Spoiler alert: We all love spoilers. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we all want them, of course—there are as many people who fervently avoid details about upcoming stories as there are people who hunt them down to learn beforehand. But as the 2010s come to a close, the way we talk about spoilers with each other has changed dramatically—and not necessarily for the best. The Rise and Fall of the Mystery Box Coming into the 2010s, television was undergoing a major period of cultural change, especially in the genre realm (sci-fi, fantasy, horror). Both Lost and Battlestar Galactica, two shows that had come to define 21st c of an age of watercooler TV—shows that dominated public entertainment discourse beyond simply captivating us through the screen, but in debate and discussion in real life among friends, family, and co-workers in the pre-social media era. Shows like Lost and BSG—which had grown beyond the niche space of being discussed … [Read more...] about This Was the Decade That Spoiler Culture Changed Everything
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Online dating apps, pornography, advertising, and the continued existence of the human race all testify to a healthy, ongoing interest in sex among human beings, despite the fact that millennials appear to be having less of it. Until the day pills or radiation extinguish the last embers of human horniness, sex will likely continue to shape and govern society in all kinds of ways. It’s worth wondering, though, what a world without a sex drive might look like. How would it affect the way we interact with one another? What would it mean for the environment? And with the species potentially at risk of extinction, would it be ethical for governments to intervene in some way? To address these questions in this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of sociologists, population scientists and bioethicists with a range of opinions, who among other things pointed out that “sex” and “sex drive” haven’t always historically had a lot to do with one … [Read more...] about What Would Happen If Everyone in the World Lost Their Sex Drive?
Look, I'd be lying if I said I gave any fucks about this show. In fact, I'm watching purely to write about it. This isn't normal. There was a time when I used to enjoy this show because I was guaranteed at least SOMETHING worthwhile. That could be the case this year as well, but the truth is, since Being Mary Jane's season went off, I've not actually ventured to BET…maybe ever. I don't think my experience is unique either. Which makes the idea of a BET Awards show very interesting. If nobody pays attention to your shit, why are you even in the business of grand pomp and circumstance. I'm not sure you can afford this, BET. Advertisement Moving on to the awards recap. I shall drink during this. This could be interesting because of said drinking. Jack and Coke. Word to 'Murica. (Additional commentary from the VSB family is included as well.) -Pharrell reminds me that rich people and poor people might be leagues apart in financial security, but fashionably, they're kissin' … [Read more...] about BET Awards 2014 Show Recap: Because We Hate Ourselves
With so many new series popping up on streaming services and DVD, it gets harder and harder to keep up with new shows, much less the all-time classics. With TV Club 10, we point you toward the 10 episodes that best represent a TV series, classic or modern. If you watch these 10, you’ll have a better idea of what that series was about, without having to watch the whole thing. These are not meant to be the 10 best episodes, but rather the 10 most representative episodes. It’s impossible to determine what makes a sitcom work and what makes one fail. There are shows that succeed inexplicably and others that, on paper, appear to be perfect creations yet never find their niche in reality. In some special cases, the combination of all the things that go right and all the things that go wrong creates something uniquely perfect. The best example of this is NBC’s long-mistreated workplace comedy, NewsRadio. Advertisement The sitcom debuted 20 years ago on March 22, 1995. It … [Read more...] about 10 episodes of perfect imperfection from the great
With so many new series popping up on streaming services and DVD, it gets harder and harder to keep up with new shows, much less the all-time classics. With TV Club 10, we point you toward the 10 episodes that best represent a TV series, classic or modern. If you watch these 10, you’ll have a better idea of what that series was about, without having to watch the whole thing. These are not meant to be the 10 best episodes, but rather the 10 most representative episodes. There were many things that Mr. Show With Bob And David was not. Influenced by the interlocking format of SCTV and the free-flowing running order of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the show broke from two decades of sketch comedy tradition on American TV. Though it featured musical numbers and a requisite top-of-the-show greeting from co-creators and co-stars Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, Mr. Show was not a variety show. Names like Famous Mortimer, fictional companies like Globo-Chem, and faces like telegenic … [Read more...] about God dammit! Here are the 10