Appreciating all that makes America special

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The rest of the world knows about America from watching our television shows. They want to hang out in Central Perk with their Friends. They want to ride the Ponderosa with Hoss and Little Joe. They want to dance the boogaloo on American Bandstand. Okay, maybe not that.


Soul Train

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Featured, TV Show | 0 comments

The concept, of course, wasn’t original. American Bandstand set the standard, and Soul Train was one of many imitators. But it...

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Duck Dynasty

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Featured, TV Show | 0 comments

Duck Dynasty is definitely an acquired taste. When friends first mentioned it, I thought, That sounds way too redneck for me. Which is also...

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The Big Bang Theory

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Featured, TV Show | 0 comments

All right, let’s see a show of hands: How many people thought a sitcom about four geeky geeks (well, how would you describe them?)...

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Monday Night Football

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Featured, TV Show | 0 comments

It’s gone from groundbreaking, ratings-busting, TV sports institution to just another night of football in recent years. Shoot,...

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Hallmark Hall of Fame

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Featured, TV Show | 1 comment

Christmas Eve, 1951. A few privileged people gathered around a box in their living room called a “television” and saw the...

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Top Chef

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Featured, TV Show | 0 comments

Whether you’re a fan of reality television or think it’s the medium’s all-time curse, there’s no reason not to like...

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“More Cowbell” SNL Sketch

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Featured, TV Show | 0 comments

Has any music producer included a cowbell as background since April 8, 2000, when Saturday Night Live ran the famous “More...

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24, TV Series

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in Featured, TV Show | 0 comments

It was a great idea: 24 hours in a day, so 24 episodes in a season. Each episode of 24 lasted one hour, and an on-screen clock showed...

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Antiques Roadshow, PBS

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Featured, TV Show | 1 comment

I have a beautiful dream. In my dream I take that dingy old painting in the gaudy frame out of the closet. I take it to Antiques Roadshow,...

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WKRP in Cincinnati

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Featured, TV Show | 0 comments

Okay, who was your favorite character on WKRP in Cincinnati? (Okay, other than Loni Anderson, guys.) Gary Sandy as program director Andy...

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