Tag Archives: TV

Why can’t we stop watching (and recording!) TV we hate?

leagueBY ALEX RUSSELL

My DVR’s generally pretty full. I imagine yours is, too. So why do we all keep recording The Office?

It’s simple enough to say “eh, there’s only a few left” and just ride out a show that’s lost a step but is almost over. A classic example is Scrubs, except instead of “losing a step” it took a step off a cliff that was above a building that was on fire. But what about a show you used to love that is just starting to suck? What about letting all that Veep or Archer build up because you have to stay caught up on shows you’re already bored with?

That’s a ridiculous example, of course, because you watch Archer instantly every Thursday because you’re not a goddamned monster. Other than that, though, let’s figure it out.

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Exploring a Poor Scholar’s DVR: Pat Flynn

dvrBy Pat Flynn

The next few weeks the Poor Scholars staff is going over their individual DVR habits for each other (and all of you) to ridicule. This week, Poor Scholars’ Pat Flynn breaks down his DVR habits.

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Poor Scholars Email Exchange: Delocated

delocated BY SCOTT PHILLIPS and ALEX RUSSELL

In honor of the series finale of Delocated, which aired last night on Adult Swim, Poor Scholars’ Scott Phillips and Alex Russell traded emails to discuss the series and make some predictions for the finale.

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Zero Hour: Zero complaints

ZeroHourBY CHUCKS ENEIP

ABC premiered its new show Zero Hour two weeks ago, and if you have not seen the first two episodes yet, I suggest you do. Tonight the third episode of season one will air. Immediately the metaphysical, church-conspiracy, Nazi-clock drama, starring former ER actor and Tony Kornheiser doppelgänger Anthony Edwards, was met with serious skepticism. A review written by one of Rambo Nomolos’ only trusted critics, Alan Sepinwall said “As a result, I don’t know that I can even recommend Zero Hour under the So Bad It’s Good theory. At times, its badness is intoxicating — and those are the times I’ll remember fondly long after this show is gone.”

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Poor Scholars favorite TV couples

parks-rec-andy-april_400BY MARISSA CORVALLIS and AARON GOLDBERG

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Poor Scholars asked it’s own Marissa Corvallis to share her favorite couples on television. Because who doesn’t miss Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad?

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The Walking Dead: A look forward at the end of the world

Photo Credit: AMC

Photo Credit: AMC

BY ALEX RUSSELL

AMC’s getting pretty damn good at making drama. Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead are all amazing in their own way. They’re all three built around extremely strong worlds that feel realistic and fleshed out, to be sure, but only Breaking Bad and Mad Men are built around equally compelling characters. So why did twelve million people watch the latest episode of The Walking Dead? That’s six as many people as the other two, even at their high points. Is this even a bad thing?

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The Office: How did we get here?

the-office-season-9BY ALEX RUSSELL

I know we recently featured a piece predicting a quality ending for The Office. I hope that’s right. I hope they can stick the dismount and we end up with something as brilliant as a dishwasher you can see through.

Nothing in the past half a decade makes me hopeful, though, and let’s talk about why.

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Revamping MTV’s Rock N’ Jock Super Bowl

Rock N' JockBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

The Poor Scholars staff spends much of the day trading ridiculous ideas that we could potentially write about. Most of theses ideas are never used or slowly developed, but as Rambo and I started discussing the old MTV Rock N’ Jock series earlier this week, I knew we were really on to something.

But when I started researching the old, glorified pick-up games that featured athletes, musicians and celebrities I came to the startling realization that Rock N’ Jock had been dead for over a decade.

I received further confirmation of the irrelevance of Rock N’ Jock when I asked my younger brother and Poor Scholars staffer Troy Phillips, who was born in the 90s, if he knew what Rock N’ Jock was.

He had no clue.

I was devastated; I felt like I’d let my brother down.

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New reality show inspired by ‘Girls’ has ‘disaster’ written all over it

Photo Credit: HBO

Photo Credit: HBO

BY SCOTT PHILLIPS

I don’t fit the target demographic for the HBO dramedy Girls — I have testicles — but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying one of the best shows on television.  As a twenty-something, creative-type living in a big city, I can appreciate how Girls‘ creator/writer/star Lena Dunham has crafted a show that realistically portrays the way people my age deal with the up-and-downs of finding your true calling in life.

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