Wednesday, April 9 2008
Watching these courtroom dramas had me wondering why people choose to bicker over their disagreements on television, particularly in front of judges whose impartiality is questionable.
Thursday, March 13 2008
Finding ourselves at the end of The Wire we might ask: what was the point of these sometimes hopeful but often tragic stories? What purpose did they serve?
Thursday, February 28 2008
Despite its talking hamburgers, mechanical rabbits and the like, Adult Swim's Aqua Teen Hunger Force is less surreal than hyperreal.
Sunday, November 25 2007
Reasons to watch Jennifer Love Hewitt in 'Ghost Whisperer', ways to detect rounded characters on a flat screen, and why I should be called 'Television Whisperer'.
Sunday, November 18 2007
Alf Clausen explains the workings behind the music of The Simpsons, and shows how he fits right in.
Sunday, October 28 2007
After playing the “Fluke Man”, Darin Morgan reluctantly agreed to write for The X-Files. His four episodes turned a struggling show around with humor and a deep concern with the pain of loneliness in a strange and incomprehensible world.
Tuesday, October 2 2007
For Eight Seasons, Big Brother USA has brought numerous twists to reality TV. Here is a twist Big Brother might not have seen coming.
Friday, September 21 2007
To its credit, The War considers the terrible effects of difference. But even as it argues that representations can make differences, it also exemplifies how limited vision can reinforce them.
Wednesday, September 12 2007
What do you call four lawyers, a secretary, and a couple of prosecutors? I call it the best thing since Clarence Darrow.
Tuesday, September 11 2007
The overall effect from watching this year's MTV VMAs was club drug vertigo -- but with none of the fun of the club or the drugs.
Monday, September 10 2007
Isn't it ironic how the 2007 installment of MTV's celebration of music videos was, in fact, a telling death knell for music videos?
Tuesday, August 28 2007
Feldman talks to PopMatters about the good, the bad, and the ugly of reality TV.
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?