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Top 15 Christmas TV Episodes Ever

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 16th 2010 12:00PM
The Office
Our No. 1 choice for the best Christmas episode ever may not be a surprise -- any episode that involves the creation of a new, Christmas spin-off holiday has to rate a top spot! -- but countdown is designed to bring some ho-ho-ho holiday cheer to your celebration this season.

So, jump down off the aluminum pole, postpone that Airing of Grievances and recall these classic Christmas TV installments.

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Inspiring TV Teachers: Real-Life Educators Pay Tribute

by TV Squad Readers, posted Aug 31st 2010 1:00PM
William DanielsWe've all had that one teacher who really drove us to do well in school, to reach for our dreams and to succeed. Sometimes in the life of a TV fanatic, that teacher may be a character on your favorite series.

To salute those inspiring educators -- both real and fake -- we asked real-life teachers to tell us what TV teachers they hold close to their hearts.

From Mr. Kotter on 'Welcome Back, Kotter' to Mr. Feeny on 'Boy Meets World,' read on to find out which characters have left a lasting mark on the molders of today's youth.

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'Law & Order' Again? Here Are 10 Better Ideas for You, NBC

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 20th 2010 7:51PM


I remember when 'Law & Order: SVU' debuted, there were a lot of joking articles asking what would be next, 'Law & Order: Pet Detectives'? There were also questions about how many of these shows an audience could really take, and so on and so forth, with the same humor (if you can call it that) applied to the 'CSI' and 'NCIS' franchises as they came along.

Well guess what, people? 'Law & Order' is doing it again. NBC has greenlit a fourth version of 'L&O' -- set in L.A. -- for a fall debut. The original and 'SVU' are also looking good for renewals, while 'Criminal Intent' airs on cable network USA and on NBC.

My mind is boggled by this news. At this point, when I watch 'L&O' it has the same sort of nostalgic feeling I used to get from old episodes of 'Little House on the Prairie'.

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'Law & Order' Again? Here Are 10 Better Ideas for You, NBC

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 20th 2010 7:51PM


I remember when 'Law & Order: SVU' debuted, there were a lot of joking articles asking what would be next, 'Law & Order: Pet Detectives'? There were also questions about how many of these shows an audience could really take, and so on and so forth, with the same humor (if you can call it that) applied to the 'CSI' and 'NCIS' franchises as they came along.

Well guess what, people? 'Law & Order' is doing it again. NBC has greenlit a fourth version of 'L&O' -- set in L.A. -- for a fall debut. The original and 'SVU' are also looking good for renewals, while 'Criminal Intent' airs on cable network USA and on NBC.

My mind is boggled by this news. At this point, when I watch 'L&O' it has the same sort of nostalgic feeling I used to get from old episodes of 'Little House on the Prairie'.

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Merlin Olsen Dead at 69

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 11th 2010 12:55PM
Merlin OlsenOn January 1 we reported that former football star and actor Merlin Olsen was suing NBC Universal, NBC Studios, and 20th Century Fox for exposing him to asbestos over the years. Now comes word that Olsen has died of mesothelioma in California.

Olsen was someone who had successful careers in both sports and acting. TV drama fans will remember him from his roles in 'Little House on the Prairie' (he played Jonathan Garvey) and 'Father Murphy' (as the title character) and football fans will remember his long pro football career playing for The Los Angeles Rams. He was the 1962 Rookie of the Year and retired in 1976 after being named to the Pro Bowl fourteen times. He also had a career as a sports commentator and analyst.

Olsen had roles in other TV shows and movies as well, including 'Aaron's Way,' 'Fathers and Sons,' 'Kung Fu,' 'The Brian Keith Show,' and 'Petticoat Junction.'

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Merlin Olsen suing NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 1st 2010 7:01PM
Merlin OlsenMerlin Olsen, who was a football player and then went on to become a sportscaster for NBC and an actor on such TV shows as Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy, is suing NBC Studios, NBC Universal, and 20th Century Fox for exposing him to asbestos. Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year and is undergoing chemotherapy.

But the lawsuit doesn't stop there. Because he was exposed to asbestos at a job when he was around 11 years old and also exposed when he was an adult while working at a job involving drywall, Olsen is also suing Sherwin-Williams and Lennox Industries.

Hmmm, I have zero legal training (unless you count watching L.A. Law reruns as legal training), but I wonder if the fact that Olsen says that he was exposed to asbestos when he was younger will affect the lawsuit? Maybe he would have more luck suing the earlier companies rather than NBC?

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Best '70s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 22nd 2009 6:00AM
MASHIn AOL TV's continuing countdown of the best TV shows of each decade, we're back to break down the 1970s, a decade when the cop dramas were less gritty, the families were close-knit and the sitcoms were sprinkled with serious social commentary.

