The First High School Show That Showed Us It Was Okay to Be Different

Long before her Emmy-winning turn as a bipolar CIA officer on Homeland, Claire Danes played typical teenager Angela Chase. In doing so, she showed an entire generation, including me, that high school was not a perfect place, and that was totally fine. My So-Called Life debuted 20 years ago this week. » 8/26/14 8:00pm Tuesday 8:00pm

The Journalistic Exploits of Mr. Poon… Er, Jane Doe... I Mean, Fletch

Dr. Rosenpenis. Dr. Rosenrosen. Dr. Rosen. John Cocktoston. Mr. Poon. Arnold Babar. Jane Doe. Ted Nugent. Fletch F. Fletch. They're all the same man: Irwin F. Fletcher. Goes by Fletch. He's actually 6'5", with an afro 6'9", and if you spend the night with him he will make you very happy. » 8/21/14 8:00pm 8/21/14 8:00pm

Why Saturday Night Live Is Still So Funny After Almost 40 Years

In his long and celebrated life, Saturday Night Live's longtime announcer Don Pardo was sort of the ringmaster of the circus that is American comedy. He introduced Steve Martin and Bill Murray to America back in the 1970s. He introduced Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Al Franken in the 1980s. In the 1990s, it was Will Ferrell… » 8/19/14 8:00pm 8/19/14 8:00pm

The Show That Warned Us Enemy of the State Was a Documentary

"PFFFFTTTTTT! WE ALREADY KNEW THAT!" was a common response from some people when last summer's Snowden leaks revealed that the NSA was monitoring American communications. And in some ways, they were right. We already knew a lot thanks to PBS documentaries. So what PBS documentary will we point to when we learn that… » 8/18/14 8:00pm 8/18/14 8:00pm

Watch Ian McKellen Be Bitchy in PBS' Wonderfully Cruel 'Vicious'

During the summer season, there's not a lot of enticing new comedies to feast on. I mean, except for Candidly Nicole on VH1. Just kidding...sort of. Anyway, you might have missed this import from Britain's ITV on PBS over the summer since it was shoved into a Sunday time slot, and that's a shame. » 8/16/14 8:00pm 8/16/14 8:00pm

The Z-Boys Turned Skateboarding From Niche Hobby Into Badass Artform

Before the X-Games mainstreamed skateboarding into a nationally recognized sport, a crew of scrappy teens on the southern California coast revolutionized the moves that could be pulled off on a bit of wood and four wheels. Today, skate legend Jay Adams passed away at the age of 53. Tonight, watching Dogtown and Z-Boys » 8/15/14 8:00pm 8/15/14 8:00pm

The Brilliant Glassblowers Who Are Crafting Tomorrow's Bongs

Whether you agree with the practice or not, cannabis culture in America has quickly outgrown its Summer of Love stigma and gone mainstream. And with that normalization has come an insatiable demand for upscale smoking apparatuses—a demand being met by a new generation of uncannily talented glass blowers from around… » 8/14/14 8:00pm 8/14/14 8:00pm

Lauren Bacall Starred Alongside Groundbreaking Tech In This 1953 Film

The great Lauren Bacall passed away yesterday, one of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood (some perspective: now all the actors referenced in the song "Vogue" are dead). Bacall was also there at the dawn of radical, industry-reshaping technology, as she was the first actress to be projected using a… » 8/13/14 8:00pm 8/13/14 8:00pm

A Chat With the Paleontologist Who Unearthed The World's Biggest T-Rex

The most exciting, confounding movie of this year chronicles a niche news story from two decades ago. Dinosaur 13 is a documentary that delves into the legal, scientific, cultural, and personal dramas that developed when a fossilized, almost fully intact, 65-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton was found by a… » 8/13/14 1:28pm 8/13/14 1:28pm

Pay Tribute to Robin Williams, Whose Comedy Brought Us All Together

The news that Robin Williams has died is utterly heart-wrenching. While details of his death remain vague, it's immediately clear that the actor and comedian led a brilliant life and touched millions in profound ways. There's no better way to pay tribute than by watching one of his movies. » 8/11/14 7:23pm 8/11/14 7:23pm

The Hardest-Living Musician With The Most Beautiful Voice

Musicians are notoriously hard-living, but there's one man who, based on deeply affectionate and incredibly wild stories from his (famous) friends, really and truly went for it. Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) is a fantastic introduction to the singer-songwriter whose flawless voice… » 8/07/14 8:20pm 8/07/14 8:20pm