Monthly Archives: May 2012

Announcement: This Was Television

2012 is turning into a very eventful year for A Helpless Compiler. In my second year we’ve expanded our coverage far past this one site, with a guest column stint on CC2K and a freelance position with The A.V. Club. … Continue reading

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A.V. Club Review: The Borgias, “The Siege Of Forli”

There’s fires being set all over Italy on this week’s episode of The Borgias: Savonarola’s kicking off the Bonfire of the Vanities, Juan’s got a burning sensation when he urinates, and Lucrezia’s burning with lust for her suitor’s younger brother. … Continue reading

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Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: Dark Shadows

It’s Thanksgiving in May on this week’s Mad Men (one of the show’s startling similarities with Cougar Town, more of which you can see if you look closely) and there’s a toxic smog covering both New York and the attitudes … Continue reading

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CC2K Column: New Girl Wins 2011-2012’s “Most Improved Sitcom” Award

Friend of the blog Phoebe Raven is on a well-deserved vacation from her duties as CC2K’s TV editor, and following my column on the virtues of Revenge she asked if I wanted to fill in for her. I did, and … Continue reading

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A.V. Club Review: The Borgias, “Day Of Ashes”

It’s time for a crisis of faith on The Borgias, as the lightning strike of last week’s episode has pushed Alexander into repentance mode. But is it legitimate, or is this one of his brief moments of morality aside from … Continue reading

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A.V. Club Review: Bob’s Burgers, “Bad Tina”

Once again I’m helping out one of my A.V. Club cohorts who’s short on time, this time friend of the blog Rowan Kaiser. With a lot of Sunday commitments Rowan needed a hand with FOX’s Animation Domination block, and I … Continue reading

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Back and Forth: Mad Men Roundtable, “Lady Lazarus” (with Cory Barker and Andy Daglas)

As if Leland Palmer last week wasn’t enough, there’s even more ghosts of television past on this week’s episode of Mad Men. Cory Barker samples Cool Whip in the presence of head of desserts Mr. Belding, as Andy Daglas finds … Continue reading

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