When you repeatedly watch the same show over the span of multiple seasons, the reality that it can come to an end and be finished forever is really, really strange. When you watch shows like Twin Peaks or The X-Files or Freaks and Geeks in the year 2014, you’re well aware of exactly how many hours you’ll be blessed to spend lying in bed with Netflix propped up, streaming right onto your lap. To watch a great show from start to finish is rare and will inevitably leave you with a feeling of emptiness and questions you’ll never be able to fully shake once it’s over.
You may have heard of the classic story Alice in Wonderland. In the 1951 Disney film version of the Lewis Caroll tale, Alice finds herself in a newfound world, where she meets a cast of rude characters with outlandish customs, including a hookah-smoking caterpillar. Now what if instead of falling into Wonderland, Alice were kidnapped and taken to Arabia?
Last Monday, ABC Family, a division of Disney, announcedthat this was precisely the plot for a new pilot called Alice in Arabia
Broad City started out as a web series created by and starring real-life pals and very funny ladies Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as two twentysomething friends dealing with life, love, and all the daily bullshit of New York City. Last month, the show made the jump to Comedy Central, debuting as a half-hour scripted series. While there are several popular shows out right now about oh-so-spunky, creative young women making their way in the pee-strewn street of NYC, Broad City feels both unique and funnier than all the rest.
The posters for the third season of Girls have been plastered all over Los Angeles. In the ad, the four main characters wear fairytale ball gowns with hair in disarray while the tagline plays on an anti-fairytale vibe: "Happily Whatever After."
The first two episodes of the third season of Girls premiere back-to-back on January 12th. After watching all of the past two seasons, I approached season three with a lot of hesitation.
When Star Trek first appeared on screen in 1966, it set the model for all sorts of shows to follow—including the theme of unrequited homoerotic relationships. The devotion of Kirk and Spock, full of longing glances and a sexless intimacy, sparked a whole new genre of queer fanfiction and, to this day, keeps fans rabid for every small moment between the two.
These days, TV is full of couples like Kirk and Spock. While these close same-sex relationships can be sweet portraits of loving friendships, they can also cross a line to be queerbating—shows create queer subtext but yank it away before getting to actual feelings, actions, or any clear understanding of the relationship.
At the American Horror Story panel that was part of August's Television Critics' Association press tour, the show's executive producer talked of a "feminist theme" pervading the third season of the show. After a first season in which women were terrorized, murdered, stalked, raped, impregnated with devil babies, tortured by a killer abortionist, and imprisoned for life in a haunted mansion; and a second in which they dealt with most of that plus nuns and aliens, yeah, sure, bring on the feminism.