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An Oral History of ‘Счастливы вместе,’ the Russian Remake of ‘Married… with Children’ Until 2004, there was really no such thing as a Russian sitcom, or at least, not a successful one.

An Oral History of ‘Счастливы вместе,’ the Russian Remake of ‘Married… with Children’

While the country has a proud tradition of comedy on stage and on film, Russian comedy on TV is quite a different story. “During the Soviet Union, the only comedy on television was sketch comedy and improv competitions,” explains sociology professor Jeffrey Brassard. Then, after the Soviet Union fell in 1991, Russia couldn’t afford to make much of anything, so all they had was dubbed versions of American shows and a few failed attempts to make their own situation comedies. The Twists and Turns of the New Twilight Zone. But though he hosts and narrates each episode as Serling did on the original, Peele has little direct involvement in this version, merely writing one episode per season.

The Twists and Turns of the New Twilight Zone

Serling, in contrast, kept a strong guiding hand on the first Twilight Zone, writing the majority of its episodes and infusing the show with his brand of moralism, as well as commentary on public life that was groundbreaking at the time. Lacking anyone to provide it with such a vision, this new Twilight Zone has faltered more often than not. Review: The Story Of Roy Cohn is an imperfect study. TV ReviewsAll of our TV reviews in one convenient place.

Review: The Story Of Roy Cohn is an imperfect study

The second recent documentary focused on Roy Cohn, Bully. Coward. Victim.: The Story Of Roy Cohn is as stuffed and jumbled as its title’s punctuation. Despite this, the film manages to inject some genuine personality into its Wiki reckoning of Cohn’s cursed résumé. The disbarred lawyer, fixer, and all-around political wheedler died in 1986, but his particular brand of self-assured, self-serving cruelty still haunts the current American consciousness. Better Call Saul: Why Chuck Killed Himself In Season 3.

At the end of Better Call Saul season 3, Jimmy "Saul" McGill's older brother Chuck made the sad decision to kill himself, and here's why.

Better Call Saul: Why Chuck Killed Himself In Season 3

When the decision was made to give Walter White's shady lawyer Saul Goodman his own prequel spinoff, many wondered if the idea could truly support a series, or hope to equal Breaking Bad in quality. With five seasons of Better Call Saul now in the books, the answer to those questions appears to be a firm yes. In many ways, Better Call Saul is a much different show than Breaking Bad, and that's for the best. It probably would've been easier to simply make Breaking Bad 2.0, but instead, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould fashioned a mix of drama and comedy that quickly cemented itself as its own beast. 13 Scariest 'X-Files' Episodes That Still Haunt Our Nightmares.

For many of us horror fans, The X-Files was one of the most formative TV shows of our lives.

13 Scariest 'X-Files' Episodes That Still Haunt Our Nightmares

Dense, dark, thought-provoking, and often scary as hell, The X-Files brought a level of fear to television that most of us had never seen back in the days before Buffy the Vampire Slayer, let alone prestige TV projects like True Detective. Originally airing from 1993 to 2002, The X-Files revolved around FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), who specialize in investigating unsolved cases that often cross into paranormal territory.

Combining conspiracy theory continuity with freaky “monster of the week” episodes, The X-Files was vividly imaginative and often terrifying—maybe more so than network TV was even really ready for. DAU. Degeneration review – shocking, six-hour satire of Soviet science. Earlier this year at the Berlin film festival, I saw the brutal and bizarre DAU.

DAU. Degeneration review – shocking, six-hour satire of Soviet science

Natasha. It is one of 14 feature films that have come out of the extraordinary multimedia DAU project devised by Russian film-maker Ilya Khrzhanovsky, who over the past decade has built a detailed full-scale replica of the Moscow building housing the real-life Institute of Physical Problems, an experimental psychology unit presided over in the 60s by the free-thinking Soviet scientist Lev Landau (nicknamed “Dau”), and filled it with actors improvising the imagined lives of its scientist researchers on a 24/7 basis.

He recorded the results in films, video art and photo collections. DAU. Larry David Misses the Mark on Season 10 of Curb Your Enthusiasm. In the opening scene of Curb Your Enthusiasm’s tenth season, Larry David struts down a sidewalk in L.A. with Leon, his wisdom-spewing sidekick played by J.B.

Larry David Misses the Mark on Season 10 of Curb Your Enthusiasm

Smoove. They’re having a casual conversation about race — white people, they decide, basically resemble different shades of warm breakfast cereals — when they approach a tourist couple posing with a selfie-stick. Westworld finale was bad, but its empty cynicism was outright obnoxious. (1) WESTWORLD Season 2 TIMELINE EXPLAINED (Full Chronology!) Miami Vice: How an Icon of 80s Cool Transformed a City and the Landscape of Television. In the mid-1980s, back when I was a single guy, I moved into an apartment on the beach in a small Florida town named Englewood.

