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Why Stannis would rather solve murders than seize the iron throne

David Dale Stephen Dillane is the grimmest character in Game of Thrones, but prefers to play a cheerful detective. Plus a cool geek arrives in Winners and Losers and James Valentine hosts a show about showbiz

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THE RATINGS RACE: A glorious episode of Game of Thrones, which opens so many possibilities

If Tyrion Lannister loses his head, so will this fan!

David Dale Go here to discuss the spectacular finale and what the changes will mean. How Australia is watching in the week ending June 21.

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Australia's most watched TV programs of all time (THE TRIBAL MIND ARCHIVE 2014)

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David Dale Australia's favourite television from November, 1956 to June, 2014, compiled by David Dale using data from ACNielsen and OzTAM.

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THE RATINGS RACE: Week 25, and The Tribal Mind moves to a new address

David Dale From now on you'll find our daily coverage of television, movies and music at smh.com.au/entertainment/blog/the-tribal-mind. How Australia watched in the week ending June 22.

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The three Gatsbys, and how to tell them apart

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David Dale Nick Carraway's gay, Jordan's a bitchy lesbian -- and that's why Truman Capote was sacked and Francis Ford Coppola was hired. The secrets of Gatsworld.

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THE RATINGS RACE: Week 24, disastrous for Channel Ten, especially Reef Doctors

David Dale The soccer on SBS beat MasterChef -- not that that is much of an achievement. How Australia watched in the week ending June 15.

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Why Eddie McGuire is essential

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David Dale Australia needs village idiots as much as it needs court jesters. And the American experience proves village idiots can rise to the very top.

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THE RATINGS RACE: Week 23, when Game of Thrones devastated the downloaders and Pay subscribers

David Dale George Martin was a great producer for The Beatles, but a serial abuser of Game of Thrones readers. How Australia watched in the week ending June 8.

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How Psy became a stinker, and other great flops of our time

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David Dale What is a hit, anyway? And then, what is a flop? The Tribal Mind is determined to be definitive.

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THE RATINGS RACE: Week 22, when Andrew Bolt beat Borgen

David Dale Since most Australians are multitaskers who do something else while watching TV, Borgen is condemned to a small audience because it requires you to keep reading subtitles.

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What, me worry? How Oz, Mad and the Weekly corrupted Australia

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David Dale Three great transformers of society are celebrating birthdays this year, reminding us of the golden age of magazines.

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THE RATINGS RACE: Week 21, when the search for quirk pushed Offspring from cute to annoying

David Dale The characters were behaving so stupidly I had to turn it off. And there was no Good Wife to compensate later. How Australia watched in the week ending May 25.

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The videotapes we'll miss the most

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David Dale What do we do with the videotapes that clutter our cupboards? Turn them into sculptures.

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THE RATINGS RACE: Week 20, when Nine trounced Seven

David Dale Micallef and Stewart are geniuses, but the writers of Mr and Mrs Murder weren't worthy of the performers. How Australia watched in the week ending May 18.

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There are only ... [your number here] ... plots in all of fiction

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David Dale Hollywood screenwriters get their characters to talk about the perfect plot formula that always enthralls an audience. Maybe there's more than one

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THE RATINGS RACE: Week 19, when Arrow did surprisingly well

David Dale Even if Arrow is just a Dark Knight ripoff, surely there's a service in providing further adventures of the late Bruce Wayne. How Australia watched in the week ending May 11.

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Rihanna brings two-headed pig to gay rights march

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David Dale New research shows what kind of stories Australians like to share, but points the way to news websites being edited according to a formula, with headlines like the one above.

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THE RATINGS RACE: Week 18, when the numbers for Portlandia, Borgen and The Perfect Vagina made Micallef look positively mainstream

David Dale Since the Elegant Gentlemen have now slipped below The Good Wife, we have to consider them a flop (pleasant as their position may sound). How Australia watched in the week ending May 4.

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Across the multiverse: Tell us a mashed up story

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David Dale So Iron Man was best man for the Man of Steel when he married Princess Leia ... Use Patton Oswalt's Infinity Gauntlet to jump between universes.

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THE RATINGS RACE: Week 17

David Dale First sign that a network has given up on a series is when they start showing two episodes a night, to get rid of it quicker. Look at what Nine is doing with The Following.

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