2005

TC’s top 120 singles and top 10 albums of 2005

It’s that time of year again! For the third year in a row, I bring you my top 120 singles of the year. Once again, instead of putting together a year-end list from memory, I went to the TC 10 stats. So what you get is a look at the singles I liked over the year, and not just how I’m looking back on it now.

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You should give ‘Earl’ a chance

Today’s TV landscape is a wasteland of reality shows and washed-up dramas. If you’re looking for new comedy on TV, your choices are pretty slim. With ratings for comedies in trouble, networks are quickly dropping the few they have left.

FOX recently canceled arguably one of the best recent sitcoms on TV, Arrested Development, much to the dismay of its fans. Meanwhile, its replacement show and a strong majority of new shows for the 2005 fall season are either action-based dramas or reality shows. However, all hope is not lost.

One new sitcom has received high ratings and positive reviews by critics since its recent debut earlier this fall: NBC’s My Name Is Earl. In this post, I provide an overview of the show, talk about its ratings and reviews, and hopefully convince you to take a half-hour to check it out.

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I don’t want my MTV anymore

“I want my MTV” was the catchphrase of a generation. Music Television. Sounds like a good concept, right? Music videos on MTV all day, every day. This may have been the case in the ’80s, but if you turn to MTV for music today, you probably won’t find what you’re looking for. It’s time to leave MTV in the past. In this post, some new and better ways to watch music videos.

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A tribute to TV’s best game show

As a kid, if you’re feeling sick and staying home from school, or even now, if you don’t feel like going to your classes or to work, or if you have any weekday morning free for just about any reason, there is one TV show that you have to watch, and everyone knows it: The Price Is Right.

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The uncertain future of alt rock

For those about to rock: enjoy it while it lasts. In this post, an overview of the past, present, and uncertain future of alternative rock radio, beginning with KROQ in Los Angeles, continuing with many more stations across the U.S., and ending with its possible demise, thanks to format changes and the exit of Howard Stern.

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Learning to fight modern racism

In this post, I analyze and discuss the article, “Defining Racism: Can We Talk?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum. She wrote the piece to establish an eye-opening take on the definitions of “prejudice” and “racism,” and also describe how both are being actively and passively used in society.

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2005