Melissa Crawley writes about popular culture with a special interest in television. Her published work includes articles on CSI and The O'Reilly Factor for the online journal Flow as well as a chapter on reality television for The Great American Makeover: Television, History and Nation. Her book, Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television's
Is the story told on our favorite show bigger than any one character? Or is it characters who make the story?
19 Jul 2011
Reality shows that promise the American Dream keep contestants lining up and audiences tuning in.
05 May 2011
Yes, Skins is a raw depiction of what teenagers get up to when their parents aren't paying attention, but what exactly makes it a broadcast version of the Apocalypse?
09 Feb 2011
Sons of Anarchy took a trip to Ireland this season for a biker version of Banged Up Abroad.
07 Dec 2010
The appeal of The Millionaire Matchmaker is that instead of just watching crash and burn date moments, you also get to watch Patti verbally lay out her clients.
18 Nov 2010
The value of How to Look Good Naked is not in its attempt at a populist therapeutic cure to negative self-perception or a quick ‘before and after’ transformation.
09 Nov 2010
If The Event wants to successfully take license with its time line, it would do well to learn a lesson from the recent D.C. installment of The Real Housewives.
21 Oct 2010
While part one of Caprica established the series' conflict between science and faith, part two explores the far more frightening idea of what happens when technology and faith start to work together.
20 Oct 2010
The famous detective now texts and surfs the net while Watson writes a blog. This is not your mother's Sherlock Holmes.
11 Oct 2010
Actors often talk about bringing an emotional authenticity to the characters they play. A physical authenticity should also be required if the part involves a weekly round of fighting off scary Russian operatives or shady government spies who know jiu jitsu.
01 Oct 2010
With all the slicing and cutting and loss of bodily fluids, Spartacus would seem to be a prime candidate for criticism about its excessive violence, but its stylized approach to violence makes for unconventional, provocative programming.
28 Sep 2010
The predictability of the cast is their Achilles' heel. Ronnie and Sammi’s weekly dysfunctional hour of make-up/break-up is as expected as Snooki’s alcohol soaked antics and the Situation’s Sunday dinner of sausage and peppers.
21 Sep 2010
The clean room at the end of the show is my visual cue that the hoarder is cured simply because order beat chaos. Any thoughts I might have about what it means to overcome a mental illness are overshadowed by the pleasure I feel at seeing the before and after ‘reveal’.
02 Sep 2010
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