TV Critic’s Corner

IFC to launch Sloth, a streaming ‘slow TV channel’

IFC’s Sloth will feature retro workout videos in January.
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IFC’s Sloth will feature retro workout videos in January.

When something on TV is marketed as “perfect for late night,” often it’s code for Stoner TV. In other words, in order to appreciate the brilliance of the irony, levity, anarchy, or grotesquery of the content, you need to be in weed-related ecstasy. Already on the “perfect for late night” list: “Adventure Time,” “The Muppet Show,” and, of course, “The Golden Girls.”

On Monday, IFC is joining the party by launching a streaming “slow TV channel” called Sloth. The “slightly off” content — “throw it on in the background of your next party, or just sit back and zone out,” IFC says – will change every month.

Here are the upcoming themes:


October: “Black Cats Watching Scary Movies,” which is essential black cats watching scary movies. Twist: There are 13 black cats watching scary movies.

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November: “Midterm Madness,” which collects vintage and rare campaign moments. Now don’t get so hypnotized that you forget to go out and vote on Nov. 6.

December: “Santa’s Wish List” gives us children reacting to Santa Claus. Heart, consider yourself warmed.

January 2019: “Resolutions” will feature retro workout videos, so I’m thinking lucky Jane Fonda may have another credit for her IMDb page.

February 2019: “Get Laid,” a very subtle reference to Valentine’s Day, will show us brick laying in real time. Yup, it’s time to get rid of your old crackling fireplace DVDs.


Sloth programming will become available on Monday on Amazon Fire TV, and by getting the IFC TV app. Two weeks later it will also be available through Apple TV, Xbox, and Roku.