Lists and Classes
More blog silence from me, as I’ve been focusing my energies preparing to teach classes this fall. I’m teaching two courses: Television and American Culture, my annual offering, and The Art of Animation, which is a writing-intensive first-year seminar. Feel free to follow along with the course websites – TV is less web-based (and the syllabus is still being tweaked, so check back on Tuesday), while Animation will be my first time using a WordPress-based course site. We’ll see how it goes.
And for a recommended link, check out Time Magazine‘s list of the 100 best TV shows ever. As always, such lists are artificial and arbitrary – but I’m impressed with this collection hitting most of my favorites and important highlights of the medium (thanks for including Dragnet, Mary Hartman, and Soap!). I think such lists are important to help validate television as a legitimate form, as there are many who would (wrongly) doubt that there are even 100 shows worth valuing. But there are, and still some gaps – personally, I’d argue that Burns & Allen, The Muppet Show, and Northern Exposure all belong. (Although one noticeable gap is warranted in my book, as the overrated David E. Kelley is thankfully omitted!)
So what shows do you think belong or should be left off – or should such lists even be taken seriously?
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