Television: The New Season

For critics of television, the time has come to lower the general standard.

Almost everyone but Newton Minow and a small group of diehards have stopped expecting new Shakespeares, or even new Jean Kerrs, to come popping out of the tube. Occasionally, TV specials do dart guiltily into advanced culture, like the flashlights of burglars in the Metropolitan Museum. Prodded by Minow, the industry has raised its public affairs programming to an admirable level, as was evident last week from Oxford, Miss., to Cape Canaveral. But people who really care about TV—the...

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