Miami Vice: How an Icon of 80s Cool Transformed a City and the Landscape of Television

I spent a year living on the beach with no TV set. Instead I read 100 books, listened to a lot of music and swam nearly every day. But after a year some friends of mine started telling me I really ought to go buy a TV set. There was this new TV show, they said, that was unlike anything they’d ever seen before. They couldn’t stop talking about it. Panama Papers Mossack Fonseca Investigation Could Show Interesting Information on Russia, Vladimir Putin. ‘True Detective’ Season 3 HBO Review. Mahershala Ali in True Detective season three.

‘True Detective’ Season 3 HBO Review

Photo: Warrick Page/Courtesy of HBO The further away we get from True Detective’s first season, the more it seems like a fluke of pop-culture alchemy. It merged a director (Cary Joji Fukunaga), a writer (Nic Pizzolatto), and two lead actors (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) who proved more complementary than anyone could’ve imagined, and it had an aesthetic unlike anything TV viewers had seen before: film noir/Southern gothic/pulp fiction with a buddy-cop framework and hints of the uncanny. But of all the recent, high-profile anthologies wherein the unit of measure is the season rather than the episode, it ultimately seems to have the weakest sense of its own aesthetic.

‘True Detective’ Season 3 Plot Timelines, Explained. Mahershala Ali times three.

‘True Detective’ Season 3 Plot Timelines, Explained

Photo: Warrick Page/Courtesy of HBO True Detective’s third season is a story of obsession: Arkansas detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) spends decades investigating the crime that changed his life — the murder of a young boy and the disappearance of the boy’s sister — as the HBO drama slips between three separate time periods in 1980, 1990, and 2015. The time jumps can make True Detective difficult to follow, so we’re here to break it all out chronologically after each episode, presenting the key events of the Purcell case in the actual order they happened — so you can make sense of the narrative, and maybe even sniff out the killer’s identity alongside Hays. Date unknown: Tom Purcell (Scoot McNairy) meets Lucy (Mamie Gummer). Four months after they start dating, Lucy gets pregnant with their son, Will, and the couple quickly marries.

Date unknown: Isabel Hoyt gets into a car accident that kills her husband and little girl. . • At St. . • Uncle Dan goes missing. Who Was Todd Alquist in 'Breaking Bad'? - Is Todd in El Camino? There was no shortage of memorable villains in Breaking Bad, from volatile, sociopathic kingpin Tuco Salamanca to calm sociopathic kingpin Gus Fring—not to mention the show's protagonist, Walter White, whose gradual descent from antihero to villain was the core of the show. But of all the bad guys Walt and Jesse encountered on their meth-cooking adventures, nobody embodied pure, dead-eyed evil more memorably than Jesse Plemmons' Todd Alquist.

Although Todd was one of the many casualties of the Breaking Bad finale—more on that later—his presence looms large over El Camino, the Netflix movie that follows a traumatized Jesse after his escape from captivity. In case you didn't get time to finish your rewatch before the movie, here's a quick refresher on the horrors of Todd. Who is Todd Alquist and How Did He Get Involved With Walt and Jesse? Netflix’s ‘Unbelievable’: She Said She Was Raped. Then She Said She Lied. In late August 2018, Lisa and John Welch weren’t feeling great about the future of QAnon, the ludicrous conspiracy theory that posits that Donald Trump is engaged in a secret battle with pedophilic elites in Hollywood, big banks, and the Democratic Party. Lisa had bought into the theory first, then convinced her husband to sign on. But none of the mysterious Q’s predictions in anonymous internet forums had come to pass nearly a year after it started in October 2017, and QAnon believers were starting to lose faith.

After yet another Q prediction failed to materialize in 2018, an armed, crazed QAnon fan allegedly shut down a bridge near the Hoover Dam with an improvised armored truck. The Welches decided they needed some way to show how many Trump supporters believed in the mega-conspiracy theory, which has pulled in Pizzagate and a wide range of other conspiracy theories. Why Susan Was Seinfeld's Most Tragic Character - Where Heidi Swedberg Is Now.

'Black Mirror' ponders the fluidity of sexuality, false idols, and the problem with smartphones. Even though science fiction deals with possibilities and all the wonder that may be, it also has a habit of tempering that notion with a lot of paranoia and suspicion of advanced technology and its application. In the science fiction of the 1950s and 1960s, there's a dichotomy with nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons and nuclear energy become both our greatest hope and the greatest threat to civilization. Within a lot of stories, nuclear weapons are humanity's trump card against whatever threat we might be facing. And yet, something nuclear might also be the cause of genetic mutations or whatever accident that creates the hideous monster that's killing people one by one.

