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Season 5, Episode 6 Livermore

First Aired: November 25, 2003

“Livermore,” a wry dissection of the San Francisco suburb and its oddities, including a missing time capsule, the world's longest-running lightbulb and a centennial totem pole that was shortened by town authorities. This prompted its Chippewa sculptor to put a “curse” on the town. Soon afterward, sewers backed up. Livermore is also home to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, where scientists developed nuclear weapons, and it's the subject of “Suburbia,” a photography book depicting everyday life in the late '60s and early '70s in a manner that many thought mocked suburbia. Fumes one resident: “If ever there's a book burning, that's the book I'd want burned.”

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
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