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.

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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A.V. Club Review: The Borgias, “The Choice”

One of the reasons I gravitated to The Borgias as a TV show was largely that in addition to liking Jeremy Irons and Colm Feore, the Renaissance setting is one I’ve had a particular fondness for for years. I took … Continue reading

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Back and Forth: Mad Men Roundtable, “At the Codfish Ball” (with Cory Barker and Andy Daglas)

The city is dirty, but here at the Barker Chappell Daglas reviewing agency it’s a clean, well-lighted place. Yes, it’s time for another roundtable with myself, Cory Barker of TV Surveillance and Andy Daglas of The Vast Wasteland, breaking down … Continue reading

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