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.

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10:42am

Mon April 1, 2013
Monkey See

Viewer Discretion: Deciding When To Look Away

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 12:17 pm

The Louisville Cardinals huddle up on the court after teammate Kevin Ware injured his leg in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday.
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I was out of the house, as it happens, for most of the first half of yesterday's Louisville-Duke game, and when I got home and looked at Twitter, before I turned on the TV, there was a huge stack of stuff to read, and the first thing that caught my attention about the game was this.

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12:20pm

Fri March 29, 2013
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Moody Mysteries And More Punching Bags

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On this week's show, Glen and I are joined not only by our producer Jess Gitner, but also by a new face for PCHH: NPR Books editor Petra Mayer, whom you may very well know as much of the voice of our books team on social media.

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8:37am

Thu March 28, 2013
Monkey See

The Good News Is That We Know 'Idol' Is Really Live Now

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 10:56 am

Michael Becker Fox

Last night on American Idol was Motown Night, when we all learned that Motown songs (like "I Heard It Through The Grapevine") should all be sung as seriously as possible, wearing a scowl, with all the fun sucked out. (And that was a performance that was pretty good.) It's in keeping with this season, in which melodramatic ballads have dominated even more than usual.

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11:14am

Fri March 22, 2013
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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Kickstarter TV And Comedy Contests

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On this week's show, the regular band is back together, and I am a rock. I am an island.

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11:48am

Thu March 21, 2013
Monkey See

Here We Go Again: Leno, Fallon, And Why The Late-Night Wars Are So Boring

Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon pose in the press room during the Golden Globe Awards in January.
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11:48am

Wed March 20, 2013
Monkey See

Men Are From Mars, Women ... Love Cup Holders?

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 12:37 pm

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When you read the words of Clotaire Rapaille, a "French-born psychiatrist-turned-marketer" quoted in yesterday's interesting Slate article about the marketing of cars to women, it's hard not to read them in a voice that's sultry and French and not entirely serious, as if he's some kind of sales expert crossed with Pepe Le Pew (despite the fact that this doubtless has no basis in reality).

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12:41pm

Mon March 18, 2013
Monkey See

'The Simpsons' Better Than 'Cheers'? It Is To Laugh

Ted Danson, playing the role of bartender Sam Malone, keeps Rhea Perlman, playing waitress Carla Tortelli, under control as Shelley Long, portraying Diane Chambers, left, returns to the set of Cheers during taping of the final episode in 1993.
Mark Terrill AP

For the last couple of weeks, Vulture has been running a "Sitcom Smackdown," a contest between 16 sitcoms of the last 30 years to determine an eventual champion.

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11:48am

Mon March 4, 2013
Monkey See

Are Romantic Comedies Dead?

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 8:45 am

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby.
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The March issue of The Atlantic features an essay from Christopher Orr called "Why Are Romantic Comedies So Bad?"* In it, Orr asserts that romantic comedies have been "lackluster for decades." Decades.

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1:56am

Mon February 25, 2013
Monkey See

The Oscars Broadcast, Zooming Way Past Cheeky To Land Squarely On Crass

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 4:36 pm

Adele performs the theme song to "Skyfall."
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If you like Argo (which won Best Picture), the movie Chicago (which made a couple of appearances) and jokes about women (which just kept coming), you probably had a substantially better night than the average viewer, who was subjected to Seth MacFarlane's delivery of one of the worst hosting performances in Oscar history.

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10:16am

Fri February 22, 2013
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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Oscars Omnibus

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 11:27 am

The tiger shows his toughness in Ang Lee's Life Of Pi.
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In an instance of truth in advertising, this week's NPR round-table pop-culture podcast offers almost a full hour of mostly Oscars analysis. All four of us saw all nine Best Picture contenders, so we'll be covering everything from what happened when Stephen Thompson finally sat down to watch Les Miserables after quoting the featurette for months to Glen's surprising theories about Amour. (Very surprising.)

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