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Feedback from our readers

Work Is Hell
Not only is The Office the best show on television, it also has the most convincing love stories.
Justin Sanders
Sparks, Nev.

Is it just me, or is the by-the-book behavior of The Office‘s Dwight Schrute and Angela Martin reminiscent of M*A*S*H‘s Frank Burns and Hot Lips Houlihan (”Working Overtime”)? Michael Scott is giving me nightmares of Col. Henry Blake, too.
Paul Iverson
Phoenixville, Pa.

Many thanks for the Office cover and feature. Too bad you didn’t do the same for your supposed favorite, Arrested Development, which never got the luxury of a fourth season. Maybe a ”Save Our Bluths” cover would’ve done the trick.
Chris Demers
Concord, N.H.

Discomfort Zone
I was delighted to find The Comeback at No. 11 in ”Awkward TV Nation”! Thank you for being the lone bastion of Valerie Cherish love in our crazy, mixed-up, brilliant-but-canceled world.
Ryder Kessler
Cambridge, Mass.

John Cleese has got all the Ricky Gervaises and Andy Kaufmans beat with his portrayal of Fawlty Towers‘ Basil Fawlty, who, in the episode ”The Germans,” screamed ”Don’t mention the war!” in front of his German hotel guests. It’s a long, icky scene that remains a high-water mark of awkwardness more than 30 years later.
Melanie DeCarolis
Brookline, Mass.

‘Bear’ Necessity
Your piece on Melissa Etheridge says she’s been fairly ”quiet” on the music front lately (Spotlight). Sadly, most fans without toddlers missed her work on the direct-to-video Disney film Brother Bear 2, for which I was music supervisor. Melissa wrote and performed two songs and contributed vocals to a third (a duet with Josh Kelley). Working with her was a phenomenal experience, and ”It Will Be Me” is one of her finest songs to date.
Steven Gizicki
Los Angeles

The Good Soldier
Kudos for putting the director’s-cut DVD of Commando on the Must List. This underrated film helped lay the groundwork for Ahnuld’s later career — and turned me into the action junkie I am today.
Daniel Hohner
Kitchener, Ontario

‘Breaker’-through Performance
Thanks for listing Tyler Labine’s slacker roles on American TV (Television). To many Canadians, however, he’s best loved as Jimmy on Breaker High. Though short-lived, it was a kitsch classic mainly because of the chemistry between Labine and Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling.
Jessica Dickens
Vancouver

CLARIFICATION
While Marcel Marceau never uttered a word during his 60-year stage career, the mime famously said the word ”non” in Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie (Monitor).