The Perfect Simplicity of The Good Place

The Perfect Simplicity of The Good Place

Spoiler alert! As the title suggests, I'll be discussing the conclusion of Michael Schur's wonderful The Good Place below. Proceed with an appropriate level of caution. The iconic title card above, so simple and understated, gave way to one of television's most complex shows. The Good Place was a sitcom about moral philosophy, a phrase [...]

Hilarious Halloween: The 10 Year Anniversary of Parks and Recreations’ “Greg Pikitis”

Hilarious Halloween: The 10 Year Anniversary of Parks and Recreations’ “Greg Pikitis”

You can keep your slasher flicks and monster movies. When it's Halloween, all I want to watch are the seasonal episodes of network sitcoms. From Three Hole Punch Jim and Sexy Abraham Lincoln to the Slutty Pumpkin and Werewolf Tracy Jordan, Halloween TV has created some of the most memorable characters of the season—seriously, I [...]

As They Appear to Be: Veronica Mars, The Postal Service and Kenna (Alternate Version)

As They Appear to Be: Veronica Mars, The Postal Service and Kenna (Alternate Version)

Yesterday I posted an article that compared Veronica Mars, The Postal Service's Give Up and Kenna's New Sacred Cow in a discussion of how our perceptions don't always match reality. The article was fun to write and was based on an idea that I had had a few years ago but never finished, that original [...]

As They Appear to Be: Veronica Mars, The Postal Service and Kenna

As They Appear to Be: Veronica Mars, The Postal Service and Kenna

Veronica Mars is an outsider, someone who doesn't fit in, someone who doesn't belong. We know this because the narration to Veronica Mars—narration spoken by Veronica herself—tells us so. We know this because, when the series begins, Veronica is repeatedly shown to be clique-less. We know this because, driving down the Pacific coast in a [...]

Christmas Is a Lot of Things: On Linus and Owen Meany

Christmas Is a Lot of Things: On Linus and Owen Meany

It's one of the most famous moments in syndicated Christmas special history. Linus, wearing a green beanie and carrying his trustworthy blue blanket, steps to the front of the stage in an empty auditorium. A single spotlight illuminates him as he recites scripture from memory, describing to his best friend, the constantly beleaguered Charlie Brown, [...]