"Starting from the birth of sitcoms, fathers are pretty much universally morons," writes Hanna Rosin in "The Evolution of the Doltish Dad" for Slate.com. The latest crop of sitcoms, though, present happy stay-at-home dads, or successful businessmen who are more than just sources of comic relief.
Food Network stars Pat and Gina Neely first met at the age of 15. It was a boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back 10 years later kind of story. But the fairy tale didn't end there. Host Michel Martin gets the secrets behind the Neelys' famous barbeque dishes, popular books and cooking show, and their passion-filled marriage.
Drug lord Pablo Escobar nearly brought Colombia to its knees with a wave of bombings and murders in the 1980s. Now, he is back, in a new TV series that has mesmerized Colombia. The narco-novela tells of the cartel boss's rise and fall — and tries to show his victims' perspectives, too.
In a career that spanned half a century, Griffith starred in five different TV series and made more than 30 movies. He was most famous for playing a gentle small-town sheriff on The Andy Griffith Show and the courtly Southern lawyer on Matlock. Griffith died Tuesday at age 86.
Fresh Air's critic at large, John Powers, says Louis C.K.'s raunchy FX show is changing the way comedy is done — for the better. "More than any TV comedy ever, it's all about capturing moments of truth and freshness," he says.
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