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2016
Feb
13
 
 
The overload of quality television shows no sign of waning anytime soon, even if critics are collapsing under the burden of it all and ordinary people are starting to push back...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
1
 
 
For as far back as I can remember, Grease has been “the word.” And yet, during Sunday night’s three-hour live production of that campy pop-culture classic, many other words came to mind: “Dazzling,” “thrilling,” “ground-breaking,”...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
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