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The best of 2018 to ease you into 2019

Welcome to the bumper holiday edition of Side View, in which my Crikey colleagues have joined me to curate their favourite pieces of writing, talking, reporting or filmmaking of 2018 (or, for some of us who cheated, other years). Whether you've got your feet up enjoying a break, or are back at it already, we hope you'll find plenty of entertainment in our recommendations, and we'll see you all in a couple of weeks.

<em>Lawrence Leung's Unbelievable</em> sees the Australian comedian and self-admitted sceptic investigate the impossible. It will challenge your misconceptions and beliefs, says <b>Matt Smith</b>. And it's bloody funny.

Daily Proposition: unbelievably good Aussie TV

Lawrence Leung's Unbelievable sees the Australian comedian and self-admitted sceptic investigate the impossible. It will challenge your misconceptions and beliefs, says Matt Smith. And it's bloody funny.

Several of <em>The Chaser</em> boys -- and Graeme Garden from <em>The Goodies</em> are recording a pilot show for Channel Seven. <b>Dan Barrett</b> gets speculating.

The Chaser pilot: An Unbelievable Truth?

Several of The Chaser boys -- and Graeme Garden from The Goodies are recording a pilot show for Channel Seven. Dan Barrett gets speculating.

Another HBO hit emerges in <em>Boardwalk Empire</em>, a show the premium cable channel no doubt prayed would be the second coming of <em>The Sopranos</em>. It comes pretty close, says <b>Dan Steiner</b>.

Daily Proposition: take a look under the Boardwalk

Another HBO hit emerges in Boardwalk Empire, a show the premium cable channel no doubt prayed would be the second coming of The Sopranos. It comes pretty close, says Dan Steiner.

Don't get angry at Betty Draper's weak housewife character: <em>Mad Men</em> is the most feminist show on television because it accurately portrays how women were treated <em>without</em> a rose-tinted history, writes <b>Stephanie Coontz</b>.

Mad Men isn’t sexist, just accurate

Don't get angry at Betty Draper's weak housewife character: Mad Men is the most feminist show on television because it accurately portrays how women were treated without a rose-tinted history, writes Stephanie Coontz.

Today comes news that Channel 10 are remaking the Australian ladies-in-prison series <em>Prisoner</em>. It's a well known classic, so why is Ten choosing to call it <em>Inside Out</em>? asks <b>Dan Barrett</b>.

Renaming Prisoner, seriously, Ten?

Today comes news that Channel 10 are remaking the Australian ladies-in-prison series Prisoner. It's a well known classic, so why is Ten choosing to call it Inside Out? asks Dan Barrett.

There are many TV shows that simply need to be ripped from the airwaves, says <b>Dan Barrett</b>, as he offers up the five he'd send to the executioners, including cult hit <em>Weeds</em> and Aussie music show <em>Spicks and Specks</em>.

Mercy kills: 5 TV shows needing a bullet

There are many TV shows that simply need to be ripped from the airwaves, says Dan Barrett, as he offers up the five he'd send to the executioners, including cult hit Weeds and Aussie music show Spicks and Specks.

Since <em>Hill Street Blues</em> in the '80s, commercial TV drama series have evolved from popular entertainment to popular art, argues <b>Richard Beck</b>. Shows like <em>The Sopranos</em>, <em>The Wire</em> and <em>Lost</em> have made TV acceptable intellectual fodder.

How TV shows became art

Since Hill Street Blues in the '80s, commercial TV drama series have evolved from popular entertainment to popular art, argues Richard Beck. Shows like The Sopranos, The Wire and Lost have made TV acceptable intellectual fodder.

A fascinating look at <b>Michael Goto</b>, who worked on <em>ER</em> and reveals how he creates realistic looking medical procedures. The monitors are real, the actors lie on sunken beds and the blood comes from the scalpel.

How to fake brain surgery

A fascinating look at Michael Goto, who worked on ER and reveals how he creates realistic looking medical procedures. The monitors are real, the actors lie on sunken beds and the blood comes from the scalpel.

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