Monday, August 20 2007
Christiane Amanpour does not back down from difficult questions. She opens her six-hour report, airing over three nights on CNN, by noting that Jerusalem, the "so-called city of peace, has been torn by centuries of war."
Sunday, August 5 2007
HBO's new Hiroshima and Nagasaki documentary is at once simple and infinitely complex. The atomic bombs were disasters both man-made and calculated.
Monday, July 30 2007
If Longford were just the story of a flawless saint, it wouldn’t be very interesting. Instead, we see a nuanced portrait of a complicated and imperfect man.
Tuesday, June 19 2007
The escalation of violence on television isn't merely a matter of audiences becoming desensitized. It also raises the stakes and the psychological payoffs when the violence is avenged.
Sunday, May 20 2007
Far beyond the media sensation of adoration and hate that surrounded Sanjaya Malakar's stint on Idol is how his booting laid bare how empty and soulless the whole affair has become.
Tuesday, May 8 2007
Detective Vic Mackey kills cops, steals money, and beats suspects. How, then, can the man trying to bring him to justice be the "bad guy"?
Sunday, April 22 2007
No one-hour drama series has had a bigger impact on how stories are told on the small screen, or more influence on what kind of fare we've been offered by an ever-growing array of television networks.
Wednesday, February 21 2007
Why couldn’t Arrested Development find a mass audience when The Office is thriving?
Thursday, February 1 2007
GEICO's recent ad campaign offers yet another example of the ongoing search for cultural groups we can mock in public.
Thursday, January 25 2007
As The OC (and recent films such as Bring It On or Save the Last Dance) reflects, Americans are increasingly likely to live class-bound lives in class-bound places.
Wednesday, December 13 2006
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Woodstock each did their stint as a lonely Mexican cowboy, it seems. These and other things you didn't know about A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Thursday, November 30 2006
How exactly did a cheerleading assassin of the undead become a Rocky Horror cult musical hit?
Wednesday, October 25 2006
Why Degrassi is realer than reality TV.
Tuesday, October 10 2006
The true story about Ellen's fourth season, which includes the famous coming out 'The Puppy Episode (Parts 1 and 2)' is that it's really not about gay people at all: it's really about straight society USA, circa 1997.
Tuesday, September 26 2006
A tidal wave of hype should not dissuade you -- you should care that this HBO drama has returned for its fourth season.
Friday, September 15 2006
The micro and macro storytelling mastery of HBO's The Wire shows the devastating effects creating social policy in the shape of war.
Thursday, August 24 2006
At the Intersection of Boob and Tube: The Bud-Sponsored Letdown of The Independent Television Festiv
Our fearless writer gets to the ever-retreating bottom of the Independent Television Festival and several free beers.
Tuesday, June 27 2006
Deadwood has the audacity to gut American mythology and morality using the very same symbols we use to romanticize it.
Monday, April 3 2006
Dan Curtis' his greatest passion was golf. From the time he was an NBC programs salesman in the 1960s through his later years, Curtis loved the links.
Thursday, March 9 2006
Jon Stewart was supposed to be the kind of inspired choice that would give mouth-to-mouth to the Oscar corpse, but he's no miracle worker.