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Please suggest a nice tv show with wizards and fancy dresses!

I'm looking for a good TV show for my parents to watch that has at least a few seasons available for streaming on Netflix. They really like medieval, wizardy, lords and ladies types of shows, and period dramas in general. Nothing too complicated or upsetting, though. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Dec 11, 2013 - 37 answers

I'd like to cook up a batch of Breaking Bad recaps.

Hello, people of 2013! I come from 2008, where my partner and I have been enjoying the first season of Breaking Bad! I am in search of smart, well-written recaps of the show. [more inside]
posted by scody on Dec 4, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me remember a TV comedy show from the 1970's...

Hi Metafilter, I am trying to remember a north american TV show from around 1977-1980, scant details inside... [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Dec 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Netflix sound issues

Netflix recently updated their Roku app and now we're having sound issues. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Nov 25, 2013 - 2 answers

Quino cartoon about television.

I've been trying to find one of my favourite cartoons, but with no luck so far. I'm pretty sure it's by Quino. It depicts a child watching TV and the child's mother coming in through the living room door. The child's head is made up of horizontal lines (presumably from watching too much TV), and the draft coming in from the door makes the lines (i.e., the top of the child's head) disconnect from each other and fly out. Help me find a link. Thank you!
posted by jlverissimo on Nov 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Why are HD broadcasts at 720

(I could have some misconceptions regarding my question, so if so help me clear up my initial incorrect assertions.) It seems if most, if not all HD network broadcasts are 720p rather than the higher resolution 1080p. Why? Networks won't upgrade their cameras/transmission facilities? I spoke to my cable provider (Telus) and they assured me they could transmit higher resolution signals but the networks only provide them degraded quality feeds. Are there any networks that broadcast the higher quality signal?
posted by Keith Talent on Nov 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Film & television about 1963.

Any suggestions for film and television, fiction or documentary about 1963, either made at the time or subsequently? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Nov 3, 2013 - 20 answers

MERLIE

Recommend a TV (sci fi/fantasy?) show for my sister and I to marathon through. Difficulty level: not that hard, actually. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Nov 2, 2013 - 58 answers

Can I change TV's Picture Format w/o Original remote?

I bought a Magnavox 32MF301B 32" tv, but it doesn't have its original remote. I have a programmable remote here, set it up. Changes channels, volume, mute. Anyway, I need to adjust picture format, and the manual says to do so by clicking "format" on the original remote. I have no such function on my programmable, and strangely, the on screen menu using the TV buttons is quite basic and does not include a function to change format. Is there any way to do this without buying the original remote for $40??? Am I missing something?
posted by Salvatorparadise on Oct 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Cable television or like alternatives in Toronto?

With the change from the default broadcasting of cable signals in analog to digital, my mom has fallen into a terrible television conundrum and would like some advice on what the better/best alternatives are to Rogers Cable in Toronto. Can you help us out? The saga of what has been tried is inside. [more inside]
posted by machine on Oct 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me find the name of this cheesy movie

My friends and I watched this super-cheesy 70's movie on late night TV, broadcast not cable, but of course we turned it on after the opening credits and 16-year-old me didn't think to check the TV listings later. This was around 1995-96. Plot details below. [more inside]
posted by amapolaroja on Oct 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Show me more Anime like "Clannad"

I just watched "Clannad" and "Clannad: After Story" (the tv series) and it was amazing. Please tell me about more things like that. They can be tv or movies, anime or not anime, as long as they have the same feel. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Oct 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Movies/Television: Stories with a recurring person/object in background?

I am looking for movies (or related) that contain an unusual twist: At the end, it is revealed that unbeknownst to everyone there was a person or object repeatedly appearing in the background. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Oct 3, 2013 - 31 answers

Getting cable to watch the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special at home

We would like to watch "The Day of the Doctor" in our home on our TV during its initial broadcast on Nov. 23. We have a television. We do not have cable television. The only way we will be able to watch in our home during the simulcast is to get cable TV. (Optimum is the provider in our area; they provide our cable internet.) Is it possible to get cable TV for just one month? How simple is it to do? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 2, 2013 - 24 answers

What's under Emmy's skirt?

