For today's Sunday entertainment feature, I'm focusing on a show that the critics and I like but I think the Television Academy undervalues, "The Good Fight," which just finished its third season earlier this month. As I wrote in 'The Americans' wins Program of the Year plus other winning shows about politics and government at the 2018 Television Critics Association Awards, "'The Good Fight'...only seems to earn Emmy nominations for its music. At least the musicians are watching the show; other branches of the Television Academy don't seem to be watching."
The first season earned an Emmy nomination for Original Main Title Theme Music, which it lost to "Stranger Things." The second season also had only one nomination for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics; it lost to SNL. That second nomination had an effect, as it seemed that every episode this season had an animated musical segment, including the one that was censored. I suppose the show's producers thought that, since the Television Academy's music branch enjoyed the one from Season Two enough to nominate it, then they'll give them more.
Here's the Emmy-nominated song from last year, The Good Fight's Animated Guide To Impeachment.
How's impeachment work? This tongue-in-cheek animated video from The Good Fight, created by Jonathan Coulton and appearing at the end of Season 2, Episode 7 ("Day 450"), will tell you everything that you need to know.Follow over the jump for the songs CBS All Access has uploaded to its YouTube channel so far.
The first Good Fight short from Season Three uploaded to YouTube is NDA.
If there's a secret and you want someone to keep it kept...The first of a series of animated musical educational shorts brought to you by Jonathan Coulton and The Good Fight.I have never heard about NDAs in politics as much as I have under Trump.
Next, The Good Fight Short: Roy Cohn.
Don't know much about Roy Cohn? Have no fear, we'll explain it to you... with song!More than 30 years after his death, the U.S. is still dealing with the legacy of Roy Cohn, in large part because of his influence on Trump.
Next, my favorite Good Fight Short, Russian Troll Farm.
In case you needed to be singing about Russian Troll Farms for the next week... Jonathan Coulton and Head Gear Animation are back with another Good Fight Short!With this song, I can add this post to what I have written about Russian trolls and agents. Given my history, of course I like this song best.
Next, my second favorite Good Fight Short, Cartoon Nazi Frog.
Jonathan Coulton and Head Gear Animation are back with another Good Fight Short! Join us as we take a musical dive into the dark corners of the internet (Spoiler: there's a cartoon Nazi frog).I used to tangle with the Men's Rights Movement and gave out awards for stupid net tricks on Usenet, so I'm not surprised at who lurks in the dark corners of the Internet and what they can believe. I'm just surprised that they actually had a real-world effect.
Enough of Trump's supporters. The next Good Fight Short focuses on Trump himself, The Legend of John Barron.
Jonathan Coulton and Head Gear Animation are back with another Good Fight Short! Join us as we take a musical dive into the legend of John Barron.Remember that I used to give out awards for stupid net tricks? One of them was for sockpuppetry, and Trump, in order to convert being a legend in his own mind to being a legend, period, did so in real life. Good thing I've retired from giving out awards for stupid net tricks; otherwise I'd have to give one out to him. I don't want to give him that kind of attention.
On the other hand, I hope at least one of these songs gets nominated for an Emmy later this year. I think the show deserves it.
Enough entertainment. Stay tuned for a Memorial Day entry tomorrow.