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Really Must See TV

By Teresa Huang
Staff Reporter

As MIT students, your television viewing time is severely limited. This is why you deliberately schedule your television viewing time just as carefully (if not more carefully) than you schedule your study group meetings or dinner plans. Don't let all that effort go to waste by watching bad TV, which some of you may be doing without even knowing it!

If you haven't watched television all term, you're probably looking forward to watching Friends again this IAP and catching up with what's happening on Party of Five. Boy, are you out of it. While you've been out of the loop, lots has been happening in TV land. Wednesday nights on ABC has stolen Must See TV status from Thursday nights on NBC, which have been failing critics everywhere. King of the Hill has helped make Fox king of Sunday nights, and Cindy Crawford has actually gotten people to watch Later again.

Not sure what to watch? Take a few suggestions from television critics from Mr. Showbiz, Entertainment Weekly, and someone who watched television all term. Happy viewing!

The best shows on TV that you're not watching but should:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB)

Dharma & Greg (ABC)

Ellen (ABC)

Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)

Frasier (NBC)

Law & Order (NBC)

The best shows on TV that you are watching (good for you):

Ally McBeal (FOX)

Babylon 5 (TNT)


King of the Hill (FOX)

Simpsons (FOX)

The X-Files (FOX)

The worst shows on TV that you're not watching anyway (good for you):

Cybill (CBS)

The Nanny (CBS)

The Pretender (NBC)

Suddenly Susan (NBC)

Union Square (NBC)

Clueless (UPN)

The worst shows on TV that you're still watching:

Beverly Hills: 90210 (FOX) I could have told you this show sucked years ago. What fluff.

Friends (NBC) Still funny, but turning into yesterday's news quickly.

Melrose Place (FOX) Who really lives like that?

Party of Five (FOX) Nothing good ever happens to these people. Do we need to see this kind of depression on a weekly basis?

Seinfeld (NBC) Elaine needs to chill out.

Veronica's Closet (NBC) Don't be sucked in by the lead-in-from-Seinfeld technique! Resist!