While opening up the morning news sites I see this picture of Jeff Daniels holding his newly-won Emmy statuette. (Congrats, Jeff). The picture shows a lengthy text affixed to the underside of the statuette. What is it? It sure looks like more than just "(C) 2013 ATAS/NATAS: Don't Sell Me". Cleaning instructions? A secret message from the Illuminati? Anyone know?
posted by JoeZydeco on Sep 23, 2013 - 22 answers

Wrote TV Spec Script, Now What?

So, I finished the first draft of a TV spec script this week. I checked to see if the show even looks at spec scripts (it does) and I got a bunch of scripts off the show to study the style and length, etc. Now what?* The only writing gigs I've gotten before have either been people coming to me, self-publishing, or people with their own agents bringing me in as part of a package deal. My only experience with the slush pile is cartoon selling (and I've done well there in so far as you can). I don't have representation of my own. After the writing part of writing is done, how does the selling part go - at least for US TV? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 20, 2013 - 16 answers

The Couch is Not a Bed, Right?

My significant other (with whom I share an apartment) falls asleep in front of the TV every night and sometimes doesn't make it to bed. I am annoyed. Should I be? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Sep 12, 2013 - 46 answers

TV in novels?

What novels and short stories do a good job of depicting television? Mostly I'm interested in characters watching TV, but I'll also accept answers like 1984—where (a slightly different version of) TV plays a major role in the plot.
posted by Hoenikker on Sep 8, 2013 - 23 answers

How much side ventilation space does an LED TV really need?

Things I read say a TV needs anywhere from 1-4 inches all around to properly ventilate. I have an older entertainment unit with proportions made for tube TV's (more square than rectangle). I've found a couple of TV's with dimensions that would fit with very little room for ventilation on the sides (less than half an inch) but 4+ inches on the top when the TV is on its stand, and the ventilation allowed on the bottom by the stand (from pictures this looks like at least a couple of inches). There would also be a ton of space behind the TV because the cabinet is made for an old tube TV. Will this work or will I destroy the TV?
posted by Mavri on Sep 6, 2013 - 3 answers

"Futuristic" 1990s instant soup ad from Latin America

I'm trying to track down a television ad for instant soup that aired in Latin America in the 1990s. A young woman arrives home, prepares the advertiser's instant soup, and sits down to eat in front of a computer. On the screen, a man is waiting to welcome her to dinner, which was science fiction when the commercial aired. [more inside]
posted by quarantine on Sep 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Voila! Looking for charming French cartoons in the US

My husband would like to improve his (very limited) French comprehension by watching cartoons or other children's shows in French with our four-year-old daughter. We have access to Netflix streaming, Amazon prime, Roku, a DVD player etc., and are willing to spend a little $ for something charming that will appeal to adults and children both. [more inside]
posted by nkknkk on Aug 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Mid 20th Century American Culture Recommendations

I am interested in the time period right before WWII (late 30's) up to the Counterculture (Mid 60's). I would like some cultural recommendations from that period. I am interested in books (fiction and nonfiction), movies, tv shows, and music that was either created in that time period or takes place in that time period. Any recommendations would be appreciated!
posted by R.F.Simpson on Aug 27, 2013 - 29 answers

What is the best soundbar for a flatscreen TV?

What is the best soundbar for a flatscreen TV which includes bluetooth for my iPhone music, but does *not* include a subwoofer, and is under $200? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Aug 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Where to watch Breaking Bad tonight in Los Angeles?

Are there any bars / cafes / parking lots in the Los Angeles area showing Breaking Bad tonight? The usual googling hit a dead end.
posted by the jam on Aug 18, 2013 - 3 answers

What do we need to know before this reality show interviews us?

