Liberal Rebecca Watson explains why it’s OK that rich kids will get to see new episodes of Sesame Street nine months before poor kids
In this video, liberal Rebecca Watson praises HBO for funding new episodes of Sesame Street, which it will let PBS air for free after nine months. The number of new episodes produced per year is also getting bigger because of this deal with HBO.
I agree with Ms. Watson that this is a good idea. She admits that rich kids will get to see the new episodes nine months earlier than poor kids, but also says that this is not a problem. I praise her for seeing this as a win-win situation instead of as a class-warfare type thing. I wish more liberals shared her way of thinking.
I myself grew up watching Sesame Street, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, The Electric Company, 3-2-1 Contact, and other educational shows on PBS, and I am definitely a better person for having done so. Perhaps this makes me a “bad” libertarian, but I can’t think of any practical reason to oppose government funded public television. In theory, libertarians such as myself are supposed to be against it. But I believe that in this particular case, real world evidence proves that the theory is wrong. The financial cost of public television, as a percentage of the federal budget, has always been trivial, and the educational benefits of public television over the decades have been enormous. I am glad that I, as well as millions of other people, watched it when we were children, and if that required the use of taxpayers’ money, then so be it.
There’s a new sitcom on TV-Land called “Younger.” It’s about a 40 year old woman who pretends to be 26.
So far, 12 episodes have aired, which constitutes the entire first season. I watched all 12 episodes at YouTube, and I think this is a wonderful show.
Here’s the first episode:
You can see them at https://www.youtube.com/user/hallandoatesVEVO/videos
These are much better quality than the VHS recordings that many fans have uploaded over the years.
It’s not a mistake that they uploaded “Jingle Bell Rock” twice – one version has Daryl singing, and the other one has John.
My family got cable with MTV in July 1982. I even remember MTV celebrating its one year anniversary a month later. I though I had seen every Hall and Oates video a huge number of times – but I had no idea that they had videos of songs from their X-Static album. What a pleasant surprise!
Bobbi Kristina Brown Was Using Heroin Prior to Bathtub Incident
February 21, 2015
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the troubled daughter of deceased singer Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was using heroin and other drugs prior to being found unresponsive and face-down in her bathtub on Jan. 31, People reports.
According to People’s sources, Brown, 21, was “regularly” using heroin, cocaine and Xanax in the months leading up to the incident, as well as drinking heavily.
The bathtub incident bears eerie similarities to Houston’s death at age 48. Houston was found submerged and unconscious in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel prior to her mentor Clive Davis‘ pre-Grammys party. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office later determined that Houston had drowned to death, with heart disease and cocaine use contributing to her death.
These two guys have been best friends since first grade. They both have engineering degrees, but both quit that field to work full time on their videos. They grew up in North Carolina, but recently moved to Los Angeles. Every weekday at 6 A.M. they put up a new 12 minute video – and they have hundreds of them going back a few years.
I just discovered this website called “Modern Seinfeld,” which lists a lot of really smart and funny ideas for new episodes of Seinfeld, based on today’s trends, news, pop culture, and technology.
I’m posting a few examples here, but this is just a tiny fraction of what’s available at the link. If you’re a Seinfeld fan, I recommend you click on the link to see a whole lot more of them:
George pretends to belong to a gym just to use their bathroom. Kramer “borrows” Jerry’s computer and is offended by his Internet history.
Jerry’s vacation’s ruined by the stress of avoiding Breaking Bad spoilers. Elaine’s never seen the show, ruins a viewing party w/ questions.
Jerry & George discover Kramer’s the subject of an insane number of Craigslist missed connections. Elaine gets a pixie cut. It’s disastrous.
Jerry has to use an old Zune because his parents, who gave it to him, are visiting. Kramer “borrows” J’s iPhone. “Hey, you’re not using it.”
George is briefly implicated in the latest Anthony Weiner scandal because his OKCupid handle is Carlos Danger.
