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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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The Program: See Armstrong’s Rise and Fall on DIRECTV

DIRECTV has landed another exclusive premiere with a film about one of America’s most controversial and star-crossed athletes.

The Program, a biographical account of cyclist Lance Armstrong, will premiere in February on DIRECTV CINEMA®.1 The film will be available only through DIRECTV CINEMA® for 30 days prior to its March 18 theatrical release and VOD debut.

Lance Armstrong Movie, The Program, on DIRECTV CINEMA

Ben Foster (The Finest Hours, X-Men: The Last Stand) stars as Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor undone by a doping scandal. The cast also includes Chris O’Dowd and Dustin Hoffman.

The script is adapted from the book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong by award-winning journalist David Walsh. Walsh spent more than a decade investigating allegations that Armstrong’s triumphant return after battling testicular cancer was aided by the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The Program is directed by Stephen Frears (The QueenPhilomena).

This isn’t the first time DIRECTV has premiered an exclusive movie. The Program joins a growing list of DIRECTV CINEMA® exclusive premiere movies that includes Standoff, Dark Places and Mississippi Grind.



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, Joe Buck Team Up for Interview Show

Ever want to hear what your favorite sports legends have to say outside of stale press conferences and out-of-breath postgame interviews?

Then get ready for DIRECTV’s Undeniable with Joe Buck.DIRECTV Undeniable with Joe Buck

The new show, airing this fall on the exclusive AUDIENCE® network, pairs the award-winning sportscaster with current and former sports stars for one-on-one interviews. The list of scheduled guests includes:

  • Troy Aikman, Super Bowl winning quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys
  • Derek Jeter, 14-time All-Star shortstop with the New York Yankees
  • Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist in women’s soccer
  • Kelly Slater, 11-time world champion surfer
  • Wayne Gretzky, NHL all-time scoring and assist leader
  • Michael Phelps, 22-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming

Host Joe Buck has garnered his own accolades in sports broadcasting. He has won seven Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-By-Play. Buck has been a fixture with FOX Sports for two decades, providing play-by-play commentary on the NFL, Major League Baseball and the PGA Tour.

Undeniable with Joe Buck adds another notable sports commentator to a DIRECTV lineup that includes Dan Patrick and Rich Eisen, each with his own talk show on AUDIENCE® (Channel 239).

Undeniable with Joe Buck is produced by Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Productions, and the actor is among the show’s executive producers.

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.

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