Television: Good Scout

Television series, particularly situation comedies, are not intended for casual viewers. They require fidelity. If you're an absentee, you lose out.

Consider a casual viewer tuning in The Dick Van Dyke Show. He has heard that it's pretty funny. After all, it has just won three Emmy awards as the funniest, best-written and best-directed humor show on television. He knows from just general absorption that Van Dyke plays a gag writer married to a delicious-looking girl played by Mary Tyler Moore. Van Dyke and Moore are arriving at a literary cocktail party. "Do...

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