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February 2011

Five Hilarious TV Lines from the Last Ten Years

Here are five lines from the last ten years of television that made me laugh. A lot.


Henry Cavill of ‘The Tudors’ Snags Superman

Superman’s new identity has been revealed, and history be damned, it’s England’s 1st Duke of Suffolk. Well actually, it’s his alter-ego,


‘Perfect Couples’ Tries to Be ‘Friends’ for the Modern Audience

Perfect Couples, with its sort-of recognizable cast, sets up the conceit that all couples are weird, no matter how you look at them, and no matter how normal they think they are.


Why the Parents Television Council Is Wrong About ‘Skins’

Yes, Skins is a raw depiction of what teenagers get up to when their parents aren't paying attention, but what exactly makes it a broadcast version of the Apocalypse?


January 2011

TV for Kids: Children Are Not to be Trusted, It Seems

Children's media is designed to educate and stimulate like never before... so why does it so often seem to come up short on imagination?


Dear TV Executives: A Few New Years Resolutions Notes for 2011

Television executives should resolve to do a few things for me this year.


Déjà Vu is Often Part of Being Human

Syfy might have to imagine greater to distinguish their series from the BBC’s, but they’ve chosen a worthwhile story and seem to be committed to a high-quality production. Is Being Human a story worth being told twice, especially when the remake premieres days before the original’s third season? Yes.


In Praise of Ricky Gervais’ Kind of Meanness

The Golden Globes are usually a good substitute for Ambien. But this year, Ricky Gervais gave us the televised equivalent of crystal meth—we may be up for days.


To Sir, With Love?: ‘Glee’s’ Will Schuester Problem

In its second season, Glee finds itself facing its biggest challenge: what do do with Will Schuester? To solve the problem, the writers might need to do more than simply state that the adviser for New Directions is a good guy.


A Happy New Year of Science Fiction, or 2010 Repackaged?

Before viewers resolve to watch or avoid new SF offerings, they might want to look carefully at the packaging. Among the shiny new series are also remakes and pilots being “re-gifted” to a new audience.


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