Channel Surfing

November 2010

How to Look Good Naked: Shedding Clothes, Gaining a BFF

The value of How to Look Good Naked is not in its attempt at a populist therapeutic cure to negative self-perception or a quick ‘before and after’ transformation.


Will America Spoil Its Version of Skins? Probably.

MTV has made the decision to stay true to UK Skins by using young, unknown talent and writers. However, how much writing they actually need is debatable.


‘Glee’: Grilled Cheesus—That’s a Sandwich Jesus Christ Wouldn’t Eat

The show’s writers just cannot seem to push their themes far enough to meld Glee’s cultural touchstones into something that doesn’t simply reproduce the social order that it's attempting to reorganize.


October 2010

Is ‘The Walking Dead’ a Dead Zombie Walking?

If you like zombies, you're going to be excited about this show: the pilot is a solid hook for a television series. If you're mostly indifferent to the undead, the pilot is worth a watch and the content may keep you coming back for a few weeks before you throw in the towel.


Back to the Future with ‘The Event’ and ‘The Real Housewives of D.C.’

If The Event wants to successfully take license with its time line, it would do well to learn a lesson from the recent D.C. installment of The Real Housewives.


‘Caprica’ Season Premiere: Better Grieving Through Technology

While part one of Caprica established the series' conflict between science and faith, part two explores the far more frightening idea of what happens when technology and faith start to work together.


R.I.P. Barbara Billingsley, Sit-Com Mom Emeritus

If Americans needed a manufactured (but, according to colleagues, family and friends, more than half-genuine) mother figure to enshrine in sit-com heaven, they got it in Barbara Billingsley.


The Mad Man and the Comedy Writer: Two Sides of the American Dream

If The Dick Van Dyke Show's Rob Petrie represents the ideals of American manhood, Mad Men's Don Draper represents a descent into the American nightmare.


Modern Family’s “The Kiss”: The Fundamental Things Apply

Modern Family's adorable gay couple finally showed a little onscreen PDA.


It’s Technology, My Dear Watson: Sherlock for the 21st Century

The famous detective now texts and surfs the net while Watson writes a blog. This is not your mother's Sherlock Holmes.


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"Rock Never Dies" Takes Shots at Celebrity Culture In a Surprisingly Effective Episode

// Channel Surfing

"Season 12's best episode yet isn't perfect, but well-done, with an excellent swan song performance by Rick Springfield.

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