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2015
Oct
16
 
 
We’re three weeks into the 2015-16 television season and so far the only single episode of any series that seems to have generated any talk at all is the sophomore season premiere of ABC’s superb family comedy black-ish...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
13
 
 
The passing of Martin Milner earlier this month (Sept 6) brings to mind thoughts about his best known work in the role of Officer Pete Malloy on the crime-drama classic Adam-12, which ran on NBC from 1968-1975...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
26
 
 
If space permitted, I would have titled this column A Fond Farewell to Dick Van Patten (And a Great Big Thank You for the Memories), because thinking about the man has brought back so much of the joy that I had watching broadcast TV in the late Seventies...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
20
 
 
I can’t think of a better way for a new retro network to grab my attention with a marathon of The Mary Tyler Moore Show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Apr
14
 
 
The usual “big” shows – AMC’s Mad Men, CBS’s The Good Wife, Netflix’s House of Cards, FX’s Justified, to name a deserving few -- have lately been getting most of the attention. But I’d like to throw some renewed support here to BBC America’s Broadchurch...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Apr
7
 
 
Fox’s American Idol last Wednesday night (April 1) tried something that NBC’s The Voice did in November 2013 with similarly exciting results. For the first time ever it integrated Twitter users into its competition on an in-show, real-time basis...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Mar
30
 
 
Anyone who thinks ABC’s Dancing with the Stars has worn out its welcome – that there isn’t a compelling reason to continue watching this veteran competition program – must be prompted to reevaluate his or her assertion after last week’s show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Mar
2
 
 
Last week’s breathtakingly original episode of ABC’s Modern Family, a television milestone shot in its entirety on iPhones, iPads and such, explored the impact of digital communication and social media on American life. It was the best half-hour of comedy I have seen all season...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Dec
5
 
 
It will make many readers of this column feel quite old when I refer to Murphy Brown, one of the most “contemporary” comedies in television history, as a “classic.” I remember enthusiastically writing about this show whenever I was able...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
20
 
 
“The Gift,” a recently repeated episode from the second season of The Waltons (seen in four-hour blocks Monday-Friday on Hallmark Channel) got me to thinking about the depiction of death in scripted television...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Ed Martin

Ed Martin is a media critic whose columns appear at MediaVillage and The Huffington Post. He is the former senior editor of Inside Media and has also written for USA Today, Advertising Age, Broadcasting & Cable and TV Guide. The first five shows on Ed's all-time top-ten list are, in order, I Love Lucy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family and two from the BBC, Skins and Coupling. The remaining five shows are in constant flux, but they usually include Green Acres, The Twilight Zone and The Sopranos.
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 
 

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