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Trump Parody 'You Can't Spell America Without Me' Is Undercooked

Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen present a rushed "meal" stuffed with random ingredients and served to a public that's still digesting the appetizer.

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Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' Is a Portrait of a Lost Lady

Blue Jasmine is a portrait of a woman unsympathetic in so many ways, but nonetheless touching in her utter loss.

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'30 Rock' Lived (and Died) By Its Own Rules

Although its references to the 2012 political seasons will be as dated as Murphy Brown's Dan Quayle references, 30 Rock, against all odds, goes out on a perfect note.

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In Defense of '30 Rock' as the Best Show on Television

This week, we say goodbye to one of the best comedies TV has seen in decades. How influential has it been? How perfectly does it portray modern day popular culture?

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This Silly Little Sitcom has Found Its Niche: '30 Rock: Season Six'

Like any good comfort food, 30 Rock has become very familiar, offering little new but providing familiar, welcome laughs. While some may take issue with the lack of development, there's still a lot of fun to be found on the show's sixth go-round.

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30 Rock is Finally Back on Track with '30 Rock: Season Five'

"Never thought I'd feel sorry for a guy with a tattoo of a leprechaun vomiting on a book." And with that, 30 Rock begins a small and welcome renaissance ...

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The Year in TV: March 2010

Continuing our look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in March 2010.

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Trapped Inside the Chuckle Hut That Is '30 Rock: Season Four'

Down but not out, 30 Rock: Season Four creates problems by beefing up the supporting cast's character arcs at the expense of Liz Lemon's ...

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Relationships are Hard and Things get Mixed Up -- It's Complicated

Battling bias can be hard, but It's Complicated lacks the basic quality material to make the proper case.

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The Marriage Ref: NBC's Next 10 p.m. Revolution?

When NBC moved Jay Leno to ten, the network thought it was going to change the very face of TV. The goals in developing Jerry Seinfeld's The Marriage Ref were undoubtedly more modest. But Jerry may yet succeed where Jay failed.

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30 Rock: Season Three

Sometimes comedies, no matter how ridiculous or off-the-wall they may be, can give us the perfect mirror to our own lives.

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Summer of Same: June 2009

This month's "original" fare offers a take on a Sid and Marty Krofft classic, more battling seizure robots, and the retaking of '70s subway thriller. Everything old is new again.

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Lymelife

Lymelife features frustrated, confused kids, and frustrated, self-obsessed adults.

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Back to Basics - The 30 Best TV Shows of 2008

The Year in TV was a lot like the US economy: struggling until summer and then tanking under the hope of a 2009 comeback. Still, our staff found 30 solid reasons to be cheerful come entertainment investment time.

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30 Rock: Season 2

The jokes are smart, fast, and often too subtle to catch -- a welcome antidote to nearly every other sitcom out there.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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High Redefinition: The 30 Best TV Shows of 2007

In memoriam of a TV season cut down before its prime time, PopMatters staff celebrates the Top 30 TV Shows of 2007. Some are old favorites. Others have barely made their impression felt. But at a time when all broadcast fortunes are up in the air, they definitely deserve the recognition.

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30 Rock

With American Gladiators outdrawing its scripted predecessors, it's hard not to feel a pang of dread that 30 Rock, the most writer-centric sitcom in recent memory, might become the strike's first casualty.

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30 Rock - Season 1

This is one of the best comedies on the air; whip-smart and hilarious.

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Brooklyn Rules (2007)

Ah, the nostalgic mob drama. No matter the brutality, the blood, or the sheer fear that shape the memory, movies and TV tend to make life in the mob a growth experience.

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Running With Scissors (2006)

Director Ryan Murphy lacks the requisite wicked flair for black-comedy, the levity is mishandled, and completely at odds with the intensity of performance and direction.

Emma Simmonds
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The Pay Off: The Best Film of 2006

For many of the movies on PopMatters' 2006 list of the year's best films, it is clear that a heavy personal and professional stake was riding on the final product.

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Net-Works: The Best TV of 2006

You won't have to look far along your television dial to discover the Top TV picks from PopMatters staff. From 20 upward, each entry represents the boob tube at its best.

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The Good Shepherd (2006)

For Edward, the CIA forms a circular logic: members define the mission and vice versa.

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Running With Scissors (2006)

Augusten's narration of Running with Scissors starts with a question: "How do I begin to tell the story of how my mother left me and how I left her?"

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30 Rock: Series Premiere

Whether Fey the writer lacked willingness to insert any 'edgy' material into her show or Fey the producer removed it is irrelevant. The result is the same: a show neutered beyond relevance and devoid of entertainment value.

Noah Davis
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The Departed (2006)

The Departed's understanding of identity is deeply rooted in place and culture -- South Boston, Irish Catholicism, masculine rituals.

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Elizabethtown: Widescreen Special Collector's Edition (2005)

The DVD of Elizabethtown is called the Widescreen Special Collector's Edition, though there's not one thing special about it.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)

For a comedy with so much politico-cultural baggage on its mind (and it's not above using Enron as a final punch line), Dick and Jane remains curiously inert.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Elizabethtown (2005)

Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown does not know how to end.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Aviator (2004)

The Aviator portrays Hughes as a rebel and a genius, a dashing young man with ambition, hope, and nerve.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Fairly Oddparents: Channel Chasers (2004)

The Fairly Oddparents is damn funny, primarily because creator Butch Hartman speaks in a rapid patter of pop culture references.

John G. Nettles
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Along Came Polly (2004)

Though plainly Ben Stiller's vehicle, Along Came Polly features an endearing, oddly delicate performance by Jennifer Aniston.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Cooler (2003)

The Cooler is interested in the nature of luck, be it a product of destiny or psychology.

Jesse Hassenger
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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003)

Just in time for Thanksgiving: the Paris Hilton movie.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Path to War

It attempts to rehabilitate Johnson (Michael Gambon) as a President whose considerable political and social policy achievements have been forever overshadowed by his escalation of the Vietnam War.

Lesley Smith

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