Good Values, Great Entertainment: Garry Marshall, RIP

Garry Marshall passed away yesterday at the age of eighty-one. Over the course of fifty-six years in Hollywood, he was one of the most influential people in show business and—this is the real rarity—always a force for good. Marshall began his career in old Hollywood. He wrote jokes for Jack Paar and Joey Bishop while … Continued


The Unbreakable Moral Relativism of Modern Sitcoms

“Kimmy, we have a wonderful thing here in New York called moral relativism.” Those are the words of Lillian, an older woman (and landlord) who functions as a mentor to Kimmy Schmidt, the heroine of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show, Kimmy is a young woman still struggling … Continued

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Why Ashton Kutcher Made a Sitcom for Flyover Country

There’s a great scene in the third episode of The Ranch, Netflix’s new three-camera sitcom starring Ashton Kutcher and veteran character actor Sam Elliott. Kutcher plays 34-year-old high-school football hero Colt Bennett, who never quite made it in pros and is forced to return home to Colorado to work on his family’s cattle ranch. Elliott … Continued

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Why Does Hollywood Hate Catholic Women?

As evidenced by the collective glee over Spotlight’s win for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, Hollywood loves to make the Catholic Church look bad. To be fair, I haven’t seen Spotlight yet, but I agree with other outspoken Catholics that the Catholic Church owes a great debt to the journalists that helped expose the … Continued

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Why I Wish Leslie Knope was Running for President

With the US presidential election a year away, I am trying to be a more informed citizen by keeping up with the news and watching debates, such as last night’s fourth Republican presidential candidate debate. I have never taken a political science class, but I have watched a lot of Parks and Recreation, which centers … Continued

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