TV Shows

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Animated Series: Season 2 Review

The five-part debut of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles during Christmas season 1987 was an explosive success for franchise creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.  Signing on for a second season was a no-brainer, and with the help of co-developers David Wise and Fred Wolf, the 13-episode sophomore run aired its first installment as a syndicated Saturday morning cartoon on October 1, 1988.  Showcasing a slew of new mutants fighting both against and alongside the Turtles, Season 2 outshone the first, constructing the foundation for the classic series for many years to come...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Animated Series: Season 1 Review

When I was a kid, the only thing that mattered in life was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Like most fanatics of the "heroes in a half-shell," I was initially introduced to the reptilian warriors via the original cartoon series.  Debuting in December 1987, the animated program ruled the airwaves for nearly a decade, rolling out close to 200 episodes until its finale in late 1996.  Such a strange history led up to the series's conception; the comic book origins of the fearsome foursome by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were much darker than any incarnation of the property since.  All it took was a little toning down of the violence to make the show one of the most recognized cartoons in television history, birthing out endless merchandise in the form of toys, video games and big-screen live-action films.  Follow us as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Month kicks off with this first entry of our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Animated Series retrospective!

This & That: Lost & The Walking Dead

Lost is probably the greatest network television show of all time.  Well, I think I can take out "probably."  To me, it is the greatest show ever.  The twists, turns and unanswered questions never ended.  It was also the first (and to this point most) interactive show that I've ever experienced.  I literally spent the next day after every episode on lostpedia.com searching for little hints and Easter eggs, reading about theories and then coming up with my own.  Sure, you could nit-pick the show apart if you really took the time, but I believe this is true of any television show.  Each show has its "jump the shark" moment.  I struggle to find one with Lost, but that’s because I’m clearly biased.  I’m sure most people could name one without even thinking too hard...