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Matt Paproth

Matt Paproth watches a lot of television, and he probably should spend even more time writing about it than he currently does. In addition to blogging here at PopMatters, he has published essays on Samuel Beckett, Zadie Smith, Veronica Mars, and Friday Night Lights. He received his PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2006 and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Georgia Gwinnett College. Through the magic of the internet, you can see exactly what is going on in his head by following him on Twitter@mattpaproth.


Features

Thursday, January 17 2013

The 10 Best TV Episodes of 2012

First, I chose episodes that were representative of what their series did especially well this year. Second, I chose episodes from what I deem the most successful shows of 2012.


Tuesday, December 11 2012

Indie Love for Taylor Swift’s Hipster-Baiting 'Red'

The indie community has long embraced the poppiest of popstars. So it’s hard to figure out why it took until 2012 for it to embrace Taylor Swift.


Blogs

Tuesday, June 25 2013

'Yeezus' Displeases: The First Week of Reactions to Kanye West’s New Album

After a week of listening to, reading about, and thinking about Kanye West's Yeezus, we take stock of where we are.


Wednesday, April 3 2013

Me and JT: Narcissism and 'The 20/20 Experience'

It was with great anticipation that all of us got our first listen to Justin Timberlake's new album at some point in the past few weeks. Here are four takeaways I have picked up from three weeks of listening to The 20/20 Experience.


Monday, January 28 2013

'Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 5': Let's Break Into a List to, You Know, Lighten the Mood

Serious business occurs in this week’s episode, and it doesn’t involve marginal progress in one of the lame stories, or a footman spilling something at dinner. No, this is about as good as the show gets, and it really is predicated on shocking you.


Monday, January 21 2013

Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 4

An episode that churns along well enough for the most part, and really marks a pivot-point in terms of the primary plot for the season.


Tuesday, January 15 2013

Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 3

As the overarching narrative of the season, the question of "How will we keep Downton Abbey?" is working far better than the WWI did last season, probably because it allows Fellowes to focus on the minor characters in a way that the galvanizing narrative pull of the war did not.


Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episodes 1 and 2 (Channel Surfing) [8.Jan.13]
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Is 'The Walking Dead' Actually Any Good? (Channel Surfing) [5.Nov.12]
Ten Sure Bets for Mad Men, Season Five (Channel Surfing) [23.Mar.12]
Why Aren’t More People Watching 'Mad Men'? (Channel Surfing) [22.Mar.12]
Lost: The Final Countdown: Blog 1 (Channel Surfing) [22.Apr.10]
I Watched HGTV (And I Liked It) (Channel Surfing) [14.Apr.10]
Welcome to TIVO-lympics! (Channel Surfing) [23.Feb.10]
The Olympics, Take 1 (Channel Surfing) [21.Feb.10]
Hanging Out with HBO's 'Hung' (Channel Surfing) [30.Jan.10]
Back on the Clock: A New Season of 24 (Channel Surfing) [19.Jan.10]
Top 10 Episodes of 2009 (Channel Surfing) [12.Jan.10]
Big Love for Big Love (Channel Surfing) [8.Jan.10]
My 2010 TV Wishlist (Channel Surfing) [3.Jan.10]
Top Chef Oddsmakers (Channel Surfing) [8.Dec.09]
Are You Done with This Program? (Channel Surfing) [3.Dec.09]
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