Monday, March 17, 2008

Best TV Shows Ever, Part II

Three other television shows from the 1960s that set eerie precedents for today also come to mind:

Get Smart: A documentary about the U.S. intelligence community that provides perhaps the clearest explanation of why our nation was led into Iraq on a search for weapons of mass destruction. It also explains why oil revenues have not paid for the war effort, and why we are still fighting a losing war. Missed it by that much.

Bewitched: This is the story of a man with a witch for a wife, a witch for a mother-in-law, a sleazy, slimy boss, and who can be replaced at any time by some other Dick and nobody notices. In other words, it is perhaps the most realistic show of all time.

The Beverly Hillbillies: An allegory about the rise of the Arab oil plutocracy (the Clampetts) and their attempts to violently impose their beliefs on our country (represented by Beverly Hills) with the aid of corrupt capitalists (Mr. Drysdale). Osama Bin Laden is foreshadowed by the character of Jethro Bodine, with Miss Jane standing in for the Bush family and its love of the Saudi royal family.

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