Slate’s Use of Your Data. ‘Westworld’ Season 2 Theory Tracker. HBO’s ‘Westworld.’ John P. Groundhog Day Recut from Rita's Perspective Looks a Lot Different. Freeze all motor functions. Bring yourself back online. ‘Westworld’ Recap: ‘The Reunion’ Questions & Details. Salon. Review: 'Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams' Thrills But Not All the Time. The Once Fearless Comedy Shies Away From the Biggest Target of Our Age. South Park airs on Comedy Central. Last year, just days after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone told a reporter that the next season of their show wouldn’t take aim at Trump, because “satire has become reality.” After 20 years of skewering public figures from Steve Jobs to Donald Rumsfeld to Britney Spears, Parker and Stone seemed stumped.

David Fincher’s Mindhunter, reviewed. Robyn Hitchcock and Graham Coxon cover Syd Barrett’s ‘Octopus’ for new Philip K. Dick TV series. Robyn Hitchcock and Graham Coxon cover Syd Barrett’s ‘Octopus’ for new Philip K. Dick TV series Right now Channel 4 in the U.K. is running Philip K. Game of Thrones Death Pattern Theory - Fans Discovered a Pattern to Every GOT Death.

Nothing seems to be an accident in George R.R. Inside the Surreal Mind of ‘Twin Peaks’ Creator David Lynch. Everything We Know About Twin Peaks Season 3 So Far. In the final episode of the second season of Twin Peaks, which aired on June 10, 1991, Laura Palmer tells Agent Dale Cooper in a vision: "I'll see you again in 25 years. " The Philosophy of Westworld. According to bicameralism, human beings used to hear voices—auditory hallucinations—as a means for the right brain to “talk” with the left. Rather than having an inner monologue, the kind of self-consciousness we take for granted today, ancient people literally heard the voices of gods as their conscience, telling them what to do. ‘Better Call Saul’ Breaks Bad: Creators on Gus Fring’s Return and the Specter of Walter White. Mark Frost’s The Secret History of Twin Peaks shows just how bad Twin Peaks would be without David Lynch.

Why ‘Westworld’ and ‘Mr. Robot’ Owe Their Success to ‘The Prisoner’ In 1961, Roald Dahl Hosted His Own Version of 'The Twilight Zone' The Walking Dead season 7 premiere: “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” is terminally stupid television. Westworld is full of Shakespeare quotations, but it's using them all wrong. Theconversation.

What is the best/correct order to watch The Prisoner? Why 'The Prisoner' Endures. George Markstein. The Prisoner. Fortitude: episode by episode. The Secret Sun: The X-Files: Chris Carter Strikes a Nerve...(UPDATED) How 'The Man in the High Castle' subtly reflects America's reality. True Detective Season 2: More Illuminati and Occult Secrets REVEALED. The dangers of auteur TV: How “True Detective” went from critical darling to laughingstock. Louie does gender performance, pegging, and contemplates being a woman. Bobby Briggs - Lynch Mob: 30 Best 'Twin Peaks' Characters. How John Oliver won the Internet. John Oliver won’t be your therapist: How he torpedoed the reassuring tropes of fake news.

Turning 40 with the Help of THE ROCKFORD FILES. A Video Essay on THE X-FILES: Home Is Anywhere You Hang Y. FARGO, TRUE DETECTIVE, JUSTIFIED, RECTIFY and the Constru. “Louie’s” manic bossy nightmare girls: How Louis C.K. destroyed this male wishful thinking fantasy. The Joke’s on You. The Legacy of The Colbert Report: The Joke's On You! Interview - Jerry Seinfeld In 'Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee' The Joke’s on You. We need a break from Jon Stewart. “Walking Dead”: Still a white patriarchy. “The Americans”: Rooting against America has never been so fun. Too many severed limbs, too many rotting corpses. 'The Walking Dead' Is Back, and It's Taking the Apocalypse Seriously - Jeffrey Goldberg, J.J. Gould, and Scott Meslow. 'The Walking Dead' as the Holocaust - Jeffrey Goldberg, J.J. Gould, and Scott Meslow. Jimmy Fallon music booker Jonathan Cohen: How he scores the best musical performances in late night. Louie Season 3 recap: “Late Show, Part 2” with David Lynch reviewed.

The Wire: a visual novel. Impossible Choices? The Conservatism of "Breaking Bad" Louie Season 3 recap: “Late Show, Part 2” with David Lynch reviewed.