Television: Fun & Games

Fun & Games Ever since it became the latest thing in the U.S. parlor, TV has exploited the parlor game. Today the old pastime and its giveaway variants are as numerous, popular and deeply entrenched as any kind of TV entertainment. Tuesday alone brings no fewer than 13 such shows in twelve hours. Sponsors like them because they are cheap (about half the price of some of the major dramatic shows), while paradoxically audiences goggle at their largesse. But for most viewers what glitters most brightly in these shows is...

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