Best in Shows
Our Sunday nights aren't the same since that little smile lit up Don Draper's face, and his greatest idea concluded the series. Daily reruns on DirecTV's Audience Channel remind us of the series which has thus far set the standard for 21st century U.S. television.
Outstanding Game/Panel Show
What's My Line? (CBS)
Class. Sophistication. Good manners. A bizarre take on the role of women in society. At 10:30PM on Sundays in the 1950's and '60's, millions of Americans enjoyed a genteel parlor game.
Foyle's War (PBS)
This period detective drama renders with unique historical accuracy the WWII and early Cold War era setting. Michael Kitchen's brilliant portrayal of Christopher Foyle captures forever the timeless values of his character's generation.
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
Carson's personality was perfectly suited for the TV medium. He was never smug, and never acted superior to part of the population. Today's late night hosts should go to school on his reruns.
Scott & Bailey
An outstanding recent police drama was made in Manchester, UK. Have you seen it?
The cast has gone on to new hits, but the recent British comedy Miranda has three years of laughs on Hulu.
Who would you root for? A charming, ruthless hedge fund billionaire, or a relentless, self-righteous federal prosecutor. I'm most fascinated by the woman connected to both men.
Media politics plays by the same rules as media entertainment. Entertain the audience, and evoke their empathy.