these kids today

AHS kids today American Horror Story: Hotel worries about these kids today, with their Instagram and their entitlement and their Oedipal fixations, when it should really be worrying about the adults’ misguided efforts, and also American Horror Story: Hotel just wishes you would just call if you’re going to be out late, that’s all, it doesn’t seem like a lot to ask, but AHS: Hotel doesn’t like to make a fuss so if you can’t be considerate it will just sit over here and not complain, not even a peep.



“Emily, we care about you and the memories that you share here,” SPLAT! Seems about right.

Your Memories On Facebook: Emily, we care about you and the memories you share here. We thought you'd like to look back on this post from a year ago. [Headlines read: "SPLAT! 15 ways to blow up a human head" & "They're here: Television invades the home"


But it’s true that I was (and am) pleased with my article highlighted there, on television’s role as a household disruption. [spoilers for Poltergeist, The Ring, and Videodrome]

Best Dundies ever!

The Office 2.1 Dundies trophies close-upAt The A.V. Club, I write about “The Dundies,” which takes the characters out of the office but not The Office out of the characters.

I couldn’t fit this tidbit into my Watch This word count, but “The Dundies” commentary reveals that this episode was originally conceived as a possible pilot for the U.S. version of The Office, which explains why it works so well as a season two premiere, giving an overview of the characters and dynamics for the show’s new viewers even as it takes them outside of their usual setting.

completely different


… The Televerse! Friend and colleague Kate Kulzick invited me to kick off the guest-host era of The Televerse podcast. In this episode, we talk about Key & Peele, Married, Hannibal, Review, and more.

Then it’s time for The DVD Shelf, where I talk about the absurdity and downright surrealism of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Remember, if you want to pick a fight with me about Monty Python, it’s one pound for a five minute argument, but only eight pounds for a course of ten.