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Wednesday, January 18 2012

TV 2011: Survivalist Crime Solvers

Recent US crime shows claim not only that the law does not provide justice to ordinary Americans, but also that it cannot do so.

Monday, June 16 2003

An Admirable Account of Himself

Gregory Peck was enthralled with the process of becoming someone else, and worked at perfecting it until the very end of his motion picture career.


Monday, January 6 2014

'Intelligence' Begins with a Promising Conundrum

The smartest parts of Intelligence concern debates over Gabriel's malfunctions as a machine, even as they feel emotional bonds with him.

Wednesday, December 4 2013

'Mob City': An Homage to the Seamy Streets of Films Noirs and the Pulp Novels That Inspired Them

The premiere suggests exactly why this period isn't more often plundered by television, namely, the extraordinary difficulty of shaking off the popular culture clichés of the period.

Sunday, November 17 2013

Separate Unequal, and 'Almost Human'

Where Almost Human differs from many of its predecessors and peers is the way it seems to revel in unreflexive prejudice.

Wednesday, October 2 2013

Blair Underwood Is the Angry Black Man in 'Ironside'

In practice, Ironside is intense, sexually active, and 40-something -- his anger a compelling reaction to a dazzling career cut short.

Thursday, September 26 2013

'Parenthood', or, Beating One's Head Against the Wall

For its last four seasons, Parenthood has owned the territory of manufactured middle-class angst.

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White Collar [22.Oct.09]
All About Steve [3.Sep.09]
Glee [18.May.09]
Inkheart [25.Jan.09]
Igor [18.Sep.08]
Death Race [21.Aug.08]
Cashmere Mafia [15.Jan.08]
Womens Murder Club [14.Oct.07]
Big Shots [3.Oct.07]
Journeyman [23.Sep.07]
The Closer [12.Jul.05]
Into the West [6.Jul.05]
The 4400 [26.Jun.05]
Deadwood [20.Mar.05]
Boston Legal [31.Oct.04]
The West Wing [31.Oct.04]
dr. vegas [10.Oct.04]
The Winds of War [6.Jun.04]
The Handler [3.Nov.03]
Cromwell (1970) [6.Oct.03]
Las Vegas [5.Oct.03]
Chicago (2002) [25.Dec.02]
Two Women (1998) [9.Dec.02]
Boomtown [14.Oct.02]
Hack [29.Sep.02]
The Sopranos [22.Sep.02]
Married in America [25.Jun.02]
Path to War [9.Jun.02]
Mifune (1999) [31.Dec.94]
Nurse Betty (2000) [31.Dec.94]
Deadline [31.Dec.94]
First Monday [31.Dec.94]
Citizen Baines [31.Dec.94]
Sex and the City [31.Dec.94]
Trixie (2000) [31.Dec.94]
Wit [31.Dec.94]
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