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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Monkey See
1:06 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

'You're Not Superwoman': OWN's Military Wives Talk About Loss And Faith

Yolanda and Brigade Commander Col. Morris Goins of OWN's Married To The Army: Alaska.
OWN

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 2:39 pm

It is safest, always, to assume that any moments of grace in what we know as reality television are somewhat accidental and largely incidental. That is, they require a large measure of good luck, whether in casting or in circumstance, and while they might be the reason the show was made, they are not the reason the show was put on television.

It's even true for Oprah.

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Monkey See
12:46 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Very First Live Show

NPR

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 11:58 am

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It's been a holiday week here at the old PCHH studios (I'm just kidding, that's completely not a thing), but we've got good news: we're offering the audio of our live show, which we recorded on December 15, in front of an incredibly patient and kind crowd.

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Monkey See
2:58 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Hobbit And The Habit Of Storing Your Stuff

NPR

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 9:45 am

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On this week's show, we dive into Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Glen is an extra-extra-expert, Stephen and I are novices, and Trey is somewhere in between when it comes to Tolkien, so what happens when we all see the same movie? What about the super-crisp technical side? And what does this have to do with Les Miserables?

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Monkey See
1:15 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

2012 In Review: 10 Favorite TV Shows

Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad.
AMC

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 10:10 am

My television top 10 debuted yesterday as part of the Hitfix Critics' Poll.

I have mixed feelings about that, because as every critic moans to you at the end of every December, making top 10 lists is reductive and misleading and limiting and limited and arbitrary and yes, if this is one's biggest gripe about one's job, one should not gripe at all.

I do want, however, to offer three thoughts about this list to accompany it.

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Monkey See
11:54 am
Mon December 17, 2012

2012 In Review: 10 Films Worth Going Out Of Your Way For

Dreama Walker in Compliance.
Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 11:31 am

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Monkey See
1:26 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Is Everything Worse Than Ever? And A Gift Guide!

NPR

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 9:56 am

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You can't fill your end-of-the-year season with nothing but good cheer, or you'll turn into a candy cane. (That's science.) So we chose to tackle a slightly darker topic this week: Is everything worse than ever?

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Monkey See
5:41 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Crushes, Breakups And Natural Lives: How The Critical Romantic Watches Television

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland.
Kent Smith Showtime

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 9:35 am

[This piece contains a little information about Lost. Take it under advisement.]

I vanished into an introspective fog on the train this morning, as I sometimes do, and for whatever reason, I found myself thinking about Lost, and about Charlie, and about his hand flattened against the glass: "NOT PENNY'S BOAT." And suddenly, I realized that my fingers had straightened and spread; without thinking, I was making a Charlie hand.

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Monkey See
10:04 am
Thu December 13, 2012

The 'Calm Act' Will Quiet Down Commercials, So What Should Congress Do Next?

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COME RIGHT DOWN RIGHT NOW BUY SOME FURNITURE EVERYTHING MUST GO WE ARE LIQUIDATING MERCHANDISE FOR THE THIRD TIME SINCE LAST FEBRUARY AND THIS TIME WE REALLY MEAN IT WE ARE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS ANY REASONABLE OFFER WILL BE ACCEPTED OR MY NAME ISN'T CRAZYPANTS MCGILLICUDDY.*

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Monkey See
3:07 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

PBS Remixes 'Reading Rainbow,' Delights Map And Book Nerds Everywhere

LeVar Burton and 7 year old Shane Ammon exploring the all Reading Rainbow adventure app at the "Reading Rainbow Relaunch" event in June.
AP

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 3:48 pm

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Monkey See
2:23 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson Helps His New 'Bud' Superman Get A Glimpse Of Home

From Action Comics 14, Neil deGrasse Tyson greets Superman to help him with a problem.
DC Comics

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 7:29 am

On Monday's Morning Edition, Hayden Planetarium director and pop-culture go-to science guy Neil deGrasse Tyson tells NPR's David Greene the story of how he came to lend a hand to Superman.

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