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Rosenblatt, Roger
September 1977
New Republic;9/17/77, Vol. 177 Issue 12, p45
Comments on television programs in the U.S. Views of those who believe that television programs are not worth watching; Samples of several television programs; Argument that if the running television programs are successful they will breed "spin-offs," the system which spots the biggest idiot in a series and gives him a show of his own; Information that the ratio of good to bad has shifted so drastically that otherwise sensible people are staying up late to catch re-runs of "Sergeant Bilko."


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