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.