Thursday, February 2 2006
This is a large collection of Benny Hill's TV work, which is only fit for people that never tire of naughty humor.
Tuesday, January 31 2006
The disc opens with a montage titled 'Hitting the Dirt.' It could also be called 'Hitting the Horns,' 'Hitting the Rodeo Clown,' and 'Getting the Head Stuck Between the Starting Chute Bars While the Hand Stays Attached to a Crazed Animal.'
What's the difference between a bad tattoo and a bad television show? The latter won't last nearly as long as the former.
Thursday, January 26 2006
Of everything to come out of the Jackass realm of reality programming, the Margeras were the sole masterpiece.
Monday, January 23 2006
Most of the brilliant fourth season is focused on the interplay of Vic with the two single-season 'heavyweights', Glenn Close as Captain Monica Rawling and Anthony Anderson as local kingpin Antwon Mitchell.
Friday, January 20 2006
Upstairs, Downstairs may not have been startlingly original, but its primary strength lay with its complex characters and class-based construct.
Monday, January 9 2006
The Amazing Race focuses on couples, sometimes sensationalizing 'negative' interactions, then absolves itself of ethical responsibilities by asserting its 'documentary' status.
Friday, January 6 2006
Whereas All in the Family was all about the troubling racism and personal politics of the time, Family Guy takes on many of these same topics and then blurts them out like a tactless guy at a party that says exactly what he's thinking, without even a second thought about self-censorship.
Wednesday, January 4 2006
Bringing together Three Stooges-style slapstick and Looney Tunes-ish physics, Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers offers no in-between or subtlety.
Tuesday, January 3 2006
Home Improvement's third season is its best, as crack-up funny as it is heartfelt.
Friday, December 23 2005
Box set of early prime time specials features America's favorite sarcastic fat cat.
The Byrds appear with a young David Crosby playing 'Mr. Tambourine Man', and a frantic Buddy Holly plays his guitar like he was punk rock's forefather.
Thursday, December 22 2005
They're charismatic and dead-on in their comic timing, especially Bea Arthur, who could very well be television's all-time coolest woman.
If you need a reason to buy the Christmas disc, the answer is John Candy.
Tuesday, December 20 2005
The show cleverly picks up on the aftermath of '60s revolutions and the Vietnam war, as well as the new decade's kitschy playfulness.
Friday, December 16 2005
All this torture is variously named, always painful, sometimes inhumane treatments of suspects or folks with info they're afraid to give up. Most everyone in 24 works in a hurry.
Thursday, December 15 2005
One wishes that the creators of the series had stuck more to the spirit of the Hornblower books than the letter, but Forester's fans are in their own way as rabid as Tolkien's or J.K. Rowling's, and they must be appeased.
Wednesday, December 14 2005
There is more to Project Runway than stereotypically 'gay' entertainment, even if it is relentlessly histrionic and campy.
Tuesday, December 13 2005
Combining personal stories with some historical commentary, Pioneers of Primetime covers both the personal and the epic sides of a media evolution.
Monday, December 12 2005
What we have here is a reference book for rib tickling; a televisual tome where every possible pratfall or wicked witticism is stored for future, frequent use.