Fond farewell: ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ (TV review)

“10 Things I Hate About You” (7 p.m. Central Monday on ABC Family, one hour)

On air: 2009-10, one season

Why it was great: For some reason, traditional sitcom humor works for me only if it’s teenagers delivering the lines. When it’s adults, it all seems so juvenile. There’s something likable about teens who are quick with a quip yet also trapped in a high school setting (which can be absurd without sacrificing reality).

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Fond farewell: ‘Law & Order’ (TV review)

“Law & Order” (9 p.m. Central Monday on NBC)

On air: 1990-2010, 20 seasons

Why it was great: It ripped about one-third of its stories from the headlines. I’m not a big news-watcher — I find it depressing — but I am a big entertainment guy, so when I can be entertained and keep up with current issues by accident, that’s cool. Watching the detectives and prosecutors at work drove home the thrill and the value of doing something important with your life.

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Happy 30th anniversary to ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ (Movie commentary)

On Friday, “The Empire Strikes Back” marks its 30th anniversary. That’s right, 30 years ago, the movie industry was capable of putting out a Memorial Day weekend blockbuster that people wanted to see and that was not only worth the price of admission, but was so good that we’d talk about it 30 years later.

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‘Star Wars’ veteran Allston gets his writing groove back in ‘Fate of the Jedi: Backlash’ (Book review)

Aaron Allston became my favorite “Star Wars” author when I read his first book, “X-Wing: Wraith Squadron,” back in 1998. Allston, taking the “X-Wing” baton from Michael Stackpole but running faster with it, demonstrated and executed the two keys to good “Star Wars” writing: 1, new characters of the author’s invention, and 2, humor.

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‘Lost’ isn’t so much about ‘good versus evil’ as it’s about ‘faith versus reason’ (TV commentary)

I kind of feel sorry for Jacob and the Man in Black after watching this week’s episode of “Lost” (8 p.m. Central Tuesday on ABC, followed by the two-and-a-half-hour series finale at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 23). We learned that they are twin brothers who were raised by a crazy woman who claimed to be their mother, but actually was the killer of their mother. And we learned that neither of them are inherently supernatural, but rather that they gained their supernatural powers from the island.

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‘Friday Night Lights’ introduces us to our new favorite team (TV review)

The NFL draft hype has finally passed, but we still can’t escape football, because “Friday Night Lights” (7 p.m. Central Fridays) has just started its fourth season on NBC (following its run on DirecTV, which I don’t have). Although I’m not a big fan of America’s new national pastime — I prefer the old one, baseball — this is one hour of football-themed TV that I can get behind.

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