The producers of a very famous reality show* are going to be in my place of employment today, "casting" employees to be part of a possible new reality show. What do we need to know to before we talk to them? [more inside]
posted by MexicanYenta on Aug 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Getting over the air stations in the middle of nowhere

We just moved to a new town where, apparently, over the air television signals cannot reach. When I input my address into AntennaWeb, I get this response: "No Stations were predicted for this address. Due to factors such as terrain and distance to broadcasting towers, signal strength calculations have predicted no television stations may be reliably received at this location." Without giving away my home address, I live in zip code 17837. I really would like to get OTA stations without purchasing cable or a satellite. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Aug 4, 2013 - 12 answers

What are good representative episodes of popular television shows?

If you wanted to explain to someone what a certain popular television show was (or is) like, which episodes would you recommend as examples? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Jul 24, 2013 - 20 answers

Long Lost Cable Channel

Can you help me find the name of a long lost 1980's/early 1990's cable channel or show? [more inside]
posted by extraheavymarcellus on Jul 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Trekkies, what's next for me?

I've seen the new Star Trek film and the 2009 one. What's the next thing to watch if I like what I'm seeing?
posted by wolfr on Jul 5, 2013 - 30 answers

1979 HBO show Whodunit : The Greatest Unsolved Myseries

I have been dipping in and out trying to track this show down. I had previously been looking for the clip on the Zodiac killer when I posted this specific question on the Zodiac in 2009. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon on Jun 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Movies/television shows: Ordering food or drinks in an outrageous manner

I am looking for suggestions where characters order food or drinks in an outrageous manner. The scene can take place at a restaurant or bar (not a private party). Their behavior can be funny, rude, or just strange. It is not about what they order, but how they do it. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Jun 27, 2013 - 75 answers

Help me watch teevee!

Looking for television shows I will like as much as Being Erica, Six Feet Under, and the Mindy Project. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jun 26, 2013 - 44 answers

feed my ears, my eyes are busy

I need recommendations for TV shows, audiodramas and audiobooks that I can really sink my teeth into. I'm asking for both in the same question because I need to be able to listen to the TV and still catch most everything; this is stuff I want to have on while I'm doing stuff with my hands. I'm a fan of fantasy, science fiction, drama and snark. More information and a list of favorite things after the jump. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 24, 2013 - 18 answers

Looking for a clip of a man channeling aliens on a British talk show.

I'm looking for a clip of a man claiming to channel aliens from a BBC-style talk show I am pretty sure I saw here on Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Jun 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Looking for video of televised college or courses from 70s or 80s.

I know that there were iterations, possibly only in Britain, of college courses on television. Does anyone know where I might find video examples of these early versions of lecture capture? I would settle for high school courses on TV even. [more inside]
posted by tunewell on Jun 14, 2013 - 5 answers

How much tv is too much tv?

I'm sort of new to watching tv. But thanks to Roku and Amazon Prime, I'm all "whoooooa this is awesooommmmeee!"... for, like, an entire day. How do I know how much tv is 'normal', since I'm prone to being sedentary and depressed at times, and really can't tell? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Jun 8, 2013 - 21 answers

Spanish-language movies and television shows that will hook me?

I need to learn Spanish for my international-relations job. I've procrastinated for a long time. I'd really like to get hooked on some Spanish-language television shows and watch some quality Spanish-language movies to help me along. Not interested in anything dubbed. Not interested in anything too soapy, but it doesn't have to be highbrow. English-language entertainment I've enjoyed include The Good Wife, Homeland, the Office, and Pride & Prejudice. Please don't feel limited by this because I'm sure there is much more I would enjoy if I watched more TV. Anything with a good story should do the trick. I'd prefer Latin American Spanish, but mostly I'm just looking for anything that will suck me in.
posted by ihavepromisestokeep on Jun 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Hey, it's that guy?

