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Jerry Seinfeld's New Netflix Special Puts His Comic Life Into Perspective

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:53:04 -0400

After more than 40 years in the business, Seinfeld revisits the clubs where he got his start. Critic David Bianculli says Jerry Before Seinfeld will make you laugh — a lot.

WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel Blasts GOP Health Bill, Says It Fails The 'Jimmy Kimmel Test'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:34:00 -0400

After GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy invoked the late night host's name, Kimmel went after him and the Republican health care bill, pulling it apart point by point for an audience that might not normally care.

Feeling The Music With Deaf 'America's Got Talent' Finalist Mandy Harvey

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:49:00 -0400

The singer-songwriter was born with an ear deformity that made hearing difficult; eventually, she lost her residual hearing. But if you're going to vote for her, she wants you to look past that.

The Real 'Spicey' Crashes The Emmys, As Stars Mock Trump

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:35:54 -0400

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer lampooned himself, with his SNL alter-ego in the audience. Many presenters and winners took the stage to slam their former TV co-star, Donald Trump.

Looking For Analog: Old Button-Mashing Arcades Come Back For A New Generation

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:11:00 -0400

"I know I didn't grow up with arcades, but ... I enjoy talking with my dad about it and it's just something we bonded over," says one 17-year-old player.

At The Emmys, It Was A Big Night For Juggernauts

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:11:00 -0400

The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies, Saturday Night Live, Veep and Atlanta all won multiple awards in major categories, on a night that rarely strayed far from current events.

Emmy Awards 2017: The Complete List Of Winners

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:00:00 -0400

It was a big night for The Handmaid's Tale, across the writing, directing and acting categories.

NPR's Eric Deggans On Which Shows Deserve To Win

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:59:26 -0400

The 69th primetime Emmy Awards are tonight. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans has awards of his own. He's voted on the shows he thinks deserve the "Deggys."

Juggalos: A Primer

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:08:14 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks with pop culture writer Nathan Rabin about today's Juggalo march in Washington, D.C.

Watch The 2017 Emmy Awards With NPR

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400

NPR's television critic Eric Deggans and The Pop Culture Happy Hour crew (Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon) will be live-tweeting the ceremony Sunday evening.

TV's Property Brothers Share Their Open Plan For Success In 'It Takes Two'

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:00:57 -0400

Drew and Jonathan Scott trade chapters, attempting to capture their on-camera rivalry. NPR's Linda Holmes says, "They're dunking on each other, but with Nerf balls. And a plastic hoop. At eye level."

Pimps, Porn And Prostitution: Dissecting 'The Deuce'

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:00:27 -0400

The gang tackles David Simon's new HBO drama about the rise of the adult-film industry in New York's Times Square. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

'Saturday Night Live' Stops Accepting Jokes From Freelancers

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:35:00 -0400

Freelancers are a bit of a trade secret when it comes to late night shows. They often send in pages of one-liners for the shows to use or reject. Now Saturday Night Live is telling freelancers it will no longer accept their submissions.

New Ken Burns Series Remembers Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of Everyday People

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:48:04 -0400

Burns made a name for himself by finding the small stories that lend perspective and emotion to larger narratives. Critic David Bianculli says his latest effort is "compelling from the start."

Picking Pop Culture's People We're Pulling For

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400

A comedian, a TV mogul, a wonderfully eccentric author and a deeply dry character actor all get Pop Culture Happy Hour's stamp of approval.