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How represented are Indian Americans in U.S. television?

The recent FPP on Aziz Ansari, made me wonder exactly how much Indian Americans are under represented on television. According to the 2010 census, Indian Americans are roughly 0.9% of the U.S. population, but what percentage of TV actors are Indian American? The only statistics I was able to find on representation of minority groups lumped all minorities together. Can anyone point me to a good source for this type of information?
posted by nolnacs on Nov 11, 2015 - 2 answers

I AM LIKE UNTO A GOD (of teevee)

I just got a one-week Nielsen TV diary in the mail for November 5-12 -- including a crisp $1 bill to help grease the wheels. Yay! Unfortunately most of the shows I watch regularly, like Silicon Valley, Louie, Key & Peele, and Rick and Morty are on hiatus (or over) right now. I'm already planning to catch Last Week Tonight and Colbert's Late Show, but what other worthy television (that doesn't require a lot of prior familiarity) should I give my coveted (if minuscule) 18-34 ratings boost to? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Nov 3, 2015 - 30 answers

Help me learn more about the history and craft of television

I've always been more of a TV person than a movie person. Now I think I'd like to get more serious with my interest, and really delve into the history and theory of television, both in terms of the shows themselves and the industry behind them. Help me get started with this! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 22, 2015 - 13 answers

Go back to Stars Hollow?

Over the past few months I have been watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix for the first time - I never watched while the series was on TV - and for the most part, I have really enjoyed it. However I recently started Season 6 (out of 7) and have not been super pleased with it so far. Given that a revival seems to be in the cards, should I power through? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Oct 20, 2015 - 17 answers

Looking for shows that aren't about jerks

I've reached my jerk quota in the real world, so I'm looking for some good TV shows (preferably on netflix or amazon prime streaming) that aren't about jerks. [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Oct 5, 2015 - 94 answers

When did they stop selling black and white television sets in the USA?

We had a black and white tv set when I was a child. We switched over to color at some point in the early '80s and we, along with tens of millions of other American consumers, never looked back. At some point, I suppose they must have stopped selling black and white tv sets [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 30, 2015 - 15 answers

Why are new TV shows running longer?

Why are new TV shows, such as USA's Mr. Robot and AMC's Fear The Walking Dead, running 65 or 66 minutes? Are we getting more show, more ads, or a little of both? How widespread is this practice and can we expect it to continue? In future syndication, will episodes be cut to fit in one-hour time slots?
posted by IndigoRain on Sep 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Where can I watch This Is England '90 in the US?

So the first episode of This Is England '90 just came out, and it's my very favorite show. Problem: how do I watch it in the US? [more inside]
posted by dysh on Sep 14, 2015 - 3 answers

What was that 1980s TV movie/show with an alien news show?

In the late 1980s, I remember seeing something on television that featured some kids picking up a signal/broadcast from outer space. The broadcast contained an alien news show. It was a standard type of news show with male and female aliens at a news desk with an inset in the top corner. The aliens were sort of heavy-set, not your generic, skinny bug-eyed aliens. I don't think it was intended to be scary but it kind of freaked me out as a 7-year old and it has stuck with me to this day. [more inside]
posted by lbo on Aug 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me chose a Smart TV (I haven't had one in 15 years)

Help me chose a TV (like a Roku) or similar, that can play netflix, youtube, any webpage, and preferably my girlfriend's ATT U-verse live account (it has a website login). If it matters I'll be buying it used on craigslist or refurbished. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Aug 14, 2015 - 14 answers

A recommendation engine for television shows

Asking for a friend. Is there a recommendation engine for television shows that you use and get good results from? I suggested that my friend ask Metafilter for recommendations, but he said that wouldn't work for him. He just wants recommendations powered by algorithms, he doesn't want to try asking people online. Also he is not a Netflix member and doesn't want to sign up.
posted by Cinnamon Bear on Aug 3, 2015 - 3 answers

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 - 38 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 - 19 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 - 11 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

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

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 - 55 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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Child reading books in the summer

Hi, My 10 year old girl loves to read. When she gets started, she loves it, but it's the "getting her started" that I have a problem with. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jun 27, 2014 - 33 answers

Help identifying a traumatizingly scary movie/TV show scene

I've had this scene scarred onto my brain for about 30 years, I've encountered another person online who also remembers it but likewise has no idea what movie or TV show it was. His and my descriptions of the scene below. [more inside]
posted by doctornecessiter on Jun 26, 2014 - 9 answers

How in the heck can I watch Oakland A's games live?

Haven't owned a TV ever since I got a projector, but now that I'm back in the US I'd like to catch Oakland A's games on local broadcast. How to do this as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jun 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Please recommend a good small TV ...to someone whose last TV had tubes.

I would like to buy a very small (20" to 25") television for my study. I would like to watch DVDs, Netflix, movies & TV from iTunes, and maybe even some over-the-air network shows. But I bought my last TV used in 1992 and all I had to worry about was an antenna. (It had a sweet integrated VCR. I taped Twin Peaks off the air. It was the best of times!) I know nothing, and am bewildered by the options. Help? [more inside]
posted by minervous on May 29, 2014 - 16 answers

What are all the foods and drinks referenced in Firefly?

Some friends are putting together a Firefly-themed dinner. What foods and drinks are directly referenced or depicted in the Firefly canon? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Apr 28, 2014 - 32 answers

Breaking Not So Bad

I'm looking for a good tv show with a long story arc that spans multiple seasons and has a great finale. The catch is I'd like something I can watch with my kids, ages 12-17, so that rules out most of the cable fare, like Breaking Bad, The Wire, The Sopranos or The Shield. It need not be a gritty cop drama, of course.
posted by mecran01 on Apr 27, 2014 - 71 answers

US 1970s educational/science TV series?

I'm trying to remember a series of shows broadcast in the late 1970s or maybe as late as 1980 or so. It explained science topics through the lens of recent discoveries or advancements. It might have been PBS but I think it was a "special broadcast" on network tv. I loved them and got all excited when one would be on, so I don't think it was regular or weekly. The only one I specifically remember was on the brain, told through the story of a little girl (?) who needed brain surgery. It wasn't for specifically for kids, but I recall them being very upbeat and "yay science!" They were broadcast in prime time, probably 8 PM. Also: it's definitely not Connections. Apologies - this may the the vaguest TV-related AskMe yet!
posted by JoanArkham on Apr 27, 2014 - 10 answers

CableCard needed. Difficulty: Comcast

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 - 9 answers

I want to roll my own media center

Looking for suggestions on the best way to replace a tv with a networked device. [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed on Jan 23, 2014 - 15 answers

More shows like Downton Abbey and Wives & Daughters?

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 - 54 answers

Videos for the office TV?

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 - 16 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

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

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

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