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Television

February 13, 2015

"The Myth of Jon Stewart’s ‘Millennial’ Following"

With an important qualification that the author is probably missing a significant component of Stewart's influence via YouTube, Tweets, and other social media, his argument is still interesting.

February 12, 2015

The "Super Bowl Was The Most Watched TV Show In US History–But It Doesn't Come Close To The Worldwide Record"

Guess what the two most watched--worldwide--events were. Go ahead, guess.

January 30, 2015

"Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials of All Time"

An outstanding collection, one that gives evidence that TV advertising can be, at least occasionally, be great.

A bigger collection at the LA Times, with a lot of overlap, but with some great ones missed in the previous collection, including the E-Trade babies ad.

Also on Super Bowl ads: "The unsustainable economics of Super Bowl ads".

January 28, 2015

"Virtually All TV Comedies Follow The Same Simple Formula"

Proof that all sitcoms are basically the same.

December 26, 2014

"See 67 Celebrities’ High-School Yearbook Photos"

I draw two conclusions: 1) there's hope for rather unattractive high school kids, and 2) money spent on wardrobe, hair, and makeup does make a difference.

See also "Famous TV Show Casts: Before They Were Famous".

December 14, 2014

"‘The Mail Never Stops!': Everything Newman From ‘Seinfeld’ Taught Us About The Postal Service"

Newman!

December 08, 2014

"[S]ome movies and shows I like currently streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video"

I can't speak to the TV shows--I've seen almost none of them--but I second the movies Michael Greenspan lists. Some of the fine movies listed are Airplane!, The Big Chill, Broadcast News, Clueless, Galaxy Quest, Love and Death(!), Manhattan, Good Will Hunting, Rounders(!!), Searching for Bobby Fischer(!!!), Sling Blade, Three Days of the Condor--"How do you know they'll print it?"--Annie Hall, Kramer v. Kramer, Sleeper, and Serpico.

And special double-bonus credit for The Boys from Brazil. Through the years my wife and I have occasionally imitated the unintentionally comic Sir Larry, doing his best to be a proud Nazi Nazi hunter,--thanks, Doug--exclaiming "I may leaf here today empteeee-handed. But you, you are not goink anyvhere!!"

October 27, 2014

"The Cosby Show 30th Anniversary: 7 Great Pieces of Advice From The Huxtables"

Seven of the most terrific scenes from The Cosby Show (with clips).

The last one, "On challenging children to be the their best," is from one of the greatest TV episodes in my lifetime.

October 02, 2014

"Why Your Kids Must Watch ‘South Park’"

Editor-in-Chief of Reason, Nick Gillespie:

Yet South Park is actually the perfect show for kids and not simply because it takes seriously all the travails of grammar school and traffics in obsessions of childhood. Virtually every episode explains how people in charge wield power by whipping up hysteria over nothing, or try to force all of us into the same social or political straitjacket. Yes, there’s a lot of cursing and blue material, but there’s no better classroom for kids to learn the entwined lessons of skepticism toward authority and respecting true diversity of opinion.

September 14, 2014

"What I Learned About The NFL By Watching The Seahawks-Packers Game In 35 Minutes"

"1. On NFL broadcasts, nothing is happening most of the time."

Yep. Between NFL Redzone and the DVR I'm finding it difficult now to watch NFL games in real time.

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