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TV Picks: Pirates, a painter, prisoners and people of Broadway
TV Picks: Pirates, a painter, prisoners and people of Broadway

"Crossbones" (NBC, Fridays), "Friday Night Spotlight: Pirate Pictures" (TCM, Fridays in June). Pirates! Their parrots, their peg legs, their eye patches; their planks for walking, their X'ed spot-markings; their swashbuckling ways and way of talking; their "Shiver me timbers!" and "Avast there, mateys!" We have long embraced the buccaneer as a naughty, unconventional, seafaring hidden part of our politer, conventional, landlubbing selves. Criminals, certainly, and yet lovable enough to inspire one of Disney's most enduring theme park rides (and, true, one of the weirdest — pirates burn down a town), which in turn inspired those movies, and a song I won't be able to get out of my head for a...

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