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The 25 Best Cop Shows of All Time

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It’s a big day for fans of ’80s television, cop shows, and, basically, things that are good: after first and second season releases that ended in 2006 and never resumed, the pop culture saviors over at Shout Factory have stepped up with a massive, full-series DVD box set for Hill Street Blues, the ground-breaking dramatic series that continues to influence quality television to this very day. And while it’s easy enough to earmark Hill Street as one of the best police series of all time, how do all those perp-chasing, car-crashing, rule-bending, good-cop-bad-cops actually stack up against each other?
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Flavorwire Staffers’ Cultural Resolutions for 2014

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With the end of every calendar year comes the customary influx of “Best Of” lists, definitively ranking the créme de la cultural créme of the last 365 days. But as 2013 winds down, we’re also making plans for the next year of books, movies, and shows. Click through for Flavorwire’s cultural resolutions for 2014 — what we want more of, what we want less of, and what parts of 2013 we could do without altogether.
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10 TV Shows to Fill the ‘Breaking Bad’-Shaped Hole in Your Heart

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Last night at 10:15 pm was the moment we’d all been dreading: the end of AMC’s Breaking Bad. As we brace ourselves for life in a post-Breaking Bad world (much like Low Winter Sun, we imagine), our Sunday nights seem as lonely as the New Mexico desert. To cheer ourselves — and hopefully you, too — up, we took a temporary leave from mourning to recommend ten television shows that should help fill the Breaking Bad-shaped hole in your …Read More

A Brief Survey of Male Nudity in Television

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CollegeHumor had a “boner” to pick earlier this week. A few funny ladies got together to discuss the lack of male nudity on television. In the short HBO Should Show Dongs, which we spotted on The Mary Sue, women argue for genital equality: “For every topless background extra, every actress that bears her bouncies but doesn’t even get a line, every minute we have to sit through this dumb double standard, you owe us an inch of grade-A man meat.” It’s funny, because it’s true.

We’re currently experiencing an exciting shift in television, with shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men changing public opinion about the boob tube and pushing the boundaries of small-screen storytelling. Are the standards for nudity changing along with it?
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The Best and Worst Art Shows of 2013 So Far

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It’s hard to say if the art world has done an adequate job of responding to world events lately. 2013 has been marked by a crisis in Mali, a new pope, a marathon bombing, and a giant meteor landing in western Russia, and unless you count this series of dashboard photographs taken by drivers in Chelyabinsk, very few painters, video makers, sculptors, or performance artists have tried to reckon with any of this. It’s enough to make you wonder if the world’s most powerful artists and art institutions aren’t also the most solipsistic. For better or for worse, a lot of the year’s most anticipated exhibitions have been disconnected not only from current events but from history.
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Syllabi for 10 Real College Pop-Culture Classes We’d Love to Take

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We’ve all heard of Physics for Poets and Rocks for Jocks, but a few college classes skip the pretense of hard science altogether and get straight to the fun stuff. While these courses may not get you into medical school, they’ll leave you well-prepared for any cocktail party conversation, as long as you go to the kind of cocktail party where guests talk about Harry Potter and Joss Whedon. We’ve compiled the most compelling classes on TV, music, and even video games that colleges have to offer, including a selection of readings so you can hit the books without doing the whole midterm-and-paper …Read More