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Adam West: My Batman

July 18th, 2017
Adam West

I don’t envy kids today. In this age of dark, sometimes morally ambiguous superheroes, it must be difficult at times to know whom to root for in comics and on screen. We’ve seen the most recent version of Superman arrested and in chains, and Batman using our own cell phones to spy on U.S. citizens. You even have the United Nations condemning the actions of The Avengers!

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show Finale at 40

March 19th, 2017

Forty years ago, on March 19, 1977, the cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show took their final bow. The series finale, “The Last Show” saw the gang at WJM facing a new station manager and a round of surprise firings.

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Mary, Rhoda, and Phyllis: TV's First Realistic Female Friends

March 10th, 2017
Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman

Hearing the news of Mary Tyler Moore’s passing in January really stung. Her contributions to the art forms of television and comedy are incalculable.

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Johnny vs. Joanie: A Tale of Two Talk Show Hosts

February 8th, 2017
Joan Rivers

The Invasion of Grenada, the Falklands War, the Soviet-Afghan conflict. These are some of the events that come to mind when one considers the wars of the ‘80s. You may also remember the hard fought cola wars, which pitted America’s favorite TV dad against its biggest pop superstar. That one ended ugly.

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TV Tunes: Some Thoughts on the Theme Song

September 30th, 2016
It's Garry Shandling's Show

Television theme songs, at their best, trigger an almost Pavlovian response in the viewer. After seven years, when one heard, “Woke up this morning…” one became instantly primed for the superb writing, fine acting, and sometimes horrifying violence of The Sopranos.

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