The difference between televised entertainment now and back in the bad old days (say 1990) is that you are now encouraged and even thought badly of if you don’t directly pay for the dreck out of your own pocket with a subscription even. The virtue of having advertisers pay first is that someone, somewhere has the job of sorting the wheat from the chaff, or as it were, the interesting idea from the utterly unwatchable production. My idea of good television comedy is M*A*S*H* and Barney Miller. Until someone in the “pay TV” universe comes up with something that matches these shows in quality, I will do one of two things: read a book or go see an actual live play.

Veteran Cat Servant

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