Television: A Tale Told By An Idiot Box

For sweeps month, TV shares the story of its life

It's fitting that the two most popular sweeps-TV topics today are mythology (Jason and the Argonauts, Arabian Nights) and classic television. For TV is the closest thing to our own mythology, a tradition of shared tales reflecting our values. Yea, just as chaos doth follow when gods lie with mortals, so doth woe betide the Bradys when Marcia gets a crush on Davy Jones!

At least that's what you'd think reading the news--perennial pop-quiz failure George W. Bush was embarrassed when he couldn't identify Sex and the City to Glamour magazine--and today's TV listings. In a season that's already seen two...

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