WASHINGTON—Announcing that it would no longer allow Americans to fall behind, the Federal Communications Commission introduced a plan Monday to levy steep fines on anyone failing to keep up with the nation’s TV shows. “Our economy lost more than $200 billion in productivity this year with people taking time out of their day to explain what happened last night on Mad Men,” FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said. “Staying abreast of popular culture is the responsibility of every citizen. Unless we’re talking about a show like Weeds, which, frankly, hasn’t been that good since season two.” The agency confirmed penalties would be reduced for citizens who agree to issue a minimum of three Facebook posts stating their intention to finally catch up on True Blood this weekend.
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