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The Gently Subversive ‘Rev.’

Vicars interact with a wide range of people, and the motley crew who pass through Adam's church offer ample opportunities for comedy.

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‘LOST’ and Found: Mystery Boxes and Pleasure Domes

LOST arrived with the thunderous roar of exploding fuselage. It cut wildly through pop-culture stereotypes, and then left its fans lost and bewildered amidst the wreckage.

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Cinephilia Culture and the Fear of Missing Out

There just isn't enough time in the human lifespan to see all the films one 'should'. So why not just declare the death of the cinephile?

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Why Do Feminists Love Don Draper?

Don Draper’s insightful ad pitches are full of arrogance and sexism, but they’re also full of rhetoric, history, philosophy, psychology, and even pure, sexy poetry.

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Drastically Divergent: The Sequels That Strayed Far Too Far

Can a barely recognizable sequel save a franchise? Or is it doomed to mark its epitaph?

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In Defense of the Phrase ‘Spoiler Alert’

Hey, did anybody else have the Good Wife plot twist spoiled for them last week? Thanks to Google, Time and the Associated Press, I did.

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“Doll & Em’s” Azazel Jacobs on the Pleasure of Being Stuck and Working Your Way Out of It

Azazel Jacobs’ unique worldview -- a place populated with characters that seem too strange to be real, and too sympathetic to be completely invented -- proves to be the perfect fit for Doll & Em.

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‘True Detective’ and the Primal Urge to Tell Stories by Starlight

The True Detectives are driven by the desire to create form from void, to seek meaning where none exists. They share the primal urge to daub on cave walls and tell stories about the shapes we see in the stars.

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In Defense of Modern Family’s Writers

When the actors of ABC's most successful series in years were forced to file a lawsuit, the minds behind the dialogue took an entire episode to make their points known.

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Sex, Drugs, and Honey Nut Cheerios

Nelly on Cheerios is a deconstructionist’s dream: full of sweet contradictory goodness.

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Watching ‘Search’ Is Like Carrying the Internet Around in Your Head

When you pay for Probe's services, you're not only getting the agent of the week but also a passel of experts with their tiny cameras, microphones, and zirconium-shelled "audio implants".

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In Defense of the Seth Meyers / Jimmy Fallon Late-Night Team

Thanks to Seth Meyers, the community of after-hours talk-show hosts just got a whole lot friendlier. Call it fresh. Call it new. I call it interesting.

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The Funniest Man Who (N)ever Lived: Alan Partridge

For over 20 years, Alan Partridge has shared his life with the British public and fans have embraced him, warts and all. Now, his first feature film is coming to America. Back of the net!

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‘Quantum Leap’ and the Denial of Meaning

Grand "explanations" are simple, it's actions and decisions that are complex. Quantum Leap treated ordinary people's problems as the real matters of cosmic importance.

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In Defense of Totally Being Over the Winter Olympics

An institution once associated with athletic superiority and, of course, proud patriotism, has been deduced to yet another pawn in the ongoing game of international passive-aggression.

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White Jumpsuits, Catsuited Babes, Pornstaches and Other Joys of ‘70s Sci-Fi Television

As the idealism of the ‘60s congealed into the malaise of the ‘70s, TV offered us small bands of forlorn humans in tight suits, roaming the stars. These are the “the starlost shows”.

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Instantly Familiar: Hollywood’s Great Duopolies

Ever think Hollywood is making the same films over and over? These many sets of twin films that constitute Hollywood’s Great Duopolies show no signs of stopping.

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In Defense of Openly Enjoying Professional Wrestling

All it took was a trip to the Royal Rumble to see how similar the warped reality of the WWE is to The Kardashians. Or The Real World. Or Duck Dynasty. Or Honey Boo Boo.

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What Does the Success of ‘Sharknado’ Reveal About Social Media?

In 2013, Syfy's Sharknado became a trending topic on Twitter and a pop culture phenomenon. Here's why none of it matters.

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Selling Japan: How Much Is a Nation’s Culture Worth?

Via the billion-dollar Cool Japan Fund Inc, Japan is aiming to become one of the world's dominant culture forces. But can a national culture be commodified so easily?

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'Sugar Hill' Breaks Out the Old-School Zombies

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"Sugar Hill was made in a world before ordinary shuffling, Romero-type zombies took over the cinema world.

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