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1. Robot Chicken
Adult Swim’s stop-motion animation sketch show Robot Chicken also premiered before the recession started. But the show nicely captures the liberal mindset of the entertainment industry. While George W. Bush was repeatedly skewered as a buffoon or worse on Robot Chicken, Barack Obama has been parodied on the show exactly once. Though the show's entertainment value is largely of the escapist variety, this deferential treatment is a reminder why it's always a bad idea to let politics get in the way of a good joke.
Ed Krayewski is an associate editor for 24/7 News at Reason.com.