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The Vast Wasteland

Television programming had never been worse. The quality of TV shows had been declining for years, but now it had reached an intolerable level. The decline had to stop said the FCC. The year was 1961. ... More

The Show that Ruined Television

It drove forward the careers of such Hollywood heavyweights as Helen Hunt, Denzel Washington, Howie Mandel, and Ed Begley Jr., but it was also the beginning of one of the most interesting factoids in all of television trivia. ... More

How Heroes are Made

“The embodiment of granted prayer” was how George W. Trendle envisioned the Lone Ranger, created to build an audience for his low-budget, independent radio station in 1933. Trendle used all the stock virtues of heroes, but in such high quantities that there was no space left for personality. The Lone Ranger was a paragon of justice, and extremely popular. ... More
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