Robinson vs. Buckley

Jackie Robinson, the black knight who rescued baseball from the claws of segregation, accomplished his mission neither immediately nor solitarily.  His was a burden of entrenched bigotry, racial taunts, and blind ignorance.  When Branch Rickey selected Robinson, his...

Chandler Bing, Oscar Madison, et al.

Undoubtedly, Matthew Perry’s most recognized role is Chandler Bing on Friends, the powerhouse sitcom on NBC’s Must See TV Thursday night lineup in the 1990s.  Perry has a distinguished roster of roles beyond the wisecracking Bing, who used humor as a...

The Big Three

In the 1980s, America’s three television networks changed hands. ABC to Capital Cities.  NBC to General Electric.  CBS to Loews. Ken Auletta documented the decade in his 1991 book Three Blind Mice:  How the TV Networks Lost Their Way.  It is, indeed, a fantastic...

Television by the Numbers

Numbers play an integral role in the titles of television programs. One Tree Hill.   Murder One.  One on One.  Stargate SG-1. Two and a Half Men. Three’s Company. Foursome. Party of Five. Six Feet Under. Seven Days. Eight Is Enough. The Nine. Just the Ten of Us....