I Want My Mindless TV!

Shows that don't tax our brains top the TV ratings. Yet nobody talks about them, and not many people are willing to pay for them.

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Last night, my son offered me a choice between two TV series on Hulu: “Parks and Recreation” or “Castle.” It had been a long day. I had cooked an overly complicated dinner for a weeknight. “Castle,” I said. “Parks and Rec is too intellectually demanding.”

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