Author Archives: Les Chappell

About Les Chappell

The Mad Hatter of media criticism. Co-founder of This Was Television, contributor to The A.V. Club, founder of A Helpless Compiler and The Lesser of Two Equals.

Mad Men: Season Five Roundtables (with Cory Barker and Andy Daglas)

Episodes 1-2: “A Little Kiss” Episode 3: “Tea Leaves” Episode 4: “Mystery Date” Episode 5: “Signal 30” Episode 6: “Far Away Places” Episode 7: “At the Codfish Ball” Episode 8: “Lady Lazarus” Episode 9: “Dark Shadows” Episode 10: “Christmas Waltz” … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Adam Wright

Les pays tribute to a fellow critic and good friend gone far too soon. Continue reading

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Pilot Review: Revolution

Before writing this review, I took an informal survey of the contents of my apartment. At the present time, I have no fewer than 20 electronic devices in my apartment: two iPhones (one work, one home), an iPod, an iPad, … Continue reading

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Barker Chappell Daglas Roundtable: Breaking Bad, “Madrigal,” “Hazard Pay,” “Fifty-One”

It’s been a few weeks since the Barker Chappell Daglas reviewing agency has had a chance to catch up on the activities of the Heisenberg drug empire, but we’ve finally found a place to work and the house has been … Continue reading

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Barker Chappell Daglas Roundtable: Mad Men, “Commissions and Fees”

Two episodes left in what’s been a hell of a run for Mad Men this season. We’ve seen agency fortunes rise and fall, we’ve seen acid trips and fisticuffs, split narratives and unstuck timelines, guest appearances from Leland Palmer, Alex … Continue reading

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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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