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a closer look. [a month of happy.]

One thing that has helped me stay sane — or at least, stay in the same neighborhood as sane — these last few months, has been comedians who offer clear-eyed commentary on the lunacy of this administration. And for me, Seth Meyers is right up there in significance with Last Week Tonight and Stephen Colbert (whose heartfelt, live plea for hope and reason on election night kept me from the brink of despair that evening).

There’ve been plenty of claims that through all this Stephen Colbert has been America’s dad, and in that vein, Seth Meyers has felt to me like a funny older brother, talking us through the bullshit.

All the praise for Seth’s interview with Kellyanne Conway was well-deserved, but “A Closer Look” is my favorite thing they do. I’m always sad on the days when we don’t get a new installment.


my year in shows, 2016.


Here are all the shows I finished for the first time in 2016. If a show doesn’t have a list of seasons or specials next to it then I watched the whole thing this year.

Even though my show watching was way down for the year, I watched some stuff I really loved.

Atlanta was my favorite.


Mr. Robot – Season 1
X-Files – Season 10 (Bonus, I rewatched season 1-4 with my wife, her first time!)

Last Week Tonight – Season 2
Frisky Dingo
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee – Season 7 and 8
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Season 11
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Season 3
Daredevil – Season 2
Bob’s Burgers – Season 6

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 2
Luther – Season 4
Archer – Season 7
Game of Thrones – Season 6
Silicon Valley – Season 3
Stranger Things – Season 1 (three times)
BoJack Horseman – Season 3

Preacher – Season 1
Atlanta – Season 1
Westworld – Season 1 (twice)

Bonus: Here are shows I rewatch regularly, every year: 

30 Rock, Archer, Sunny, Parks and Rec, Arrested Development, Bob’s Burgers, Seinfeld