Category: Television

The Abolition of Walter White

In most ways, the debate regarding TV’s big four–The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men–will rage on as each team makes their case for why their show is superior. In many cases, this really will come down to individual taste....

/ August 9, 2013

Pedro at 40: How a Television Show Changed the Way a Generation Viewed LGBTQ Persons

Vote for Pedro My generation might best be defined as those who remember watching Pedro Zamora die of AIDS in our living rooms. If you’re not familiar with Pedro, he was an openly gay, HIV-positive castmember in the third season of...

/ July 19, 2013

The Frame for Watching Mad Men: When Joan sells Johnny

Brian R. Gumm is a licensed minister in the Church of the Brethren, worshiping and periodically ministering in a United Methodist parish in rural Iowa. His telecommuting day job is Distance Learning Technology Analyst for Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg,...

/ April 12, 2013

Should Christians Watch Mad Men? A Rejoinder

Editor’s Note:  This guest post is by Nick Olson, who writes film reviews at a host of places including Filmwell and Christ and Pop Culture.  I have a confession: when watching seasons 1 through 4 of Mad Men a couple...

/ April 8, 2013

The Ethics of Watching Mad Men

In a recent Comment piece, Jamie Smith argued that one of the foremost challenges facing Christians today is not whether or not we ought to engage popular culture–that battle has been won. The new question we have to face is...

/ April 5, 2013

House of Cards: Kevin Spacey, Tolkien, and the Bible

It’s an easy, common observation to note that you can learn about a culture by observing the heroes it creates. The culture that creates a hero like John Keating of Dead Poet’s Society is different than the one that creates...

/ February 26, 2013

Downton Abbey as a Jane Austen style Tragedy

The third season of Julian Fellowes’ BBC hit Downton Abbey has finally arrived in the United States, and it’s getting all the buzz you would expect: most notably, from my perspective, the series has recently received positive coverage in Books...

/ February 12, 2013

A mind is a terrible thing to waste on comedy

Eddie Izzard is a gifted, but he’s burying his talent. How can I claim this, and why should I be bothering about the speck in his life before the log in mine? As to the first, I shall attempt to...

/ December 24, 2004