Pulse TV Flashback 12/20/2004: Rudolph Vs. The Grinch: The Ultimate Showdown

Inside Pulse launched on August 9, 2004, and has covered the world of television for over a decade. Every day, we take a look back at what was happening in the world of television 10 years ago, as reported right here at Inside Pulse!

Mr. Coogan’s So-Called Television Column

Mr. Coogan’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2004

1. The Simpsons – To be honest, I’m tired of these The Simpsons geeks that insist that the show has “tailed off” or “gotten worse” in the last several years. Or even worse, they’ll say something asinine like “It was at its best between seasons 9 and 13. Since then, it’s been all down hill.”

Are you kidding me?

The bottom line is The Simpsons is still one of the sharpest, funniest written sitcoms on television. And if you don’t think the show can stay relevant, keep in mind the story of the episode being aired on the day of the Super Bowl, “Homer and Ned’s Hail Mary Pass.” Homer and Ned choreograph a tasteful Super Bowl halftime show /p>
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My T.V. Reality: Rudolph Vs. The Grinch: The Ultimate Showdown

I hate Christmas. As a staunch athiest, I really don’t need a holiday that rubs Jesus in my face to remind me of who has the power in this country. My side is weak and without enough power to get anything done. Do I want to celebrate the bitter smell of continuous defeat? When Christmas isn’t about pushing religion down our throats, it’s about the other great American pastime, bloodthirsty consumerism. I hate the commercialism of it all, the fear people get about buying presents, the viciousness that comes out of the holiday weeks before it, and the depression that can come hours after it. Is it any surprise one of the days of the year with the highest amount of suicides is December 26th? There is so much pressure put into this one day, that it really is enough to destroy lives. Not to mention all those shitty Christmas albums artist put out to make an extra quick buck before the years over. Clay Aiken I expected, (He is flaky) but the Barenaked Ladies? Don’t those Vh-1 specials pay enough to keep them afloat? Is there some Canadian economic crisis I’m unaware of? I digress.

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