The Televangelist: Glee's Enabling Song

One could never accuse Glee of holding its cards too close to its chest: From the very beginning, Glee was clear about its various controversial stances. Its most prominently displayed principle is tolerance, something Glee presents primarily as a sort of stand-in for "love" and a be-all end-all for life philosophy and direction. They've spent a lot of time encouraging empathy for and acceptance of a number of relative minorities and underprivileged. I have previously, without blanket e … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: The Office's Long, Splendid Goodbye

Each Friday in The Televangelist, Richard Clark examines the met and missed potential of television.When The Office said goodbye to Michael Scott, many disavowed themselves from the show. According to general wisdom, television shows tend to go on way too long in a cynical attempt to pile up as much money as possible before the inevitably jump the shark. For most, Michael Scott getting on that airplane was The Office's inevitable shark-jump.But it wasn't. The Office has carried its' own … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: Community's Magnum Opus

Each Friday in The Televangelist, Richard Clark examines the met and missed potential of television. I would be genuinely surprised if last Thursday's episode of Community, "Remedial Chaos Theory" doesn't go down as the single best episode of Community yet. It's a slow burn, for sure, a concept that seems horrifically over-complicated and misguided. But it justifies itself by the end of the show, or half way through, or however long it takes you to realize what is going on here. And what is … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: The New Girl, The Last Man Standing, and Gender Relations

Each Friday in The Televangelist, Richard Clark examines the met and missed potential of television.You don't have to be a genius to realize that two new sitcoms, The New Girl and Last Man Standing, are for entirely different audiences. One features as its protagonist a quirky, likeable and sensitive girl who's trying to get over a messy break-up. The other features a rugged, combative and oblivious husband and father who finds himself stranded in a sea of femininity. Both shows have a similar … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: How NBC’s Parenthood Instills Empathy

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Each Friday in The Televangelist, Richard Clark examines the met and missed potential of television.What show should you be watching that you probably aren't already? NBC's Parenthood, a dramatically careful and remarkably relevant drama that manages to be touching without feeling forced or manipulative. The obvious selling point is that it provides a gripping storyline that doesn't feel overly melodramatic, and keeps us watching primarily because the characters are fleshed out and likeable. … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: A Case for the Idiot Box

Each Friday in The Televangelist, Richard Clark examines the met and missed potential of television.Television gets a bad name, primarily because it's so good at supporting stuff that is unequivocally dumb. Still, underneath that thick layer of dirt is something beautiful. There are several television shows being produced that could be worth the time, but the common factor of almost all of them is that they take a certain amount of work and commitment. They take an investment.But that's the … [Read more...]


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