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Help my friend improve her TV diet!

My friend has taken a vow to only watch television shows that have socially conscious casting and writing, and she's doing this by applying what I'll call "The Nanton Test." Can you recommend well-written shows that fit the bill? [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Jun 30, 2016 - 38 answers

TV shows while the kids get their iPads

I need a few good TV shows to watch while the kids are watching their iPads. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Silvertree on Jun 29, 2016 - 33 answers

What are the best (and worst) fake accents?

On a scale from 1 to "Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice", what are the most standout examples (for better or worse) of fake accents in movies and on TV shows? [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco on Jun 24, 2016 - 77 answers

Ooh Rah! Give me all the military kink.

Currently in a phase where I would like to watch movies or TV series + read books that focus on special ops, special forces, miltary action, or any army/navy/marine group inserted in a mission. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Jun 11, 2016 - 24 answers

Movies/TV shows with Korean subtitles in the US itunes store?

Looking for stuff in the itunes store with Korean subtitles, the shows/movies don't have to be Korean. Is it right to assume that Korean-produced movies will all have Korean subtitles? What other stuff has subtitles? Any way to search for this?
posted by molla on Jun 9, 2016 - 2 answers

Old metal. High crime. Bad stash.

What late 90s or early aughts crime show starred an aging metal musician sporting a distractingly weird moustache? Thought it involved Slash but I can't find anything.
posted by es_de_bah on May 27, 2016 - 3 answers

Looking for truly one-of-a-kind films and TV shows

And I mean one-of-a-kind—and good!—films and TV shows. (I've included film and TV examples in the 'Extended Explanation' portion of my thread.) [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 15, 2016 - 92 answers

Title of a Canadian comedy TV series?

I watched a quirky ~10-episode Canadian comedy TV series 2-5 years ago. I recall it involved an auto body shop, alcohol, and a bank heist. [more inside]
posted by kiblinger on May 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Yet another "What TV series should I binge-watch next?" question

We have Netflix and Amazon Prime. What should we watch? Shows we have liked: The Wire, Gilmore Girls, Deadwood, Battlestar Galactica, Community, Arrested Development, House of Cards, Orphan Black, Twin Peaks. Shows that we didn't like under the fold. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Apr 28, 2016 - 67 answers

Will Roku or Chromecast allow me to watch the Olympics this summer?

I have no cable. I do have a rooftop antenna that gets me about 5 PBS channels only. I don't understand how Roku or Chromecast work--I'm really dumb in this area. I have a TV with an HDMI port. I really want to watch the Olympics this summer. Will either device allow me to watch Prime Time Olympics for free or even at a cost?
posted by luvmywife on Apr 21, 2016 - 10 answers

Name and network of a cable TV interview show?

Anyone know the name/station of a recent cable TV interview show shot in high contrast black and white? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Apr 19, 2016 - 2 answers

Courtroom Drama With Yes/No Questions

Courtroom dramas on TV often depict an expert witness giving complex testimony about possibilities and likelihoods, only to be shot down by a lawyer insisting that they answer only yes or no, thereby giving a false impression of their testimony. Does this happen in real life? [more inside]
posted by Emma May Smith on Apr 6, 2016 - 17 answers

Ice Cubina?

Is there a character in TV or film who's like a female version of Ice Cube? A Black woman who's high-status, sincere, brave, intense, witty, street-smart, Alpha, strong leader, comfortable with conflict, and powerful. In particular I'm hoping to find someone with a Southern California accent (Compton, Long Beach, etc). [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Apr 3, 2016 - 19 answers

What don't I understand about Apple Airport?

So, a while back we got an Apple Airport to try to extend Wifi in our apartment. It doesn't really work and I think perhaps I've misunderstood something fundamental about the airport. Help. [more inside]
posted by Gray Skies on Mar 30, 2016 - 18 answers

Silent TV, quiet speakers

I want to buy I new TV and put it on the wall I share with my neighbor's bedroom. But I want to be a good neighbor, so I thought I would buy a TV and also buy wireless speakers, and then configure everything so sound only comes from the speakers (which would be close to the couch, and far from my neighbor's bedroom). So my question is, what should I buy? [more inside]
posted by middlethird on Mar 27, 2016 - 7 answers

I want to add surround sound using just my headphone out of my tv. Can?

I have a very new tv above my fireplace. I have speaker wires from near it to behind me so speakers behind are not a problem. The problem is I want to control the volume with the tv's remote which is why I want to use the headphone jack. SO.... How do I get surround sound or the illusion of it being to split the stereo and have it not too loud behind me?
posted by usermac on Mar 25, 2016 - 7 answers

Looking for Info on Secession and Inspiration from Literature, Film, TV

Hey Brilliants, I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of spring! I am researching a new project on secession and am looking for examples in literature, film, tv, etc. of stories that are about a US state or city trying to secede from the union. I'm somewhat aware of Texas' ability to secede but am wondering if anyone has written anything about what would happen if another state or city tried to secede. Thanks so much :) [more inside]
posted by sunnyblues48 on Mar 23, 2016 - 17 answers

In search of brainbreaking episodes of Mister Rogers

Toddler WanKenobi & I have been all about Fred Rogers lately. We've seen a few episodes that have broken the fourth wall in interesting ways, and I'd like to see more. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Mar 22, 2016 - 12 answers

UK Reality Show about a Rock star and his hotel in Spain?

