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TV, Guide!

Like religion, TV shows must understand how to tell stories over time if they hope to endure. The Simpsons gets it. Downton Abbey doesn’t.

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Helpless

The nebbish is the bumbling caricature of a Jewish male, embodied by figures like Woody Allen and George Costanza. Where did he come from?

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Obscenity Charges

Sarah Silverman seemed poised to usher in a new generation of secure, sexual, and powerful female comics. Instead, she went for empty shocks and cheap laughs.

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Well-Matched

Patti Stanger, host of the Bravo reality show Millionaire Matchmaker, is the iconic antidote to the bloated expectations and self-delusion of our times

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Maddening

A show about intermarriage, Mad About You never once mentioned religion. It’s a monument to the comedic dangers of ethnic cleansing.

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Greetings, ‘Jewish News One’

‘Jewish al Jazeera’ set to launch, broadcasting in English to the Middle East

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Heartland

Rescue Me, ending a seven-year run on FX, was the best artistic engagement with Sept. 11, and with the wounds New York sustained that day

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Mother Russia

The new Lifetime reality show Russian Dolls portrays the Russian-American Jews of Brighton Beach as celebrating neither America nor their Judaism but the freedom to be stereotypically Russian

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Dynamic Duo

Phineas and Ferb, a smart and fantastically frenetic Disney animated show, features two kids who are curious, inventive, polite, community-minded—everything Jewish parents want their kids to be

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Women in Love

Like this week’s parasha, TV’s fall lineup—with shows about Playboy bunnies, sultry stewardesses, and pretty P.I.s in tight pants—offers women nothing but humiliation

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Time Regained

This week’s parasha, a discussion of the sabbatical year, should serve as a reminder that the most precious thing we have is free time. And it’s time we stopped wasting it in front of the television.

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Turned Off

The period between Passover and Shavuot is traditionally a time for reflection; parents would do well to reflect on just how awful most live-action TV programming for kids is

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War and Remembrance

The Promise, a British miniseries about Israel at its founding and today, has been criticized by some Jewish groups as biased propaganda. But it’s a fair and compelling dramatization that deserves to be widely seen, not demonized.

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Santa Pause

What are Jewish parents to do when every show on television drips with Christmas cheer? Here are four strategies for managing your children’s expectations in this most un-Jewish time of year.

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Real World

A hit Israeli reality-TV show makes something smart, layered, and truthful from a genre’s usual mush

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Yabba Dabba Jew

Fred Flintstone, who turned 50 last week, was voiced by a New York Jew who modeled his delivery on the immigrants he grew up among

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Seeing Things

When fast-food-induced hallucinations of Chelsea Clinton precede Yom Kippur, extreme measures must be taken

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Spielberg Plans ‘Docudrama’ at Israeli Hospital

‘Survivor’ meets ‘E.R.’ meets Jerusalem

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Jon Minus Kate, Plus 5770

Gosselin tells parenting blog he loves Jews, shops at Zabar’s

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Lucky There’s a Mishpacha Guy

Seth MacFarlane’s Fox series just got a lot Jewier

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‘Seinfeld’ Cast to Reunite on ‘Curb’

Jewish Journal has questions; Baltimore Sun has answers

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After 20 Years, a New ‘Shalom Sesame’

Jewish-themed ‘Sesame Street’ is back, now with Gyllenhaal and Messing

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The Annotated Child: All Set!

Our parenting columnist tunes in to the world of TV

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Dudu’s Dead

Disgraced Israeli TV star found hanged in prison cell

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Today in Tablet

Modest ‘Blossom’, cups of Israeli Joe, and more

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Israel Gets a Disney Channel

Why? Because…why not!

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Palin’s Jewish Successor

Democrat Ethan Berkowitz considers an Alaska run

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Those Were the Days

An appreciation of Norman Lear

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Lambert Outs Himself As Jewish

And—who knew?—gay, too

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Creature Presentation

The Golem migrates from Prague to Springfield