Massachusetts Daily Collegian

“The river” a flawed trip upstream

By Victoria Knobloch

February 17, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Television

Ever since “Lost” ended in 2010, networks have been trying to fill the crazy cult TV show void. Any time a new genre pilot hit the air, critics would wonder, “Is this the next ‘Lost?’” From the ill-fated “V” and...

Relating old, hit sitcoms to their newer equivalents

By Jeff Mitchell

February 7, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Television

There is nothing like the feeling of a finished series, but then what? This is the nagging thought in the mind of every television buff when their favorite show draws to a close. With the emergence of Netflix and Hulu, it can ...

How “How I Met Your Mother” became a recent phenomenon

By Herb Scribner

February 2, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Television

Kids, this is the story of how I met … Wait, sorry, let’s backtrack a bit. It was winter break, and things were slow on the Facebook newsfeed. And then, seemingly out of nowhere, a friend of mine posted on how he had b...

Television Continues to Reign Supreme in 2011

By Kevin Romani

January 22, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Television

Over the past decade, a clear shift has taken place between television and film in terms of quality. Television used to be widely considered the lesser of the two media in crafting innovative narratives and production technique,...

Dynamics of ‘Springer Break’ unveiled

By Jeff Mitchell

December 7, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Television

“Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!” The slow chant built like the anticipation of an oncoming train. The audience members rose out of their seats in excitement and pumped their fists in the air as the headliner emerged on stage. For th...

“Hell on Wheels” shines as newest western

By Kevin Romani

November 16, 2011

Filed under Television

In just four short years, AMC has established itself as a leader in dramatic television. The basic cable network has given HBO a run for its money as the most synonymous station for great and compelling series. HBO’s famous motto over the years – “It’s not TV, it...

Horror genre thrives on the small screen

By Kevin Romani

October 27, 2011

Filed under Television

When looking at the most successful television series in the medium’s history, there is a clear pattern of style; most are either situational comedies or dramas set within the real world. The horror genre is completely absent from any “top” lists of television series, and has been rarel...

Thrills and kills on “The Walking Dead”

By Kevin Romani

October 27, 2011

Filed under Television

One week after “Breaking Bad” signed off with its season finale, “The Walking Dead” returned to fill the void on AMC. The extended season two premiere titled “What Lies Ahead” serves as a perfect microcosm for everything the series has to offer. “Dead’s...

‘American Horror Story’ gore frightens viewers into watching

By Victoria Knobloch

October 19, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Television

Naturally, FX’s new show, “American Horror Story,” can easily be compared to many other classic horror films. It’s “Poltergeist” with less Spielberg innocence. It’s “Amityville Horror” with more violent crimes....

14 years later ‘South Park’ still delivers the laughs

By Danny Marchant

October 19, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Television

For 14 years, “South Park” has offended nearly every celebrity and organizations from the Catholic League to Al-Qaeda with its crude humor and satirical plots. If there’s a line, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone crossed...

“Breaking Bad” fans crazy over murderous drug dealer

By Kevin Romani

October 13, 2011

Filed under Television

“Breaking Bad” just concluded its fourth and penultimate season and is one of the many reasons why AMC has emerged as a major force in television. The series was originally conceived with the clever idea that an overqualifi...

Heartbreak in Italia on the ‘Jersey Shore’

By Jessica Troland

October 12, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Television

Try as she might, Nicole, better known as Snooki, just cannot seem to maintain a longterm relationship. After a short and anything but sweet visit from her beau, Jionni LaValle, the Italian princess was left prince-less. After...