Don't worry that you're in the Emergency Room...you're under the capable care of The TV Doctor! It appears you have an acute case of SMOTS: Social Media on Television Syndrome. Your symptoms include blurry eyes (Where IS the line between reality and fiction online, anyway?) and text neck (which is a real thing...look it up), but our conversation about Netflix's The Circle should clear it all up in no time at all!
It's a question that has existed as long as the medium itself: can television be considered art? (Here's a hint: YES.) Now, here's a much younger question: how do we feel about art ON television? How does it impact the meanings we make and the positions we take as a result of being exposed to it? The gallery is open...
No need to grab a hammer, you won't need your hot glue gun, and put down that tape measure. The only thing you'll need for this episode about DIY-TV is a time and place to listen! Let's get all "home and garden" with it, shall we?
Celebrities: they're just like us (if by "like us," you mean they too freak out when their opportunities to embarrass and/or exonerate themselves on national television start to dry up)! In this episode, the TV Doctor ponders the nature of what the folks over at VH1 call "Celebreality" -- are they wearing masks on the show, or is it their real life face that hides the truth? Also, the word "portmanteau" is used...twice!
Who doesn't love a good countdown? It's the end of the year AND the end of the decade, and everyone wants to tell you about their Top 10 shows (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men...blah blah blah). The TV Doctor, however, wants to tell you about the OTHER Top 10 shows, the ones that everyone else snubbed, ignored, missed, or forgot. Can you guess which show will be The TV Doctor's Number ONE?
From Saturday Night Live to MADtv, from Key and Peele to A Black Lady Sketch Show, and a quick stop in Portlandia, this episode breaks the fourth wall between the audience and the stage in that television staple, the sketch comedy. In this episode, the TV Doctor considers the quiet revolution taking place on Comedy Central, the incredible burden of being critical of one's own family, and why having a Date Fact Checker could be a blessing and a curse.
It's the Season Finale, so it's only right that we wrap up our first season with a fond look back at the way we were (and apparently, we were advertising executives on Madison Avenue in New York City, rock star flight attendants, and time traveling, crime fighting history enthusiasts)!
After weeks and weeks of The TV Doctor dragging The Walking Dead around (like Michonne used to drag her zombie "pets"), it's finally time to learn what really motivates the Doctor's discontent. We're doing a Dead deep dive, y'all!
What does it mean that it's been 25+ years and The Golden Girls is still the "gold" standard when it comes to representations of older people on television? We'll also ponder why Ron Cephas Jones is such a national treasure, why we could never cancel Betty White, and why our love for Majel Barrett Roddenberry is written in the stars.
From Dracula and the Wolf Man to being exorcised or buried alive, there's tons of spooky fun to be had on the small screen. No need to go to the theater...just scoot a little closer to your viewing partner on that couch, and enjoy one or all of the bone tingling delights suggested in this week's episode.
The TV Doctor gets a Second Opinion from a real live actor on the topic of shows that depict the chasing of dreams. The OTC is an assortment of feel good moments from Reality-Based programs, and in Urgent Care, the TV Doctor writes a prescription for herself...it might be unethical in the real world, but it's just fine in podcast land!
If you are a television show, there is only one fate worse than death: jumping the shark. You were once young and fresh and sexy, but then you ran out of interesting things to say, and you thought a gimmick would be the way to make people love you again. You were wrong. You jumped the shark, buddy, and now we're going to talk about you in ways you're not going to like.
Have you ever wondered what the following items have in common: the Stanford Prison Experiment, Batman: the animated series, Tales from the Crypt, musculoskeletal radiology, and Jimmy Iovine? No? Well, The TV Doctor is here to connect it all for you anyway.
Exploitative television (TV that benefits from the pleasure we get from watching the hot messiness of others) is on the rise, and it's got us addicted, even when it's a show on the topic of addiction! Find out why Reality TV "stars" would sign up to be exploited; how Alicia Jay created a Giant Life on her own terms; and why Intervention is beautiful and toxic at the same time.
They say you should feed a cold and starve a fever, but this fever deserves to be fed! This week's shows are lighting a fire under antiquated notions of who should be represented on television and in what ways. We'll explore three shows that are turning up the heat on your screens and representing the LGBTQIA+ community with integrity, nuance, complexity, and love.
Under typical conditions, a doctor getting a Second Opinion and performing some Urgent Care in front of a packed-house live audience would not be ethical or advisable. But this is The TV Doctor, so having a live audience is AWESOME! M. Foss offers up Designated Survivor as this week's Over the Counter recommendation, and then she's joined by a special guest at the Launch Party to discuss why Josiah "Jed" Bartlet from The West Wing is the POTUS we deserve (and why Olivia Pope and Don Draper is the 'ship we need to see)!
The TV Doctor gets a Second Opinion from a Bachelor Nation expert, offers an Over the Counter recommendation for a show within a show...within a show, and sees a patient with problems in affairs of the heart in Urgent Care.