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One Long, Last Look at The Office

Last week’s penultimate episode of The Office gave us a frustrating glimpse of what might have been. In a season filled with mediocre comedy, intelligence-insulting plot choices[1], and inexplicable character development, we got a flawed but good episode centered largely … Continue reading

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SitCombat 3/1/12

The Office has hit an unexpected stride with a bifurcated workforce.  The NBC demographic powerhouse has won two consecutive weeks despite the fact that half of the employees of the titular place of business have been in Tallahassee.  The show … Continue reading

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SitCombat: 1/19/12

30 Rock took the first SitCombat win of 2012, but Tina Fey and company didn’t have to tangle with Archer. The much-anticipated return of the FX comedy comes after a strong run to end the second season, followed by a … Continue reading

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The Return of SitCombat

I figured the season premiere of 30 Rock was as good a time as any to renew the weekly comedy showdown known as “SitCombat.” Archer comes back next week, so the opening contest of the year will be a one-on-one … Continue reading

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An Abridged History of Pro Wrestling’s Ethnic Identity Crisis

Highlighting ethnicity or nationality to help get certain professional wrestlers “over” is a technique as old as the business itself.  The WWWF (later the WWF, now the WWE) used the origins of Bruno Sammartino (Italian), Spiros Arion (Greek), and Pedro … Continue reading

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Awkward Moments in Entertainment History: The Worst Sitcom Joke of All Time

Sitcom fans born during the last twenty years have no idea how good they’ve had it. The ebb and flow of conventional wisdom changes the tone of the genre every generation or so.  The early days of television had fanciful … Continue reading

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Ahead of Its Time

Magnum, p.i. circa 1984: T. C. sends a text message.

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The Artisan

It’s all too easy to dismiss professional wrestling as a mongrel form of entertainment that achieves neither the excitement of legitimate competition nor the imagination of true performance art. Yet, I’ve always thought those who try to pigeonhole the endeavor … Continue reading

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SitCombat: 5/12/11

Akin to age-old queries concerning the sound of one hand clapping or a tree falling in a wood devoid of an audience, we now find ourselves faced with an edition of SitCombat without any actual combat. Well, let me re-phrase: … Continue reading

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SitCombat: 5/5/11

It’s the dawn of an exciting and frightening new era on The Office, as we’re treated to our first post-Michael Scott episode (although, as I said last week, the real test won’t come until the beginning of the 2011-12 season). … Continue reading

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