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1. The Wire (HBO) 2002-2008 (5 seasons)
2. Freaks and Geeks (NBC) 1999-2000 (1 season)
3. The Sopranos (HBO) 1999-2007 (6 seasons)
4. Twin Peaks (ABC) 1990-1991 (2 seasons)
5. My So-Called Life (ABC) 1994-1995 (1 season)
6. Mad Men (AMC) 2007-2015 (7 seasons)
7. Seinfeld (NBC) 1989-1998 (9 seasons)
8. Breaking Bad (AMC) 2008-2013 (5 seasons)
9. Louie (FOX) 2010-2015 (5 seasons)
10. Friday Night Lights (NBC) 2006-2011 (5 seasons)
11. Rectify (Sundance) 2013-2016 (4 seasons)
12. Lost (ABC) 2004-2010 (6 seasons)
13. The Simpsons (FOX) 1989-2017 (29 seasons)
14. Cheers (NBC) 1982-1993 (11 seasons)
15. The Office (BBC Two) (UK) 2001-2003 (2 seasons)
16. Parks and Recreation (NBC) 2009-2015 (7 seasons)
17. The Office (NBC) 2005-2013 (9 seasons)
18. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) 2000-2017 (9 seasons)
19. Master of None (Netflix) 2015-2017 (2 seasons)
20. NewsRadio (NBC) 1995-1999 (5 seasons)
22. The Cosby Show (NBC) 1984-1992 (8 seasons)
22. Undeclared (FOX) 2001-2002 (1 season)
23. Flight of the Conchords (HBO) 2007-2009 (2 seasons)
24. The IT Crowd (Channel 4) (UK) 2006-2010 (4 seasons)
25. Once & Again (ABC) 1999-2002 (3 seasons)
26. The Wonder Years (ABC) 1988-1993 (6 seasons)
27. Arrested Development (FOX) 2003-2006 (3 seasons)
28. True Detective (HBO) 2014 (Season 1 only)
29. Skins (E4) (UK) 2007-2008 (Seasons 1-2 only)
30. Fleabag (BBC Three) (UK) 2016 (1 season)
31. True Blood (HBO) 2008 (Season 1 only)
32. Detectorists (BBC Four) (UK) 2014-2015 (2 seasons)
33. Bored to Death (HBO) 2009-2011 (3 seasons)
34. Horace and Pete (Hulu) 2016 (1 season)
35. Party Down (Starz) 2009-2010 (2 seasons)
36. Terriers (FX) 2010 (1 season)
37. Entourage (HBO) 2004-2011 (8 seasons)
38. The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman (IFC) 2006-2007 (2 seasons)
39. One Mississippi (Amazon) 2015-17 (2 seasons)
40. The Mighty Boosh (BBC Three) (UK) 2004-2007 (3 seasons)
41. King of the Hill (FOX) 1997-2010 (13 seasons)
42. Girls (HBO) 2012-2017 (6 seasons)
43. Six Feet Under (HBO) 2001-2005 (5 seasons)
44. Enlightened (HBO) 2011-2013 (2 seasons)
45. Ed (NBC) 2000-2004 (4 seasons)
46. The Jinx (HBO) 2015 (1 season)
47. Love (Netflix) 2016-2017 (2 seasons)
48. Back (Channel 4) (UK) 2017 (1 season)
49. American High (PBS) 2001 (1 season)
50. Catastrophe (Channel 4) (UK) 2015-2017 (3 seasons)
51. Hung (HBO) 2009-2011 (3 seasons)
52. Family Tree (HBO) 2013 (1 season)
53. Summer Heights High (ABC) (AU) 2007 (1 season)
Currently watching: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H, Taxi, Moonlighting, Arrested Development, Fargo, Broad City, Orange is the New Black, Better Call Saul, Baskets, Veep, The Americans, Transparent, Casual, Kimmy Schmidt, Silicon Valley, The Mindy Project, The Good Place, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Please Like Me, Better Things, Horace and Pete.
Watchlist: The Leftovers, Hannibal, Deadwood, Sports Night, Brooklyn Bridge, Frank's Place, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Halt & Catch Fire, The Deuce.
Surabhi Mundada is a senior at Olympia High School and a NOVA graduate. In this video she discusses her MyHealth and MyGlove project. Surabhi has devoted over 100 hours per month over the past year working on this project. So very impressive, Surabhi!
Leonard Cohen, a truly great poet and musician, passed away today at the age of 82. He wrote many, many great songs, and I've posted a few favorites below. If you're intrigued I'd encourage you to explore YouTube; there are so many Leonard Cohen gems. Cohen's most recent album, You Want It Darker, was released just three weeks ago. The song below, "It Seemed a Better Way," is from this album. Leonard Cohen will be missed.
It has come to my attention that some members of the sixth grade class are fans of the musical "Hamilton." I thought you might enjoy this rendition of the Chicago Cubs' theme song "Go Cubs Go!" as sung by the Chicago cast. Enjoy!
The Washington Post's Christopher Ingraham wrote an excellent article about gerrymandering and how it will affect the 435 elections for the House of Representatives on November 8. Watch the video first and then read the article here.
"The Immortal Rap of Henrietta Lacks" was written and produced by eighth grade students from KIPP Bridge Charter School in Oakland, California. To learn the background of Henrietta Lacks and the production of the video, read this article from PBS. If you want to read the full story of Henrietta Lacks, please read the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.
I saw the Schoolhouse Rock shorts many times while watching Saturday morning cartoons during my childhood. The tunes are still familiar these many years later. "A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing" was created in 1973 (the year Mr. Gacek was born). In 1973, for some reason, abstract nouns were not included in the basic definition of noun.
This is a stunning map of the river basins of the United States created using GIS software. I highly recommend this article from the Daily Mail (U.K.). Yes, maps can be art. Bonus: Knowing these rivers will be helpful for the Geography Bee.