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Bill Maher and the Perils of the Commentator-Comedian

To offend is inevitable for the socio-political commentator-comedian, and to suffer the slings and arrows of backlash should be equally expected.

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“It Can’t Just Be Killing All the Time”: Josh McDermitt of ‘The Walking Dead’

Josh McDermitt of The Walking Dead talks with PopMatters about his character Eugene, intense fan responses, and how to stay alive on AMC's hit series, now entering its sixth season.

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Conspiracy Theories and Unlimited Info: The Fall Season’s New Crop of Literal Know-It-Alls

What does the recent upswing in series with information-overloaded protagonists say about our cultural and social concerns?

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Night-Wing Media: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart’s Lessons in Discourse

Through the levelling power of humour, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report cut through the culture's sensationalism and panic to remind us of the baseline of normality beneath all the hysteria.

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‘No God But Funny’ and ‘Earth Angel’ Are Preaching to the Choir

It's challenging enough to write good comedy. It's nearly impossible to do so burdened with an agenda, even one as innocuous as featuring a "likeable atheist" as the protagonist.

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In France They Kiss on Netflix

What does the French version of Netflix look like? How much gratuitous nudity can you expect to find in the French Netflix catalogue? Isn’t “French movie” code for “mild erotica”, anyway?

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If We Lose BBC Three, Will We Lose Our Sense of Humor, Too?

With the apparently inevitable closure of BBC Three, comedy lovers will mourn the loss of an important television ally. Will the Internet save it?

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‘Mr. Robot’ Is the Only Show for the Here and Now

After just a single season Mr.Robot has established itself as the show most in touch with the new wave of television drama.

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Fighting the Battles of ‘Jericho’, the Show That Came Tumbling Down

Jericho wore the influence of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on its sleeve, but that didn't protect it.

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Beyond Dramatic Irony: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and the Nature of the Prequel

What happens when we don't just know something the character doesn't, we actually know how their world will end?

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Dante and Don: The Word Made Flesh and the Word Made Cash

Separated by 750 years, the dualities of both Dante and Don Draper share a resonance that transcends time.

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“This Is My Design”: How Hannibal Turned Into a Modern Television Classic

"Hannibal's not God. He wouldn't have any fun being God. Defying God, that's his idea of a good time." With Hannibal taking its final bow, a bloody good time was had by all.

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George Carlin: Philosopher, Poet, Preacher

Few comedians have aimed for the mind over the funny bone (while still reaching both) quite like George Carlin has.

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Jeannie Mai hosts GSN's Steampunk'd, a ten-episode long experience into the world and culture of steampunk.

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What About the Victim of the Victim of Homophobia?

Recent televisions shows are focusing attention on the plight of the spouses of gay men and lesbians. But is it enough to make their lives less traumatic?

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24 began sugared-up on gooey clichés of liberty and freedom -- and ended in hypoglycemic shock. Would a new series be worse for our health?

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‘Your Worst Self Is Your Best Self’: Defending Season Two of ‘True Detective’

Nic Pizzolatto seems to have written this season for a specific audience, knowing full well and not giving a damn that it would not be viewed favorably by the general public.

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‘Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist’ Is Older But Still Wise and Just As Funny

While this show is as funny now as it was when it first aired 20 years ago, the passing of time has given it even greater cultural meaning.

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In Praise of Kristen Wiig’s Risky Career Choices

Kristen Wiig’s genius is that she can generate humor and pathos from the same source, her characters’ pain.

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Does Reality Television Need ‘The Profit’?

A series about making money, airing on CNBC, might seem like an unlikely place for fostering positive values.

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Searching for Wholesome Online Fun: LDS Gamers

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"While being skeptical about the Church ever officially endorsing video games, LDS gamers remains hopeful about the future, knowing that Mormon society is slowly growing to appreciate gaming.

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