Circa 2010, when my daughter was around first grade age, she was really into the nonsense of ‘iCarly’, one of Nickelodeon’s bizarre Dan Schneider sitcoms fully of inappropriate humor and implied violence and stuff.  At the time, she really hated his other show, ‘Victorious’, and found it a pale knockoff.  Now, we’ve rediscovered TeenNick reruns, and somehow we’re both finding ‘Victorious’ hilarious and complex and ‘iCarly’ flat and predictable, making me wonder how the show “got better” in the ensuing 8 years.  Clearly it’s not a question of her tastes changing, because that’s just crazy talk, leading to today’s Sikowitzian query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) got hooked by the ‘Breakfast Club’ pastiche, which was layered, nuanced and remarkably funny, askomg: What shows, books, films or games have gotten better as you have gotten older?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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