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Sunday, January 3 2010

The Guilty Pleasure TV of 2009

It's here where you will find those unmentionable entertainments that keep us suckling at the glass teat for much longer than we need to. It’s not for mental nourishment or relaxation. It’s like an addiction, and going cold crappy TV turkey is just not an option.


Tuesday, August 21 2012

Murder, They Watched: Are the French Obsessed with American Crime Drama?

Why are there so many American police procedurals on French TV? Is it because French women have a massive crush on David Caruso? This and other hypotheses come to mind...


Friday, January 18 2013

'Bones': Dancing with the Forensic Anthropologist

The midseason premiere of Bones, which aired 14 January, returned to one of the show’s major strengths, the frequently serious characters' capacity for silliness.

Tuesday, November 8 2011

'Bones: The Complete Sixth Season': A Specific, Intelligent, Not to Mention Morbid, Brand of Humor

The majority of Bones Season 6 maintains the show’s established pattern—twisted humor, conflicting personalities, and crime solving—but it also throws a monkey wrench into the gears, and as a result, the show will never be same.

Wednesday, November 2 2011

'Bones': Just Don't Call Him Shorty

The new season of Bones celebrates Bones' extraordinary high-achieving rationalism, and nevertheless chastises her when she tries to apply her reason to relationships.

Sunday, November 14 2010

'Bones: The Complete Fifth Season' Brings Plenty of Bad Guys and Dead Bodies

The show wouldn't be half as interesting to watch if there wasn't a tangled web of romantic attractions and sexual tension in addition to the murders, mysteries dead bodies and dismembered bones.

Wednesday, September 22 2010

'Bones' Season Six Premiere

A love letter to group synergy and the fruits of hard labor, the Season Six premiere makes its own case for the team's existence.

Bones: Season 3 [7.Jan.09]
Bones [2.Sep.08]
Bones [24.Sep.07]
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Thursday, December 13 2012

The Bones in Every Procedural TV Show, Including 'Bones', Are the Characters Themselves

I hate procedurals, but I love Bones. The compelling characters keep the audience engaged despite the formulaic format, but some episodes fall flat.


Friday, April 2 2010

Pop (and daughter) culture: In TV and films, fathers and female offspring star

Clinton, Bush, Obama. Not just our three most recent presidents — but three dads. And not just three dads: three dads of daughters. So maybe it's

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