Posts Tagged Television

Parks and Recreation: Thank You for the Pawnee Goddesses

I used to babysit a house full of smart, awesome girls. They played pirates, staged elaborate kitchen science experiments, and read books by the case-full. For half an hour every evening, we sprawled out on the couch and tuned in to the ongoing exploits of a myriad of makeup lacquered, fresh out of elementary school Disney starlets. Those 30 minutes of 100%-geared-towards-girls-programming were chock full of boy craziness, feuding girl friends, and the trials and tribulations of pop super stardom (this was in Hannah Montana’s heyday). The girls on screen were nothing like the bright, playful girls who I babysat or their friends, full of personality and laundry lists of interests that went way beyond boys and looks. Every night ...

I used to babysit a house full of smart, awesome girls. They played pirates, staged elaborate kitchen science experiments, and read books by the case-full. For half an hour every evening, we sprawled out on the couch ...

3 reasons Breaking Bad is (almost) as good as The Wire

Okay before you beat me up, no, I do not think that AMC’s hit drama Breaking Bad is really as good as HBO’s The Wire.

I consider The Wire to be the greatest television program ever made. Before you even read this post, if you’ve never seen The Wire you need to stop what you are doing right now and go watch episode 1. Oh and cancel your plans for the next 72 hours or longer because that’s how long you will be sitting watching The Wire non-stop once you start. But I’m not speaking from experience or anything. And if you’ve never seen Breaking Bad click here.

So yes, The Wire is still the best, ...

Okay before you beat me up, no, I do not think that AMC’s hit drama Breaking Bad is really as good as HBO’s The Wire.

I consider The Wire to be the greatest television program ever made. ...

GLAAD Report: TV got less LGBT this year

Yesterday, GLAAD released their annual report on LGBT representation on TV. And the numbers ain’t that great: after steady increases over the past few years, the number of LGBT characters on network television has dropped. They will make up 2.9% of scripted series regular characters this season, down from 3.9% last year. Cable’s regular characters number has dropped a bit as well, though an increase in LGBT recurring characters means there will be close to the same number of total queer characters. Which isn’t great, considering the number of characters should be increasing a lot each year if we really want to be seeing improvements in representation.

When we start to look at intersectional identities the numbers get even worse. ...

Yesterday, GLAAD released their annual report on LGBT representation on TV. And the numbers ain’t that great: after steady increases over the past few years, the number of LGBT characters on network television has dropped. They ...

A character on Grey’s Anatomy had an abortion

*spoiler alert*

As a long-time advocate for showing abortion on television and a devoted Grey’s Anatomy fan (seriously, I even stuck with it through the ill-advised supernatural turn), I was thrilled about what happened on last week’s season premiere. It was one of those rare television events: a character actually got an abortion.

She didn’t just consider it. She didn’t have a miscarriage at the last minute. She didn’t talk about it in hushed euphemisms. She said the word. Other people said it. She didn’t even do it off-screen. They showed her in the stirrups and the doctor even talked about numbing her cervix. And although all that happens every day to real women across the country, it has hardly ever ...

*spoiler alert*

As a long-time advocate for showing abortion on television and a devoted Grey’s Anatomy fan (seriously, I even stuck with it through the ill-advised supernatural turn), I was thrilled about what happened on last week’s ...

The new fall TV season is dominated by women

Studio 360 has a new article about gender in the fall TV lineup and it’s good news for women actors:

The new fall TV season is upon us and there’s a not so subtle subtext: women rule.

The primetime lineup is dominated by new half-hour comedies featuring women in the lead roles, including HBO’s much anticipated Girls and network sitcoms New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel (FOX), Two Broke Girls (CBS) and Whitney (NBC).

Of course, women in leading roles doesn’t mean the shows themselves don’t still play off the same sexist stereotypes we’ve come to know and hate. As an added bonus (not), all the leading ladies are also white, skinny and able-bodied.

The “romantic vulnerability” that ...

Studio 360 has a new article about gender in the fall TV lineup and it’s good news for women actors:

The new fall TV season is upon us and there’s a not so subtle subtext: women rule.

The ...

White men win big at the Emmys

The Primetime Emmys aired last night, and it was another big win for white dudes (and not just because of the appearance of every feminist’s favorite person, Charlie Sheen). Out of 25 categories presented last night white guys won all the individual awards that weren’t in lady-only categories (they swept writer/director awards but failed to capture Best Supporting Actress).

Awards like those for the best Comedy and Drama are given out to writing or producing teams, and a few women managed to make it on stage there. However, all the winning teams had men billed first, and on teams of 10-15ish people there were typically about 2 women.

Racialicious has a breakdown of the Emmy numbers by race, and those are ...

The Primetime Emmys aired last night, and it was another big win for white dudes (and not just because of the appearance of every feminist’s favorite person, Charlie Sheen). Out of 25 categories presented last night white ...

So you think you can perform gender?

There’s no question that So You Think You Can Dance? has bandied about its share of unexamined racist and ableist stereotypes and sometimes objectified and oversexualized women in bizarre ways, but I also think it’s one of the most experimental mainstream shows on television when it comes to gender and expression. It feels as if both men and women get a very wide range of options, thanks in large part to such talented, innovative choreography, when relating to and performing their masculinity and femininity. A recent number, performed by the two top contenders for this season’s crown–Sasha and Melanie–is a prime example. Check it:

How fierce was that? I hope a million little girls and boys are watching this show ...

There’s no question that So You Think You Can Dance? has bandied about its share of unexamined racist and ableist stereotypes and sometimes objectified and oversexualized women in bizarre ways, but I also think it’s one ...

So you think you can perform gender?

There’s no question that So You Think You Can Dance? has bandied about its share of unexamined racist and ableist stereotypes and sometimes objectified and oversexualized women in bizarre ways, but I also think it’s one of the most experimental mainstream shows on television when it comes to gender and expression. It feels as if both men and women get a very wide range of options, thanks in large part to such talented, innovative choreography, when relating to and performing their masculinity and femininity. A recent number, performed by the two top contenders for this season’s crown–Sasha and Melanie–is a prime example. Check it:

How fierce was that? I hope a million little girls and boys are watching this show ...

There’s no question that So You Think You Can Dance? has bandied about its share of unexamined racist and ableist stereotypes and sometimes objectified and oversexualized women in bizarre ways, but I also think it’s one ...

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