As our Cubicle Fever Woot-Off grinds on, here's another piece of work-related (but not that way) frivolity to provide a few minutes of relief from your salaryman anomie. Below you'll find eight workplaces from television programs, some with their names blurred. Can you identify the shows, and the fictional workplaces where their characters punch their imaginary timeclocks?
OK, maybe the '80s got it started with Dragnet, but we really have the '90s to blame for the plague of Hollywood remakes of old TV shows. If it was on the Nick at Nite lineup, you can bet some producer was trying to convince Judge Reinhold or Kelly McGillis that it would be a perfect family-friendly comeback vehicle. Can you endure the awful memories long enough to remember these eight '90s movies based on much earlier TV sources?
Rejoice, TV snobs! MTV's new remake of the uproariously vulgar British teen sitcom The Inbetweeners (reviewed on this very blog) gives you a new opportunity to sneer "the original British version was better." Here are shots from eight British shows in that grand tradition. Can you name them, and/or the American series they spawned (inferior or otherwise)?
Part scrappy gangs of streetfighters, part larger-than-life demigods, rock and hip-hop groups have grown into the closest approximations to legends you'll find in our skeptical age. So it's not surprising that so many movies and TV shows have populated their epic tales of success and excess with imaginary pop stars - enough to keep the Rocklopedia Fakebandica growing every day.
You won't see any of these acts on a festival stage near you (with maybe one exception), but can you name them, and the fictional movie or TV universes where they're famous?
There are only so many hours in a day, which is why you can't waste your time at work watching just ANYTHING on Netflix Instant. That's why I swim through the krill that is online streaming content and filter out only the choicest, juiciest plankton for your enjoyment. Or something. Anyway, it's called WootFlix.
This week's show: Another British sitcom, "The Inbetweeners"
Your time's valuable. That's why you need to know before you commit to watching an old television show on Netflix that it's going to be good, dammit! So I filter the detritus of Netflix Instant and watch it all at work so I can let you know what's worth watching and what's not worth the trouble. It all gets piled into a little thing I call WootFlix.
This week's show: The British sitcom "Green Wing"
For Dad Week on the Woot blog, we salute that warm, reassuring presence that saw us through the travails of childhood: television. For my generation of American males, so much of our conception of fatherhood comes from sitcoms, it's amazing we can raise our kids without a laugh track. Can you identify these eight tele-Dads? True trivia show-offs can name the shows, the characters, and the actors who played them...
I spend my day at work whiling away the hours and avoiding work by watching whatever I can find on Netflix Instant, which is why I feel qualified to give you my opinion on what's worth watching and what's just a waste of your valuable time. This week, I'm reviewing DaveInSoCal's suggestion: The Dresden Files.
I'm not trying to brag here, but I've got a great job. I get paid to try to be funny (yes, we can argue about my success, but the point is they pay me to try) and I spend my day surfing the 'net for viral videos, links, and junk to talk about with you guys. I also spend most of the day with Netflix Instant running in the background to give me some much-appreciated background noise.
If you spent as much time watching TV as I did during the 1980s, we should start a support group together or something. On my deathbed, I'll be bitterly regretting the many, many hours I spent in the company of Arnold Jackson and Judge Harry T. Stone. Here are eight images from the opening theme sequence of '80s TV shows. Name them all, if the post-traumatic stress disorder doesn't get you first.
Answers are here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.
Hey, science types: I'd like to do some science-oriented Trivial Eye quizzes. But I've always been more verbal than clinical. I'd appreciate any suggestions for scientifically trivial subjects that can be shown in pictures - please post them below. Thanks!