Ben Philippe

Apr 2020

Such a great professor and class! Ben is hilarious, smart, kind, and cool. His lectures are all enjoyable, and his TV selections are all stellar. If you aren't a film major but love TV and want a fun class, take his. If you are a film major but don't have the cinema-must-be-projected arrogance of our textbooks and want a relevant class, take his. The experience is academic but also so lovable. I recommend it to almost everyone! Homework is watching two TV shows per week, usually pilots of well-known shows, and writing 1-3 paragraph reflections on each of them. Essays are one analysis of an assigned episode and one about episode/season/series of your choice. Participation and attendance are mandatory. There are no midterms, finals, or readings. This is an easy and fun A –– as long as you put solid effort into your two essays. Grading is done by TA's, but Ben has a (rightfully) high standard as a film writing teacher. This makes this class great if you're good at writing, tired of readings, or get stressed by exams. It is not for you, though, if you slack on papers or can't take TV seriously.