The Daily Show: Great Moments in Punditry as Read by Children. I just don't get it. [more inside]
posted by phrits
on Sep 28, 2005 -
I'm finally going to get a new television! Looking for recommendations on a quality t.v. that will last me for a long while. [more inside]
posted by meta87
on Sep 23, 2005 -
I have a standard cable television cord that runs from through a small hole in my living room floor (coming up from the basement). I would like to re-route this cable to another part of the house. The problem is that the connector on the end of the cable is too big to fit into the hole. Is there an easy way to disconnect this bit so I can pull the cord through the hole (and reattach it after I create a hole in a different room)?
posted by sharksandwich
on Sep 15, 2005 -
Where is the best place to watch NFL games on TV in Portland, Ore.? Where do the most diehard fans assemble at?
posted by iced_borsch
on Aug 27, 2005 -
Why, when a TV is turned on--even in another room--can I detect some kind of buzzing/electronic noise, that many other people around me can't detect?
posted by dead_
on Aug 26, 2005 -
In the sea of new "strange" shows coming to television this fall, I'm convinced that we're seeing a cycle in popularity that we once experienced in the mid to late 70s. However, I was <10 years old at the time, and while I remember some aspects of the shows in question, I don't recall any of the details or identifications. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis
on Aug 24, 2005 -
Looking for someone who remembers a 70's TV show called "Cliffhanger". Or at least, I'm pretty sure that's the name. I think it was just a bunch of shorts a la "The Twilight Zone", but more action/horror oriented. [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Aug 18, 2005 -
I've been watching the Night Court
marathon on TV Land and found myself wondering about Phil Sanders, the homeless man who works as a lackey for Dan Fielding. Was it ever shown or explained just how Phil met and began working for Dan? Online episode guides offer no explanation that I can find, and after nearly twenty years I have to know for sure.
posted by Servo5678
on Aug 14, 2005 -
What was the name of the kids' programme, possibly Canadian, that had a boy and his dad driving into the wilderness as its title sequence? [more inside]
posted by scruss
on Aug 13, 2005 -
Where do you live? Are you seeing the X-games on ABC right now, or are you seeing infomercials? Thanks!
posted by peep
on Aug 7, 2005 -
I have regular television cable service, and I want to hook it up to an old television with only UHF/VHF and a coaxial port. If I recall my grandmother's set-up correctly, I need a little cable box which takes in the cable signal and feeds the television's coax port. Cable channels are selected through the box. Thing is, I can't seem to find this sort of thing in Radio's Shack catalogue, or anywhere online for that matter. With the advent of cable-friendly television sets, am I out of luck? How hard will it be for me to find a simple cable box?
posted by DrJohnEvans
on Aug 2, 2005 -
, who played the annoying Mandy in the first season of The West Wing
, disappears from later seasons. We are given some elusive suggestions to what may have happened to her character on the show, but what was the real-world story? Did Aaron Sorkin get sick of Kelly, and if so, why?
posted by willbaude
on Jul 19, 2005 -
In the US, why do we call a short run of episodes on television a "season" whereas in the UK they refer to it as a "series"?
posted by missed
on Jul 18, 2005 -
Has anyone written some sort of scholarly critique or observations about infomercials and their bizarre and sort of addictive appeal? [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster
on Jul 13, 2005 -
Does cable/satellite availability vary from building to building in New York City? [more inside]
posted by TPIRman
on Jul 9, 2005 -
Brightness cycling while playing DVDs: My girlfriend has an old Panasonic VCR/TV combo. When I play DVDs on it (using my old Panasonic DVD player), the brightness (luminance) level fluctuates continually, ranging from just brighter than normal to very dark. The kicker: It only happens with some DVDs. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot
on Jul 7, 2005 -
Does anyone know of a site with an RSS/XML feed for television listings? In particular, I'd love to find one that I could customize to my favorite channels. I'd also like to find something that would give me the day's listings for a particular genre (such all the movies or sporting events on that day). I've found a site that allows you to get feeds for all the day's listings for specific cable channels (a feed for CNN, a feed for TNT, etc.), but the networks are excluded from this, and I'd like to get a feed that would also tell me what's on the regular networks in the evening.
posted by roundrock
on Jun 13, 2005 -
I'm looking for an online index of tv show ratings (TV-MA, etc.) for various tv shows. Falling short of that, is there any sort of site that gives a guide to what offensive content may be in a given show? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger
on Jun 10, 2005 -
I'm looking for a clip (.mp3, .wav, .ra) of a particular bit of United Artists theme music. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2
on Jun 10, 2005 -
Has anyone shocked while tampering with their television really
been thrown across the room into/through a wall?
posted by angry modem
on Jun 2, 2005 -
LameTvQuestionFilter: I've been trying to remember a very short-lived 80s tv show. In it, a government project centered around an enhanced tractor trailer (yes, really) that could transform into a helicopter (yes, really). [more inside]
posted by Silent Thomas
on May 25, 2005 -
A pretty straightforward question... I'm looking for the penetration of cable TV into U.S. households... both as a percentage and an absolute number. I'm done the requisite Googling and turn up all sorts of numbers...