When George’s gf goes out of town he can’t help finishing the TV show they’re marathoning together, then badly pretends not to have seen it.
Jerry discovers his gf still uses her JDate profile. Kramer leaves messages for the NSA in his emails. Newman reluctantly tries SoulCycle.
Lots more at https://twitter.com/seinfeldtoday
As a child in the 1970s, I always enjoyed watching “Land of the Lost” on Saturday morning. As an adult, I like the show even more. This is an intelligent science fiction program that makes you think, and is never dumbed down (except for season 3, which is so horrible that it never should have been made).
Here is my favorite episode – “Elsewhen” from season 1.
This is from the season 4 episode of “Roseanne” called “Stressed to Kill.” The relevant part starts at 14:28.
Roaseanne: “Can I help you?”
Customer: “Which is better – the tuna salad or the egg salad?”
Roaseanne: “Tuna salad, egg salad, chicken salad, turkey salad, shrimp salad – what difference does it make? It’s all just different words for mayonnaise.”
I was born in 1971. I tell you this because it should help to tell you something about the point of view from which I have watched TV shows. As a child, I watched reruns of sitcoms and cartoons from the 60s, as well as new programming on PBS, and Saturday morning children’s programming. During the late 70s, I also started watching a few shows regularly during prime time. In the 80s I watched a huge number of shows during prime time. During the 90s and later there have been far fewer new shows that I liked, although among those few that I did like, I found them to be excellent.
Let’s start out with this one. Even when almost all the letters are visible, the answer is still too top secret for some people to know what it is:
This season one episode of “The Jeffersons” is called “Like Father Like Son.” As is always the case with early seasons of this excellent show, the entire episode is worth watching. But the part I most want to draw your attention to runs from 13:08 to 16:28
The contestant, the studio audience, and the online audience all got this easy math question wrong.
Daryl Hall and John Oates are my favorite 80s musical artist. I had a lot fun watching their videos as I was growing up, and I still enjoy them very much today.
Both of these animated shorts from the 1950s are about a boy named Ralph Phillips, who has these extraordinarily amazing daydreams. These are two of the greatest Looney Tunes cartoons ever made. Both were written by Michael Maltese and directed by Chuck Jones.
I fear that if a child acted this way today, he would be put on Ritalin, and have all of his creativity forcefully removed.
Can you count how many “politically incorrect” things there are in these two cartoons?
You Can’t Do That On Television is a sketch-comedy TV series that was made in Canada and aired in the U.S. on Nickelodeon in the 1980s. The show starred character actor Les Lye, who played all of the adult male roles – and there were dozens of them. Abby Hagyard played all of the adult female roles. At least five children appeared in each episode, and they always played themselves. Some of the children were on the show long term and appeared in many episodes over the years (such as Christine McGlade, Lisa Ruddy, Alasdair Gillis, Adam Reid, Vanessa Lindores, and Doug Ptolemy) – others appeared in only a few (such as Alanis Morissette, who appears below in the episodes “Pop Music” and “Enemies and Paranoia”). The show portrays many of its adult authority figures as worthy of being mocked, whether it be because they’re incompetent, evil, corrupt, or power hungry. Anyone who said “I don’t know” would have green slime fall on them, and anyone who said “water” would have water fall on them. The series was created by Roger Price, who wrote the script for every episode.
I have fond memories of watching U2 on MTV in the early 1980s. I’d never heard of them before MTV. I thought their early songs were full of energy and emotion. Here are four of my favorite videos of theirs: (more…)
Here are seven music videos from the B-52’s. These are just so much fun! (more…)
I was 11 years old when our family first got cable TV in the summer of 1982, and I remember watching MTV as it celebrated its one year anniversary a few weeks later. I consider the music of the early 1980s to be some of the best music ever made, and I think a lot of that has to do with the new wave influence that was so pervasive at the time, combined with a strong pop sensibility, and just so many creative artists who were around at the time. (more…)