Dawson’s Creek: A Case Study in Love Triangles

Ah yes, the love triangle. It’s one of the staples of movies and television that somehow never gets old, and yet can easily feel stale if not done well. What actually separates the love triangles we get invested in from the ones that feel like lazy plot devices? That’s the question we’re going to explore today. We’ll be looking at it through the lens of … Continue reading Dawson’s Creek: A Case Study in Love Triangles

‘One Tree Hill’ pilot review: Why does it take 42 minutes for a kid to join a basketball team?

In the past, I’ve done two daily blogging projects that involved reviewing television pilots. First there was “30 Pilots in 30 Days” in August 2017, and then “100 Pilots in 100 Days” which ran from January 1st to April 10, 2020. Outside of these projects, I’ve never reviewed any of the television pilots I’ve come across in my normal day-to-day television consumption. Until now. Because … Continue reading ‘One Tree Hill’ pilot review: Why does it take 42 minutes for a kid to join a basketball team?

Do You Need HBO Max?: Classic Sitcoms Edition

The short answer… no. Unless “Classic Sitcoms” means, Friends, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, or Sex and the City, you don’t need HBO Max to catch up with classic sitcoms. But you didn’t think that would be the whole post, did you? Of course not. If you want your streaming service to have a bank of classic sitcoms, which one SHOULD you go with? To decide … Continue reading Do You Need HBO Max?: Classic Sitcoms Edition

I Watched 100 TV Pilots So You Don’t Have To

Over the first 100 days of 2020, I watched and reviewed a television pilot each day. They came from all over the television stratosphere. ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, FX, CW, Netflix, HBO, Hulu, and more. Yes, the gang’s all here. I’ve taken the time to break them down into a few categories to help you determine which of these shows might be worth watching next. … Continue reading I Watched 100 TV Pilots So You Don’t Have To

100 Pilots in 100 Days: Sons of Anarchy

When it was originally on: 2008-2014 Original network: FX Where you can stream it now: Hulu Had I seen it before: No. What IMDb says: A biker struggles to balance being a father and being involved in an outlaw motorcycle club. Why I picked it: Sons of Anarchy is one of those shows that I feel like I heard a lot about, but never actually knew anyone who watched it. … Continue reading 100 Pilots in 100 Days: Sons of Anarchy

100 Pilots in 100 Days: Modern Family

When it was originally on: 2009-2020 Original network: ABC Where you can stream it now: The current season is streamable on Hulu, but otherwise you can purchases individual episodes on platforms like Amazon, Apple TV+, etc. Had I seen it before: No. What IMDb says: Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. Why I picked it: Modern Family is arguably the only non-NBC … Continue reading 100 Pilots in 100 Days: Modern Family

100 Pilots in 100 Days: Casual

When it was originally on: 2015-2018 Original Network: Hulu Where you can stream it now: Hulu Had I seen it before: Yes! I’d seen the first 3ish seasons and previously blogged about them in my Streaming Exclusive series. I don’t really remember any overarching plots, but according to Hulu, that’s what I’ve seen. What IMDb says: A comedy series about a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister living … Continue reading 100 Pilots in 100 Days: Casual

100 Pilots in 100 Days: Downton Abbey

When it was originally on: 2010-2015, with a movie that came out in 2019 Original network: ITV (UK) or PBS (US) Where you can stream it now: Amazon Prime Had I seen it before: I feel like I had seen this first episode before, but never dove any deeper into the series. And don’t even remember much of this first episode. What IMDb says: A chronicle of … Continue reading 100 Pilots in 100 Days: Downton Abbey

100 Pilots in 100 Days: Empire

When it was originally on: 2015-2020 Original network: Fox Where you can stream it now: Hulu Had I seen it before: I’ve seen one episode from a later season because a cousin’s girlfriend was in it. I was not able to make sense of the plot though, so it barely counts really. What IMDb says: A hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons who are battling … Continue reading 100 Pilots in 100 Days: Empire

100 Pilots in 100 Days: The Leftovers

When it was originally on: 2014-2017 Original network: HBO Where you can stream it now: HBO (or Amazon with an HBO extension). Had I seen it before: No. What IMDb says: Three years after the disappearance of two percent of the global population, a group of people in a small New York community try to continue their lives while coping with the tragedy of the unexplained nature … Continue reading 100 Pilots in 100 Days: The Leftovers