TV Good Sleep Bad: Episode 23

TV Good Sleep Bad #23: “Community & Pee-wee’s Playhouse”

Hello! Our names are Elwood and Lackey! What’s yours? Welcome to our special twenty-third episode and third annual Christmas special, starring us! Elwood and Lackey! And Pterri! Conky! Globey! Floory! Cool Cat, Chicky Baby, and Dirty Dog! Chairy! The flowers! The fish! Clocky! Mr. Kite! Annette! Penny! Randy! Countess! Magic Screen! Say hello to Mr. Window! The Ants! The Dinosaur Family! Billy Baloney! Mycroft the Cat! And the food in the refrigerator! Also starring Cowboy Curtis! Miss Yvonne! Ricardo! Mrs. Rene! The King of Cartoons! Reba the Mail Lady! And Jambi! And our special special guest stars! Frankie Avalon! Charo! The Del Rubio Triplets! Annette Funicello! Whoopi Goldberg! Magic Johnson! Grace Jones! k.d. lang! Little Richard! Joan Rivers! Dinah Shore! Oprah Winfrey! And Princess Zsa Zsa! And extra special guests Joel McHale! Gillian Jacobs! Danny Pudi! Yvette Nicole Brown! Alison Brie! Donald Glover! Ken Jeong! Jim Rash! John Oliver! And Chevy Chase!

Pee-wee's Playhouse!

Community, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” (season 2 episode 11, 2010): Abed believes that the world has become a stop-motion animated cartoon, and must seek out the true meaning of Christmas to return everything to normal. (Asterisk.)

Pee-wee’s Playhouse, “Christmas at Pee-wee’s Playhouse” (season 3 episode 3, 1988): Pee-wee ends up with more fruitcake than he bargained for when his friends come over for Christmas.

Next month: Danger 5 and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.

TV Good Sleep Bad episode 22

TV Good Sleep Bad #22: “Daria & Eerie, Indiana”

On today’s episode of Sick Sad World! (Um, I mean TV Good Sleep Bad.)

Eerie, Indiana, “The ATM with the Heart of Gold” (episode 3, 1991): Simon befriends the town’s new AI-driven ATM, which dispenses money indiscriminately to help him become popular, resulting in a complete economic breakdown in Eerie.

Daria, “Anti-Social Climbers” (season 4 episode 2, 2000): Daria and Jane reluctantly participate in a camping field trip which takes a turn for the worse when they become stranded with no provisions in a blizzard.

Next month: Community and Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

TV Good Sleep Bad: Episode 21

TV Good Sleep Bad #21: “Stranger Things & The Outer Limits”

It’s October again, and that means a spooky horror-themed episode of TV Good Sleep Bad, the podcast that wants to know if you took Bear-Bear! So grab your character sheet and your twenty-sided dice and prepare to do battle with…the Demogorgon! (Well, actually it’s episodes of The Outer Limits and Stranger Things.)

In this episode, we discuss:

The Outer Limits, “Under the Bed” (season 1 episode 11, 1995): A young boy disappears from his bedroom, and it’s up to a small-town cop and a child psychologist to find out what happened to him…and to prevent his little sister from sharing his fate.

Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers” (season 1 episode 1, 2016): What happened to Will Byers as he rode his bike home from his friends’ house? Who is the mysterious, shaven-headed girl known only as “Eleven?” Will the douchey Steve Harrington ever get it on with Nancy Wheeler?

TV Good Sleep Bad #15: “Two Episodes of Black Mirror”

For the fifteenth outing of TV Good Sleep Bad Elwood and I take on two episodes of Black Mirror, the British science-fiction series that’s giving new meaning to words like “prescient.” You go to bed one night in a world that makes sense, and in the morning you wake up only to find that you actually live in the world of “The Waldo Moment.”

Black Mirror: "The National Anthem"

In this episode, we discuss:

Black Mirror series 1 episode 1, “The National Anthem” (2011): A mysterious terrorist makes a bizarre demand of Britain’s Prime Minister: fuck a pig on live television or a beloved member of the royal family dies. Starring Rory Kinnear, Lindsay Duncan, Donald Sumpter, Anna Wilson-Jones.

Black Mirror series 2 episode 2, “White Bear” (2013): A young woman wakes up in an unfamiliar house with no memories except for some fractured visions of someone who may have been her daughter. Who is she? What happened to her? And why are all these people in masks chasing her? Starring Lenora Critchlow, Michael Smiley, Tuppence Middleton.

Next month: We get in the holiday spirit with Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas and The Star Wars Christmas Special.

TV Good Sleep Bad, episode 14

TV Good Sleep Bad #14: “Bottom & Kindred: The Embraced”

From the depths, it rises…its awakening foretold by a plethora of fart jokes and clunky exposition. It’s the horrific fourteenth episode of TV Good Sleep Bad, horror-themed as is appropriate for the season!

Bottom: "Terror"

In this episode, we discuss:

Bottom season 3 episode 2, “Terror” (1995): Richie and Eddie want to hold a Hallowe’en party and meet women to have sex with, but they have no money, so they go trick-or-treating with an electric cattle prod and attempt to sell their souls to the Devil.

Kindred: The Embraced episode 1, “The Original Saga” (1996): San Francisco police detective Frank Kohanek’s investigation of crime boss Julian Luna takes a bizarre turn when Luna’s bodyguard suffers a bizarre death at the hands of Luna’s rival Eddie Fiori. This in turn leads to a startling revelation: Luna is the leader of a secret society of vampires that also includes Fiori—and Kohanek’s girlfriend Alexandra.

Next month: Two episodes of Black Mirror: “The National Anthem” and “White Bear.”

