Category Archives: TV Club

Tuca & Bertie

See below links to my coverage of Tuca & Bertie for Culturess.

Tuca and Bertie season premiere takes Bertie to therapy and Tuca on a date

Tuca & Bertie season 2 episode 2 sends Tuca, Bertie, and Speckle on a trip

Tuca & Bertie season 2 sees Bertie meeting her inner bird bro

Tuca & Bertie reveals the beautiful sadness of nighttime

Tuca & Bertie S2E5 explores Bertie’s inner desires

Tuca & Bertie S2E6: An off-key episode explores gentrification and anxiety

Tuca & Bertie gives us a deeper look at codependency and intimacy

Tuca & Bertie sends the crew home for the holidays

Tuca & Bertie season 2 uses dance to show Tuca’s inner feelings

Tuca & Bertie season 2 finale delivers a flood of emotions

Molly

Gossip Girl

See below links to my coverage of HBO Max’s Gossip Girl for Culturess.

Gossip Girl series premiere live stream: Watch online

Gossip Girl series premiere review: A lackluster and confusing beginning

Gossip Girl season 1 episode 2 live stream: Watch online

Gossip Girl season 1 episode 2 review: Slow and sweet

Gossip Girl season 1 episode 3 live stream: Watch online

Gossip Girl season 1 episode 3 review: Where is this going?

Gossip Girl season 1 episode 4 live stream: Watch online

Gossip Girl season 1 episode 4 review: Happy birthday, mother-killer

Gossip Girl season 1 episode 5 live stream: Watch online

Gossip Girl season 1 episode 5 review: A not so spooky Halloween

Gossip Girl season 1 episode 6 live stream: Watch online

Gossip Girl season 1 episode 6 review: Parents just don’t understand

Molly

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay Coverage

See below links to all of my Everything’s Gonna Be Okay coverage for Culturess.

Season 2

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay premiere introduces us to Drea’s parents

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay explores Nicholas’s relationship with his feelings

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay expands Genevieve’s worldview

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay reinforces Matilda’s sexual agency

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay sends Matilda and Genevieve on a date

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’s second season wraps up with a bang

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

See below links to all of my posts and write-ups about Buffy the Vampire Slayer here and for Culturess and ScreenRant.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 10 Hidden Details About The Magic Box You Never Noticed

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 10 One-Off Villains We Wish Stuck Around

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Buffy’s 10 Most Badass Lines

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Tara’s 10 Sweetest Lines About Love

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The 10 Most Shameless Things Spike Has Ever Done

Happy Birthday, Buffy

Recommendation of the Week: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Why you should watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer right now

Miscellaneous TV Write-ups

See below links to my miscellaneous write-ups on all things television for Culturess, /Film, and ScreenRant.

Culturess

10 shows that prove we’re in a golden age of queer comedies

77th annual Golden Globes live stream: Watch online

Abbi Jacobson and D’Arcy Carden to star in Amazon’s A League of Their Own remake

Bob’s Burgers: Our 10 favorite episodes, ranked by how much we love them

Bob’s Burgers: The definitive ranking of Thanksgiving episodes

Cheryl and Toni, Micah and Jose, and 5 other LGBTQ+ couples we’re obsessed with this year

Everything we know about HBO Max so far

GLAAD reports more LGBTQ+ characters than ever before on television

GLOW’s cancellation highlights a frustrating trend regarding which shows Netflix axes

Haute Dog is here to brighten up your 2020 with fun antics and cute dogs

Here’s how you can watch Hulu’s Hillary docuseries online

Hulu’s Hillary: A portrait of America’s most hated woman

James Comey is no hero, and Showtime’s The Comey Rule won’t change that

Netflix piloting a speed-binge feature for some terrible reason

No one asked for a Weeds sequel, but we’re getting it anyway

PEN15’s sophomore season is full of heart and magic

SNL’s cold open is the queer pandering we deserve

Space Force: Everything we know about Steve Carell’s new show so far

The Crown’s season 3 trailer is finally here!

