It is not, the "United Christians Brigade," as my mother calls it. Close, but not quite. The Upright Citizens Brigade is the ultimate hub of comedic talent, a religion for some, and a cult classic for the young at heart.
Gone are the days when a sick day meant staying home to watch soap operas and daytime talk shows. Here are 10 of our favorite series to binge on next time we have a few hours -- or a few days -- to veg in bed.
Even though Season 5 was a down year for Mad Men, it was still clearly one of the best shows on television. It took something very special to best it. Which brings us to Homeland. I'm pleased that Homeland won for best drama.
To be frank, tax returns deserve more attention than this. It's not to criticize a candidate's success. It's not to tear apart donations to charity or church. It's to see how honest our elected officials are. It's an issue of transparency.
That, I think, is how one preserves the sacred institution of marriage -- by making our own an example of the best that it can be, not fretting fruitlessly over whether other people can or can't get married to the person they love.
TV is a medium of great power, influence... and profit. One can simultaneously entertain and inspire (enspire?) -- and garner big ratings while doing it. Here is my list of TV's 17 Best Issue-tainment Shows of All Time.
Oh, some of these special effects characters are a giggle and some are sheer mayhem making and some will make you grab your neighbor's elbow. That's when you know you're in the right place, because after inhaling deeply you are glad you came.
Fortunately, Woodstock is still a long ways off. And the Summer of Love is, too (along with San Francisco), though it's just over a year away in the Mad Men universe. But the rumblings of change -- in this case racial change and generational change -- are getting much louder.