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How Smart Is Your Favorite TV Show Character?

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About this showcase of smarts…


We went through 250 lines of dialogue for each of these characters and ranked them based on their dialogue complexity and the Flesch-Kincaid system. Obviously there are lots of different measures of intelligence and that’s why Daryl and many others ranked so surprisingly low.

Daryl didn’t make the grade when it came to the measure we use. Part of this is because he’s a man of few words, choosing to let his crossbow do most of the talking. Any time he does speak, he is simple and direct. Frasier Crane, he is not.

However, his rank on this particular list does not mean that he is not smart in other ways. If this were a measure of street smarts, Daryl would likely be at the top of the list.

Of course, street smarts and book smarts don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Look at Daryl, once again, and see how he stacks up to Jack Bauer.




These two are some of the baddest of the badasses and there’s no doubt that they have what it takes to survive. But which one do you want defusing a bomb? Probably not the redneck with the crossbow…

So who was the smartest character based on their dialogue?


It’s no wonder a member of an advanced alien race made the top of the list. What do you think?

Do you think Daryl Dixon should have rated a little higher? Should we have disqualified any space-faring, advanced races?

See how smart your favorite characters are and how they compare to others like Homer Simpson, Sherlock Holmes, etc. It’s a great way to start conversations (or arguments) with your friends.


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Star Wars: A Galaxy of Influence


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Since its first installment hit theaters in 1977, Star Wars has grown into a multi-media empire and remains one of the most influential fictional universes in all of popular culture. George Lucas’s space opera series is now a cultural touchstone not just in America but the world over and can be found in film, television, books, video games, comic books, music, merchandise and more. With the highly-anticipated release of the series’ next feature film Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens fast approaching, here are some places where Star Warsinfluence can still be seen today.

The Spoofs Strike Back

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As beloved as it is, Star Wars has also inspired numerous satires in film, television and music. Mel Brooks’ 1987 film Spaceballs is perhaps the best known spoof of the series. Seth MacFarlane’s animated comedy show Family Guy parodied Star Wars in a trio of episodes titled “Blue Harvest,” “Something, Something, Dark Side” and “It’s a Trap.” Artist “Weird Al” Yankovic recorded several parody songs including “Yoda” set to the song “Lola” by The Kinks.

Star Words

In addition to legions of fans, Star Wars has spawned numerous catch phrases and quotations that have become part of the popular lexicon. Phrases like “May the force be with you,” “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” and “I am your father” are now almost universally known even by those who haven’t seen the film. Jedi master Yoda’s many teachings are also commonly referenced such as “Do or do not. There is no try.”

Mythic Music

Perhaps no piece of the Star Wars franchise is as instantly recognizable as its music. Composer John Williams, who also composed the scores for classic films including Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Indiana Jones series, crafted unforgettable arrangements that gave the movies much of their character. His Overture from A New Hope and The Imperial March are two of the best known pieces of music to ever come out of Hollywood.

A Visual Legacy

Star Wars differed greatly from many science fiction films that depicted shiny, futuristic settings and instead presented a galaxy that was noticeably dirty and run-down. This “used future” concept would also influence later science fiction films like Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien and his 1982 film Blade Runner as well as the Mad Max series, which are all considered classics in their own right.

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Fans and Members of the Central Garrison of the 501st (organization of Star Wars cosplayers) in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Return of the Series

Star Wars has remained one of the most influential movie franchises of all time for almost 40 years now. With the galaxy far, far away set to return to the big screen on December 18th, its influence on popular culture will only continue to grow.

And if you need more proof of just how ubiquitous the Star Wars franchise has become, look no further. We have an interactive guide that dives deeper into the decades, featuring iconic elements of the franchise and the shows and movies that were inspired!

DIRECTV Dispels Doggy Stereotypes on Television


Imagine, for a moment, that you are walking to the corner store in your neighborhood. You turn the corner and a large Pit bull sits near the entrance of the store. The canine isn’t blocking the entrance and you might be able to just slip by, but you hesitate. You wonder what that dog is thinking or if it even has an owner. You start to think back to all of those news stories you’ve heard about “dangerous dogs” and you start to wonder if you should come back later.

Would you be thinking this way if it were a Golden Retriever sitting by the door to your favorite store? Probably not. When have you ever heard so much as a feature story on a terribly violent attack perpetrated by a Golden Retriever?

The fact of the matter is that there is such a thing out there as dog stereotyping – a misinformed belief in the inherent violence and danger of a breed based on isolated incidents that do not necessarily define the breed as a whole. Worse than that is the way in which television handles and even reinforces the negative stereotyping of certain breeds.

When have you ever seen a show where a Beagle was something to truly be feared? Whether it’s a movie or a show, if they need a “mean, scary dog” they’ll resort to the ones people are already wary of – Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers and Pit bulls. Thus the cycle of dog stereotyping and uninformed fears continues. The truth, however, is that there really isn’t such a thing as a “bad breed” and dogs can have unique personalities the same as any human.

In a new, interactive infographic called As Seen On TV: Bad to the Bone or Misunderstood, you can check out the common stereotypes of each dog type based on what we see on television and in the movies. Then, you’ll get a healthy dose of reality with information on the truth behind each breed coming straight from organizations like the American Kennel Club.