Our list of the best shows of the '70s features many of the best shows of all time (here's looking at you, 'Mary Tyler Moore Show,' 'M*A*S*H' and 'Taxi'). Take a gander and let us know if you agree.

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Greatest TV Dads

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 8th 2009 6:00AM
John GoodmanReal-life dads are sometimes preoccupied with their careers and distracted by life's many complications. Happily, on TV, all dads have plenty of quality time to share with their kids, while dispensing encouraging words and occasional tough love.

Maybe that's because TV dads never spend much time at work. (We're pretty sure everyone's fathers would sign up for that!) Step into the wonderful make-believe world where every day is Father's Day, and join us as we count down our 20 favorite TV dads.

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50 Best TV Dramas Ever

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 11th 2009 6:00AM
CSIIt's not easy winnowing more than 50 years of small-screen gems into a list of 50.

But AOL TV's picks of the top TV dramas include the most brilliant doctors and lawyers, the angst-iest teens, sci-fi series that transcend their genre molds, family dramas that both warm and break your heart, terrorist- and mobster-fighting heroes ... and a show that combined the best of family and gangster drama into one unforgettable series.

Click through to see all 50 of the best TV dramas of all time.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2009 6:07PM
MoonlightHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Today's the day Moonlight fans go crazy. A complete series set! I'm surprised I haven't bought any of the Rockford Files DVDs since it was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid, but it's just something I haven't gotten around to yet.

As for The Girls of Little House on the Prairie, well, that sounds kinda dirty.

  • Criss Angel Mindfreak - Season 4
  • Emergency - Season 5
  • George Wallace - Special Edition Miniseries
  • Jonathan Creek - Season 3
  • The Last Detective - Complete Collection
  • Little House on the Prairie - The Girls Of, Vols. 1 and 2
  • MI-5 - Vol. 6
  • MonsterQuest - Season 2
  • Moonlight - Complete Series
  • My Three Sons - Season 1, Vol. 2
  • The Powerpuff Girls - Complete Collector's Set
  • The Rockford Files - Season 6
  • This American Life - Season 2 (Borders stores only)

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On the 10th day of Festivus, TV gave to me ...

by Debra McDuffee, posted Dec 14th 2008 2:49PM
Mad Men lighter DVD case... Ten shows on DVD

Since there are twelve shows a-stinkin' on TV this year (well, that's the low estimate), you might be glad to hear that 2008 brought us some spectacular TV on DVD. You knew there had to be a bright spot, right?

Whether you want to re-watch your favorite classic shows from the '50s or '60s (or earlier), or catch up on one of the hottest shows on current TV (yeah, there are a few) by starting with the first season, they've been released on DVD in 2008. It was actually hard to pick just ten, but for better or for worse, here are my picks:

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TV Obits: Cohen, Friendly, Demarest, De Santis

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 20th 2007 1:02PM
  • Kathie Lee Gifford, Claudia CohenClaudia Cohen: She was one of the more famous gossip columnists, and had a regular spot on both Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and Live with Regis and Kelly, as well guest spots on Curb Your Enthusiasm and ESPN. She got her start writing for The New York Post also wrote the "I, Claudia" column for The New York Daily News. Cohen died last Saturday of complications from stomach cancer that was first diagnosed six years ago.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Mar 19th 2007 4:42PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can download the file directly (Quicktime required). You can also subscribe to this podcast via our feed.

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Gilbert and Swayze in Little House on the Prairie musical

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 19th 2007 9:03AM

melissa gilbertLittle House on the Prairie confounded my young mind on many levels: first of all, I thought the series was an adaptation of the Michael Landon vehicle I Was a Teenage Werewolf, which led me to the erroneous conclusion that all werewolves are farmers. This is not true: most werewolves, like zombies, work in the service industry.

Also, because the show took place in the latter half of the 19th century, I assumed that's when it was filmed, too. It never occurred to me --keep in mind the show began two years before I was born-- that it was a modern show set in the past. I assumed it was a really old show and that anyone involved with it was probably long dead.

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 28th 2006 12:44PM
  • St. Elsewhere7th Heaven - Season 3
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Season 2
  • Bones - Season 1
  • Criminal Minds - Season 1
  • Ellen - Season 5
  • Flavor of Love - Season 2
  • Girls Behaving Badly - Vol. 1
  • Jamie Kennedy's Blowin' Up - Season 1
  • Joan of Arcadia - Season 2
  • Little House on the Prairie - Movies
  • St. Elsewhere - Season 1
  • Touched By An Angel - Season 3, Vol. 2

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