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In Defense of a Roku Television Revolution

Roku streaming is ready to offer Roku TVs. The longer its competitors wait (cough, Apple, cough), the harder it will be to dethrone the current champs.

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Soul Train: The Hippest Nostalgia Trip in America

Soul Train was more than entertainment for black America. It was inspiration and validation. Questlove gives us another ride.

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In Defense of the Gosh-Darn Revelation That Is The Food Network

The Food Network is a love letter to culinary experimentation. It's a lab we can visit whenever we get bored with our own spaghetti.

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Art Is a Lie, Nothing Is Real: An Interview with Bo Burnham

His third standup special was one of his most popular to date, and the 23-year-old Bo Burnham decided to release the entire thing on YouTube for free. In talking with PopMatters, Bo tells us about all the why's of what.

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Cinematic Kaiju: A Worm’s Eye look at Filmdom’s Biggest Monsters

In the sagas of film's biggest monsters, what qualifies as a Kaiju? And does the giant monster have to be a Japanese creation to be considered Kaiju?

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Daley Pearson Gets Some Strange Phone Calls

Australian writer and director Daley Pearson is funny in all of his creations and conquers every type of comedy he tries.

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The Best Television of 2013

Perhaps the most stunning element of this years list is the lack of domination by the broadcast networks. In fact, there are more streaming and pay cable shows taking top honors than any Big Three offering. The future of the medium is here and now.

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How the Time Lords Invented TV: 50 Years of Doctor Who

Like television itself, Doctor Who has consistently confronted limitation with ingenuity, cancelation with rebirth, constraint with transcendence.

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The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.

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Why Does TV Betray Us So, Every Christmas?

Some TV shows just aren’t willing to launch themselves into Christmas joy without also considering the validity of the Grinch's perspective.

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In Defense of an Ugly Betty Movie

Will a Kickstarter campaign make Betty Suarez the next Veronica Mars?

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“Something to Do with Gravitational Fields”: An Interview with Rhys Darby

Rhys Darby has a small legacy of his own, ranging from his roles in Flight of the Conchords to How I Met Your Mother to his outrageously theatrical standup, as well.

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My Afterlife As a Comic Book Character: Reflections from the Cast of ‘Star Trek’

A visit to Seattle's Star Trek convention reveals the conflicted feelings cast members have towards being immortalized in comic form.

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There Are Eight Million Stories in the ‘Naked City’, Here Are 138 of Them

In Naked City there are rarely clear instances of heroism or cowardice. Guilt and innocence are always subjective, and early impressions are more often than not reversed by the final reel.

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Marvel Studios’ Major TV Launch Will Benefit from Staying Close to Its Comics Roots

While Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may stem directly from The Avengers film franchise, like those movies, the show also has comics in its DNA.

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‘Blackadder’ and the Case for the Defense of Anachronism

Anachronism so cunning you could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel.

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In Defense of Keith Olbermann and His 12-Round Boxing Match With Politics, Sports and Viewers

In light of his recent feud with WFAN radio personalities, it's time to realize why Keith Olbermann works so well in the sports-broadcasting world.

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Political Incorrectness Gone Good: An Appreciation of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia pushes the boundaries of human decency -- in a good way.

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In Defense of ‘Saturday Night Live’s 2013-14 Season Casting

Do you think NBC's flagship, iconic series is racist for not having any African-American women in its cast this season? Think again.

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The Once, Current and (Maybe) Future Arsenioooooooooo Hall!

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Fave Five: Alpine

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"Australian sextet Alpine's newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.

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