TV Good Sleep Bad, episode 13: "Cyber City Oedo 808 & Danger Mouse"

TV Good Sleep Bad #13: “Cyber City Oedo 808 & Danger Mouse”

London, England*. And in a basement in moneyed Mayfair** lives the greatest guardian of cult television the world has ever known. Yes, Elwood Jones, the secret agent so secret that even his code name has a code name. And with his trusted assistant Daniel Lackey (code-named “The Jigsaw,” because whenever he’s faced with an episode of Buffy, he goes to pieces), he has delivered the thirteenth terrific episode of TV Good Sleep Bad!

* He actually doesn’t live in London.

** And if he did, he certainly wouldn’t live in Mayfair.

Special appearance by "that bloody duck."
Special appearance by “that bloody duck.”

In this episode, we discuss:

Cyber City Oedo 808 episode 1, “Memories of the Past” aka “Virtual Death” (1990): In the twenty-ninth century, three ruthless, hardened criminals are given the chance to reduce their sentences by taking on missions too dangerous for regular police. It’s up to these three antiheroes to save the 50,000 occupants of a massive skyscraper when the structure’s central computer puts the building on lockdown. But who’s controlling the computer?

Danger Mouse season 2 episode 6, “The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse” (1981): Baron Greenback kidnaps Penfold and issues an ultimatum to Danger Mouse: collect the ingredients for a powerful ritual the Baron wants to enact, or the hapless hamster gets it in the neck. But can even the world’s greatest secret agent claim a piece of the legendary Fog Monster of Old London town? And is television ready for a certain showbiz-obsessed vampire duck?

Next month: Bottom and Kindred: The Embraced.

TV Good Sleep Bad #12: “The Prisoner & Masters of Horror”

Good morning, citizens! Numbers 15 and 16 present a new episode of TV Good Sleep Bad, the cult TV podcast that will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered!

In this episode, we discuss:

The Prisoner 1.02*, “Free for All” (1967): Number 2 encourages Number 6 to run in the upcoming Village council elections. But our hero soon learns that so-called free elections are just another form of mind control in the Village.

* According to the A&E DVD boxed set.

Masters of Horror 1.06, “Homecoming” (2005): Soldiers killed in action in Iraq come back to life…to exercise their constitutionally-guaranteed right to vote. Which might not be a good thing for the incumbent administration…Starring Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager).

Next month: Cyber City OEDO 808 and Danger Mouse.

TV GOOD SLEEP BAD EP. 11: "Rick and Morty"

TV Good Sleep Bad #11: “Rick and Morty & The Outer Limits”

It’s time for another episode of TV Good Sleep Bad, the cult-TV podcast that is not born into this world fumbling for meaning! It was created to serve a singular purpose which it will go to any lengths to fulfill!

(Well, not any lengths, not really. I don’t think we would have shot someone for the opportunity to watch Sapphire and Steel.)

In this episode, we discuss:

Rick and Morty 1.05, “Meeseeks and Destroy” (2014): Morty convinces Rick to let him lead their latest adventure, one that ultimately results in him being trapped in a restroom with a lecherous jellybean. Meanwhile, Rick gives the other Smiths a little something to get them off his back: magical creatures who exist only to help them improve their lives. But things take a dark turn when they can’t help Jerry take two strokes off his golf game.

The Outer Limits 1.15, “The New Breed” (1995): A terminal cancer patient injects himself with his future brother-in-law’s body-repairing nanites, but things go disastrously wrong. Starring Richard Thomas (The WaltonsItThe Americans) and Peter Outerbridge (ReGenesis).

Next month: Masters of Horror and The Prisoner.

TV GOOD SLEEP BAD EP. 10: "Jess Archer Vs."

TV Good Sleep Bad #10: “Jess Archer Versus & Speed Racer”

Here it comes, here comes TV Good Sleep Bad! It’s a demon on wheels!

In this episode, we discuss:

Jess Archer vs. the Ex (2011) and Jess Archer Versus. 1.01-1.04 (2016): Sardonic high school Jess Archer may fantasize about kicking zombie ass, but her real life features adventure aplenty as she investigates a stolen comic book and a football team frame-up, all the while trying to convince her BFF Chase that it’s a bad idea for him to just come storming into the ladies’ room whenever he feels like it.

Speed Racer 1.01 & 1.02, “The Great Plan (parts 1 & 2)”: Speed enters his first real race, hoping to win the money Pops needs to upgrade the Mach 5 into the most advanced racing car yet. But who has hired the dastardly Ace Deucey to steal the secret plans for the new Mach 5…?

Next month: The Outer Limits (1995 revival) and Rick and Morty.

TV Good Sleep Bad #9: “Sapphire and Steel & Dark Season”

When Elwood and Lackey discovered that their next assignment would be to team up with Jay Cluitt of the LAMB and Life vs. Film and review episodes of Sapphire and Steel and Dark Season, their reactions were something like this:


In this episode, we discuss:

Sapphire and Steel 2.07-2.10, “Assignment IV” aka “The Man Without a Face” (1981): Joanna Lumley and David McCallum are troubleshooters from beyond time who find themselves pulled into strange occurrences at an abandoned junk shop, including a mysterious man with no face, the sudden appearance of Victorian-era children, and a young woman who spends three straight episodes “getting ready for work.”

Dark Season (1991): A trio of precocious students face off against the villainous Mr. Eldritch, a man with a number of sinister technological toys and a deep, abiding loathing of human life. Best known for launching the careers of Russell T. Davies (creator of Queer as Folk and inaugural showrunner of the Doctor Who revival) and Kate Winslet (expect you’ve heard of her).

Next month: Jess Archer Vs. and Speed Racer (’68).