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    Looking, Ep. 2.10: “Looking for Home” leaves Patrick at a crossroads

    All relationships involve compromises. No one is 100 percent compatible with his or her partner, and so there must be some give and take when building a life together. Typically, the big discussions – about having children, what city to live in, and, yes, whether to be completely monogamous – occur before a couple moves in together, but not so with Looking’s Patrick and Kevin. By this time, the show’s season (and probable series) finale, these two have accelerated the pace of their relationship for different reasons. Kevin needs an excuse to break up with John, and he would never have done so if there were the possibility of him being alone. Patrick wants to prove to himself (also his friends, family, and maybe most importantly, Richie) that he can be in a relationship that doesn’t end disastrously. So they both need each other at this point in their lives, but give not a moment of thought to what the relationship will look like a year, let alone ten or twenty years, down the road. More

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    The Televerse #186- Gossip Girl with David Bax

    It’s a week of finales on the podcast, giving us plenty of TV to discuss in another lengthy installment. We start with the comedies, including the return of Community, pilot of One Big Happy, and finales of Always Sunny, Man Seeking Woman, Broad City, Girls, and Looking. Next up are genre and drama, including a […] More

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    Looking, Ep. 2.09: “Looking for Sanctuary” finds some relationships strengthening while others break

    By now it’s clear that Looking isn’t too interested in exploring the friendship between its main characters. Far more episodes of the show’s first two seasons, including last night’s “Looking for Sanctuary” have Patrick, Dom, and Agustin going off on their own romantic or personal adventures, each character in his own storyline. Occasionally the three of them will go out to lunch and update each other about what’s going on in their lives, or they’ll see each other at a party and introduce one another to a current boyfriend, but ultimately they lead separate lives. While this actually pretty realistic – thirty-something men with careers and relationships usually don’t spend every waking hour with their friends – it’s almost unprecedented in the world of episodic television. More

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    Best of the Week: Television

    Ready For Their Close-Up: Six TV Characters Worthy of a Spin-Off Television history is littered with the bodies of ill-advised spin-offs. Their corpses, copies of reviews and overnights crumpled in their clawed little hands, defile the memories of the successful shows that spawned them and serve as cautionary tales for every writer tempted to go […] More

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    The Televerse #184- Columbo with Emily L. Stephens

    After last week’s marathon podcast, we keep things a bit more manageable this time, focusing on the week’s most memorable TV. First up are the comedies, including the a quick look at season one of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the season finale of Togetherness, and yet another pair of strong episodes from Girls and Looking. […] More

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    The Televerse #184- Columbo with Emily L. Stephens

    After last week’s marathon podcast, we keep things a bit more manageable this time, focusing on the week’s most memorable TV. First up are the comedies, including the a quick look at season one of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the season finale of Togetherness, and yet another pair of strong episodes from Girls and Looking. […] More

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    Looking, Ep. 2.08: “Looking for Glory” makes Patrick and Kevin a thing

    As they explain multiple times in “Looking for Glory,” Patrick and Kevin are now “a thing.” They’re living together at Patrick and Agustin’s place, they’re wearing each other’s clothes, and they’re debuting their new app at the GaymerX convention. It’s unclear how much time has passed since Doris’s father’s funeral, but Patrick no longer has a cast on his arm, so it’s been a few weeks at least since the two reunited. No one seems particularly thrilled by this coupling. Patrick and Kevin’s coworkers seem miffed and bring up completely valid points about the ethicacy of a boss having a relationship with his employee. Richie, condescending as ever, warns Patrick that he’s moving too fast. Agustin simply doesn’t want a second roommate. Even Brent, the snarky developer of a glory hole review app called Glorified, played by the delightful Gabe Leidman, doesn’t approve. More

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    Best of the Week: Tv and Film

    ‘It Follows’ is fun and gorgeously moody Is David Robert Mitchell’s atmospheric horror film It Follows parody? Its ambiguous decade could be the heyday of ‘80s American horror, replete with tube TVs, a very retro-looking aboveground pool, and costuming that’s very Blue Velvet. But then there’s a reading device that looks like a rather chic […] More

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    The Televerse #183- Charmed with Whitney McIntosh

    Despite a few shows taking the week off, there are finales and premieres galore this week, plus the regular batch of discussion-worthy series, making for one of the longest regular podcast episodes in quite a while. First we dive in with the comedies, including the Parks and Recreation series finale, The Last Man on Earth’s […] More

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    Looking, Ep. 2.07: “Looking for a Plot” is a showcase for Lauren Weedman

    At this point, how are Patrick Murray’s friends not completely fed up with him? After he drunkenly insults everyone in his life at his own terrible party, he tags along to Doris’s father’s funeral in Modesto and makes the weekend all about him. He mawkishly sobs at the service, continually tries to one up Doris in the “I had an unhappy childhood” department, and ends up totaling Dom’s car and sending all three of them to the hospital. Doris, bless her heart, is nothing but kind and patient in response to Patrick’s appalling behavior. Dom mostly ignores him, instead focusing his energy on trying be there for Doris while dealing with his ambivalence towards Modesto and his own father. Patrick goes through the motions of being a good friend, listening when appropriate and offering back rubs, but he has neither the emotional maturity nor the capacity for empathy to think about anyone other than himself. More

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    The Televerse #183- Charmed with Whitney McIntosh

    Despite a few shows taking the week off, there are finales and premieres galore this week, plus the regular batch of discussion-worthy series, making for one of the longest regular podcast episodes in quite a while. First we dive in with the comedies, including the Parks and Recreation series finale, The Last Man on Earth’s […] More

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    The Televerse #182- Good Eats with Noel Kirkpatrick

    The glut of 2014 TV comedies continues this week, making for yet another lengthy podcast. First we look at another full week in comedy, including a preview of FOX’s The Last Man on Earth, some The Odd Couple pilot talk, and plenty of Jane the Virgin, Girls, and Looking discussion. Then we look at a […] More

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