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Mad About You

Mad About You

IN THE SUMMER after my sophomore year in college, I’d often drive to Blockbuster, where my best friend worked and would slip me contraband DVDs, free of charge. Then I would head back to my mom’s ...

The Execution of Private Slovik, 40 Years Later

The Execution of Private Slovik, 40 Years Later

WHEN The Execution of Private Slovik aired 40 years ago last month, it became, according to some sources, the most-watched made-for-television movie in American history. It starred Martin Sheen, featu...

The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On

IT’S A GOOD TIME to be a canceled show. Last May, Netflix sent the viewing public into paroxysms when it released the fourth season of Arrested Development, which last aired on Fox in 2006. A month ...

"Silicon Valley" And Responsible Satire

"Silicon Valley" And Responsible Satire

WITH THE MICROPHONES set and the cast of HBO's Silicon Valley settled into their places on stage for Q&A, a female audience member was the first to stand: "I worked in Silicon Valley for ...

My Friend, Frasier Crane

My Friend, Frasier Crane

MY FRIEND, he's not like other friends. My friend, he's smart. He's tall, six feet or a touch over, probably not traditionally good looking, but he's got a strong chin, big chest and a pleasant dispos...

Fantasy Casting Congress in "House of Cards"

Fantasy Casting Congress in "House of Cards"

WATCHING KEVIN SPACEY as the powerful and adept House Majority Whip Frank Underwood in House of Cards, it’s easy to see only the routine corruption and immorality we’ve come to expect from our pol...

Community: Season 5

Community: Season 5

This Week on Dear Television: "Beyond Senioritis," from Evan Kindley 'The Game Has To Stop,' from Lili Loofbourow  ¤ Beyond SenioritsBy Evan KindleyFebruary 7, 2014 Dear Televisio...

True Detective, Season 1: "Seeing Things"

True Detective, Season 1: "Seeing Things"

This week on Dear Television: "Heavenly Creatures," from Phillip Maciak "The McConnaissance: An Alternate Reading," from Anne Helen Petersen  ¤ Heavenly CreaturesBy Phill...

How To Be a Person Second

How To Be a Person Second

ABC’s SCANDAL began as a show about a team of political fixers — self-proclaimed “gladiators in suits” — led by the impeccably groomed Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington. Olivia’s onl...