It can be hard to cut through the white noise of TV's bloated landscape to find the gems and avoid the trash. That's why Bob Thompson, the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, and a trustee professor of television and popular culture at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, joins Boston Public Radio every week to help us find the best and avoid the worst that TV has to offer.

This week, Thompson picked the parody show "Sherman's Showcase" on IFC as his best of, the renewal of "Love Island" as his worst, and the new American Experience documentary "Woodstock" as his what to watch.