Television: Tuesday Night on the Tube

ABC's big hits use sex and kids to clobber the competition

There are few better ways to find out what is really going on in this diverse country than to watch the highest-rated series on prime-time television. Though network TV is never art and only sporadically satisfying entertainment, it is a fascinating barometer of the public's prevailing tastes in pop culture and social values. That is why the Nielsen winners are often more exciting to watch than better shows with low ratings. Turn on the hits and you get a fun-house mirror image of...

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