Wednesday, September 20 2006
Digging for the Truth ads an element of adventure to historical research that, whether concocted at points or not, can foster an interest in the ancient world among even the most casual viewer.
Friday, September 15 2006
The Weird Al Show is a schizophrenic beast -- too goofy and beset with moral lessons for the hip and ironic crowd, but also far too winking and full of deadpan humor for the children for whom it was designed.
Wednesday, September 13 2006
Though definitely dated in its approach to the material, and losing a bit of its laughable luster along the way, Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp still stands as a wonderful reminder of the days when being an operative was the height of considered cool.
Tuesday, September 12 2006
If interest in these home-video incarnations of Beavis & Butthead sparks interest in a movie sequel, chalk it up to another one of Judge's low-key negotiations gone good.
Mary Poppins had nothing over Sister Bertrille.
Monday, September 11 2006
As an epitaph, there can be none more fitting than the fact that Arrested Development never stooped to conquer. Its influence will be felt for generations to come.
Wednesday, September 6 2006
Fox's preposterous prison serial cranks the lunacy and thrills up to 11 in its oversized and rollicking inaugural season.
Tuesday, September 5 2006
There are seeds of Moore's burgeoning, more focused agendas to be found here, and one gets the sense he only needed to break free of the instant gratification of television and return to long-form storytelling to be as incisive as his films show he could be.
Cracks never form in the sun-drenched, attractive suburban universe that MTV creates out of Laguna Beach.
Thursday, August 31 2006
Though Family deserves credit for pioneering risky subject matter on network television, its legacy is found in clichéd after school specials, the very-special-episodes of '80s TV shows, and prime time teen melodramas.
Smile, you're watching Candid Camera!
Monday, August 28 2006
McCallum is a grittier yet more thoughtful take on the forensic "whodunit" show; more dependent on building atmosphere and brooding suspense than continuous scenes of kicking down doors and chasing down suspects.
In its fourth season, Home Improvement shifts away from its focus on Tim's conventional masculinity to the family's "development."
Monday, August 21 2006
A festive concoction of leather-clad espionage, noir, and '60s pop art kitsch.
Thursday, August 17 2006
All Frasier's bad behavior seems headed toward a climax, or at least a confrontation.
Wednesday, August 16 2006
Apparently, some of us just can’t get enough of the Titanic, the ship that hit the bottom of Atlantic on the night of April 14, 1912, taking with her more than 1,500 souls.
Monday, August 14 2006
Season four features less Moore, and more of Mary's supporting cast. But this expansive view is a good thing.
Tuesday, August 8 2006
Despite adhering to rigid Standards and Practice regulations, An Early Frost still resonates, thanks in large part to an intelligent script, committed performances and filmmakers who knew they an important story to tell.
Friday, August 4 2006
Kricfalusi hopes that sales of the Ren & Stimpy DVDs will lead to a commercial rebirth, giving him the chance to make more episodes and release them on the digital format, untouched and uncensored.
Tuesday, August 1 2006
Watching The Time Tunnel raises interesting questions about TV entertainment from generation to generation; namely, might our slow-motion bullet dodging kung-fu action and Philip K. Dickian rotoscoping innovations look as silly to audiences of the future as the face-painted aliens of 1967 do today?