The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)
I'm no expert on writing snappy headlines to get attention, but as far as book titles go, Mr. And Mrs. Cugat: The Record Of [...]
Unpopular Opinions is a bi-weekly column in which a writer takes a stand against popular opinion, whether it's asserting the true merit of a supposedly guilty pleasure or dissenting against the universally lauded.
“Cheers is filmed before a live studio audience.” Those are welcoming words to people of a certain age. They make you think about a home cooked meal after soccer practice. Or a sack of McDonald’s you happily shoved down your throat while waiting for your mom and dad to come home from their weekly night out. Or the can of still beer you guzzled by yourself after stealing it from the front yard of a frat [...]
1. Fifty-nine years ago yesterday, 44 million people watched “Lucy Goes to the Hospital,” better known as, The Episode of I Love Lucy Where Lucy Has Little Ricky. Meaning, in 1953, nearly 72% of American households that owned a TV were tuned in to Lucy that night (the U.S. population at the time was around 160 million). To put that number into perspective: the M*A*S*H finale, “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen,” is the highest rated non-Super Bowl program of all-time, with over 50 million viewers. But the percentage of households that watched the episode was "just" 60.2%. Even last year’s Super Bowl, the most watched in American history with [...]