Monday, February 13 2012
In the wake of a tragic loss within the music industry, the Grammy Awards actually went on a surprisingly respectful, understated route... before turning into the vapid technicolor circus that has become hallmark for the very worst of Grammy broadcasts.
Tuesday, February 7 2012
Looking beyond the aesthetic surface of the series, what is the true motivation behind Mad Men’s frank depictions of these troubled social times? Is sexism being used as some sort of nostalgic trope, or does Mad Men actually delve deeper and explore these issues?
Monday, February 6 2012
Downton Abbey reveals not only the play of chance that often confounds choice, but the power of social class to confine choice within established boundaries -- and we're comfortable with that.
Wednesday, January 18 2012
Recent US crime shows claim not only that the law does not provide justice to ordinary Americans, but also that it cannot do so.
Wednesday, January 11 2012
For all the high points on TV in 2011, there were also things that bothered me, and not all of them were named Kardashian.
Anthropomorphized food... insane soap opera creeepshows... and at least one example of the 'Unhappy Englander" on holiday. Must be time for the guiltiest of TV fare.
Tuesday, January 10 2012
The small screen offers up the usual suspects, proving once again that, with a few exceptions, what's good on today's prime time schedule will stay that way until the next best-of list.
Tuesday, November 22 2011
A funny and personal portrait of the comedian who became the headline-making, ground-breaking star of The Colbert Report.
Monday, November 21 2011
True Blood suggests that a change in family structure within a society doesn't necessarily entail a downfall of traditional concepts of morals and values.
Thursday, November 17 2011
Six Feet Under cements its legacy with a send off that is so sublime, so simple and so perfectly obvious you can't help but laugh... through buckets of tears.
Wednesday, November 16 2011
Six Feet Under concludes its third season with a bold suite of emotionally devastating episodes that go straight for the jugular, nearly drowning the Fishers -- and the viewers -- under a tidal wave of fear, guilt and despair.
Tuesday, November 15 2011
In the episode "The Plan", Ruth's humorous attempt at self-actualization and self-discovery at a self-help seminar reflects television's ingestion of and obsession with society's therapeutic culture.
Monday, November 14 2011
A pivotal, emotionally raw argument late in the second season of Six Feet Under completely undermines our perceptions of Nate and Brenda's primal and toxic relationship, illuminating the way the show plays havoc with our sympathies and televisual convention.
The bitter taste that the existentialist worldview may leave in some people’s mouths can be compared to the sting we feel when we meet Margaret Chenowith, the eternally cackling, gleefully hedonistic, complexly troubled mother of Brenda.
Sunday, November 13 2011
Minor in name only, the many minor characters of Six Feet Under play a crucial role in foregrounding the foibles, dilemmas and defining features of the Fishers.
The oddness of minor characters on Six Feet Under often led to the Fishers acting not quite like themselves, illuminating just how normal they were when compared to the rest of the world.
Friday, November 11 2011
Six Feet Under presents one of the most beautiful, honest and painful views into sibling relationships ever presented on television.
Tuesday, November 8 2011
Though Six Feet Under does perceptibly depict Ruth attempting to find herself outside of her at time stifling domestic role, she ultimately finds her fulfillment and passion through her role as mother and in her relationships with her children.
Monday, November 7 2011
A decade on, Ruth Fisher, the deceptively buttoned-down, wildly unpredictable matriarch on Six Feet Under, remains a singular representation of motherhood on television.
Sunday, November 6 2011
The tumultuous, but loving, relationships within the Fisher family illustrate Six Feet Under's complex and often contradictory views of the well-lived life.