We have a lot of stuff on this website. That’s a really mild way to put it. Last weekend, I figured out there were classic Home Run Derby episodes hidden somewhere—the ones where Willie Mays cranks 450-footers with one hand while a guy in a suit tells you how great cigarettes are for your health—and I must have passed out. Three hours of my life were just gone. I think that’s what contestants on The Biggest Loser are talking about when they bring up food comas.
1. Hard N Heavy
Why you dig in the “cult” section of the video store. The kind of thing your friend’s cool weird sister who loves metal might have had collecting dust on her bookshelf. Released in 1993 as a “video magazine,” combining interviews with musicians with hilariously dumb sexy animated interludes. Worth sifting through for plenty of incidental conversational comedy from hair metallers, classic rockers, and alt-gods alike. Featuring names like Axl, Kurt (describing Nirvana as “redneck beatniks”) and Lemmy and a lot of never-weres wearing leather and floppy hats. The 80s becoming the 90s at full tilt.
2. Fear City
A crazy sleazy neon noir Abel Ferrara movie starring Tom Berenger and Billy Dee Williams as cops tracking down a stripper-murdering serial killer. Boxers, crime, blood, and sequins. Gorgeous footage of the old bad New York at its mid 80s grimiest. All this and Rae Dawn Chong too. In the genre of “Movies You Start Late At Night And Get Sucked Completely Into.”
3. Black Books
England’s Channel 4 hosts the shows that earn British sitcoms their reputation as smarter and sillier than their American counterparts. Irish stand-in comedian/co-creator Dylan Moran’s unrelentingly bleak and cynical Bernard Black is the proprietor of a small independent secondhand bookstore. The show revolves around Black, his freaky assistant Manny, and their basket case friend Fran as they experience perennial bouts of failure, disillusionment, and absurdity. Eighteen episodes fly right by.
100% pure awesome TV movie trash starring Faye Dunaway as the eponymous Madam luring disco dollies to a life of vice. If you love soap operas and 80s excess and sweeping mauve blush worn high on the cheekbones this is the one for you.
Four seasons of the classic thriller anthology series where mysteries unravel in 30 minutes. Perfectly executed procedurals with tight three-act structures.