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Thursday, June 6 2013

A Decade by Lantern Light: "Green Lantern" vs. "The Office"

In his last review for the U.S. version of The Office, Erik Adams of The A.V. Club explained that the final episode of one of the biggest TV shows of the past decade “…gets sentimental, but it deserves to get sentimental.” But it was also more than that. As was Geoff Johns decade-long run on Green Lantern…


Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best TV Shows of 2010

Running the gamut from the ever-present to the new and novel, PopMatters' TV picks prove that, as a medium, the small screen challenges the big at every entertainment (and aesthetic) level.


Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best TV of 2009

Aside from one or two new shows, this look at the Best of TV 2009 seems awfully familiar. A look at early '60s admen? A practically incomprehensible drama about an island of airplane crash castaways? The Americanization of a UK workplace comedy? That definitely rings a bell.


Sunday, February 1 2009

The New Golden Age of British TV Comedy

Every once in awhile, Britain rules over America. The Office, Spaced, Coupling and other British shows are gradually narrowing the Atlantic-sized gap between the United States and England.


Wednesday, October 15 2008

Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 3

Day Three - The final ten, a cross-culture collection teeming with big ideas, larger than life visions, and perhaps the greatest documentary on rugby you've probably never heard of.


Columns

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...


Monday, June 18 2012

In Defense Of ... The UK Version of 'The Office' Being Better Than the US Version

In the nearly ten years that its been off the air, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's crowning achievement has aged with grace, in part because of its short run, but most of all, because of its originality.


Thursday, February 23 2012

Why I Dumped Ricky Gervais for Karl Pilkington (but Am Still Seeing Stephen Merchant on the Side)

Did the record breaking Ricky Gervais Show podcast give insight into the real people behind it? Or were they just three more brilliant comic creations?


Reviews

Wednesday, September 14 2011

'The Office: Season Seven': Headed for an Event Horizon?

This five-disc set is packed with deleted scenes, extended versions, cast and crew commentaries, a blooper reel, three webisodes, and the full version of Michael Scott's epic Threat Level Midnight movie. It will please any fan.


Monday, May 24 2010

Is This the Return of Must-See TV?

This year, NBC featured four strong comedies -- Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, and 30 Rock -- each with its own distinct style and point of view, not a Single Guy among them.


Wednesday, October 10 2007

The Office

Next came a series of sitcom-ish moments that read like the white board from the writers' room.


Sunday, October 7 2007

The Office: Season Three

Fans met the news of an American adaptation of The Office with outright skepticism, but it's safe to say that the American version of The Office has lost little of the original's sense of unease in its portrayal of the American workplace.


Tuesday, May 22 2007

The Office

The Office offers someone we can always laugh at: Michael (Steve Carell), arguably the most sympathetic asshole on television, ever.


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Blogs

Wednesday, May 18 2011

The Top 5 Candidates for Regional Manager at 'The Office's' Dunder Mifflin

With a celebrity guest list the Oscars is envious of, this year's season finalé of The Office carries an equally intriguing question: who will replace Michael Scott?


Tuesday, April 26 2011

Goodbye Michael. Hello Cal?

As Michael Scott fades into reruns, can Steve Carell continue his climb to movie star status?


Wednesday, January 26 2011

Dear TV Executives: A Few New Years Resolutions Notes for 2011

Television executives should resolve to do a few things for me this year.


Thursday, December 16 2010

Top 10 TV Shows of 2010

In 2010, television brought us cops in Hawaii, bikers in California, British investigators and a different kind of situation at the Jersey shore.


Thursday, August 5 2010

Anatomy of a Joke: 'The Office', “Fun Run”

The flipside to the comedic realism of The Office is the sometimes shocking vulnerability of its characters.


News

Thursday, August 23 2012

‘The Office’ to end after upcoming ninth season

LOS ANGELES — “The Office” will end after next season — that’s what he said … he being executive producer Greg Daniels. In a conference call with


Tuesday, April 26 2011

'The Office,' like 'Two and a Half Men,' faces challenge of replacing its central character

The folks at Dunder Mifflin didn't realize how attached they were to Michael Scott until they were about to lose him. Better the crazy boss


Wednesday, June 30 2010

Steve Carell says he's leaving 'The Office' at end of next season

Adios Michael Scott? Could it be true? Steve Carell, who recently told BBC Radio that he's leaving "The Office" after next season, confirmed the "decision"


Friday, February 19 2010

'The Ricky Gervais Show'

LOS ANGELES — British comedian Ricky Gervais' third television series, after "The Office" and "Extras," is a cartoon called "The Ricky Gervais Show." Its audio is


Wednesday, February 17 2010

'How I Met Your Mother' hits 100 episodes

LOS ANGELES — Reaching 100 episodes is a milestone for a television series because it means the show has attracted enough viewers to last at least five


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