I'm sick. I'm watching a lot of Netflix. Specifically, I've been watching a lot of Toddlers and Tiaras. At first I didn't know what had come over me, but I think...I just like watching kids get interviewed about their lives? Even if their lives are ridiculous? I'm in my early thirties and I'm also super into those AT&T commercials so maybe it's a biological clock thing, but I'm too exhausted to second-guess myself about it. I know John & Kate + 8 exists, but that's just as gross and exploitative as T&T, as far as I can tell. I loved the 7 Up
documentaries and also enjoyed Babies.
What other recommendations for reality TV/documentary film about kids, pitched to adults, do you have for me? Bonus points if it's online. Thanks!
posted by pretentious illiterate
on Apr 15, 2014 -
For a friend: Say someone wants to develop a working sense of modern-day cultural literacy in the United States. This person has very limited knowledge of current events, and has limited himself to only a very narrow scope of popular entertainment. He now wishes to be able to converse about these topics with reasonably savvy adults (such as in dating scenarios and social gatherings). Can you provide sources of information for the following? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl
on Apr 13, 2014 -
I just recently got a Raspberry Pi system and I'm wondering what the best way is to revolutionize the tech in my life. [more inside]
posted by antgly
on Apr 10, 2014 -
In the lead-up to Y2K, there were many "we're all screwed" documentary-style programs on basic cable in the US. There was one in particular that was so out of whack with reality that its predictions were more like a fever dream than anything else. One scene involved kitchen appliances rising up and attacking a woman. I'm trying to figure out what show that was. [more inside]
posted by chambers
on Apr 7, 2014 -
A conversation is in progress. Scene cuts for travel to a new location. Conversation picks right back up at the new location as if there was no time in between. Is there a name for this trope?
Bones is a show that seems to have it in every opening sequence. As travel in DC is far from instant, it is like they stop talking for 30 minutes to 2 hours sometimes. Is there a name for it?
posted by slavlin
on Mar 24, 2014 -
I live in a very modern highrise that has energy efficient windows. Basically, these windows reflect things like UV rays, etc, but they also kill my TV reception. My apartment has a small balcony. If I open the balcony door (which is mostly glass), I can get tons of channels with a plain old rabbit-ear antenna. When I close the door, I can barely get any reception at all, even when using a monoprice power antenna. So, the solution seems obvious
: I need a small all-weather antenna I can put out on the balcony, and I need about 15 feet of flexible wire that can fit through the crease of a swinging/hinged door and then be snaked against the wall to reach the TV. Right? Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1
on Mar 23, 2014 -
We're flying with our 2.5-year old and would like to find a nature documentary or TV show for her to watch on our iPad. She doesn't watch much TV, so this is a Big Treat that will hopefully distract her for at least some of the flight. The catch: we're not ready to deal with death yet, so I'd like something without predation/disease/starvation/etc. For simplicity's sake, I'd prefer something available on iTunes, but am willing to look other places, as well. We'd also prefer to avoid mass market characters (Elmo, Mickey Mouse, etc.). Any good suggestions?
posted by griseus
on Mar 12, 2014 -
I am looking for TV commercials from the 1980s that feature mothers, women and girls conforming to yuppie, conservative, WASPy ideals of beauty and behavior. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on Feb 25, 2014 -
It's generally advised to leave as much behind as possible when moving abroad, but my wife's employer is paying to have a decent amount of our household stuff transported from the US to the UK. And why would we want to waste money buying duplicate items if it isn't necessary and we probably won't be staying more than a couple years? So I'm trying to figure out which of our electronics and appliances might be made to work overseas.
I am aware of the voltage difference and the line/mains frequency difference between the US and the UK and I'm considering buying one or two good-quality step-down voltage converters for things that aren't universal voltage compatible. But I have some questions that my Google research has not cleared up. [more inside]
posted by theory
on Feb 18, 2014 -
Watching the video from this FPP
got me wondering. There are countless scenes in movie and TV shows that depict somebody shooting somebody else and that person falling to the ground dead from a rooftop, ledge, etc. (and possibly Wilhelm screaming on the way). Are there any examples where the shooter/killer keeps firing at the gravity-stricken victim while they fall?
posted by schleppo
on Feb 17, 2014 -
I'm looking for movies like The Mummy (the first two), The Pirates of the Caribbean (the first one), Ever After, and Prince of Persia that have light, fun (science fiction or fantasy) adventure and a cute couple. The Princess Bride might fit. (I plan to watch it this week.) TV shows would work too. I like the Adriane/Jason love story in Atlantis, and I like Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Thanks in advance!