Hello, can anyone remember the title of a UK reality show about a rock musician and his crazy American(?) girlfriend who buy a hotel in Spain and attempt to run it?
posted by ebear on Mar 15, 2016 - 3 answers

How many murders did Jessica Fletcher solve?

In the TV show Murder, She Wrote, how many murder cases total did Jessica Fletcher solve? [more inside]
posted by baf on Mar 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Chimpanzee newscaster?

My brother and I can't remember this show, which was more like a short. We would have watched it on American TV from Canada in the late 70s or early 80s.There was a chimpanzee dressed in (I think) a plaid jacket as a newscaster. I don't know if it was something from Lancelot Link. I tried Googling, but either I get Lancelot Link or real chimps in the news. Does this show ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Mar 1, 2016 - 11 answers

New Freeview Box?

Our Freeview (UK broadcast TV) box is old and mostly broken. What are your recommendations for a modern replacement? [more inside]
posted by Eleven on Feb 23, 2016 - 4 answers

Is there an X-Files episode that uses a Cymande song?

Here's my possibly false memory: the show is the X-Files (although maybe it's Millennium?) and the song is Cymande's "Dove." The song recurs, diegetically, several times in the episode, whenever something uncanny is happening, although only one character is aware of it. At one point, it comes over the PA system of a hospital, distant and phased-out sounding. Googling doesn't turn up anything, so I assume I must have some detail wrong. What am I remembering?
posted by neroli on Feb 23, 2016 - 2 answers

Looking for an 80s Letterman episode for a friend.

My friend's father was on Late Night in the 80s and was featured in a pretty long audience segment. We're trying to find the footage for him. [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on Feb 11, 2016 - 2 answers

Looking for more fun, flirty, zany entertainment

I've run out of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries episodes to watch, and now there's an awesome female protag with amazing costumes and flirting and female friendships hole in my life! Help me fill it up with tv, shows, or books with the same mouth-feel [more inside]
posted by raw sugar on Jan 28, 2016 - 23 answers

Best New TV For Watching Old Movies?

Our TV, a stately Sony Trinitron that's served us since 1999, is dying. We need a new 42 inch-ish TV. I have no idea what to look for in this new flat/plasma/HD market. All I want to avoid is that godawful HD thing where old movies look like cheap soap operas and everything is too sharp and flat. No interest in a smart TV or 3D or anything like that. What should I buy to make our media diet of old movies and Netflix TV shows look the best?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 28, 2016 - 17 answers

Question about TV interviews conducted through an interpeter

During a TV interview conducted through an interpreter, is the interviewer understanding what the interviewee is saying? How do these types of interviews work exactly? [more inside]
posted by iamsuper on Jan 26, 2016 - 8 answers

Like Paw Patrol, but with more bitches.

My two-year-old daughter is obsessed with Paw Patrol. I'm not in love with the gender representation on the show. What shows are similar but with better diversity in terms of gender? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jan 21, 2016 - 36 answers

What do you mean I already watched every NOVA show on Netflix?

I want to watch more nature and documentary shows, and the well at Netflix is running dry. Trying to figure out what combination of hardware/subscriptions to get that will give me the biggest number of good shows. [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 on Jan 19, 2016 - 15 answers

Documentary TV Shows On TV Modarn Day

What are your FAVORITE "Documentary-style" TV shows that aren't reality shows, currently airing in the US? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 19, 2016 - 12 answers

Bowie's Modern Love

My husband vaguely remembers a scene in a movie or TV show where a character is singing along to Modern Love while crying. Which movie or tv show was this? [more inside]
posted by amapolaroja on Jan 17, 2016 - 6 answers

Best balance of quality and cost in current crop of TVs

I last bought a new TV fifteen years ago (an excellent Sony that has aged very well, but is SD and increasingly obsolete). We've decided it's time for us to step up to the 21st century. I'm finding myself overwhelmed by the array of brands and models of current flat screen HD tvs. I understand the basics (plasma is out, LED is basic, OLED and 4K are the hot new standards), but I am wondering what people's recommendations for best mid-range (under $750) tv makes and models are. Should I count on using a set's built-in smart features, or should we be looking to save a bit on a non-smart model, and buy a Roku? Also, are there special considerations for setting up and calibrating current TVs to get a decent picture?
posted by aught on Jan 15, 2016 - 29 answers

In which NYC diner did they shoot this scene for "Shades of Blue"?

I'm hoping to identify the diner in this screengrab from the pilot for "Shades of Blue" [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on Jan 14, 2016 - 6 answers

What is the name of this BBC/Euro TV episode?

