wmtc: update: the gay cop on barney miller comes out, plus an adorable child sex worker

About a month ago, I wrote about an episode from the late 1970s-early 1980s sitcom “Barney Miller”, in which the squad discovers that an officer from their precinct is gay. To my surprise, Officer Zatelli returned to Barney Miller — and he came out, right there in the squad room. That’s Zatelli (Dino Natali)on the ...

wmtc: the strange case of the barney miller rape episode

Watching Barney Miller as my comedy-before-bed sleep aid, I was stunned and amazed by an episode called “Rape” — Season 4, Episode 15. A woman comes to the station house, agitated and distressed. Captain Miller, with his usual calm and professional demeanour, leads her to sit down. When he hears “rape,” Barney says, “Oh boy” ...

wmtc: do workplace-based tv shows make people dissatisfied with their jobs?

I recently realized that I enjoy a lot of TV shows that are themed around a workplace. There are the comedies, like The Office and Brooklyn 9-9, and my favourite sitcoms of past generations, such as Barney Miller and Mary Tyler Moore, and a whole bunch of sitcoms I don’t watch, such as Cheers. But ...

wmtc: in which i answer the burning question, what will laura binge-watch next?

In response to my help me find a new series to binge-watch post, I got tons of answers both here and on Facebook. I’m keeping the list for future reference. In the category of watching by myself during R&R downtime, I am starting with Hinterland, which has long been in my Netflix list. I’ve watched ...

wmtc: ancient tv history: a gay cop on barney miller

Watching my comedy-before-bed daily dose of Barney Miller last night, I was surprised and pleased to see an episode about a gay cop. This remembered this post — turns out it was 10 years ago! — about a gay character on Dallas. Both episodes aired in 1979. Officer Zatelli, played by Dino Natali At the time I ...

wmtc: help me find a new series to binge-watch

I need a new series to binge-watch. Requirements:1. Must have a ton of episodes2. Must have good characters and relationships3. Nothing too scary4. Nothing sweet or heartwarming5. No zombies6. Best if the series has already ended7. Best if in English (when I’m exhausted, reading subtitles is not relaxing) Have tried (more than once) but did ...

wmtc: harry hoo, nick yemana, and the persistence of racism on mainstream tv

My “comedy before bed” TV watching — the habit of a lifetime, and the surest way for me to fall asleep — has gone retro again.* I watched “Get Smart” end-to-end and am now making my way through “Barney Miller”. Harry Hoo, Dr. No, and “Craw, not Craw!” Get Smart was a TV comedy conceived ...

wmtc: adventures in streaming: tubi, dick cavett, and the manster

The Roku streaming device gives you access to thousands of apps… most of which are completely useless. That doesn’t mean I don’t love Roku. I do! But we use it almost exclusively to watch Netflix and the Red Sox, and to access downloaded files on the TV. We’ve also installed a few other apps, most ...

wmtc: before the flood: good information but ultimately a weak message

Tonight we watched “Before the Flood“, Leonardo DiCaprio’s film about climate change, which I had heard such good things about. It’s well done, and is chock full of appropriately terrifying and depressing information. But in the end, the film delivers yet another “it’s up to each of us” message, focusing on individual actions, rather than ...

wmtc: labour day readers’ advisory: books and movies that celebrate labour

I spoke to a customer yesterday who was visiting from Denmark. He described himself as a trade-unionist, and he came to the library, looking for me, to learn about our strike! He also said he had read a book he loved, and was looking for more like it. He described the book: “by a Canadian ...

wmtc: we movie to canada 2015-16. this year there’s a part 2.

From the I Have Too Much Going On, Systems Are Breaking Down department, this year’s we move to canada awards omitted a big chunk of viewing. I was very surprised — and a bit disturbed — to discover this! Leaving aside questions about my mental competence, I’m reviewing the omitted films and series here, and I’ll ...

wmtc: further thoughts on himym

A few weeks ago, I blogged about watching “How I Met Your Mother,” a show that has been a huge surprise to me. At the time, I thought the show was slipping in quality. I had started the eighth season, and the whole thing was off. The characters were too shrill, the situations too zany and over-the-top. ...

wmtc: we movie to canada: wmtc annual movie awards, 2015-16 edition

I’m posting my annual movie awards later and later every year. I’m also watching fewer movies, because I’m watching more TV shows. When I come home on Friday or Saturday, exhausted and needing total downtime, sometimes even a movie is too much mental effort; binge-watching a series is somehow easier. So I end up with ...

wmtc: 14 thoughts on watching how i met your mother (first time through so no spoilers please!)