Any cable TV industry people out there who have the info at their mental fingertips?
As always, thanks in advance.
posted by petestein1
on May 23, 2005 -
It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time to ask some questions about The Muppet Show
tonight! [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish
on May 22, 2005 -
My girlfriend is obsessed with the Cillit Bang advertisement remix
. Back in the 80's (or early 90's), there was a similar "remix" video of 50's black and white advertisements set to a beat-box soundtrack, with "lyrics" consisting of samples the sales pitches of those ads. Can anyone ID this? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische
on May 16, 2005 -
I have spent about an hour searching and I cannot find the exact episode of that show in which Kathy Bates plays a PFLAG mom. I am married to a PFLAG mom so I want to rent it, just for the, um, well I just do.
Thank you, for anyone who knows this.
posted by Danf
on May 6, 2005 -
The TV Tome entry
for Reading Rainbow is an extended attack on the show and those involved with it. What gives? I never realized the thing was a source of so much controversy. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur
on Apr 30, 2005 -
This is my first 'AskMetafilter' question, but browsing around here, I've noticed that several other people have posted similar queries, so here goes: Sometime in the late '70's, I recalll seeing at least one episode of some British ITV-produced show about a clutch of people who were floating around the galaxy in the British Museum. Yep, THE British Museum. However absurd, I remember that the Earth had somehow been destroyed, and this clutch of heroes was charged with preserving the remains of human civilization en route to a new, undetermined home.
While this scenario bears many similarities to 'Space:1999', 'Journey to the Far Side of the Sun', 'Blake's 7', 'Battlestar Galactica' and 'Silent Running', I know it is none of those, and it was British. I distinctly remember aliens -actors in costumes, flowing robes, leather, that sort of thing - pursuing the human protagonists within the museum. It very much seemed an episode of a television show, in a hip, Quartermaas key, but with the better production values of the live Gerry Anderson
/ITV shows. Any ideas? I really don't think it was Doctor Who
posted by vhsiv
on Apr 30, 2005 -
I recently saw a MasterCard commercial set in a gas station/convenicence store. In it, the cashier (in the trademark "Priceless" voice) rings up their items, etc. Is that really the guy behind the voice, or some clever dubbing? If so, good for that guy, leveraging voice talent into an on-screen role and all. [more inside]
posted by potch
on Apr 26, 2005 -
My IBM T42 has an infrared port on the front, and I've tried finding software that will allow me to control my tv with it. Does anything exist that will let me do this?
posted by borkencode
on Apr 17, 2005 -
I seem to remember seeing a blog whose goal was to write a short summary of every Law & Order episode. I can't seem to find it now, and the huge number of blogs that discuss Law & Order in general makes it extremely difficult to search for. Anyone remember this at all? Is it still around?
posted by Plutor
on Apr 13, 2005 -
What's the best way to get a copy of an American television program to someone in Australia? [more inside]
posted by Dreama
on Apr 10, 2005 -
A friend of mine has requested me to track down a television show she has a dim memory of seeing as a child. She thought it might be a Night Gallery
episode, but the ep guides that I've looked at haven't yielded anything that sounds promising. [more inside]
posted by bibliowench
on Apr 5, 2005 -
I'm doing some research on the 2004 US Presidential Debates. For some reason I can't seem to find the definitive numbers on television audiences for the three debates. It would be great if somebody could point me to a resource that breaks down the viewing audiences in the US and abroad with as much detail as possible.
posted by sic
on Apr 2, 2005 -
Deconstruct-the-magic-filter: In the latest series of HP commercials, there is this really neat effect where people wave photographs around and they meld seamlessly with the footage, and vice versa. How do they accomplish this? I'm not easily stumped by this kind of thing, but I really have no idea.
posted by phrontist
on Mar 16, 2005 -
Where can I find torrents (or other downloadable media) of Oprah's daily shows? Not surprisingly, Oprah isn't carried on most of the tv torrent sites.
posted by ahughey
on Mar 16, 2005 -
WTF is happening to the tv show known as MI-5 here in the States and as Spooks in the UK? Spoilers inside if you haven't yet seen season 3, especially episode 10 'The Suffering of Strangers'. [more inside]
posted by matildaben
on Mar 14, 2005 -
Back in the early/mid 80's here in S. Africa the local TV station broadcast a live action children's series about two minitaure elves(I think they were elves) who lived amongst normal size folk in the modern day. What was it called? [more inside]
posted by PenDevil
on Mar 10, 2005 -
I've been enjoying the first season of HBO series Carnivàle
on DVD, and I'm interested in finding some related fiction. Can anyone recommend books with similar genre/setting/themes?
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Mar 7, 2005 -