Philip Michaels

Philip Michaels has been writing about television for years, first at and later at Television Without Pity. After a lengthy tenure as an editor for both Macworld and TechHive, he is embarking on an exciting new career of freelancing and mendicancy. Follow on him on Twitter to hear him complain about how the sports teams he likes aren't playing very well.

Mutiny Makes A Big Move In Halt And Catch Fire's Season Finale -- Or Is That Series Finale?

The Mutiny gang is moving to California and inexplicably taking Gordon with them. But will there sill be a show waiting for them by the time they land? 2015.08.02S02.E10

Halt And Catch Fire Forgets Where It Parked Gordon

While the Mutiny gang connives to find a way to pull its business out of the crapper where Westgroup left it, Gordon spends the episode quite literally going around in circles in a parking garage that doubles as a metaphor for what's become of his character. 2015.07.26S02.E09

Joe Gets OutJoed, So Mutiny's Company Picnic Is Ruined

Because nature abhors a vacuum, Joe's unexpected show of conscience in last week's episode means that there's a new Joe in town. And he turns out to be the biggest Joe who ever Joed, which means Mutiny is totally Joed over. 2015.07.19S02.E08

Mutiny Attracts A Buyer, But Is Buyer's Remorse Soon To Follow?

Is it possible to append enough number zeroes to the end of a check to make Cameron want to spend any time around Joe? 2015.07.12S02.E07

Trojan Horseshit

The Mutiny gang decides to trick Joe by building a fake Unix computer capable of running their games. It's a plan so crazy, it just might fail spectacularly! 2015.07.05S02.E06

No Secrets Among Sadsacks

Can you keep a secret? Then you're miles ahead of any of the characters on Halt And Catch Fire. 2015.06.28S02.E05

Reunited, And It Feels So Guh

Could there be a more dysfunctional work relationship than the one Cameron and Donna have forged with their down-in-the-dumps games company? Yes, Joe and Gordon announce. Yes, there could. 2015.06.21S02.E04

You Really Gordoned Things Up

Everyone on Halt And Catch Fire who didn't horribly bungle things on this week's episode, take one step forward. Not so fast, Gordon! 2015.06.14S02.E03

You're Not The Boss Of Me

Cameron and Donna find it hard to play nice with others, particularly themselves, while Joe settles into a go-nowhere job and Gordon finds himself trapped in a 1980s anti-cocaine PSA. 2015.06.07S02.E02


That show about two dudes trying to build a computer returns, only now the dudes are ladies and the computer is a gaming company. Don't worry -- it's much better this way. 2015.05.31S02.E01

Wheel Or No Deal

You don't have to reinvent the wheel to get on the season finale of Shark Tank, but it certainly helped one guy. 2015.05.16S06.E29

Shark Tankers, Assemble

Forget Earth's mightiest heroes -- someone turns the Sharks into action figures. And that's not even the weirdest thing done to the human body in this episode. 2015.05.09S06.E28

Sharks Don't Make Passes At Glass-Wearing Asses

Two hipsters show up on Shark Tank with a multi-million dollar valuation for a company still in pre-sales mode. Oh, this will go well. 2015.05.02S06.E27

Should You Double Down On Your Investment In Beyond The Tank?

We've got some catching up to do with the entrepreneurs who managed to walk away from Shark Tank with some cold hard cash in their pockets. But is this weekly Where Are They Now spinoff worth an investment of your time? 2015.05.01S01.E01

Shock-Absorbing Diamonds On The Soles Of Their Shoes

The biggest shock of this Shark Tank isn't the one absorbed by these dime-thin insoles, but rather that three of the pitches were actually sorta good. But oh, that fourth... 2015.04.25S06.E26

And The Wichita Lineman Is Still Fully Vested

I am a lineman for the county / And I drive the main road / Searching for a Shark Tank pitch that isn't oversold. 2015.04.18S06.E25

The Plush Life

Hey, who doesn't love plush toys? The Sharks, apparently. And after a pitch about plush toys that goes on forever and leads to nothing, you'll likely hate them, too. 2015.04.11S06.E24

Should You Adjust Your Calendar to Watch A.D. The Bible Continues?

Is it Jesus Christ Superstar without the hippies and singing, or is it Ben-Hur with fewer chariots and more British people? Only Philip Michaels knows for sure. 2015.04.03S01.E01

All Bark, No Bite

Kids running businesses! Cuddly animals! Ridiculously over-valued companies! Yes, this Shark Tank episode truly has something for everybody. Well, except for deals for three of the four companies presenting. But, you know...details. 2015.03.21S06.E23

Jazz Hands

The Sharks hear from one entrepreneur who wants to put lights in your gloves and another who wants to print aphorisms on your ladies' underwear. One entrepreneur too many walks away with money. 2015.03.14S06.E22

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