CULT TV

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A cult following is a group of fans who are highly dedicated to a specific area of culture. A film, book, musical artist, television series or video game, among other things, will be said to have a cult following when it has a small but very passionate fanbase.

One of the most famous of cult movies is Rocky Horror Picture Show which depicts a group of selfie posting mountain climbers caught in an avalanche.

Pulp Fiction is a compilation of tales about practical uses for the innards of oranges, none of which actually work.

Our televison sets have been the receptors of many such shows that became cult classics such as The Ernie Kovacs Show  which surprisingly had no one named Ernie or Kovacs associated with it.

Recently we have witnessed a spate of final episodes of TV cult classics.

Mad Men was concerned with the creation of a satirical magazine in the 1950’s, while Breaking Bad  was a documentary series about the members of an orthopedic physicians’ practice in Ottumwa, Iowa.

The Sopranos had as its theme a female a capella chorus assuming management of a strip club in New Jersey.

The Colbert Report had as its host Bill O’Reilly’s lesser known brother who had a knack for emulating his brothers declarations word for word but somehow they sounded funnier.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson starred a Scotsman who took the job away from a white American male. But as soon as Ferguson became a U.S. citizen himself his job was outsourced to Indonesia where a group of pre-teens split the 75 cent hourly salary. But hey! At least dark skinned people and females are being utilized.

Of somewhat older vintage the final episode of the Jerry Seinfeld Show caused critics to long wishfully for the snow globe sensibilities of St. Elsewhere.

On Cheers, where the only name everbody knew was “Norm!”, the lights went dark as Sam Malone was revealing to Diane Sawyer that he was now, offically, Samantha Malone.

Alas, one such cult series will probably not be accorded a final episode to celebrate the ones preceeding it.

I speak, of course of 19 Kids And Counting or as it is now known 19 Kids And Counting While Four Daughters Silently Scream In The Night. This is the Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar clan, living its way through our TV screens, thjough failing to show the immaculate conception details that bring ever more kids.

That program qualifies as a cult classic not only due to its cult following but…because IT IS A CULT!  Sort of like viewing the Manson Family in action but far more disturbing to watch.

Think it’s not a cult? Well look at this check list of the characteristics of cults provided by Janja lalich and Michasel D. Langone, both PhD’s.

http://www.csj.org/infoserv_cult101/checklis.htm

The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and (whether he is alive or dead) regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law.

Check.

The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s) and members

Check

The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society.

Check

The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.

Check

The group is preoccupied with making money.

Check

Now it is difficult to envison anyone named Jim Bob as a charismatic leader, but in Arkansas anything is possible, I suppose. After all, some old geezer there became a billionaire selling shoddily made foreign goods to unsupecting masses.

How the molestation by son Josh of his sisters stayed unrecognized by his parents for so long is a mystery. After all,during those Monopoly games on family games night, since there were not enough of the usual tokens to go around, weren’t Jim Bob and Michelle suspicious when Josh used a pair of girls panties? Of course their Monopoly games were also notable  for the younger kids being berated when they inevitably went bankrupt for being either lazy or black…or both.

That this all played out on TLC (The Lurid Channel) is not surprising What also is not surprising is the defense of the evangelical right…and FOX News, offered in support of the Duggars.

Gotta go. I need to get ready for Reefer Madness tonight. Not the movie.

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  • Little_Minx  On June 6, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    “…The Ernie Kovacs Show which surprisingly had no one named Ernie or Kovacs associated with it.”

    HERESY! I’m gonna sic the Nairobi Trio on you 😦

    • umoc193  On June 7, 2015 at 5:54 PM

      May the curse of Percy Dovetonsils ever haunt you.

      • Little_Minx  On June 8, 2015 at 3:12 PM

        Kovacs’ premature death was a tragedy. My father and I would watch the show together (my mother didn’t “get” the humor), and loved it so much!

  • Devildog  On June 13, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Why would anyone want to militarize the police departments?

    • Devildog  On June 13, 2015 at 9:36 AM

      What! A 50 caliber sniper rifle was used to disable the car (an armored vehicle) and other military-type equipment was used in dealing with the matter. Oh!

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