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The Bear serves up drama in half-size portions

The Bear on FX serves up drama in half-sized portions

From the very beginning of the series, The Bear from FX is a tense, anxious, anxiety-ridden tale of heartbreak, depression, passion, food, and change. Because of that, I didn’t binge it. I couldn’t have even binged it if I wanted to. The episodes are so raw that I need the time in between, even if it was a day, to calm down.

It’s well written, brilliantly acted, and insofar as I can tell, it’s the closest real-world depiction of many descriptions from Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential that I’ve ever seen on any screen.

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The Brilliance of Letterman’s Netflix Show Needs No Introduction

The Brilliance of Lettermans Netflix Show Needs No Introduction

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman is simply brilliant. If you have Netflix, it has likely been suggested to you as a touted original series, but if you are a fan of people in general – not just celebrity or long form conversation, comedy, or anything, just people – then this show is built for you.

He definitely hand selected the cream of the crop for guests, but these celebrities and personalities are people, and David Letterman gets everything out of them.

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The Kids finally get their due respect in The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks

The Kids finally get their due respect in The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks

They’re back with a new season or series (depending on who you ask) on Amazon Prime. Along with their long-overdue revival comes The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks, a two-part documentary about their decades-long journey from origins to success, failure, and everything else in between.

I have yet to watch the new material, and I will, but a few months ago, I started rewatching the old stuff.

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In a three network world, always be the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Dangerously Funny always be the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Today, the average content creator is likely to get “canceled” by either the right or the left because what they said was ideologically different.

But decades ago, the Smothers Brothers were removed from the airwaves because they were ideologically ahead of their time, and perhaps because they were trying to ruffle a few feathers along the way.

The point is, Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” by David Bianculli is more than a walk through a different time.

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