posted by larkin123
on Feb 11, 2014 -
I have a brand new Samsung smart tv, and a generally reliable wifi connection. For some reason, with tv frequently disconnects from the wifi (usually while i'm in the middle of watching something that relies on wifi), when the wifi signal itself is fine (ie. my laptop is still connected to it.) How do i make it stop doing that? Is this something that Samsung should be responsible for? Is it something with my router? What? [more inside]
posted by Kololo
on Feb 6, 2014 -
It followed this guy who would talk to his dad sometimes and it was cut together like Jon Benjamin Has a Van. The guy was named something like John Heffman (but that's not it). It was a little like Demitri Martin's show. It's been on within the last four years.
posted by hjo3
on Feb 4, 2014 -
What was the significance of these details from Breaking Bad, season 3 (includes spoilers)? [more inside]
posted by critzer
on Feb 3, 2014 -
My guilty pleasure is entertainment featuring the obscenely wealthy and how they live, the clothes, the houses, the drama, the trashier the better. Think tv shows such as Revenge, movies like A Perfect Murder, The Game and Wall Street with Michael Douglas, Bonfire of the Vanities, Gossip Girl, Wolf of Wall Street, you get the idea. I'm not so keen on the Real Housewives, that's a little too real. What else can you suggest? I'm quite keen on New York based ones, but I'm open to others if you have them. I know a similar question was asked a few years back but I'm wondering if there's anything new out there that I've missed.
posted by Jubey
on Feb 1, 2014 -
I really like the necklace that Lisa Kudrow's character wore on the season premiere of season 3 of Web Therapy (image inside). Where can I find something similar? [more inside]
posted by lea724
on Jan 30, 2014 -
We have a TV but no cable subscription (we mostly watch content through Netflix or purchase on Xbox). We used to be able to watch the normal network channels with no problem -- Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC, and several PBS stations, along with some other stuff. We had both regular and HD channels. Now they're all gone and the only channels we can access are some jazz scheduling thing out of San Mateo, a bunch of radio channels, and NHK World (learning a lot about Japan!). I really miss PBS and wouldn't mind watching the Super Bowl. Please help. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai
on Jan 30, 2014 -
Trying to watch grammy awards online - any ideas? Thanks
posted by hick57
on Jan 26, 2014 -
So, through a series of unfortunate events we've made the switch to Comcast for tv & internet. In conjunction with the switch, we got a new Tivo Roamio. In order to make it work, we need a CableCard. How can I get one as painlessly as possible? [more inside]
posted by kyleg
on Jan 24, 2014 -
So I don't have cable. I just watch broadcast TV using an antenna. And that's just fine. But sometimes we get an annoying about of stutters and lost signal. It's annoying! So what's the best kind of HD digital antenna I can get to make sure I never lose signal when watching The View in the afternoons? I can't afford to miss even one syllable of the genius of Jenny McCarthy! [more inside]
posted by chasing
on Jan 24, 2014 -
This morning I was thinking about how in the movie Housesitter, Goldie Hawn's character wears a very limited number of pieces of clothing combined in a variety of different ways. My mom pointed this out to me at a very impressionable age, and noted how this was much more realistic than infinite wardrobes. I'm wondering what other other movies have an obviously finite wardrobe for a lead female character?
posted by Nimmie Amee
on Jan 22, 2014 -
Now that FUELTV doesn't exist anymore (it was a great network full of all kinds of extreme sports and lifestyle related programming, from contests to profiles of athletes to other things). It was all I really liked to watch (think of a typical football-loving guy losing SportsCenter all of a sudden.) [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume
on Jan 15, 2014 -
So sue me, I've taken a liking to period dramas like Downton Abbey and Wives & Daughters. Can you help me find more shows like this? More specific likes/dislikes.... [more inside]
posted by ancient star
on Jan 14, 2014 -
I don't have a TV, I don't know anyone who cares enough to watch them in real time, and I can't find a bar/restaurant that's playing them.
Is there anyway to live stream it? I've googled every which way, and everything was a dead end, but I figure if there's a way, someone here might know it.
posted by MoxieProxy
on Jan 12, 2014 -
Does anyone recognize what TV show this video
of Jackie Wilson singing "Danny Boy" is from? It looks like very early TV--1950s or so?
