Karen Townsend

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Stop me if you have heard this comparison before – ICE agents doing their job arresting and detaining illegal aliens are just like the Nazis during World War II. That is the tired narrative that developed in ABC’s Station 19 on April 2.



Two of TV's favorite topics popped up on the March 24 episode of CBS’s FBI: white nationalists and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



President Ronald Reagan left office in January 1989 yet liberals in Hollywood still love nothing better than to randomly insert crude caricatures of him into television storylines. America’s 40th president is credited with inspiring a generation of young people to join the Republican Party but to the left, he’s a joke of a human being.



It is nothing new for Fox’s The Simpsons to mock Christians, but it happened once again in the March 15 episode titled “Better Off Ned.” Bart Simpson found himself in trouble and facing suspension from school over a prank gone bad, so he used a fake hand grenade during a school performance to cause a commotion.



It’s sweeps week for the networks and the February 25 episode of NBC’s New Amsterdam certainly included an unusual storyline. What began as a therapy session for a young couple turned into a case of incest.



After the devastatingly poor performance Michael Bloomberg delivered at the Democrat debate in Las Vegas, he tells a group of billionaire businessmen that he is having second thoughts about buying the election. In the February 23 episode of Showtime’s Our Cartoon President, Bloomberg decides to recruit Hillary Clinton to run in his place.



No random opening is too small for a primetime show to incorporate the name of President Trump into an episode. An example of this is seen in the February 23 episode of Fox’s The Simpsons. In the episode titled “Frinkcoin”, Mr. Burns, Springfield’s wealthiest resident, discovers he is no longer the richest man in town.



Liberals love nothing more than to trash the Fox News Channel as a propaganda network for President Trump. That narrative played out on the February 16 episode of Showtime’s Our Cartoon President in an episode titled “Fox News” that treats the president's relationship with Fox News like a dysfunctional marriage.



The Oscars, the highlight of the Hollywood awards season, aired February 9 on ABC. This year’s event proved to be much more political than last year, unfortunately. It’s an election year, you know.



An innocent game of good guy, bad guy between a young boy and a babysitter took a potentially deadly turn in the January 30 episode of ABC’s Station 19 titled “Indoor Fireworks”. The episode ended with a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on behalf of an activist group known for promoting gun-grabbing legislation in Washington, D.C.



It’s impeachment, impeachment, impeachment everywhere on news shows and even in some television programming that is supposed to be entertaining. Season three of Showtime’s Our Cartoon President by Stephen Colbert airing January 26 used the same theme with an episode titled “Impeachment.” How’s that for original thought?



Freeform’s Good Trouble timed a random pro-abortion criticism of conservative courts to air in an episode during the week of the March for Life. While hundreds of thousands of pro-life supporters are expected to gather in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life Friday, liberal social justice warrior Callie Adams Foster bashes the desire of pro-life supporters to overturn Roe v. Wade.



Instead of directly trolling President Trump by name, the red MAGA hat made famous by the Trump campaign was weaponized in the season premiere of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. In three scenes of the episode titled “Happy New Year” airing on January 19, a MAGA hat made an appearance and was met with scorn.



Every now and then some truth comes out during a network series that destroys a narrative long promoted by the left. Unborn babies are often referred to by the pro-abortion left as "clumps of cells," but this episode showed that ultrasounds reveal the humanity of the unborn child.



Like the Golden Globe awards last Sunday night, the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards served a plant-based meal during the ceremony. Airing on the CW, on January 12, one celebrity award-winner made a point of acknowledging the "amazing" gesture.



In Showtime’s Shameless, seedy storylines are not unusual. In fact, it’s the norm. In the episode airing January 5, titled "O Captain, My Captain", as part of a side hustle, bar owners Kevin Ball and Veronica Fisher decide to make medical abortions available to teenagers.



The first awards show of the busy season is now in the books. On Sunday night, The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards aired on NBC. Ricky Gervais was the show’s host and he did a great job. Unfortunately, his advice to the celebrities to skip the political speeches wasn’t heeded by all.



Kicking off Sunday's 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards on NBC, comedian and host Ricky Gervais, pulled no punches as he is known to do. He even voiced an opinion that must have had half of the viewing audience cheering. He told the stars and the others nominated for awards that if they should win, not to make a political speech because they know nothing about the real world.



Sometimes the host of a beauty pageant can provide as much entertainment as the contestants. Even a perfectly timed eye roll can leave a mark.



It was too good to be true. The November 26 episode of CBS’s FBI, titled “Salvation,” almost delivered a solid story about the agency’s bust-up of a vicious gang in New York City. Instead, the episode ended with a gratuitous sop to the open borders crowd.