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Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See. She has several elaborate theories involving pop culture and monkeys, all of which are available on request.

Holmes began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living-room space to DVD sets of The Wire and never looked back.

Holmes was a writer and editor at Television Without Pity, where she recapped several hundred hours of programming — including both High School Musical movies, for which she did not receive hazard pay. Since 2003, she has been a contributor to MSNBC.com, where she has written about books, movies, television and pop-culture miscellany.

Holmes' work has also appeared on Vulture (New York magazine's entertainment blog), in TV Guide and in many, many legal documents.

I suspect I was about eight years old at the time I'm remembering. I had to go to bed at 8:00 on school nights, except that one night a week, I could stay up until 8:30. I got to pick the night, and I generally picked Tuesdays, because that's when Happy Days was on. If you'd asked me yesterday what my first favorite TV show was, I'd probably have tried to think of the first favorite TV show that defined what became my adult tastes, like Moonlighting or Cheers ...

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aaWY7rQS3I There is a myth that the most worshipped woman in popular culture is the one perceived as most perfectly beautiful, but that's not so. What's worshipped the most is the one who threads the needle most precisely such that she is almost impossibly beautiful, but something about her brings her toward you and into focus, close enough that you feel like you could touch her. Consider the unintentionally funny opening of Rich Cohen's recent Vanity Fair ...

As of last weekend, we thought the show we'd be bringing you today would be primarily about Independence Day: Resurgence , which seems like the umpteenth sequel this summer to open with soft box office and exhausted reviews. But then we remembered: we don't have to see it. And so, buoyed by a combination of sequel fatigue, explosion fatigue, big movie fatigue, marketing fatigue, and generalized summer entertainment fatigue, we are joined by Code Switch's Gene Demby as we...

It's a pleasure every week to take a little time to talk about culture, and it's especially a pleasure when we get to welcome a new member to our fourth chair. This week, it's Daisy Rosario of Latino USA , who you might have heard previously during a discussion with me about the upcoming Gilmore Girls return. But this week, Daisy joins us for our regular roundtable, which begins with a discussion of Finding Dory . With the biggest domestic box-office opening for an animated...

The rant is a staple of sports fandom. At Thanksgiving, at the office, in bars, via text, on Twitter — wherever sports fans go, rants go, too. It makes sense, then, that the biggest headline out of Wednesday's premiere of Bill Simmons' new HBO talk show Any Given Wednesday was a sports rant. And it wasn't from the first guest, Charles Barkley. It was from the second guest, Ben Affleck. Affleck's particular brand of celebrity has always been a weird dance of endurance of public...

"Specificity is the soul of narrative" is a thing John Hodgman likes to say when he's hearing cases on the smart and funny Judge John Hodgman podcast , and it's applicable to documentary film, too. Documentaries devoted to a topic with heft do better if they can find a particular angle, a particular way into the question. It's generality — "Let's just talk about this kind of person and what this kind of person's life is like" — that leads to documentaries that feel...

In August of 2015, I wrote a list of five fictional TV shows representing some of the ideas networks seem to return to over and over (and over) again. One of the entries read like this: What Will We Do About Weird Grandpa? The family whose calm suburban bliss is interrupted by the arrival of an unpredictable family member who dispenses wisdom and unexpectedly passes gas. Something like this: Jane and Dave McCuldesac are living happily with their...

It's odd to view the O.J. Simpson trial in a renewed cultural spotlight today, 22 years after the murders and 21 years after the verdicts, almost in defiance of our tendency to observe round-number anniversaries. But between FX's The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story earlier this year and now Ezra Edelman's 7 1/2-hour documentary O.J.: Made In America , we are not observing a milestone, but attempting an almost convulsive reckoning with every open or tenuously...

On May 30, Slate published a feature called The Black Film Canon , a list of the 50 greatest films by black directors. Some will be familiar to you, some will be less so, but the list — and its accompanying video supercut, which you can see below or see on Slate — is an intriguing jumping-off point for people who are looking for some fine films to seek out. Aisha Harris , who wrote the feature with Dan Kois, talks to us in this segment about why they wanted to put together a black film canon...

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