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Mike Spry

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    KICKING TELEVISION: 'The Ranch,' Redemption, and the Multi-Cam Sitcom

    'The Ranch' is the first sitcom, or TV series for that matter, to accurately and respectfully discuss middle class families and values since 'Roseanne.'

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    KICKING TELEVISION: 'Fuller House' and the Stasis of Nostalgia

    'Full House' wasn't a show that revolutionized the sitcom or imbedded itself deeply in the cultural fabric of TV, but that didn’t matter then and it doesn’t matter now. It wasn’t offensive or malicious. It was benign—comfortable.

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    KICKING TELEVISION: Bingeing on Judd Apatow's 'Love'

    'Love,' in many ways, is about secondary and tertiary characters. And so is love. Those around us inform our relationships. They filter our emotions, our eccentricities, our fears. Love fills around its leads with representations of elements of love.

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    KICKING TELEVISION: O.J. Simpson v. The People

    Simpson was, and is, the product of our obsession with contrived royalty, our elevation of athletes, and our malignant, willful ignorance of sexism. I’m amazed it took this long for his story to find its way to television.

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    KICKING TELEVISION: The Superhero Procedural

    Like any TV genre, the superhero series needs to find new ways to tell old stories.

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    KICKING TELEVISION: Network TV Needs A New Model

    One of the challenges of the current TV landscape is that there is no adequate metric by which to measure viewership.

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    KICKING TELEVISION: Seeing Ourselves in the Golden Globes

    The Golden Globes—perhaps organically, perhaps by design—communicate a moment in our culture, a snapshot of where we are as a people.

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    KICKING TELEVISION: TV and the Death of the American Marriage

    The current TV landscape sees marriage as either a cartoonish institution or one unworthy of reverence.

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    KICKING TELEVISION: Depression and the Sitcom

    In the sitcom, depression is just another punchline.

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    KICKING TELEVISION: Mindy Kaling, Me, and The Death of Network TV

    Network programming is analog in every sense of the word. It is tired and dated and enjoyed mostly by your parents.

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