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V.23 No.17 | 4/24/2014

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True Story

“Fargo” on FX

Coen brothers hit hits the small screen with FX’s “Fargo.”

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V.21 No.31 | 8/2/2012

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Shock and Bore

“Anger Management” on FX

It came as no surprise to learn that, mere weeks after getting fired from the top-rated “Two and a Half Men” for his easily demonstrable bad behavior, Charlie Sheen landed another sitcom at a rival network. If there’s one thing today’s pop cultural landscape rewards, time and again, it’s bad behavior. Another thing that it rewards: mediocrity.

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V.20 No.31 | 8/4/2011
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He Thinks He’s People

“Wilfred” on FX

American networks have been happily appropriating British TV series for decades. Everything from “Sanford and Son” to “Being Human” once had an English accent. By contrast, Australian TV hasn’t proved to be as deep a wellspring for inspiration. There was that American version of “Kath & Kim” starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair a few seasons ago, but the less said about that, the better. Aside from that, we had ... not coming up with anything.

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V.19 No.37 | 9/16/2010
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Dog Day After Dark

“Terriers” on FX

Cable net FX hasn’t quite caught up with rival AMC when it comes to original, hour-long series. But they keep trying. Currently, FX has “Rescue Me,” “Damages,” “Sons of Anarchy,” and “Justified.” Good shows, sure, but not quite up to the Emmy-winning pop and sizzle of AMC’s “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.”

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