The first Stranger Things 4 teaser arrives “from Russia with love”

Transgender actress Josie Totah set to star in Saved by the Bell reboot

Haute Dog’s Jess Rona spills the tea on competitive dog grooming

Haute Dog’s Matt Rogers shares the secrets of hosting and culture

The trailer for Shrill’s final season shows off a bold and brave Annie

Shrill’s final season is a bittersweet testament to friendship

Final season of Special sees Ryan fully embrace his identity

/Film

The 20 Best Bob’s Burgers Episodes Ranked

15 Shows Like Brooklyn Nine-Nine You Need To See

ScreenRant

Joe Pera Talks With You: The 10 Best Episodes, Ranked According To IMDb

Mrs. Fletcher: 10 Cringiest Moments From Season 1

New Girl’s Coach: 9 Major Characters Who Had to Leave Sitcoms

Queer Eye: 5 Things Netflix’s Reboot Does Better Than the Original (& 5 It Does Worse)

Queer Eye: We’re In Japan! 10 Hilarious & Unforgettable Memes

Sex Education: 10 Hilarious Memes Only Netflix Fans Will Understand

The Circle: 10 Things That Prove It’s A Reality Show Version Of Black Mirror

Bling Empire: Most Popular Cast Members, Ranked By Instagram Followers

Lupin: The Main Characters, Ranked By Intelligence

Molly

What Should a Dramatization of the Trump Era Look Like?

As a pop culture junkie living through the first-ever reality star President, I’ve spent maybe a little too much time wondering what the inevitable series of political biopics and miniseries about the Trump Era and all of the events surrounding it will look like.

With the shortening of the news cycle, so much has happened this year that we’ve already forgotten about (Trump was impeached in January) let alone before he even took office (the Access Hollywood tape). In my eyes, a sweeping, well-done narrative would actually be both enlightening and engrossing, not to mention the fun there is in dream-casting. (Patti Lupone as Nancy Pelosi? Allegra Edwards as Kayleigh McEnany or Ivanka? Holland Taylor as Hillary?)

However, it would be too easy to go into parodic territory. Long before Trump came down the escalator, when he still hosted The Apprentice, people did bad impersonations of him, telling friends, “You’re fired,” across the table at dinner parties. (Guilty.) This has only increased since he took office. But it’s not funny anymore.

It’s one thing to impersonate a guy with funny hair who hosts a successful reality competition show who says incendiary things on cable news but mostly stays away. It’s another thing to impersonate the President on Saturday Night Live, or a talk show, or at a dinner party, who makes fun of disabled people, disrespects war heroes, refuses to attend the funeral of civil rights icons, and basically violates everything to do with common decency and respect in the name of America First.

Regardless of what policies you support or which party you’re registered with, the research and statistics show that Trump has not made America great again. He has done everything in his power to ignore the coronavirus pandemic and act like we’ve defeated it when it’s only getting worse while working to undo the legacy of presidents before him.

At this point, to portray Trump in any fashion is to perpetuate his image and legacy. From a practical, artistic standpoint, it’s impossible to do a portrayal or impersonation of Trump and have it taken seriously at this point. Even if Daniel Day Lewis did his method acting most, we’d all still laugh at it because that’s what we’ve been trained to do since 2015–laugh at the “orange man” so you don’t take him seriously and notice what he’s actually doing. From a political standpoint, to keep impersonating Trump is dangerous. It contributes to mythmaking, positive or negative, and no good can come of that.

So to answer the central question posed in this post’s title, what should a dramatization of the Trump Era look like? We’re getting our first taste very soon. Showtime announced this week their new miniseries, The Comey Rule, and yes, it looks as gross and trite as it sounds.

With Jeff Daniels as the eponymous James Comey and Brendan Gleeson doing his damndest to “seriously” portray Trump, The Comey Rule seems to be prestige television’s answer to my question. However, I would argue that building off of what I’ve stated above, Trump should be entirely absent from any dramatizations of the Trump era.

The Comey Rule is a bad idea for lots of reasons (least of which it seems to ignore the Hillary Clinton mess entirely and start with Trump in the White House?). But the story could easily be told without Trump in it at all. (No shade to Gleeson, who is a fine actor.) But if this is a taste of the kind of stories Hollywood thinks we should tell about the Trump era, I’ll pass.

Molly

Read more about The Comey Rule here: James Comey is no hero and Showtime’s The Comey Rule won’t change that

Mrs. America Coverage

Below are links to all of my coverage of Mrs. America for Culturess.

Season 1

Mrs. America series premiere live stream: Watch online

Mrs. America series premiere review: Meet Phyllis Schlafly

Mrs. America season 1 episode 2 review: Revolution is messy

Mrs. America season 1 episode 3 review: Power concedes nothing

Mrs. America season 1 episode 4 live stream: Watch online

Mrs. America season 1 episode 4 review: Mother of the movement

Mrs. America season 1 episode 5 live stream: Watch online

Mrs. America season 1 episode 5 review: Just a phase

Molly