Why did 30 Rock drop so many storylines between Seasons 3 and 4?

I've been re-watching 30 Rock on Netflix this week, and I realized there were major story lines season 3 that seem to have been unapologetically dropped at the start of season 4. For instance, season 3 ends with a television event to find Milton Green a kidney...and, apart from a later mention of Elvis Costello, this major storyline is never mentioned again. Similarly, Jenna is focused on her movie about Jackie Jormp Jomp, but this subplot never re-emerges. Is there a reason?
posted by jefficator on Jul 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Aereo is no more. Help me create my own Mac-based replacement.

I do not own a TV and I don't have a cable subscription. I don't want to get either one of those things. I do, though, occasionally like to watch broadcast TV (or recordings of broadcast TV) on my MacBook Pro or iPad. Aereo was a great solution. Now that Aereo is gone how can I create an approximate replacement for use in my home? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jul 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Why Do Women Hate TV Watching Men?

Husbands and boyfriends watching too much tv is a common complaint from women. It's so frequently mentioned in relationships of all types that I don't understand it. If not tv, then video games. I'd like to understand why this particular issue is so frequent among couples, and maybe both why men do it, and why women despise it? Is there any studies or other sources that explain behavior, or attempted to explore it, especially in a relationship or gender differentiated dynamic? [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Jul 10, 2014 - 31 answers

Examples of memorable performances from American Idol, Shark Tank, etc.?

I'm trying to put together a set of performances from various reality/contest shows (e.g., American Idol, Shark Tank) that provide good examples of the following four scenarios: 1. Contestant appears very confident/proud, performs very well. 2. Contestant appears very confident/proud, performs very poorly. 3. Contestant appears very nervous/embarrassed, performs very well. 4. Contestant appears very nervous/embarrassed, performs very poorly. I'm very grateful for any and all suggestions. Thanks!
posted by ChopperDave on Jul 1, 2014 - 16 answers

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