Category: TV

Learning how to love from Master of None

In an interview with the A.V. Club, Aziz Ansari described the theme of Master of None, his new Netflix series, like this: “Instead of yelling your opinion, or telling people to shut up, or engaging in this clickbait-internet culture, have a dialogue with someone and ask people questions and listen to what they have to say.” After seeing several episodes, I think this ethos comes through strongly,…  [more]

In defense of Oprah’s Belief series

Oprah Winfrey aired an inspiring documentary television miniseries last week called Belief. The seven-part show focused on how religion is lived out in heartfelt ways across the globe. Belief and devotion were portrayed in a positive light. Winfrey’s dedication to sharing how religion can be used for peace and healing was refreshing. It seems that there is an increasing amount of skepticism these days about…  [more]

Doctor Who and the wildness of God

When at all possible, there are two things I do each Saturday: watch the Florida Gators play football and catch the latest episode of Doctor Who. Over the last few years, Doctor Who has surged in popularity, particularly in the United States. People cannot get enough of the pacifist, time-traveling alien. Thanks to the show’s conceit of “regeneration,” whenever one actor quits the title role a new…  [more]

The Blacklist and our need for sin-eaters

“I am a sin-eater. I absorb the misdeeds of others, darkening my soul to keep theirs pure.” So confessed Raymond Reddington (James Spader) in the season two finale of NBC's The Blacklist. With Thursday’s premiere of season three, it seems appropriate to cast light on this little phrase once again. The Blacklist prides itself on showcasing the blurred lines between right and wrong, as it…  [more]

Stephen Colbert’s theology of suffering

Anyone who follows Stephen Colbert as closely as we do won’t be surprised by the religious tenor of his recent interview with GQ, in advance of his Sept. 8 debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The piece covers Colbert’s preparations for the new gig and the evolution of his comic persona, which leads to some provocative observations about the nature of suffering. Colbert discusses most of this in…  [more]

Rectify and the question we’re all asking

Rectify is the best show on television you’re likely not watching. Showing on the largely unknown Sundance Channel and plotted at a pace that can generously be called “meditative,” Rectify has never built a large following. Which is a shame, because Rectify picks up the torch from Mad Men in terms of offering some of the most empathetic, honest and truly human character development on television.…  [more]

Finding forgiveness in BoJack Horseman

The first season of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman ended on a dark note, raising surprisingly existential questions for a pun-filled animated series about a washed-up actor who happens to be a horse. What does it mean to be good? What does it mean to be happy? BoJack – the show and the horse – genuinely wanted to know. Luke T. Harrington explored those themes over at Christ & Pop Culture, finding…  [more]

Comedy, community and church

I’m a big fan of comedy. The schedule on my DVR will tell you that when I want to relax at the end of a day, a sitcom or sketch show or comedy talk show is where I’m likely to turn. A few comments from comedians I appreciate lately have gotten me thinking about how the comedy I like the most creates a sense of relationship and community. It makes me, the audience member, feel like a friend and an…  [more]

The revealing darkness of Game of Thrones

Sunday’s season finale for Game of Thrones included awful, consciousness-searing scenes I can never un-see. A dagger thrust into a chest. A forgiving embrace interrupted by a poisonous death. Misogyny in the name of religion. Suicide. It was a pretty typical episode. I can’t wait for Season 6. As the show’s title suggests, Game of Thrones features kings and kingdoms vying for power and dominance in…  [more]

American Ninja Warrior and spiritual formation

I’ve developed a bit of an obsession in the last few years with American Ninja Warrior. It also happens to be one of my kids’ favorite family television traditions. The American version of what began as a Japanese program is now in its seventh season. The show takes contestants through a series of obstacle courses, presenting challenges requiring agility, quickness and upper body strength. Each stage gets…  [more]

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