Sticking their noses in other people’s business: 16 TV Cyranos

You know Cyrano de Bergerac even if you don’t know Cyrano De Bergerac. The protagonist of Edmond Rostand’s century-old play—based loosely on the life of an actual French polymath—is a canonical figure, his romantic plight, panache, and prodigious proboscis immortalized in countless stagings, adaptations, and lit-class…

Rock me, sexy Jesuses: 15 super-cool sons of God

This Easter Sunday will see NBC’s live telecast of Jesus Christ Superstar with singer John Legend in the title role—the second, or third, or more likely, 102nd coming of Jesus as a pretty cool dude. The trope of our God being an awesome God, as well an awesome guy to hang out with, is a popular one in church youth…

“A Festivus for the rest of us”: 23 holiday TV episodes to watch online

It’s December, so it’s time to dust off those Christmas movies, those Christmas movies that aren’t really Christmas movies, or whatever side of that wall you think Die Hard falls on. But what if you’re in a holiday mood but not up for the whole two-hour jaunt to Bedford Falls? Or want something classic and familiar,…

South Park feels like a series of vignettes rather than a cohesive episode

Over the past year, South Park has often bitten off more than it can chew when it comes to current events. Tonight’s episode takes on the fear of sexual harassment allegations in the workplace, Netflix’s endless greenlighting of new series, the threat of nuclear war, and probably a few things I’m forgetting. And…

An off-the-rails South Park recalls the show's early years

“Hummels & Heroin” preempts South Park’s what-we-learned-today speech by getting its message out of the way early. After a guy playing Chuck E. Cheese at a children’s birthday party overdoses on opioids, one of the police officers remarks that he’s sure the drugs are coming out of prison. “When there’s a drug…

South Park's "Franchise Prequel" is a decent video game commercial—and that's about it

Even if Trey Parker and Matt Stone have always been shameless in their self-promotion, they’ve at least been able to turn it into a good joke. To sell more tickets to The Book Of Mormon tour, they tacked on an advertisement to the end of a Broadway-themed episode in Season 15 (one of their best), and their South Park:…