Documentary Now!'s third season will spoof the moon landing and the world of performance art

One of the fun parts of any season of IFC’s hit comedy anthology Documentary Now! is seeing the slowly growing list of genres and cinematic milestones that Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas have decided to apply their gentle-but-insightful spoofing of the documentary format to next. And while…

Portlandia’s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein tell us their favorite high school albums

At the recent Television Critics Association press tour, the jaded crowd actually groaned when IFC announced that Portlandia’s eighth season next year would be its last. Since 2011, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have been poking fun at hipster culture as they offer up a variety of (often gender-switched)…

The best TV of 2016, part 2

Yesterday, The A.V. Club ran down the first half of the year’s best television, from Last Week Tonight to You’re The Worst. Today: the best of the best, featuring robot cowboys, nasty women, and a dream team of legal and legal-adjacent shows grappling with moral, mental, and media crises.

Documentary Now! stays in the picture with a boffo finale

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In its two-hour season 51 finale, Documentary Now! presents a very close parody of The Kid Stays In The Picture, the documentary adaptation of Hollywood producer Robert Evans’ autobiography. Bill Hader plays Documentary Now!’s own version of Evans, Jerry Wallach, in “Mr. Runner Up: My Life As An Oscar Bridesmaid,” a…

Yes, that really was Paul Thomas Anderson on tonight’s Documentary Now!

Documentary Now!’s attention to detail produces a lot of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it visual gags, the type that reward a quick finger on the “pause” button. And while that’s also true of tonight’s episode, “Final Transmission,” the show’s most recent film-nerd Easter egg also rewards a pair of sharp ears. Or a few spins…

“How did I get here?”: Documentary Now!’s little Talking Heads tribute that could

There’s an oft-repeated Lorne Michaels adage about Saturday Night Live: “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready. It goes on because it’s 11:30.” A similar sentiment was in the air on a Thursday night this past July, as another Michaels production was about to take the stage at the Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel,…

Documentary Now! is equal parts gloomy and hilarious with “Globesman”

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Before making their more popular documentary Grey Gardens, Albert and David Maysles self-funded a direct cinema documentary about door-to-door Bible salesmen sludging their way through American suburbs trying to meet looming sales quotas. They had trouble getting the film off the ground. It was dark and depressing and…

Documentary Now! brings compelling father-son drama to the table

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Though the election subject matter made “The Bunker” an obvious candidate for the season premiere, a part of me wishes season two of Documentary Now! had started here, with “Juan Likes Rice And Chicken,” which more strikingly embodies Documentary Now!’s unique strengths. “The Bunker” was undeniably good, but it almost…

Documentary Now! loves the ’90s with “The Bunker”

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Returning for its second—ahem, 51st—season, Documentary Now! takes on a topic surely no one is sick of at this point in 2016: American elections. Doc Now dream team Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, and Bill Hader all insisted earlier this summer at the Television Critics Association press tour that “The Bunker”—the show’s…

Fred Armisen’s Talking Heads parody band burns down the house in its debut

Documentary Now!’s much-anticipated second season will be here soon! How soon?! Tonight soon! The season debut of Fred Armisen and Bill Hader’s specificity-obsessed documentary parody series will air on IFC tonight, providing what’s certain to be an uncanny take on 1993’s The War Room. Unfortunately, we’ll have to…