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Typical TVCs

What are some TV commercials of the past couple of years that showcase some of the cheesy tropes of American television advertising? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jun 18, 2012 - 10 answers

I broke my friend's cable TV connection. How do I fix it?

I broke my friend's cable TV connection. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Jun 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Who has tried to sell a network/studio on an idea for a TV series by producing an episode on their own?

Who has tried to sell a network/studio on an idea for a TV series by producing an episode on their own? Stories of success and failures both welcome. [more inside]
posted by jayfrosting on Jun 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Do gameshow writers do their homework?

How much planning (or lack thereof) goes into the selection of knowledge-based game show categories & questions? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Jun 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Suggest some gore-free quality television!

I adore Mad Men. I also can't handle gore. What other shows might I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Jun 8, 2012 - 58 answers

The business side of TV

I want to understand the TV industry from a business perspective. Things like, the relationship between production companies, networks, cable channels, and cable providers. Are there any (recent) books, as well as particularly insightful blogs or other online resources that get into the economic side of television?
posted by coffee and minarets on Jun 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Was läuft am Fernsehen?

I'm moving to Berlin next month. What should I watch on German tv? I'm looking for something, preferably weekly primetime, with a storyline that will pull me in, and language that's hopefully not too obscuredly regional or slangy or jargony. I could be happy with any genre. I'm looking to improve my German. Currently my German is clunky but functional. I will also of course be out and about, taking courses, finding my way around, speaking with people. Also, just, what's good on tv in Germany?
posted by dmvs on Jun 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Should I use slingbox for my primary cable connection?

Should I use slingbox as a permanent cable replacement for primarily sports games? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on May 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Join us next month for more Adventures

Has there ever been a Monthly television program? Why not if not? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 25, 2012 - 20 answers

Earnest TV that doesn't short change women

Can you recommend me a TV series that is both earnest and feminist friendly? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman on May 16, 2012 - 51 answers

"Hey, remember that one episode where ..."

What are the best examples of experimental television episodes? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 16, 2012 - 90 answers

Where can I watch the show "Made In Canada"?

Where/how can I watch/get a hold of the Canadian comedy "Made In Canada" (a.k.a. "The Industry)? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on May 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Early 1980s sitcom about a TV station in a house

Trying to remember a sitcom from the early 1980s about the "world's smallest television station." Was it real or did I just dream it up? [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on May 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Accents across the pond.

Have there been any American actors that have been cast as primary characters on British shows and use a British accent? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on May 6, 2012 - 30 answers

doink doink

TV shows that used thematically remixed/covered versions of their theme songs for particular episodes. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Apr 26, 2012 - 36 answers

Take out your trash

What are this year's (or last year's) campest, trashiest reality shows from the US? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Apr 24, 2012 - 31 answers

An old memory of color TV?

Color on a black and white TV? What?! (1950s filter). [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Apr 20, 2012 - 17 answers

Help TV me please: new TV, antenna, and old stereo?

What TV and digital antenna do I buy? Please drag me kicking and screaming into the semi-modern era of television viewing. I want to watch TV, not pay for cable and have the sound travel through my vintage stereo. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Apr 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Sometimes I want to be a PBS kid again

Hivemind, please help me find a PBS commercial that stuck in my impressionable kid brain! This would have been mid-1990s, probably on WGBH Boston and likely right before or after Bill Nye. My Google/Youtube-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Apr 17, 2012 - 3 answers

If you were flatter, we wouldn't be having this problem.

Is a high-pitched noise emitting from an old TV potentially damaging to adolescent ears? [more inside]
posted by shipsthatburn on Apr 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Are there any television shows that talk about ethnic restaurants in the United States?

Are there any television shows that talk about ethnic restaurants in the United States? [more inside]
posted by Quonab on Apr 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Was this a real TV show or am I imagining things?

Was this a real TV show or am I imagining things? Circa early-mid 90's, an American show about a family (maybe just a single dad?) with a few sons (ages between 10 - 15?) that owned and lived at a holiday motel complex. The episode I seem to remember is one of the boys was cleaning or going through a guests room after they had stayed and found a porno mag. [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan on Apr 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Looking for pop music TV show theme songs

Trying to compile playlist of pop-style songs that have been used as TV show themes. Suggestions welcome! [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Apr 9, 2012 - 48 answers

Exploding Lemons - I remember that much

Whenever I reminisce with friends about childhood television (Great Space Coaster, 3-2-1 Contact, etc) there is one show that nobody remembers. Hell, I barely remember it but perhaps someone here has better memories of this than I do. [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Apr 5, 2012 - 3 answers

BBC for a newbie

Just moved to the UK. What TV should I watch? [more inside]
posted by superfish on Mar 31, 2012 - 21 answers

Movie precursor to Hunger Games?

Looking for a movie title: some years ago, an indie film, basic idea that the government is running a televised competition (much like Survivor), except to the death. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Mar 29, 2012 - 11 answers

At what point do I stop watching the TV show Sliders?

I'm watching the TV show Sliders. At what point do you recommend that I stop watching Sliders? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Mar 25, 2012 - 14 answers

What to get for the guy who has everything (including the kitchen sink)

My dad is turning 67, and he's a rather eccentric guy. I want to get him something unique for his birthday. Help me find a gift for him! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma on Mar 24, 2012 - 24 answers

Mad Men Season Five in Canada?