Ultimately, the information is designed to provide a more realistic portrayal of certain breeds we have been conditioned to either love or hate – impressions informed largely by the media. Each section also has a breakdown of information on what anyone should expect if they are looking to adopt a certain breed.

More importantly, this helps to dispel the myths of common dog stereotypes by reminding everyone that bad dogs are not born. There is no such thing as a bad breed. All dogs are unique and have unique needs when it comes to training and attention. Only by understanding the different breeds can anyone truly hope to understand and raise a good dog. There’s even plenty of helpful tips for anyone looking to bring one of these misunderstood dogs into their home.

Check out the full site here for more information on these misunderstood breeds.

How to Record Shows While Away from Home


In the past, if your VCR (that’s videocassette recorder) was advanced enough, you really just had to pop in a VHS (Video Home System) cassette, set the channel, set the timer and walk away. The VCR would record your show whether you were stepping out to run some errands or taking a vacation. Nowadays, the VHS has been all but completely removed from the equation.

DVRs (Digital video recorders) have replaced the VCR in this respect. These recorders are not only programmable, many are able to store hundreds if not thousands of hours of programming and movies in HD. Recordings that can be called up at the press of a button or queued up on mobile devices with the right the apps.

The DIRECTV Genie is one such HD DVR that makes television viewing much more convenient in this regard. Viewers no longer have to worry about being away from home and missing their shows. The DVR can be manually programmed to record via remote control, set via computer or even remotely with mobile devices.

Here are a couple ways you can use the Genie to record shows while away:

Using a Remote Control

If you know when the program or movie you want to watch will be airing, it’s a matter of navigating the guide with your remote and marking it for recording.

  1. You can call up the guide (press GUIDE) and scroll to your desired show with the ARROW KEYS.
  2. With the desired program highlighted, recordings can be scheduled by pressing the ORANGE R button. If you have done this right, you should see an orange circle with an R marking the show.
  3. Schedule recordings for an entire series by pressing the ORANGE R twice in quick succession. You’ll know if you have done this right when you see what appears to be a stack of orange circles with Rs on them.

Scheduling through the Computer

DVRs can also be set to record from computers. If your hotel or the place you are staying has an Internet connection, you can sign in to your DIRECTV account and access the guide.

  1. Go to Directv.com and sign in with your account.
  2. Click Watch DIRECTV which will let you click on the Guide option.
  3. Either search for the show or navigate the guide.
  4. Click on the programming you wish to record, then click record.

Recording Remotely Via App

Smartphones or tablets can also be used to schedule recordings through free apps.

  1. Visit your phone’s app store and search for DIRECTV.
  2. Using the free app, search for shows based on name, broadcast time, etc.
  3. Tap to record.

Fire and Forget

Thanks to the advent and further advances of DVR, viewers no longer have to be at home in order to catch their favorite movies or shows. DVRs offer many different ways for customers to record shows without ever having to actually be in front of the TV.

How to Record in Multiple Rooms with DIRECTV

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DIRECTV offers a variety of digital video recorder (DVR) equipment. Some of their best DVR features are the ones that take the increasing mobility of the viewing experience into consideration. DVR service includes streaming recorded shows to mobile devices and, of course, the ability to record and view programs in multiple rooms.

Both the Genie and the standard HD DVR Receiver offer the ability to record hours of HD content from any room with just one HD DVR. However, the Genie offers more, including a whole-home experience that makes recording in multiple rooms a breeze.

There are a number of ways you can record your favorite shows on your DVR in multiple rooms.

Via remote control

If you’ve used a DIRECTV DVR receiver or seen the remote, you probably know that it’s really just about finding the show and pressing the orange R for record. If you know when and where the show will be playing, you can:

  1. Bring up the guide (press GUIDE) and navigate to the show (via ARROW KEYS).
  2. Once the show is highlighted, record it (press the orange R). Entire series can be recorded by pressing record twice.
  3. You will know if you have done this right when a single R appears next to the title indicating the recording of one episode. A stack of Rs means an entire series will be recorded.

If you don’t know when the show will be on, you can do a Smart Search.

  1. Bring up the menu (press MENU) and pick Smart Search which is located under Select & Browse.
  2. When a keypad of numbers and letters appear, type in the movie or show you wish. Do this using the ARROW KEYS and confirm your selection with SELECT.
  3. If available, the desired programming will appear in the results. You can highlight and select the airing you wish to record.
  4. Similar to the previous step, you can press R (for record) once for the episode or twice for the entire series.

Choose Which Room to Record Via Whole-Home DVR service

You can record programs from multiple TVs in other rooms than the one connected to the HD DVR.

  1. Pull up the guide or run a search until you find the desired programming. Highlight it and press the RECORD button (the orange R).
  2. This calls a prompt where you are asked to select the DVR you want to record from. Use ARROW KEYS and SELECT to choose.
  3. Once you have chosen which room and TV, press SELECT to confirm.


With a whole-home DVR setup, recording a program in one room gives you the freedom to experience another program in another room. It’s multitasking at its finest that helps keep you in the loop about your favorite shows and movies without having to sprout an extra head or be in two places at once.

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