“Mainstream” TV

You know, Tina Fey and stuff…

52 Shows, 52 Weeks: #15 Parks and Rec

Maybe it’s because I was out of the state last weekend, but I’ve been thinking about shows set in Indiana.  You may have noticed there aren’t many.  I know that The Middle on ABC is set in Indiana, but I’ve never watched it.  NBC’s Parks and Rec, though, is one of my favorite current shows. […]

52 Shows, 52 Weeks: #14 Ellen

This week in the pop culture course I teach we watched the famous coming out episode of Ellen.  “The Puppy Episode” was the first episode of the sitcom I ever watched and I watched it the day it aired in 1997.  Back then, my TV enthusiasm was just beginning, and this show had not previously […]

52 Shows, 52 Weeks: #11 30 Rock

Because of Tina Fey’s two recent—and of course brilliantly entertaining—articles in The New Yorker, I have been reflecting on my 30 Rock experience. With 30 Rock, Tina Fey has blended wry irreverence, sharp cultural awareness, and earnestness in a way that I wish I could fully wrap my head around, let alone do something with.  […]

52 Shows, 52 Weeks: #10 Parenthood

When this show began last March, I wrote a pretty underwhelmed reaction to it.  I was disappointed because I had loved Peter Krause and Lauren Graham so much on previous shows and was hoping to love them together on a new one.  The pilot fell flat, but I gave the show another chance because pilots […]