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Empire Is A Great Show With A Badly Outdated Soundtrack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

Peaky Blinders Is The Brutal British Gangster Saga For You

Right now, my wife is making it through both seasons of Peaky Blinders, the British TV show about warring 1920s gangs, for the second time. The big difference: This time, she's watching it with the subtitles on. She swears she'd missed entire plot threads the first time just through the sheer, distracting work of… » 1/09/15 1:47pm 1/09/15 1:47pm

ESPN Wants Nothing To Do With The Knicks

When the NBA released the national TV schedule in August, the Knicks appeared across ESPN, ABC, and TNT a total of 16 times, tied for ninth most in the league. The NBA has long catered to fans of large market teams—the LOLakers got 20 national TV games even though everybody knew they would be awful and bad TV—but now… » 1/08/15 2:35pm 1/08/15 2:35pm

Three People Complained To The FCC About Tom Brady's Cussing

When things don't go right for the Patriots, Tom Brady has a habit of swearing on the sideline, and networks have a habit of cutting to their cameras on the sideline to capture his anger. Jim Nantz will write it off as frustration or whatever. However, three people who sent complaints to the FCC don't appreciate… » 12/16/14 5:56pm 12/16/14 5:56pm

How CBS And The NFL Teamed Up To Screw Wheel Of Fortune And Jeopardy!

In January, CBS acquired the rights to air NFL Network's Thursday Night Football through the first half of the season. That slate turned out to be some of the shittiest professional football ever put on television, and it was a financial catastrophe for the Tiffany network. But prime-time national NFL broadcasts… » 12/12/14 2:45pm 12/12/14 2:45pm

Say Goodbye To Sons Of Anarchy And Its Lousy Soundtrack

One of the great benefits of watching pre-recorded television is that you can fast-forward through terrible theme songs, specifically "This Life," the atrocious roots-rock theme to the FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy. (There's an even worse Celt-ified version from the season partly set in Northern Ireland.)… » 12/09/14 12:30pm 12/09/14 12:30pm