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Ranking the Monster Cereals

  Back in 2013, I addressed General Mills’ line of “Monster Cereals” in one of my October posts. You can read the whole thing here. My thoughts on the topic generally haven’t changed, but since the 2nd has already come and gone, I chose a list that wouldn’t take too much thought to put together.…

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The Top 10 Twilight Zone Episodes No One Talks About

The Twilight Zone is one of my favorite television series of all time. If you’ve been following along with my “Small-Screen 66” series, you can expect it to earn a place of honor. Arguably the greatest anthology series ever made, the show is packed to bursting with creepy creatures, unforgettable twists, and man’s inhumanity to man.…

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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #50: “Dexter”

Small-Screen 66 – #50: Dexter (Showtime, 2006-13) “Tonight’s the night. And it’s going to happen again and again.” We crack the Top 50 (God, that meant a lot more when I was doing 100 of these) with the show that introduced me to the wonders of Contemporary Cable Drama…and binge-watching. It was a dangerous combination.…

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Brian’s Top 10 “Imogen Quest” Strips

Esteemed Friend of the Blog Olivia Walch celebrates her birthday today, and to mark the occasion (as well as to rectify the yawning gap in our “Year of 100 Lists” series), I’ve prepared a quick tribute to Imogen Quest, Olivia’s excellent webcomic. A comic of myths and maths, Imogen Quest has provided me with many a laugh since 2010,…

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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #51: “Pokémon”

Small-Screen 66 – #51: Pokémon (Syndication / WB / Cartoon Network, 1998-Present) In my Film Favorites countdown, I briefly considered the question of what constituted the best “video game movie” of all time. But when it comes to TV series, there is no debate. With more than 850 episodes over 18 seasons (and counting), Pokémon is…

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Brian Terrill’s Small-Screen 66 – #52: “MythBusters”

Small-Screen 66 – #52: MythBusters (Discovery, 2003-Present) “Don’t try anything you’re about to see at home.” “We’re what you call ‘experts.’” This admonition, in addition to being whole-cloth hogwash (if no one ever “tried this at home,” how could anyone BECOME an expert in the first place?) opens each episode of today’s selection. Fortunately, the…

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The Top 15 Advertising Jingles

  Ah, the jingle. Brainwashing at its most palatable. Like all aspects of advertising, jingles are carefully crafted to instill a need in you, the consumer. Without the company’s product, your life lacks meaning, and you are an inefficient, unsuccessful organism. You loser, you. Better do something about it right quick. The most insidious (and…

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The Top 10 Count Gauntly Episodes (So Far)

The 24th episode of Count Gauntly’s Horrors from the Public Domain will be running all this month on Fairfax Public Access. It’s hard to believe that two whole years have passed since we first started broadcasting from “the crypt” in April of 2013. Our second anniversary seemed like a good opportunity to take a look back…