Mad Men Canada: Will Mad Men Season 5 be available on iTunes Canada, Netflix, or something other? I will not be boosting my cable package for just the one show, even if it's this one. [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault on Mar 23, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I get my universal remote working properly?

(UK based) I'm using a Universal Remote, the One for All URC-7960, and have run into a SCART/HDMI problem. [more inside]
posted by emc on Mar 13, 2012 - 1 answer

Looking for 19 inch white lcd tv

Searching for 19-inch white LCD television in New York or online and need some help. [more inside]
posted by dorisfromregopark on Mar 11, 2012 - 3 answers

TV Party Tonight!

Help me choose the right small HDTV. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Mar 10, 2012 - 15 answers

1995 (Canadian?) kids' show name

I'm trying to remember the name of a children's TV show broadcast on (I think) YTV around 1995, I think it was in the slot after Camp Cariboo. It was probably Canadian, and it had a mailbox puppet that said "YOOOOOOU BET!" when asked if there was any mail, and one of the men on the show used to dress up like a bee, which I remember terrifying me as a child. It may have been broadcast on TVO, but I'm fairly certain it was YTV. [more inside]
posted by kansakwens on Mar 8, 2012 - 6 answers

You know Robot Unicorn Attack? Like that!

Is there a name for the kind of aesthetic you find in Sailor Moon, the Sixth Doctor's TV intro, and Robot Unicorn Attack? What's the history of the whole magical-sparkles-in-space thing, and where can I find more of it? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Feb 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Weaving webs to wind me

Can you find an example from before 1979 of the "crazy string wall" used in movies and television? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Feb 22, 2012 - 2 answers

How do they get the little people into the box?

What books, blogs, online journals, etc. would be good reads in order to get a behind the scenes, nuts and bolts look at the television industry? [more inside]
posted by roosterboy on Feb 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Apple TV in Canada: Yay or Nay?

Tell me everything about AppleTV in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Feb 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Is anybody getting paid?

Do all guest stars on television late night shows get paid for their appearance? [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Feb 13, 2012 - 11 answers

What TV show?

What TV show am I thinking of, and what is the context? Towards the end of the season, a person who just committed a serious crime (I think either a shooting or a murder) is released from custody after a mysterious old woman (a mother? aunt?) comes to town and posts bail. My Google-fu is failing me. I think it's Justified, but I can't find any confirmation and I can't place the character who was released or the context.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Feb 10, 2012 - 2 answers

What was this weird-ass cowboy show?

What was this trippy, cowboy-themed weekend morning TV show I used to watch in Brooklyn in the early 1990s? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Feb 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Entertain Me!

I know everybody asks this (and I've read through the previous questions looking for recommendations), but what should I watch next? Preferably on Netflix or Hulu Plus (not web only). In general, I tend to like: mysteries/crime procedurals/law dramas, especially with a quirky twist, and also shows involving a quirky band of misfits (or individual) working outside the law to bring justice to the little people while finding out who done them wrong (e.g. the A-Team, Burn Notice, The Pretender, etc.) I also like heist shows and sci-fi. And occasionally anime. [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe on Feb 6, 2012 - 59 answers

I am literally dying to find out what that music was.

What was this music from Parks & Rec last night? [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Feb 3, 2012 - 3 answers

I never thought I'd be complaining because I couldn't hear the commercials, but here I am.

Why does my television's sound intermittently cut out? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy on Jan 31, 2012 - 4 answers

What was this weird sitcom that I saw part of while at the gym?

I saw a brief snippet of a sitcom while at the gym. It involved some very tame sexy playtime that surprised me. Can you help me identify what show it was? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Jan 31, 2012 - 10 answers

A story before its time. Its time is now.

Seeking a 1950s sf short story, probably by a notable author, that presaged a panopticon-esque surveillance society. My google-fu pride is injured that I can't find a trace of it. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Jan 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Can I have One Media Playlist to Rule Them All?

I recently bought a new TV, replacing one from the early 90s. And I went a bit crazy plugging in ALL the things. The trouble is... there's still nothing on! Is there some kind of master TV / movie / media guide I can use to tell me what device or service(s) offer what I want to watch? [more inside]
posted by marylynn on Jan 20, 2012 - 7 answers

television | rules the nation

Setting up a media PC for my television. Already have all the hardware set up, just wondering what kind of software people are using to have a "reasonable television-like experience" with mouse only or wireless xbox360 controller (currently looking in to getting one of these) [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Jan 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Non-streaming Chinese TV online?

Where can I watch non-streaming Chinese TV online? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Jan 18, 2012 - 10 answers

Cognitive Surplu$

Is time spent watching TV correlated with income? [more inside]
posted by JayCruz on Jan 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me understand how DirecTV handles installations

Could you help me understand the structure and entities involved in DirecTV installation? This information I need pertains specifically to DirecTV, not to any other company. I'd like to know about the relationships between DirecTV and the companies and people who do the installations, and how the money flows between the various people and entities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 - 3 answers

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