A First Look At Dora The Explorer's New Urban Adventures

Tuesday, Nick Jr. debuted its new series Dora and Friends: Into The City!, bringing an older and more weathered iteration of everyone's favorite Latina adventurer/Halloween costume into the urban jungle of Playa Verde. While the new iteration has much to recommend it—magical bracelets, magical cell phones, magical… » 8/21/14 10:30am 8/21/14 10:30am

So, I'm half-hoping the second season is a huge formal shake-up and they double down on the vignette episodes, which are not only way more interesting/full/complex/exciting than the plot-advancing episodes, but seem to somehow advance the plot (and we can argue about the extent to which there's a plot here) way more… » 8/13/14 1:39pm 8/13/14 1:39pm

Nathan Fielder Doled Out Brutal Maritime Justice On Nathan For You

In The Odyssey, Odysseus is condemned to a decade of wandering the Aegean by the implacable wrath of the sea god Poseidon. Even after his safe return to Ithaca and the reclamation of his home and throne, he must sojourn yet further inland until the oar he bears is mistook for a winnowing fan, and there will he make… » 8/13/14 12:10pm 8/13/14 12:10pm

A Guide To The Next Week's TV Premieres

What's the Gleekwells doing today? Looks like Hambone is explaining to Melissa about how things work. Devices, tablets, casters, what have you: God, Hambone is impressive. And Melissa's so impressed by his prowess! Why, look at her face it's fairly bereft of thought: Touch thing! Melissa seems to be saying. Touch… » 8/08/14 2:00pm 8/08/14 2:00pm

A Guide to Thursday Night's TV Premieres

It's well past midsummer and we're heading into the fall TV season, which means shows'll be ending, starting and returning at a greater and greater speed over the coming weeks. Here's a rundown of today's premieres as we ramp up toward fall—and you can come back tomorrow for a full list of the coming week's offerings. » 8/07/14 2:25pm 8/07/14 2:25pm

Good, Sound, Legitimate Reasons To Keep/Stop Watching The Leftovers

We're halfway through the first season of The Leftovers, and word around town is, some of y'all are pulling for your stop. And that's okay! From the start, The Leftovers has laid it on thick 'n' thorny, and by this point, both its shipjumpers (or, the Departed) and its adherents (or, the Leftovers) have plenty of… » 8/01/14 8:00am 8/01/14 8:00am

An Investigation Into the Facts Surrounding True Detective Season Two

The rumor mill built over True Detective second season's swift-flowing mystery river has ground out more twists than there even were in that craaaaazy first season (there were not actually that many twists in the first season!). One week this A-list star's pretty much confirmed, the next, nothing is true because… » 7/23/14 12:15pm 7/23/14 12:15pm

CBS's Space Drama Extant Is A Blend Of Sci Fi's Best

Extant knocked me on my ass, and not just because it's got 1000 percent of your recommended daily dose of Spielberg space magic, a robo-moppet, and bang-up effects. On top of that, this show's got such a science fiction pedigree, the old boy must've come up out of the space ivy space league (space ivy is a space… » 7/10/14 9:00am 7/10/14 9:00am

Key and Peele's Jordan Peele Gets Laid In Europe On Drunk History

A fun game when you're watching last night's season two premiere of Funny or Die's Drunk History is to pretend the reenacted accounts of racial struggle and civil rights are clips of prestige biopics from an alternate universe where everyone is perpetually hammered. Also in this universe Lee Daniels directs… » 7/02/14 3:40pm 7/02/14 3:40pm

The Leftovers Could Be the Anti-LOST

Television is still recovering from LOST. Even after the gush of gunk like The Event, mystery-clusterfucks populated by CW second-stringers playing important children and men with briefcases that could change everything, we still eye overly ambitious new series like wary rescue dogs creeping out of our crates. We've… » 6/30/14 4:14pm 6/30/14 4:14pm

The Brilliance of Louie's Reefer Madness

Louis C.K. and I grew up by each other. I lived just across the football field from Newton North High School, where we both went; he lived across the Mass. Turnpike, closer to Nonantum, better known as the Lake. Incidentally, halfway through the walk between my place and his (on your way, say, to get a movie from… » 6/11/14 9:00am 6/11/14 9:00am

Halt and Catch Fire Strips Back The Mystery To Reveal Chiseled Abs

This week in Halt and Catch Fire: Everything is irreparably fucked up, forever! An AMC protagonist gets caught in a lie to his spouse! Mysterious past information is meted out in doses so controlled you'd swear someone ran TV drama sabermetrics to determine them! And everyone's angry at everyone, when they're not… » 6/09/14 2:00pm 6/09/14 2:00pm