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Great Moments in Sitcom History: A Eulogy (Part 1 of 5)

Two and a Half Men was the most popular sitcom on television last year, averaging 13.1 million viewers. In the 1987-1988 season, The Cosby Show averaged 30 million viewers. In fact, 19 sitcoms that year had more viewers than Two and a Half Men, including Night Court (20.2M), Kate & Allie (15.9M), My Sister Sam (15.2M) and ALF (14.4M).

With thousands of cable and DirectTV channels to choose from, along with Netflix streaming and AppleTV and the ever-expanding World Wide Web, fewer people watch the same shows.

Maybe that’s why sitcoms don’t feel the same anymore...»

THE REENTRY: Monday, September 19th

Coach Taylor

Indeed: clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. Kyle Chandler picked up a much-deserved Emmy last night for his portrayal of Coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights, and then Modern Family won all of the other Emmys. As Linda Holmes explains of the actual broadcast, “It was a little bit like going to the very bad wedding of people you really love: the happiness you feel for the people involved almost makes up for how otherwise unremarkable the experience is.” That said, we thought Jane Lynch’s opening number was pretty cool…»

Sharing the Remote

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Done right, the gadget gift can be a perfect cross-generational gambit—so as part of our ongoing gift coverage, we thought we’d tip you off to the the Roku XDS, our favorite gadget of the year.

The controls are about the same as your standard hotel pay-per-view set up: flip through a few titles with synopsis blurbs below, decide on one and click play. The difference is, you’ll be choosing from anything on Netflix, Hulu, or even Pandora if you need a jazz-funk mix for the post-holiday cleanup. And most importantly, it’s the kind of thing you can spend the morning hooking up—which is as honored a holiday tradition as we can think of.

And Dad has been meaning to catch up on his Newhart…

Jessica Stam is Perfectly Rounded


Evening Wear: Jessica Stam brings back the Veronica Lake look. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

Seersucker Confidential: A style appreciation of Mr. James Ellroy, an Eisenhower dandy and genuine crazy man. [Inventory Magazine]

Unshankable: Learning to love prison-issue glasses frames. We really hope this catches on. [Magnificent Bastard]

Downstream: Netflix gets a little bit cooler, adding 300 indie and foreign titles to their streaming library, including our beloved Wendy and Lucy. [/Film]