posted by dfriedman
on Jan 1, 2014 -
For the past year, I've been plugging my laptop into the TV using an HDMI cable to watch netflix, youtube clips, or TV shows. This is getting tedious, and I'd like to move to a dedicated box for this purpose. But I don't know what to get. [more inside]
posted by zug
on Dec 29, 2013 -
I've got the landlord coming on Monday to do something mysterious to my appliances and my apartment is a slight disaster area. The only way I can stomach cleaning for extended periods is to watch a show or movie in an alternating schedule--20 minutes of cleaning, 20 minutes of watching, rinse and repeat. I need more stuff to watch. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy
on Dec 28, 2013 -
I have a wifi network on an Airport Extreme 802.11n, extended by several Airport Express (2008 model, MB321LL/A) base stations. My new Samsung LED TV, in a room about 20 feet from the Airport Extreme, takes down my entire network—I can't reach the internet anywhere in the house—until I shut down the TV and reboot the Extreme. Suggestions for diagnosing and repairing the problem, please? [more inside]
posted by MarkWBennett
on Dec 27, 2013 -
Please give me recommendations for feel-good TV shows and movies that are available on Netflix streaming or Amazon Prime to help get me through a tough time. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird
on Dec 21, 2013 -
I'm looking for examples of real-world (that is, non-Internet) usage of new slang shortenings like "totes", "ridic", "adorbs" or "awks". TV shows where characters use such words would be great, especially if the episodes are available online. I've found Youtube videos where people talk about
the phenomenon, but I'd prefer non-ironic, spontaneous examples.
posted by redlines
on Dec 21, 2013 -
My office has had a giant TV sitting unused for ages. Today, we got a Chromecast to plug into it to get some use out of it. What would be some things we could play that would be nice background video? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg
on Dec 12, 2013 -
What is the commercial from the 90's where a little boy says this? The best I can come up with is that it is a commercial for some type of charity, and the "plot" of the commercial is that this middle-aged guy donated and made life better for the boy. In my memory, the boy is playing with a puppy in a field, the boy says "I've never met you but I love you" in a letter to the man, and the man says "I can't tell you how that made me feel" -- kinda through tears. Any ideas what this was? Does anyone else remember it?
posted by RingerChopChop
on Dec 11, 2013 -
What rules/laws/regulations actually come into play when deciding which words are allowed on broadcast radio/TV in the US? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta
on Dec 8, 2013 -
TV shows and movies frequently feature characters with five o'clock shadows or a day or so worth of beard growth. Given that production schedules often require long shooting days, how do they keep a five o'clock shadow from looking like 8 am the next morning? How are actor's beards kept at the couple of days growth look when a sixteen hour shooting day could easily have them well on their way to looking like one of the Boston Red Sox? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown
on Dec 8, 2013 -
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 -
What's the maximum tv size that a blue ray would look crisp on for a 1080p tv and for 4k tv respectively?
posted by MechEng
on Dec 2, 2013 -
So I need help with Christmas shopping for my awesome sister.
I got her hooked on Battlestar Galactica when pregnant with Baby #1
I got her hooked on Doctor Who when pregnant with Baby #2
I got her hooked on The State Within last Christmas
I need a new DVD series to get her started on with Baby #3 and Christmas. [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty
on Dec 2, 2013 -
Does anyone know what the complex coffee drink is that either Scully or Mulder orders? I know I've seen it on t-shirts before and it's kind of an inside joke for fans. I'm not sure which character orders it unfortunately. I'm trying to make this a gift for a fan of the show. Thanks!
posted by sharkhunt
on Dec 2, 2013 -
Had the Comcast basic cable service. Saw a deal for HBO for just an extra $10 a month for a year. Ordered. Had to get a new Set Top Box in order to display HBO. The box included instructions for setup, they looked simple.
Except the instruction diagrams didn't match the box that was sent. [more inside]
posted by sock, the puppet
on Nov 27, 2013 -
When the heater in my place (convector) cycles off, my TV goes black for a second or two. I worry a lot about what this is doing to all of the electronics using outlets in the same wall as the convector. Do you think I need a UPS, and can you guide me through the process? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by theatro
on Nov 22, 2013 -
I bought a Kanex Slimport Adapter (from the company) to connect my Nexus 7 (2013) to my TV. There is no signal - nothing on the TV at all. I have searched around online and it seems that it's possible my TV is just not compatible. But the info is thin on the ground and I am at a loss. I have an older TV -- a Sharp Aquos LC-26DA5U -- which I think I bought in 2006 or 2007. I am going to test it on another TV when I can -- I only own the one TV so it might be a while. Question: Could it be my TV? I don't want to send the adapter back unless it's really broken. Not that I want to buy a new TV, but I really want to watch Netflix with Hola Unblocker....the whole point of this tablet purchasing exercise.
posted by Lescha
on Nov 20, 2013 -
Violent or humiliating scenes in films, TV shows, books, news and just things I see and hear day-to-day really upset me, to the point where I can't even cope with seeing them without feeling traumatised. It feels like this is a problem in my life - but I've always been this way and can't seem to desensitise myself. How do I stop being so over-sensitive? [Much, much, much more inside - sorry x] [more inside]
posted by winterhill
on Nov 19, 2013 -
What are the downsides, or dangers to my TV, of putting my TV in a bay window? [more inside]
posted by Naib
on Nov 18, 2013 -