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Back in the days before cable TV, people had few channel options. So most of America would typically be riveted to one drama, and everyone could talk about it the next day at the office: "M*A*S*H," "Dallas," "Roots" or whatever. That collective TV consciousness mostly doesn't exist anymore, except in live sporting events and…televised trials. If you become addicted to a trial, after the jury reads the verdict, you'll probably be jumping for joy, shaking your head in bafflement or mad as heck.