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TV’s Panicky New Shtetls

From a strange small town in Idaho to a menacing desert island, summer programming is all about anxious, insular communities

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The Art of Fixing the Failures of Plastic Surgery

TV’s fasctinating ‘Botched’ takes on the limits of aesthetic procedures

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The Med-School Reject Who Created ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and ‘The Brady Bunch’

A new book on sitcoms shows how the late Sherwood Schwartz, N.J. Jew in L.A., invented the modern high-concept comedy

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Obama vs. Romney in Arabic

For years, the Arabic press promoted the conspiracy that Jews fixed U.S. elections. That’s changing.

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Meet Tal, a 19-Year-Old Soldier

The Tel Aviv native talks nineties T.V.with an American participant.

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Medium Well

Saying goodbye to Medium, the surprisingly Jewish television show that perfectly captured the realities of parenting, the depths of grief, and the joys of everyday life

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Sundown: Delusions Down Under

Plus nukes for all, an ambivalent Egypt, and more

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Daybreak: ‘The Situation Has Arguably Regressed’

‘Wash. Post’ on likelihood of peace talks, plus fundraisers, Wasserstein, and more in the news

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‘Sesame Street’ for Palestinians

Not quite sweeping the clouds away

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Sundown: Madonna, a Rabbi, and Jesus Walk into a Tomb

Exodus to cable, kosher ovens, and a bar becomes a mitzvah

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Sundown: Having Your Ham, But Not Eating It

Not-so-mysterious ways, aloha ‘ShalomTV,’ and an elegant gesture

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Controversial Israeli TV Ad Now More Controversial

More tsuris over security-fence cell-phone commercial

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Jewish Comedy, Then and Now

Cranky essayist prefers the early, funny stuff

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