So Say We All: Why Battlestar Galactica Was the Best Sci-Fi Series Ever on Television

A shockingly large segment of the population suffers from the delusion that all artistic judgments are subjective. For instance, when confronted with a claim such as “John Singer Sargent is the greatest portrait painter of the 20th century,” they believe what is being presented is an assertion of opinion rather than a statement of fact. They [Read More…]

A Half-Century Later, I Love Lucy Still Making Millions

The last episode of I Love Lucy aired 55 years ago. But the classic sitcom is still a cash cow for CBS: The show brings in around $20 million to the studio annually, according to CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York Thursday. “I Love Lucy” aired [Read More…]

Television’s 11 Most Creative Opening Credits

One of the most undervalued formats in television is the opening credit sequences. Within just a few minutes that set the tone for a series that last for years—even decades. They can reveal a backstory in a song (Gilligan’s Island, Green Acres), create a aural hook (Peter Gunn’s theme for Mission Impossible, Quincy Jone’s music [Read More…]

A Scholarly Critique of Gilligan’s Island

Almost every American who owned a television from the late 1960s to the early 1980s has watched an episode of Gilligan’s Island. And if you were a child during that era—in a time before cable and console video games—you probably watched all 98 episodes more than once. It shames me to consider it now, but I [Read More…]