Category Archives: Television

Catching Up With ‘Idol,’ 10 Years Later

Oh, where have the years gone? Has it really been a full decade since American Idol first graced us with a 20-year old Kelly Clarkson, almost shockingly confident in her initial audition?– (Uh, is it just me or does it … Continue reading

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Television: Looking Forward (Or Not) to the New Fall Season

I usually don’t watch new television shows, because most of them are terrible, and 90% won’t even make it to a second season. Better to wait for word-of-mouth and stream the first season later. But it is kind of interesting … Continue reading

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Art and Work

Labor Day was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1894, after the Pullman railroad workers’ strike.  President Grover Cleveland enacted the holiday into law as a gesture of reconciliation with the labor movement. Critics always complain that movies, television, … Continue reading

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Television: Michael Scott Leaves ‘The Office’

Two weeks ago NBC’s hit show ‘The Office’ bid farewell to Michael Scott, who in the last seven years went from being the worst boss in the world to the best (a misty-eyed declaration from Jim which seemed perfectly appropriate … Continue reading

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Best Cartoon Universe Part 4: Sesame Street and Warner Bros.

#2 Warner Bros. vs. #3 Sesame Street Growing up, we never had Sesame Street playing in my house. I think it’s because my parents immigrated to America when I was five, and didn’t understand English well enough to realize that … Continue reading

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Best Cartoon Universe Part 3: Muppets vs. South Park

#2 The Muppets vs. #3 South Park At first blush you would think it would be almost impossible to compare these two. South Park is aimed exclusively at adults who appreciate bad taste—if any seven-year olds happen to come across … Continue reading

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Best Cartoon Universe Part 2: The Simpsons vs. The Family Guy

 #1 The Simpsons vs. #4 The Family Guy A disclaimer before we begin: I am not a Family Guy fan. I have seen my share of episodes, usually through accident or friends or channel-surfing. And while I haven’t watched The … Continue reading

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