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Ultimate 6er | The People v. O.J. Simpson

March 16, 2016 |

If you haven’t been watching the television remake of the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, get on it! This ten episode FX … Read More

Roundtable Discussion | Best Shows to Binge Watch

February 25, 2015 |

A dark room. Blankets. Beer. More hours than you care to admit spent on the couch. The question “Another?” while Netflix counts down the seconds… and then makes that decision for you. We’ve all been there.

When the third season of House of Cards releases Friday on Netflix— *screams of delight*— there are some of us who will hole up and only emerge from our blanket forts once we’ve watched all of it.

Staffers: what are your (other) favorite shows to binge watch?

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Ultimate 6er | Clear eyes, Full Pints, Can’t lose

December 17, 2014 | 3

I recently experienced one of the least fun football related weeks I can remember. My San Francisco 49ers were annihilated on Thanksgiving day by Seattle (the city I live in). … Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review: August 23-29, 2014

August 29, 2014 |

Gonna try to keep it quick this week, Pop Culture nerds. Seven highlights from the past seven days. Our PorchDrinking pop culture team is a bit tired, still exhausted from the long-and-kinda-snoozy Emmys. Speaking of which, let’s start this pop culture week in review with a recap of TV’s biggest night.

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Emmy Predictions 2014

August 21, 2014 |

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out next Monday, August 25th. Everyone says this every year…. but there are a LOT of great nominees. Tough to predict who will come away with the awards, but I’m going to try to do just that.

Please note these are entirely subjective opinions, and also please note that I’ve lost my roommate pool of Emmy predictions for the last two years. So take these with a grain of salt. Then watch our live blog Monday, and rub it in when I’m wrong. Read More

The Ultimate Community 6er | 6 Saisons And A Movie

August 13, 2014 |

Newton’s law of motion was eerily similar to my law of emotion when it came to the cancellation and revival of my favorite show on TV, Community. My initial grief was only matched with my elation when the show was picked up by Yahoo! a few weeks later.

For those uninitiated people that don’t know Community, it is a hilarious show that follows the adventures of a group of community college students in Colorado. In honor of the best mainstream sitcom for nerds that will obviously last for the prophesied 6 seasons and a movie, I decided to find the saison that best represents each member of America’s favorite study group (RIP Pierce). Read More

Cord-Cutters: The Future of TV?

May 15, 2014 |

I’m a cord-cutter. I don’t have cable. And yet, I love television. I love it a whole lot.

Like many people of my generation, I’ve decided to forego the old cable-box in favor of acquiring my pop culture through other means. I catch my programming through streaming services, over-the-air antennae, and a few other methods (I can neither confirm nor deny the use of torrent downloading).

This past week, I switched internet providers, still foregoing cable packages offering anywhere from 30 to 800 channels of content at an added price of anywhere from 15 to 70 dollars extra per month. Why shell out the extra cash, I figure, if I can absorb all my favorite pop culture while still cutting the cord?

Between my renewed conviction to stay off cable and the major networks’ upfront announcements this week, I’ve been thinking… what’s the future of television? What follows is one optimistic cord-cutter’s vision for the future of TV… followed by a few pesky facts that might get in the way of my dream. Here goes.

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The Changing Faces of Late Night

January 9, 2014 | 5

2014 is going to be a year of change. We might see a human organ produced by a 3-D printer, nations rise and fall, and hopefully the retirement of Justin Bieber. Despite these impressive technological and cultural milestones, there is an even greater transformation facing our nation – nay, the world. Yes, even greater than The Biebs playing shuffle board. Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review: December 7-13

December 13, 2013 | 1

You want to know Hollywood? I’ll show you Hollywood.

It’s awards season. Do your very best to avoid physically striking anyone who uses the phrase “Oscar buzz” – you’re gonna hear it a lot lately. You’ll also be getting a lot of red carpet photos on the horizon – the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Academy Awards are all within the next two months. The first two of those three announced their nominations this week. Let’s start this Pop Culture week in review with some quick takeaways from the Golden Globes nominees.

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Hate-Watching: When You’re Ashamed to Admit You Secretly Love TV

September 19, 2013 | 4

Back in my day, we just called watching bad TV a “guilty pleasure.”

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Pop Culture Week In Review: May 10-16

May 17, 2013 |

It’s been awhile, PorchDrinkers. I have so much to share with you. And I’m not just talking about Star Trek: Into Darkness. I won’t say anything here for fear of spoiling the movie… but let’s be honest, if you haven’t had Star Trek’s “twist” spoiled for you by now, it’s because you haven’t been on the internet at all.

Anyway… some non-JJ Abrams stuff happened this week. Let’s review this week in pop culture! Read More

Ultimate 6er – Mad Men

April 24, 2013 | 1

In honor of its return to the airwaves, and sticking with my television theme, I opted to focus today’s article on the main characters of AMC’s hit period drama Mad Men. All I can say is, I hope this 6er is better than their previews this season.

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Saul vs. Saul | A Matchup Between Fan Favorites on Homeland and Breaking Bad

December 27, 2012 |

If you’re not watching Homeland, shame on you. If you’re not watching Breaking Bad, shame on you. These are two of the BEST shows on television right now—so good that even as they get more and more insane and less and less believable, I still find myself more addicted with every episode. Read More

How to be Conversant in ‘Lost’

November 15, 2012 |

As much as I try, even I can’t watch all the television there ever was. Personally, I despise the moments where I admit I haven’t seen a show and the person I’m talking to freaks out. “How can you claim a television obsession and have never seen [Insert title]?!?!”  I’m sure you have also had a moment like this  and I’m here to help. Here’s everything you need to know to have a conversation with someone about Lost.  [SPOILER ALERT]- I would think this is obvious, but I just wanted to cover my bases. Read More

Drink Like A Fictional Character

October 18, 2012 | 5

Goodness gracious, people from movies and TV love alcohol. I’m one of those nerds who scrutinizes any scene with drinking to figure out what specifically characters ordered (my friends got angry when we went to see “Friends With Benefits” because I was the guy saying “Oh, they’re drinking Shiner Bock. I like that beer!”). But you don’t always have to study beer labels or examine a cocktail glass to deduce what characters are drinking; sometimes they order stuff so often, their drink becomes a character trait. Here’s a look at what some of our favorite on-screen heroes drink over and over and over again. Hit up the comments section to let us know what drinks of choice we missed. Read More

Ultimate 6er – Boardwalk Empire

October 3, 2012 |

I originally wanted to do an ultimate 6er based around the show The Newsroom, but considering the first season ended awhile ago, I decided to go with the next best thing: Boardwalk Empire. I warn you, this 6er is not for the lightweight. Believe me, I know. I have apparently reverted back to freshman year of college when, according to my good friend Stew, I got sloshed on acorn shots. I had to split this 6er between two nights, and I was barely able to take notes at the end of both, so enjoy!
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Pop Culture Week-In-Review 9/14-9/21

September 21, 2012 |

TV Is Back! … I Didn’t Say Good TV.

This is actually my scaled back fall TV preview. I was lucky enough to participate in’s first ever Google hangout, where our pop culture team discussed fall TV at length. I’ll spare you most of the things we said there and end my plug with that.

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The Universal Drinking Game

July 26, 2012 | 3

UPDATE: Check out the 2013 Universal Drinking Game!

When friends are gathered, the TV is on and alcohol is present, there’s a good bet a drinking game is just around … Read More