How I Met Your Mother is a onetime great show that has just been sentenced to another year of padded tedium. Too bad that it could not go out on a creative high this spring.
PBS recently ran a great four-part documentary series, America in Primetime, deconstructing some important genres of television — and why the best shows work as well as they do. The producers were able to get a who’s who of top writers and show-runners for insights into why this is still a golden age for television, especially on the drama side.
The episodes are themed around key characters that embody the changes in the medium over the past 40 years — The Independent Woman, Man of the House, The Misfit, and The Crusader. This is an intelligent, well-produced series that does not rehash TV documentary retrospectives of the past.
As of Nov. 25, the whole series was still available to watch online on the PBS Web site.
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