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Aaron Sorkin
Comedy should have the last laugh in television
Comedy should have the last laugh in television

The subject is comedy. If it is not exactly true that it "can't get no respect," to quote the comic, it does get less than it deserves. It has become commonplace to say that we are living in a New Golden Age of Television, or a Platinum Age of Television, depending on whether your point is that things are as good now as they were back when Lucy ruled the waves or whether your point is that things have never been as good as they are now. On one level, since there has always been great television, this just means that people — critics, and the rest of you — have been given permission, by the self-creating zeitgeist, to take it seriously. And television has...

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