CBS’s ‘Intelligence’ Tests the Trade-Offs of Technology

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Warning: This article includes spoilers for the early episodes of CBS’s Intelligence.On January 7, CBS launched its most popular show of the new season, Intelligence. Created by Michael Seitzman, Intelligence boasts an impressive cast that includes Josh Holloway (Lost), Megan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), and John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise). The series follows Gabriel Vaughn (Holloway), an agent commissioned by the fictional US Cyber Command to act as an “ … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: Bring the Light

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Warning: This article contains spoiler about the third episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season.Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS.Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done.Episode Two: Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost.The third episode of Downton Abbey to air on PBS this season introduced some new wrinkles but was primarily dedicated to resolving (or at least working through) some of the conflicts … [Read more...]

M*A*S*H and the Military Brat

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By Gina Dalfonzo One of my very earliest memories is hearing the haunting, minor-key theme song from M*A*S*H playing on our TV. When I heard it, I’d head for the family room and plop down with my parents to watch the show. In my childhood, of course, there was a lot that went right over my head—which, given the nature of some of the humor, was a good thing. Nonetheless, I grew up on Hawkeye and Hot Lips and Klinger and Radar (who’s still my favorite), their camouflage-clad figures as familiar to … [Read more...]

How “Happy Days” Made Me (Horrible)

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We went for a hike, alone. I felt pretty good about it--very cool and in control. I was about a year older than her, about 15, and even though I wasn't particularly attracted to her, I was committed to seeing this little excursion through and making out by the end of the hike. I honestly felt I would be doing her a favor. She wasn't going to do much better than me. And it really didn't mean anything--it was just something fun you could do together. So we walked out into the desert behind her h … [Read more...]

Spectacularly Trivialized: Teen Mom 2 and Abortion as Entertainment

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About thirty years ago in his signature work Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman warned that the encroaching entertainment industry threatened to undermine society’s ability to deal with fundamental issues. American culture, Postman argued, had become so dominated by triviality and hyper-emotionalism, spread through television, that even the weightiest of issues and the most sacred of topics are trapped in absurdity, divorced from reason. Such is certainly the case with season 5 of MTV’s Tee … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the second episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season. Each week, a Christ and Pop Culture writer will offer their thoughts on the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS.Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done.This week on Downton Abbey, we continue our journey of reconnecting with the goings on of the estate. If we could tie a few of the stories together in this episode, it could center around loss and grief, and how the char … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done

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Warning: This article contains spoiler about the fourth season premiere of Downton Abbey.Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS.On Sunday, American television audiences got their first glimpse of British hit Downton Abbey’s fourth season. As expected, plenty of changes occurred following the traumatic death of Matthew Crawley in a car accident at the end of the show’s third season. His widow Mary is now left with … [Read more...]

1. Breaking Bad: “Implicating the Rest of Us in His Fall” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #2: Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City #1: Breaking Bad I’m not sure of the next time our investment in the state of a man’s soul will become the focus of a television cultural phenomenon quite like what we saw with Breaking Bad’s final season. Each Sunday night over the course of the eight episode run was an Event. Fans and television critics were abuzz on social media and pop … [Read more...]

8. Moone Boy: “Odd Man Out” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #9: Orange is the New Black (Netflix) #8: Moone Boy (Hulu) Moone Boy, a delightful TV series that premiered to American audiences via Hulu this year focuses on 12-year-old Martin Moone and his adventures through prepubescence with his imaginary friend, Seán, in rural Ireland. While much of the show is semi-autobiographical of Chris O'Dowd, the actor who plays Seán, the show zeroes in on un … [Read more...]

9. Orange is the New Black: “Treated With Respect” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #10: Pope Francis #9: Orange is the New Black (Netflix) Just one season in, Orange is the New Black is gathering huge momentum and ringing endorsements. Based on the memoir of Piper Kerman and set in a women’s prison in New York state, it revolves around Kerman (Taylor Schilling), an upper-middle class woman serving a 15-month sentence for transporting drug money for her former lover and d … [Read more...]


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