Ballers Shows Us How Boring (And Lethal) The NFL Really Is

That the season premiere of Ballers, HBO’s new semi-comedy about life in and around the NFL planetary system, turns out so predictably says something about how joyless those involved with professional football truly believe it to be. The show has the bones of a slogging 60-minute drama cut down to 30, which puts a… » 6/22/15 3:59pm 6/22/15 3:59pm

Supercut: Daredevil's Gumshoe-Journalist Subplot Is Butt

Netflix’s Daredevil is mostly bad. Sure, there are some good fight scenes, but the corny story arcs and bad acting that burden the first season makes it a better fit on the CW or ABC Family. And nothing in the first season is more cringe-worthy than the storyline concerning a grizzled old newspaper reporter named Ben… » 5/28/15 2:44pm 5/28/15 2:44pm

Some Simpsons Characters Voiced By Harry Shearer, Ranked

The Simpsons has been a lousy, vaguely depressing hood ornament for FOX for far longer, by now, than it ever was a good TV show, but when it was a good TV show, it was among the greatest television comedies ever made. Harry Shearer, the brilliant comedic and voice actor who announced his departure from the show » 5/14/15 1:37pm 5/14/15 1:37pm

The Evolution Of Daredevil's Bloody, Beautiful Fight Scenes

Marvel's Daredevil has a lot of things going for it — but one thing that stands out is its visceral, thrilling fight scenes. These brawls aren't just visual splendour: they help convey Matt Murdock's evolution from Vigilante to Superhero. Join us as we take a spoiler-laden look at Daredevil's important fight scenes. » 4/15/15 4:57pm 4/15/15 4:57pm

Sex And Dead Children: Every FCC Viewer Complaint About The Super Bowl

As we do every year, we recently submitted a FOIA request to the FCC for all the complaints it received from viewers upset by something aired at the Super Bowl. There were 34 of them, ranging from disgust toward the Katy Perry/Missy Elliott halftime show, offense at commercials that featured sex or profanity, and… » 3/18/15 11:00am 3/18/15 11:00am

Your Favorite HDTV Antenna is Deeply Discounted Today, Plus More Deals

If you want to stop paying your cable company $100/month for channels you don't watch, it might be time to cut the cord. Between services like Netflix, Hulu+, Sling TV, and HBO's upcoming standalone subscription service, it's easier than ever to declare cable independence, but a good antenna is still a critical… » 3/08/15 6:51am 3/08/15 6:51am

Empire Is A Great Show With A Badly Outdated Soundtrack

The third episode of Fox's wildly popular new hip-hop drama Empire featured Gladys Knight—given no introduction, or even a fictional name, though maybe she's supposed to be playing herself—singing at the funeral of a character killed off in the pilot after less than five minutes of screen time. Most shows would… » 2/04/15 2:41pm 2/04/15 2:41pm

Fresh Off The Boat Is Huge For Rap Fans And Asian-Americans Alike

The pilot for the new ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat starts inside a department-store dressing room. It's 1995, and 11-year-old Eddie, the American-born son of Taiwanese immigrants, adjusts his silver ring, watch, and chain before fixing his fitted Orlando Magic cap—a look that his mom says is too expensive and his… » 2/04/15 1:56pm 2/04/15 1:56pm

FCC Fines ESPN $280,000 For Olympus Has Fallen Spot

Olympus Has Fallen—the 2013 movie about a White House attack that wasn't White House Down—got some TV networks into trouble with its advertising. The FCC dished out hefty fines for one spot's use of the Emergency Alert System sound. You can hear it at the beginning, right before the "THIS IS NOT A TEST" text. It's… » 1/20/15 5:40pm 1/20/15 5:40pm

Here's Martin Luther King Jr. Telling A Joke On The Tonight Show

OK, it's not a good joke, but the man was busy. It was Feb. 8, 1968, and Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference were in the thick of planning the Poor People's Campaign, which would culminate in a tent city going up on the Mall in Washington. It was also just two months before King was… » 1/19/15 5:26pm 1/19/15 5:26pm

Broad City Is A Fearless, Priceless Ode To Female Friendship 

Broad City, the beloved Comedy Central show about two NYC-based best friends with a steady appetite for cruising dudes, getting stoned, and causing general mischief, kicks off its second season tonight, but it already feels like we've known these women (and they've known each other) forever. Ilana Glazer and Abbi… » 1/14/15 1:07pm 1/14/15 1:07pm