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Are the Belchers of BOB'S BURGERS the New All-American Family?

At the level of metaphor, and with an eye towards an entire nation rather than just one nuclear family, the Belchers are as representative an American family as we've seen on TV in a very, very long time.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • July 5, 2013 8:35 AM
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STAR TREK Into Remission: Gene Roddenberry’s Most Famous Creation, Cancer and Me

To begin as Spock might begin: often, when a full-blown crisis happens in a person’s life, media may be used to cope with stress and adversity. And no matter how relevant or irrelevant that media is to the circumstances of the crisis, it may be a source of comfort, distraction and catharsis. This is a personal account of such coping.
  • By Lincoln Flynn
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  • July 3, 2013 1:51 AM
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Beautiful and Claustrophobic: MAD MEN’s Inferno

In many ways, "Mad Men"’s insistence on denying us the pleasure of resolution is the secret to its success and the reason so many of us are hooked on it, despite being frustrated that nothing ever really changes, time and time again. Repetition of experience is electric. It grounds us in the past and connects us to the present.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • June 19, 2013 8:35 AM
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You Are What You Play With: How SESAME STREET and Legos Generated a Generation

For a man or woman of a certain age, it's hard to imagine a single commercial or non-profit venture having had more of an impact on one's psychological maturation than Legos or "Sesame Street." Yet even today's youth might say the same thing.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • June 18, 2013 8:35 AM
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Attention Red Wedding Crashers: Get a Grip, Sit Back, and Enjoy a Best-in-Genre Moment

Don't hate George R.R. Martin for taking from you what you love, “Game of Thrones” viewers, thank him. Don't hate "Game of Thrones" for bending the conventions of fantasy to make you feel something real in real-time, be grateful for it.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • June 7, 2013 9:11 AM
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KILLER KARAOKE: Reality Television and the Death of the American Middle Class

“There’s been class warfare going on for the last twenty years and my class has won.” —Warren Buffett "I'm about to get my ass kicked by crawfish."—Steve-O
  • By Drew Gardner
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  • March 22, 2013 8:35 AM
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Why FX’s THE AMERICANS May Feature the Most Compelling Romance on TV

Though it is as flush with moral ambiguity as its predecessors, Joe Weisberg’s creation offers an altogether different breed of protagonist. What separates "The Americans" is its foregrounding of the simplest device in the history of narrative: love. In effect, The Americans is an extended remarriage plot.
  • By Jesse Damiani
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  • March 14, 2013 9:03 AM
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THE NEWSROOM RECAP 5: AMEN

It’s amazing that a man, and the show that celebrates him, can recognize any news when they spot it, given how much time Will and "The Newsroom" spend in a self-regarding set of funhouse mirrors that seem to reflect only the most flattering version of Will back to him.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • July 23, 2012 8:56 AM
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BREAKING BAD RECAP 2: MADRIGAL

The most striking aspect of tonight’s episode was our introduction to German mega-company Madrigal Elektromoteren (and, of course, the short-order introduction and elimination of suit Herr Schuler, who was clearly complicit in the late Mr. Fring’s meth empire, though we don’t quite know yet to what degree).
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr.
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  • July 22, 2012 10:55 PM
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FALLING SKIES RECAP 6: MOLON LABE

Here's where we start to hope. Here's where we begin fervently, passionately hoping that two outstanding back-to-back episodes of "Falling Skies" make a trend, possibly the shape of things to come.
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • July 22, 2012 9:55 PM
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