People sure are concerned with Girls for a time when television is full of objectionable content — terrorists, gigolos, Bill O’Reilly, etc. For better or worse, Lena Dunham’s comedy has garnered a ton of attention since its premiere in April 2012.
Television gets a bad rap for being the
poor man’s medium. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of weak and
culturally regressive programming out there, from The Bachelor to Huckabee.
But because of its accessibility and popularity, fads on television
often represent greater cultural trends.
Pack your bags for a holiday retreat to the place where the dream of the 1990s and 1890s is alive. Portlandia might
not return for Season Three until next month, but IFC has left a little
gift in every hipster’s stocking with the holiday special, Winter in Portlandia.
Movember may be over, but the gentlemen of Whisker Wars
(10 p.m. Fridays, IFC) won’t be shaving their bodacious beards and
sensational ’staches any time soon. The beardos are back and, for a
second season, this oddly entertaining docu-series gives viewers a
glimpse at the world of competitive facial hair.
Fresh off the premiere of Lifetime’s unintentionally hilarious monstrosity, Liz and Dick,comes
a new chapter of a love story that defines a generation. This week, Liz
Lemon and Criss Chross will be joined in holy hotdog matrimony on 30 Rock(8 p.m. Thursday, NBC).
R. Kelly weaved a literary web of love, secrets and betrayal when he released the 22-chaptered Trapped in the Closet
videos from 2005-2007. Five years after the last chapter
descended upon us, R. Kelly has whipped up an additional 18 chapters of
the saga (and, reportedly, another 30 coming in 2013) to be served up
alongside your Thanksgiving leftovers (9 p.m. Friday, IFC).
In Catfish The TV Show, Nev Schulman helps
young folks track down and meet their long
distance loves in person. The series has potential to tread some new
waters and take subject matter just a little bit seriously. Of course,
in true MTV style, it could also seem incredibly scripted or
Crazy Cat Lady has gone from a silly
stereotype to a career path thanks to Ben Huh and the staff behind
popular website I Can Has Cheezburger. Get a peek at the inner-workings
of Cheezburger as LOLwork premieres this week, focusing on the office side of this Seattle-based business.
Love it or hate it, regardless of age, Halloween is a fixture
in American culture. Whether you’re avoiding the holiday bar scene or
just want to get in the Halloween spirit, this week’s TV picks celebrate
(and poke fun at) Oct. 31 and all the laughs and frights that come with
Last year’s FX breakout American Horror Story surprised audiences while weaving sexy and scary storylines into one addicting series. So how do Ryan Murphy and his crew top such a sensational season? By creating a new frightening format altogether.
Blending violence and gore with drama and heart, The Walking Dead (9 p.m. Sundays, AMC) is the perfect seasonal scare-fest for grown-ups. Returning for its third season, TWD picks
up a few months after the finale left off, with Rick and the crew
attempting to take over a nearby prison.