Tonight's premiere "focuses on Lawrence O’Donnell III, the president and chief operating officer of Waste Management, a major trash collection company" (NY-Times). During the show, Larry learns "that hard work isn’t always fairly rewarded." The Times points out that the show's psychological motivations are nothing new: "this kind of wishful thinking has been around since ancient times, from Greek mythology’s Zeus Xenios, donning a disguise to test the hospitality of mortals, to the Duke who goes undercover as a friar in Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.”
Chip: "Ten bucks says this show is better than Shakespeare."
Richard: "I do enjoy shows where people learn something. TV has strayed too far from good old-fashioned moralizing. But I think we all know that the greatest post-Super Bowl premiere occurred on January 24, 1983, when a little show called The A-Team hit the airwaves. I remember that moment like some people recall the moon landing."
Chip: "Everybody has such fond memories of post-Super Bowl premieres like The A-Team, and The Wonder Years, and Homicide, but why does no one ever recall 1991's Davis Rules. That shit was hilarious. Take a look:
Enjoy the game, readers!