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The Best TV Shows of 2012

Thanks to imports and cable channel choices, the year in TV was very interesting indeed. Where else can classical detectives meet with their updated complements, or sullen 20-somethings smirk at their ancient societal/criminal betters? Oh, and don't forget squid.

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I Shall Be ‘Bref’: France’s New Empire, the Shortcom

The best show on French TV is only three minutes long. And it only aired for one year.

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More Murders Are Committed for Love Than for Hate: ‘Hawkins’

Both Billy Jim Hawkins and Perry Mason are defense lawyers, but the resemblance ends there.

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The Best Guilty Pleasure TV of 2012

Whether its animated nonsense or reality bite, broadcast bits this cheesy and fun demand indulgence -- and we gladly say 'Yes' to such small screen excess.

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In America, Imagination is a Third Party: The Presidency in Fiction

Fiction lets us to explore our weirdest speculations and darkest fears about the person who sits in the White House. Is reality, under America's current president, worse than fiction?

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Movie Time Travel and the New Nostalgia

The new nostalgia signals the ultimate rejection of millennial anxiety, postmodernism, irony and the future. It longs for a post-industrial, green world. Of course, that suggests a vague and painful longing for something that never was.

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The Best of Television Performances of 2012

PopMatters highlights some television performers who stood out in 2012, but aren't likely to find themselves among nominees for annual awards.

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25 Dec 2012 // 11:00 PM

“It’s Not Just About Me”: An Interview with Mo McRae

Sons of Anarchy's Mo McRae talks to PopMatters about the show's villains, his love of biographies, and the shenanigans that happen on-set.

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What’s Been So Funny This Year?

Despite a few imperfections, this month's British Comedy Awards highlighted the best of British television comedy.

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Love-Drenched Gunfighters in ‘The Guns of Will Sonnett’

For a couple of rough 'n tough gunfighters, these guys sure do talk about love a lot.

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A Show Divided: ‘Entourage’ as Satire and Misfire

Within Entourage's system of codependent relationships, individuals are treated as brands, women are treated as objects, committed relationships are discouraged, and one’s word means nothing unless a contract is signed and a check clears.

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If He Had a Hammer: Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer

TV's Mike Hammer could never be as violent and cynical as in the books; it wouldn't be allowed by censors.

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Traveling without the TARDIS: The Post-‘Doctor Who’ Life of Caitlin Blackwood

Caitlin Blackwood and her television counterpart, Amelia Pond, have something in common: their lives have been forever changed by meeting the Doctor and traveling far from home.

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27 Nov 2012 // 11:18 PM

Make ‘Em Laugh: Sitcom Humor for Millennials

Our generation of 20- and 30-somethings need the truth of a Wes Anderson film in a 30-minute TV bite, and we find it in these dark comedies.

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“I Want People to Really Hear My Heart”: An Interview with Cheyenne Jackson

Whether dominating Broadway in Xanadu, showcasing his comedy chops on 30 Rock, or recording full-length albums with Michael Feinstein, there is very little Cheyenne Jackson can't do. He talks to PopMatters about all of the above and more, including what it's like being an openly gay celebrity in this day and age ...

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“You Can’t Be Lazy In Stand-Up:”: An Interview with Simon Amstell

The British comedian gets candid about himself, his own healing experiences, and the magic of hallucinogens.

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Archie Bunker and America’s Argument Around the Dinner Table

With All In the Family, Norman Lear created a rich stew of social commentary on working class life in Queens, placing the political right in the center of the domestic, where it's always been.

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TV Networks Have a Knack for Axing Real Gems

TV shows come and go, but sometimes looking back on the programs that networks have axed can reveal some real gems. The 2006-2007 TV season on NBC had three such programs: one an over-hyped Aaron Sorkin vehicle, another an underappreciated hostage drama, and another a misunderstood examination at the lives of young mobsters.

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In Defense of the Marriage Between Music and Television

One wonders if Elvis, the Beatles, the Who, et. al. would have gained such importance had TV not been available.

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The Last Witch Hunt: The Legacy of the West Memphis Three

Teenage outcasts often feel like the world is against them; in 1994, three adolescents in West Memphis, Arkansas, experienced proof that it actually was. Now, despite being freed after 18 years of wrongful imprisonment, the battle of the West Memphis Three is not concluded.

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Smashing Pumpkins Rock for Revolution at Irvine Meadows

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"You know Corgan isn’t just going to play a greatest hits set and that’s to his credit, for a formidable catalog of deep cuts the Smashing Pumpkins have.

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