Crit­ics

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Try and sit through shows broad­cast in 1972, such as The Mod Squad, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In or The Brady Bunch ... with­out squirm­ing. Take a sam­pling of movies from 1972: The God­fa­ther, Cabaret, De­liv­er­ance. They’re still bril­liant. Only De­liv­er­ance will make you squirm, and that’s for dra­mat­i­cally ap­pro­pri­ate rea­sons.

Tele­vi­sion is more sub­ject to the whims of pop cul­ture and is more eas­ily stale-dated as a re­sult.

On the re­volt­ing sub­ject of kid­die beauty pageants, I can watch Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine, which has some in­ter­est­ing and funny things to say about the phe­nom­e­non, but I couldn’t watch a minute of Toddlers and Tiaras with­out get­ting ter­mi­nally creeped out.

Both crit­ics agree: there’s no de­fend­ing shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, above, or its hill­billy spinoff

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, left.

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