Sex may still be considered a taboo topic
in America today, but 60 years ago many were completely in the dark
about what was going on “down there.” Researchers Bill Masters and
Virginia Johnson pushed to relate activity between the legs to activity
between the ears with the science of sex.
Prank shows are nothing new. Candid Camera spanned seven decades, Punk’d targeted celebs and now even Betty White has a prank show for old people called Off Their Rockers. Nathan For You (10:30
p.m. Tuesdays, Comedy Central) is pegged as a prank show or parody of
the dime-a-dozen business-rescue programs on today, but it’s actually
The haunting trailer for The Leftovers
(Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO) sets the scene perfectly: A busy
mom, on the phone, secures her fussy infant son in his car seat before
buckling up and heading home. As she details the day’s schedule on the
phone, the baby cries in the background.
What started as a fun, hot addition to
the YA vampire lit craze with a killer concept — the invention of
synthetic blood sparks a population of vampires “coming out of the
coffin” to mix with the humans they no longer have to feed on to survive
— has become quite the crazy train of otherworldly drama.
Jenji Kohan’s dark comedic take on the
true story of Piper Kerman’s stint in a federal women’s prison was a
runaway hit on Netflix in its 2013 debut. Now Orange Is the New Black is back (full season on Netflix Friday) with another 13 funny, disturbing and thought-provoking episodes.
This Sunday, HBO offers another look at the early AIDS crisis, also based on true events. The Normal Heart, adapted from Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical
Tony Award-winning play, explores the social, medical and political
responses to an unknown disease attacking the gay population in
early-’80s New York City.
The Daily Show has propelled more
comics to fame than just host Jon Stewart. Steve Carell, Ed Helms,
Stephen Colbert, John Oliver (OK, a lot of white guys) and many others
sparked their careers with regular appearances on Comedy Central’s “fake
Move over, Sheldon. The Big Bang Theory may have helped popularize or mainstream “nerd culture,” but Silicon Valley keeps it real with sharp wit, spot-on tech
references and just a touch of social awkwardness — the makings of any
When it comes to a series that transports
viewers to another world and forces us to connect with countless
characters, only to have them hurled into a different direction (cue
the “Red Wedding” reaction reel), Game of Thrones (Season
Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) is king.