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“This is our living room! A room in which we live.”

[Disclaimer: Allegations have long persisted against the creator of Drake & Josh, Dan Schneider. For one, he shared pictures of his show’s child actresses’ feet on social media. For another, he was ousted from Nickelodeon in 2018 following multiple claims of verbal abuse on set and sexual assault allegations. The Huffington Post has the full story.

Additionally, last August, Drake Bell, the lead on Drake & Josh, was accused by Melissa Lingafelt, his ex-girlfriend, of physical and verbal abuse during their relationship. …


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“Joking about it is the only way of opening my mouth without screaming.”

In 1968, Richard Hooker published a novel with William Morrow entitled, MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, which told the fictional story of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (a MASH) for the United States military during the Korean War. The book was quickly optioned into a 1970 Robert Altman film, which, in turn, spun-off into a television series, M*A*S*H. Developed for the small screen by Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds, M*A*S*H spent its eleven seasons (from 1972 to 1983) on CBS slowly eroding the divide between…


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“They laughed at Louis Pasteur, but he went right ahead and invented milk.”

The last vestige of a privileged American innocence transpired in the early 1960s, ahead of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and a tumultuous end to the decade that witnessed discordant division and the sycophancy of American exceptionalism. But in 1961, when Carl Reiner created The Dick Van Dyke Show to air on CBS, entertainment was the only quality on his mind. The Dick Van Dyke Show, in its five seasons (which wrapped in 1966), was obviously a vehicle for the range of showman-esque talents from Van…


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“He saved friendship with his song!”

In 2001, one of the greatest cult comedies of all-time was released when Wet Hot American Summer entered the world. Written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, it was the natural cinematic conclusion of their work on The State in the 1990s, which introduced a new brand of absurdist, surrealist humor to the comedy landscape. Wet Hot was a failure on every level, sans fervent fandom, and it existed in perpetuity as a time capsule for a number of actors on the precipice of fame. Eventually, after Wain and Showalter notched a number of…


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“You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas.”

I don’t pretend to understand the full weight of The Twilight Zone’s legacy and influence. Debuting in 1959 and running for five seasons and 156 episodes in its initial run (it later experienced three revivals, in 1985, 2002 and 2019, as well as a film adaptation and a theme park attraction), The Twilight Zone soared in popularity and controversy in its time. Created, hosted, produced, and written by Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone pushed the television medium forward with its anthology format, rooted in the genres…


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“It’s a gift that I bust out on rare occasions and almost all the time.”

Psych debuted on the USA Network on July 7, 2006. A seemingly innocuous mystery comedy on basic cable, it skyrocketed in the ratings and was one of the biggest hits of the 2000s on the excess channels. It eventually ran for eight seasons and 120 episodes, riding all the way out to March 2014. It was USA’s longest-running scripted series, until it was eventually eclipsed by Suits. Since then, it’s spawned two spin-off films, one of which debuted this year on Peacock. All of this…


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“Just because you shot Jesse James, don’t make you Jesse James.”

When Breaking Bad debuted in January of 2008, its first season was cut short by the writers’ strike of that year. What at first seemed to be a clip of the heels before the race could begin instead proved to be an unlikely boon, as the shortened season led to a number of course corrections, including the preservation of fan-favorite Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), the meth team’s second banana. Following this bumpy run out of the gate, Vince Gilligan’s drug crime drama set in Albuquerque managed to steadily build…


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“You’re my family and I love you, but you’re terrible. You’re all terrible.”

Fox has long controlled the adult animation genre on network television with its famed “Animation Domination” block of programming on Sunday nights that has included The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad!, and more such family-based sitcoms. When Bob’s Burgers joined the fray, it merged the family comedy premise with that of the workplace comedy, based on Fox’s urging to explore more styles. It was Loren Bouchard, a writer and producer in the industry, who partnered with King of the Hill’s Jim Dauterive to develop the series, about…


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“We’ve been hired to defend a client, not to burn down a city!”

[Disclaimer: Cuba Gooding, Jr., who starred as O.J. Simpson on the series, has been accused of sexual assault against multiple women. The New York Times has the full story, which was originally published in October 2019.]

Ryan Murphy had been steadily building his television empire for years through network phenomenons like Glee and cable anthology series like American Horror Story when he attached his producing talents to FX’s big budget true crime show, American Crime Story. The highly anticipated first season of the show was developed by…


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“Here’s to peace and those who get in the way of it.”

In 2013, Phoebe Waller-Bridge first originated Fleabag, a one-woman play that debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Coming off the smashing, award-winning success of the performance, Waller-Bridge brought Fleabag to the small screen. A fourth-wall-breaking narrative centered around the titular (perhaps) Fleabag (portrayed by Waller-Bridge) and her troubles with friendships, family, romances, and her café, Fleabag aired from the end of July 2016 to the end of August 2016. After a three year absence (and plenty of bouncing around three different BBC networks in the U.K. and Amazon…

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