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'On the Air': David Lynch Makes a Sitcom (Seriously)

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.

After his multi-episode arc on the last season of Louie, we all know that David Lynch is capable of comedy. That sounds like a backhanded [...]

Five Great Shows That Almost Jumped the Shark

Between the firing of Dan Harmon on Community and the endless retooling (and eventual cancelation) of Up All Night, NBC has filled the current TV season with dread and frustration. But it wouldn’t be the first time a show has been in trouble. With that in mind, here are five great shows that nearly jumped the shark but managed to rebound and reclaim their former glory.

Heineken! Damn Fine Coffee! The Wry, Enduring Comedic Collaboration of David Lynch and Kyle MacLachlan

Blue Velvet celebrates its 25th anniversary tomorrow with a new Blu-Ray package including nearly an hour’s worth of unseen footage, but I can’t imagine any lines, even a quarter century later, matching the quotability and notoriety of these:

“What kind of beer do you like?” the thuggish character Frank (Dennis Hopper) asks outside a bar in Blue Velvet. “Heineken,” mutters young, innocent Jeffrey Beaumont (the soft-spoken Kyle MacLachlan), growing aware of the seediness hidden within his hometown of Lumberton. “Heineken!” gnarled, leather-clad Frank explodes as he grips the back of Beaumont’s head. “Fuck that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon!”

Beaumont accepts the PBR assertion and joins Frank among the [...]