In the defense of ‘Family Guy’

FAMILY GUY: Join the Griffins for Season 14 of the Emmy Award-nominated FAMILY GUY airing Sundays on FOX. FAMILY GUY ™ and © 2016 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CR: FOX
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FAMILY GUY: Join the Griffins for Season 14 of the Emmy Award-nominated FAMILY GUY airing Sundays on FOX. FAMILY GUY ™ and © 2016 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CR: FOX

I recently felt the room go cold when I told a few uber-liberal colleagues that I was bingeing “American Dad!” I suspect there’d have been an on-the-spot political demonstration from them had I chosen to binge “Family Guy” instead. “American Dad!” really is the superior series — its satire is
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Emmy awards analysis and predictions

THE PEOPLE v. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY "Conspiracy Theories" Episode 107 (Airs Tuesday, March 15, 10:00 pm/ep) -- Pictured: (l-r) Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FX
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THE PEOPLE v. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY "Conspiracy Theories" Episode 107 (Airs Tuesday, March 15, 10:00 pm/ep) -- Pictured: (l-r) Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FX

It’s the Golden Age of television. The Primetime Emmy Awards (and its governing bodies) is finally starting to realize that TV is more than the traditional, safe picks we’ve come to expect from award shows. When “Breaking Bad” started its unprecedented run as TV’s darkest, best-written and best-acted show and
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We missed you, Frank Ocean

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2016 is the year Frank Ocean boldly declared his humanity. For those who don’t know yet, Frank Ocean has released not one but two new albums this past week. The first, Endless, was a strange visual album of deep cuts, while Blonde was the pop album salvation counterpart. Both were
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Tunesday: Freedom

“Wow, a summer playlist called ‘Freedom’?” Yeah. It’s good. And freedom is no joke, so if that’s your attitude this Tunesday, let the wet finger of shame sit in your ear for a hot second. Yay, summer! Though the carefree season is in its death throes, fall is right around
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Tunesday: Political race 2016

Election years come and go, but this year’s political race really came through. We’ve got one of the most uproarious election seasons our country has ever seen. While some candidates stepped down from the podium, others flourished throughout the primaries’ progression; supporters grew, campaigns grew, overall political craze grew. As
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Tunesday: Old-school R&B love

Whether you’re heartbroken or happily in love, you can always count on old-school R&B love songs to channel your love life. With their soulful beats and melodies, they always hit the spot. We’ve compiled a list of both somber and happy love songs to help you get through the rough
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DJ Khaled

15 major keys in DJ Khaled’s latest album

We’ve seen his jet ski adventures, heard his motivational life lessons as he runs on the treadmill and have been touched with his unwavering confidence in himself and his fans. DJ Khaled never fails to make us feel important through spreading infectious positivity (both in his music and via Snapchat),
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Frank Ocean vs. the world

After four years, three weeks and 32 minutes of waiting, then hoping, then switching back to waiting — because time just goes on whether you like it or not and sometimes people call this waiting, although sometimes they just call it life — at 12:32 a.m. PST on Monday, Aug.
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Picks of the week: Cultural excursions

There is something magical about being able to simulate travelling the world without boarding an international flight. Thanks to the Bay Area’s vast diversity, it’s easy to explore another culture without the jet lag. For those who would otherwise be stuck in Berkeley with no fun summer vacation to speak
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