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Melissa Crawley

Melissa Crawley writes about popular culture with a special interest in television. Her book, Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s


Tuesday, November 15 2011

Better Living Through Therapy: Six Feet Under's “The Plan”

In the episode "The Plan", Ruth's humorous attempt at self-actualization and self-discovery at a self-help seminar reflects television's ingestion of and obsession with society's therapeutic culture.


Tuesday, July 19 2011

Character Assassination: 'Game of Thrones' Urge to Kill

Is the story told on our favorite show bigger than any one character? Or is it characters who make the story?

Wednesday, May 25 2011

What's the Appeal of 'Dancing With the Stars'?

I've tried to appreciate the courage it takes for non-dancing D-lister's to perform outside their comfort zone. Really, I have.

Thursday, May 5 2011

'America's Next Great Restaurant' Is the Next Great American Dream

Reality shows that promise the American Dream keep contestants lining up and audiences tuning in.

Tuesday, April 12 2011

Let's Sing About Sex, Baby

Glee's episode "Sexy" demonstrates how far television has come in its attempts to be culturally relevant.

Thursday, March 31 2011

Put a Ring on It: Women on 'The Bachelor'

The Bachelor does little more than advance silly notions about single women and their approach to relationships.

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