Archive for September 17th, 2009

In Search of the Great College Drama

It seems an obvious question: How come no good television shows have been made about the American college experience? Tonight, NBC debuts Community, a hitherto critically regarded comedy about a diverse group of community college students—few of whom are actually of college age. By my count, it’s the third major television show set at a college, and the other two are Felicity and Undeclared, so you know how loosely I’m using “major.”*

*It’s very possible I’ve forgotten another show, but believe me, I thought about it for a long time.

While the college landscape has been neglected, there has been nothing short of a plethora of high school dramas. Beverly Hills 90210 appears to have started the trend, with shows such as Dawson’s Creek, Freaks and Geeks, Gilmore Girls, The O.C., One Tree Hill, Friday Night Lights, Veronica Mars, and Gossip Girl following suit. On the other end of the spectrum, there have been a number of comedies about 20-something singles, most notably Friends and How I Met Your Mother.

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A Review of Mad Men Season Three So Far

Mad MenAbout a month ago I declared Mad Men “a cool show to like” at least partially due to the fact that it was so critically beloved.

A downside of a show being so critically beloved, though, is that it can often get away with doing things other shows would get slammed for.

Boring dream sequences, hastily drawn relationships, rehashing tired plot-lines and shock value are not features we usually like in dramas, and yet Mad Men has relied on them throughout the first five episodes of its new season.

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