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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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
28
 
 
A recent viewing of an episode of The Patty Duke Show helped remind me what's happened to the power of newspapers these last 20 years or so...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jun
29
 
 
I’m noticing a significant uptick in concerned comments by television critics and bloggers about the rising tide of graphic ultra-violence in television programming. Television violence is certainly nothing new... but since when has bloodlust been so hot?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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1992: 'Martin' Debuts on Fox
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