I was watching MASH when Netflix pulled the plug on our VPN. I found a new VPN… but now MASH is gone. One day I hope to finish the end-to-end rewatch. But right then, my comedy-before-bed slot was left hanging. I tried “How I Met Your Mother,” and I was very happily surprised. I have ...

wmtc: call me lucky: a hilarious, heartbreaking, and inspiring movie

Barry Crimmins might be the most famous person you’ve never heard of. In “Call Me Lucky,” a documentary tribute to Crimmins created by Bobcat Goldthwait, an A-list of comics talk about the influence Crimmins had on them and their community: Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Steven Wright, among others. Crimmins toured with ...

wmtc: m*a*s*h re-watch update: still funny and other observations

Back in August, I started re-watching M*A*S*H end to end on Netflix. I promised updates… and here we are. (tl;dr: it’s great.) Random thoughts below. A huge number of M*A*S*H episodes have no plot whatsoever, but are a series of unconnected scenes or vignettes. These aren’t clip shows, as the scenes have not aired before. For ...

wmtc: thoughts on re-watching m*a*s*h, one of the greatest tv shows of all time

Can the comedy-before-sleep slot be filled with overt social and political relevance? We’ll soon find out. After struggling through the last seasons of 30 Rock, I’ve rewarded myself by starting M*A*S*H from season 1, episode 1. (Thank you, Netflix!) It’s no coincidence that M*A*S*H, one of the best and most daring sitcoms of all time, ...

wmtc: we movie to canada: wmtc annual movie awards, 2014-15 edition

Thanks to everything-on-demand media, and no thanks to my schedule that doesn’t permit me nearly enough time for baseball, Movie Season now runs all year, at least marginally. These annual awards now document the movies and TV series we’ve seen from Opening Day to Opening Day. To recap my silly rating systems:– Canadian musicians and ...

wmtc: everything is political: bewitched and "george washington zapped here"

You may recall that my current comedy-before-bed TV sleep aid is a sitcom from my childhood: “Bewitched”. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying watching its ridiculous, predictable humour and sometimes surprising messaging. I was in the middle of the eighth and final season when Netflix pulled the show. (Argh!) But thanks to our amazing world of media, ...

wmtc: two random observations arising from watching a tv show from my childhood

In September, I blogged about watching “Bewitched” on Netflix as my “comedy before sleep” show. I’m still watching it, sometimes taking as many as three nights to get through one episode, so potent is this sleep aid. I want to share two random observations based on Bewitched. People on TV have whiter teeth now. I ...

wmtc: we like lists: things we learn from tv detective and murder mystery shows

If you enjoy detective shows, murder mysteries, and legal dramas, you learn a lot of things that don’t necessarily reflect reality. Here are some things you may learn from these shows. 1. Women are crazy and kill people. I have already blogged about and disproportionate percentage of female murderers on TV detective shows. In reality, ...

wmtc: thoughts arising from the death of a defender of free speech

This week’s obituaries included the last living link to two landmark moments in the history of freedom of expression. Al Bendich was just two years out of law school when he wrote the brief that is credited with the victory in the famous “Howl” obscenity case. In 1957, Lawrence Ferlinghetti published Allen Ginsberg’s masterpiece “Howl” ...

wmtc: wmtc movie and series season now open: your suggestions are welcome

Baseball season was painfully short for Red Sox fans this year. When your team wins a grand total of 71 games it’s a chore to watch, and I gave up early. The postseason, on the other hand, was incredible, and I watched (at least until I fell asleep) every night. I was mildly disappointed that the ...

wmtc: amazing but true: mlb does the right thing and increases fans’ access to the postseason

The biggest surprise of the 2014 baseball postseason isn’t the absence of both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. It isn’t the Baltimore Orioles, making the postseason for the first time since 1997, or the Kansas City Royals, playing baseball in October for the first time since 1985. The biggest surprise of ...

wmtc: we like lists: list # 20: top ten reasons we love our favourite cult show or movie

For those who want the question with no context: Do you love a cult show or movie? What movie and why? List at least 10 reasons. (I wish everyone would reply here and not on Facebook, but I know that is a lost cause…) * * * * Further to my longstanding tradition of watching ...