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, 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.



Thu March 20, 2014
Monkey See

'Mad Men' Reveals: In The New Season, People Will Wear Things

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 7:15 am

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a publicity photo for the upcoming seventh season of Mad Men. This is pretty much all we know. If we told you more, we'd have to ... well, you know.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

Many of the more interesting shows on television have their little peculiarities: Community has Dan Harmon going on for thousands of words at a time about his feelings, Game of Thrones has fretting over the pace of the show versus the books, and Mad Men has creator Matthew Weiner coming out ahead of every season and giving a bunch of interviews to promote it in which he doesn't say anything about it.

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Fri March 14, 2014
Monkey See

Step Right Up: 20 Very Silly Inventions Actually Pitched On 'Shark Tank'

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 3:55 pm

The Moberi bike-powered smoothie stand is demonstrated for the investors of Shark Tank.
Michael Ansell ABC


Fri March 14, 2014
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Naked And The Nerds

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 7:41 am

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A while ago, we devoted a segment to the matter of profanity, and now, as summer follows spring and spring (supposedly) follows winter, we are moving on to the issue of nudity. When is it decorative? When is it exploitation? And how would they see all of this from Europe?

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Thu March 13, 2014
Monkey See

Hal Douglas, The Voice Of Many, Many Movie Trailers, Dies At 89

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 8:22 am

Movie trailers have changed a lot, and if you show a teenager now a trailer from (for instance) 1997, it will seem almost comedically anachronistic and corny.

But this is how, for many years, we got excited about the movies. And these growly narrations — which were recently the subject of Lake Bell's fine comedy In A World — were a big part of that excitement.

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Mon March 10, 2014
Monkey See

Part Beauty, Part Hooey: That's A Wrap On 'True Detective'

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 12:26 pm

Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) had a lot to say about life, philosophy and beer on HBO's True Detective, which wrapped its first season Sunday night.
Lacey Terrell HBO

[This piece contains a detailed discussion of Sunday night's True Detective finale. If you haven't seen it and you plan to see it and you don't want to know what happens, stop reading.]

[Seriously, information ahoy.]

Spoiler alert: The dirty-faced, crazy-talking, disheveled impoverished guy did it.

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