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MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2014

Today's trivia question 

Please name the TV series in which, in a final season episode, a newspaper reporter writes a feature story on the Baltimore Orioles' opening day and his editor has doubts about certain details and hazy sourcing in the piece.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014

Watching TV with your father 

Did you and your dad have a television show you watched together? My father didn't spend much time looking at TV. And our tastes weren't really in sync. But in the summers of my high school years and when I was home from college, we...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014

Genre exhaustion

I know what you are thinking about the new zombie show to be shot locally. You're thinking the whole zombies thing is played. I thought the same thing about mob stories back when I first saw promos on HBO for "The Sopranos."

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FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013

A great moment in "The Honeymooners" 

www.tvstylebook.com Ralph gets a notice in the mail indicating that there is a question about his tax return. It directs him to report to a federal office the next morning. Naturally, he worries. So after much ranting and raving by Ralph, Ed gives him some...

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TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013

THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2013

Crossover audience

I know I have alluded to this before. But it always amuses me to imagine the segment of the TV audience that watches both "The Walking Dead" and "Downton Abbey." I'm guessing this is not a tiny group.

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TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2012

As adventures go, these were pretty tame  

www.palzoo.net I've long suspected that millions of Americans loved this gentle show because it offered a refuge from the tension that pervaded many real-life homes. The stories were slight, but Ricky was cute and Ozzie never raised his voice in anger.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012

Pre-bedtime viewing protocols 

A colleague who has been watching early seasons of "Breaking Bad" late at night noted that, though he admires the show, it can be so dark he then wants to watch a sitcom or something as a buffer before going to bed. Can you relate...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2012

Battle of the TV dads 

Which of these gentlemen did you find most appealingly human? I won't insult you by assuming that I need to tell you their names. www.reuters.com www.tucsoncitizen.com www.artofmanliness.com www.classictvprogram.com www.stumptuous.com www.articles.nydailynews.com www.supanet.com www.tvchannelsfree.com

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

Channeling on a Monday morning

From the first mention of Jaguar on "Mad Men" this season, I have been certain that we would eventually see the XKE. For once, I was right. And with "House" wrapping up tonight, I can at long last stop asking myself why I stay with...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2011

MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2011

This date in "Dick Van Dyke" history

www.the-haunted-closet.blogspot.com On Sept. 30, 1964, an episode called "The Ghost of A. Chantz" aired for the first time. An online episode guide summarized it this way: "After a mix-up by Mel for reservations at a lodge, Rob, Laura, Sally and Buddy are forced to spend...

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Thirty days has September

www.startrek.com But the speed at which this month has flown by reminds me of an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager." Called "Blink of An Eye," it has Voyager getting trapped in the orbit of a planet where time moves much faster than in the rest...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011

On this date in "Bonanza" history

www.ebooktest.wordpress.com Sept. 29, 1963 saw the first airing of "A Passion for Justice." According to an online episode guide, Charles Dickens visits Virginia City and is dismayed to discover that the local paper is reprinting his work without permission. Dickens was played by Jonathan Harris,...

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Step right up for our nostalgia blowout

www.conelrad.com Fifty years ago today, a classic episode of "The Twilight Zone" -- "The Shelter" -- first aired. Rod Serling loved the "We are our own worst enemy" theme. (See also, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.") And "The Shelter" is a doozy. A...

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"Opie the Birdman"

www.mayberry.wikia.com Tomorrow, Sept. 30, marks the anniversary of the original 1963 airing of one of the best half-hours in television history. "Opie the Birdman" isn't just one of the most touching looks at the parent-child relationship ever. It's also a classic lesson in taking responsibility...

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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

'Friday Night Lights'

I had read the book long ago and was sure the movie would be terrible. It wasn't. But I was certain the TV series would be a total joke. Wrong again. It was one of the best shows ever. At least that's how I saw...

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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

One danger of unstructured time off

That would be coming in after getting some exercise and rediscovering daytime TV. "The Sopranos" on A&E, to be precise. Sure, it seemed like cleaning up the mob drama's language for basic cable would ruin the classic HBO show. Remember the sanitized version of "Glengarry...

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