I see that Christian Toto offers a well-deserved salute to Daryl, the redneck messiah of The Walking Dead, on the Big Hollywood front page. The runaway success of this show will give culture critics plenty to chew on for another few seasons. (How successful is it? The Walking Dead is so huge that it's followed by a talk show designed to discuss the episode aired moments ago... and that show is beating network offerings in the ratings.)
The interesting thing about The Walking Dead is that many of its fans also hate it. It's picked apart mercilessly on forums, especially when the characters behave incomprehensibly, which occurs at least once per episode. But maybe that's also part of the appeal - the fascination of the flawed gem. Fans of a few top-shelf programs like The Wire or Breaking Bad are known to claim those shows are nearly perfect in every respect, but most of recent television's monster hits and cult obsessions have included comical absurdities or predictable repetition, all the way back to the cult show that flopped, rose from the dead, and became a billion-dollar empire, Star Trek. We rib these shows even though we love them, but maybe we also love them because they're so ribbable, and that make them entertaining.