CompleteWasteofQuestionFilter: Who's the fortyish, extremely lanky, English or English-accent-assuming male actor who has a prominent nose and long teeth, and wears his dark hair in a ponytail? I think he has worn a lab coat and/or black trenchcoat in an American television show in the past decade, but I cannot remember which Nerdy Scientist Guy he might have portrayed.
posted by Gingersnap on Jun 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Recomendation for good TV shows

Help! I am in need of a good TV show to watch online. Here are some of my favorite to give you an idea of what I like: Homeland, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Louie, Veep, Girls, Sherlock, The Wire, Deadwood, The Americans, Game of Thrones, The Killing, and Top Chef. Thanks!
posted by bjharl on Jun 2, 2013 - 32 answers

Dodging and burning effects in 1950s television?

Why do black-and-white shows from the 1960s, especially live ones, have what looks to be a burn (dark shadows) around bright objects (around Walt's signature and around people's heads) and dodging effects (white glowing) around dark objects (around the jet-black suit jackets of the announcer and dancers)? I originally thought it was some beleagured production assistant manually burning the What's My Line signatures so that they'd be more high-contrast and thus more readable, but now I'm seeing it everywhere!
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jun 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me remember this "awesome homes" segment from a TV show.

Please help me find this television show, or better yet this exact segment that I can remember watching. The show was about weird or cool homes and as I recall each episode was about 2-4 homes. I can't recall if the show was just about cool homes in the US or if it was about homes all over the world. I can't recall what channel it was on but I'd guess it was HGTV. The exact segment I'm looking for was (as best as I can recall...) about a home: [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on May 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Sprial, Season 1, Episode 8?

What the heck is going on in Spiral, Season 1, Episode 8? *SPOILERS UNDER THE CUT* [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on May 24, 2013 - 0 answers

What to name this podcast?

My friend and I are recording the first episode of our podcast tomorrow. What we need now is a name. [more inside]
posted by rabbitbookworm on May 23, 2013 - 16 answers

What is this sign, located in Venice Beach (I think?)

In Michael Palin's "Around the World in 80 Days", there's a shot of a building with an interesting sign. It says "EARTH SPACE SCIENCE ART FACT FICTION FANTASY". [more inside]
posted by dubold on May 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Macbook with old tv?

I want to be able to watch Netflix from my laptop on my very old tv. Is this possible? What cables would I need? [more inside]
posted by the twistinside on May 17, 2013 - 14 answers

What was this (cable?) US/Canadian comedy sketch from the late 80s?

Sometime in the late 80s I saw a comedy sketch on TV which combined all the major world religions into one quasi-rap song (or madrigal-chant). The only parts I remember are "Sister Mary Elizabeth, hit me with a stick!" "Oh by the way, have you been born again?" and "Hare Krishna Hare Rama, here's your cookbook, where's my dollar?" Anyone know what this was? I promise I didn't make it up.
posted by pammeke on May 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Buying a TV: high quality, low cost.

I guess specifically I'm wondering what budget televisions (in the $300-400 range-- that and below) are good at the moment. Emphasis on picture quality (over, say, smart TV features and all that nonsense) and a slight, slight preference for more HDMI ports if possible. Though picture quality is key. [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on May 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Let me tell you a story about a horse while I diffuse this missile...

I'm trying to find TV shows (or films) that contain a particular trope that I noticed while watching some old 1980's shows lately. Namely shows where the main character provides a sort of running narration throughout. [more inside]
posted by katyggls on May 6, 2013 - 25 answers

television shows worth watching (that are ignorable, though.)

After plowing our way through a couple seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, the gentleman caller and I are looking for a new TV show we can enjoy without always needing to pay attention. [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo on Apr 28, 2013 - 34 answers

You Speak Valyrian?

Last week's Game of Thrones was fantastic and reminded me that one of my favorite kinds of scenes in film and television is a scene I like to call the You Have Chosen the Absolute Wrong Person to Fuck With scene. The basic setup is that a character feels entirely positive they have another character under their thumb only to have a moment of panic and terror as they realize precisely the opposite to be true. Can you name terrific examples of this? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 27, 2013 - 61 answers

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