Reviewer discretion: The Best TV of 2014

It’s that time of year. That magical time when we look back on a year of television and pass judgment one last time. What did we love? What did we hate? What did we want to set on fire?

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times: Celebrating ‘The Simpsons’ at 25

By JIM SABATASO | STAFF [A version of this story appears in the Sept. 3, 2014, edition of the Rutland Reader.] The Simpsons is having a moment. Entering its 25th season, the animated Fox sitcom has faded in and out of relevance, but its lasting cultural impact, like Martin Prince’s precious geode, must be acknowledged. The…

The Simpsons said it: 9 times ‘The Simpsons’ embiggened the American lexicon

By JIM SABATASO | STAFF Today begins FXX’s 12-day Simpsons marathon. As a result, the Internet is having a veritable orgasm of Simpsons clickbait. So it’s time we get on the bandwagon. I’ll post a more thoughtful piece on the show’s lasting cultural impact next week. In the meantime, here’s something to hold you over. Like Shakespeare before it,…

Daily clicks — May 5, 2014

• A very Salon-y piece about why the current “golden age” of television is a dangerous distraction  (salon.com) Open a window on social media during prime time, and you’ll find young journalists talking about TV under Twitter avatars of themselves in MSNBC makeup. Fifteen years ago, these people might have attended media reform congresses discussing how…