Jennifer Armstrong
March 07, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

It’s the perfect gift for culture snobs who trash TV. In Kissing Bill O’Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy: 100 Things to Love and Hate About TV, EW’s former TV critic Ken Tucker (now New York magazine’s film critic) shows that the tube, like Tolstoy, merits intelligent discourse. He unpredictably praises infomercials and rails against Six Feet Under, loves David Duchovny and hates The Brady Bunch. No show is too obscure (the short-lived Buffalo Bill gets its due), no figure too sacred (Jack Paar, he argues, was a better Tonight Show host than Johnny Carson). And what about the title? ”It got me booked on Bill O’Reilly,” Tucker says. ”That was very sneaky of me.”

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