It features a Denmark or Swedish divorced woman living in a "commune" with about 5-8 people of varying ages from (probably) 13-50. [more inside]
posted by Submiqent on Jan 12, 2016 - 3 answers

Does Sons of Anarchy rebound after Season 3? (No spoilers, please.)

I liked the first two seasons of Sons of Anarchy, but I think Season 3 is aggressively stupid and I'm begrudgingly finishing it today. Should I keep going or stop here? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Jan 11, 2016 - 25 answers

Books, films and television to pair with a rancid fever

I've come down with a full-on flu, and despite my best efforts, it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I'm basically couch-ridden and very, very feverish. Help me find media to consume that won't weave itself into my horrific fever dreams. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Jan 7, 2016 - 25 answers

In search of a sound system.

Can you recommend a sound system to hook up to a TV, our phones, and that also has a radio? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jan 4, 2016 - 8 answers

What's worth watching these days?

What do you consider the most underrated TV show to air during the past year? [more inside]
posted by mollywas on Jan 3, 2016 - 75 answers

Streaming Romanian/Hungarian TV in USA

My MiL is coming to stay with us in late spring. She's older and speaks no English. So to make the days tolerable while we're at work and her grandson is in school, I need to get TV set up for her. She's a bilingual Hungarian from Romania. Some of her very favorite shows are in Hungarian, her native tongue. But she still likes to watch the news and whatnot from home, in Romanian. What are the current options for shows from these countries together or separately? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 3, 2016 - 4 answers

Please help me find this obscure anime (~15 years old)?

Please help me find this obscure comedic anime I watched ~7 years ago. It's definitely not Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, but extremely similar in terms of comedy and characters. (Spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by I made this account so Matt could have a $5 beer on Jan 2, 2016 - 4 answers

Should I Buy An Apple TV?

Ok, so I posted this question a while back. I got some great responses and insight, however, I still haven't decided if I should purchase an Apple TV. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Dec 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me find an old jeans ad

I'm trying to find a humorous commercial for Levi jean that I haven't seen for years. Difficulty: 90's Australian TV. Google is failing me and this is driving me crazy!! Details inside... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Dec 20, 2015 - 2 answers

Best way to view photos from PC on TV?

My parents love to look at and show off stuff from their 200+GB photo collection on the big TV in the living room. They currently use a last-gen AppleTV which works fairly well once you actually get into the folders list, but getting there sometimes takes 20-30 minutes with just the "Loading" spinning circle. Additionally, there is no way to zoom in and pan around on a photo, a feature they would love to have. Would the new Apple TV improve things? [more inside]
posted by SpookyFish on Dec 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Ways to Cut the Cable/Satellite Cord?

I work for a small, community-owned, fiber optic Internet and telephone start-up and we want to provide customers — and potential customers — with options on how to use our services to (legally) watch their favorite programming. Looking to the hive mind for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Dec 17, 2015 - 9 answers

A "Smart TV" for displaying company information

My company is looking to deploy flat screen TVs in all our branches. We have 15 branches in 5 states with no IT staff at any but 2 of them. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Dec 15, 2015 - 6 answers

"Good Mythical Morning," but with female hosts?

My kids and I Iove "Good Mythical Morning," and watch it every night. For feminist reasons, I'd like us to additionally watch something just as funny and in the same style -- but with women hosting it. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 14, 2015 - 3 answers

The tagline should be: Yell at the TV and Not at Each Other!

This weekend I played one of the Jackbox family of games. I think my family would love them and I'd like to give/have it available to play while we're all home for Christmas. Looks like I might have some technical issues--I need some guidance, please! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 9, 2015 - 13 answers

1980s TV show.. ERASED from existence

There was a TV show, early 80s, probably on PBS. Short subject, less than 20 minutes, squeezed in between shows. It was all about Emerging Future Tech! Like microcomputers, art in tech, digital stuff. The host was Laurie Anderson. It has FALLEN off the FACE of the EARTH. [more inside]
posted by AaronRaphael on Dec 8, 2015 - 6 answers

TV and Movie Reviews and Recaps websites sought.

In the past few years, most of my mainstay pop culture sites for movie reviews and TV recaps and reviews have shut down or declined drastically in appeal. I need suggestions for replacements to check out that aren't defunct, or sites I already know about that don't fit the bill; I'm not expecting a voluble community, as I'm happy with just good site writers with a good grasp on pop culture and an intelligent perspective. So not AV Club, not Fanfare, not Vulture or TVLine or Entertainment Weekly but somewhere new; a lot more detail follows. [more inside]
posted by gadge emeritus on Dec 8, 2015 - 9 answers

The Tunnel- British/French television show. Where did actress "live"?

Clémence Poésy plays Elise Wassermann, the French detective. Several scenes showed her "going home" to a set of silver buildings (by the water?) in a French city. Can anyone recognize these? The city or the area or the buildings themselves? I want to find info on them.
posted by ebesan on Dec 1, 2015 - 4 answers

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