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Thursday, March 23 2006

The Zen of Screaming: Vocal Instruction for a New Breed

Metal hopefuls eager to discover the tricks of the trade in the name of emulating their idols may be let down by The Zen of Screaming.


Wednesday, March 22 2006

The Golden Girls: The Complete Fourth Season

Golden Girls' fourth season is all about the silly.


Coney Island

Coney Island deals with the darkness beneath the parks' bright surfaces with discretion, resisting the urge to play every clown image for maximum Carnival of the Soul eeriness.


Tuesday, March 21 2006

The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Fifth Season

The very concept of change was anathema to Mayberry, and the beginning of Season Five delivered a grim portent: Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) was replaced by his brother Goober (George Lindsey).


Monday, March 20 2006

Over There: The Complete Series

By series' end, Smoke ('Sticky' Jones) comes to understand himself as a function of TV, revealing the complex interrelatedness of media and war, stateside and abroad.


Mind of Mencia: Uncensored Season 1

Menica's performance of jingoism can be amusing. Not terribly funny, but occasionally on target.


Tuesday, March 14 2006

The Simpsons: The Complete Seventh Season

To the bickering camps of Simpson's fans, let's keep it 'real', shall we?


Monday, March 6 2006

Charmed: The Complete Fourth Season

Charmed is a sci fi-fantasy inquiry into female gender roles, pondering women's agency and their twin capacities for kicking ass and playing sex objects.


Thursday, March 2 2006

King Tutankhamun: The Mystery Unsealed

The never ending mystery of King Tut's life and death is explored here.


Wednesday, March 1 2006

The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo

If her bold themes and colors were undeniably 'Mexican', Frida Kahlo also painted her own experiences, beyond national or even gendered identity.


Monday, February 27 2006

Survivor Pearl Islands - The Complete Season

So open and genuine-seeming, Rupert had America at 'Argh'.


Thursday, February 23 2006

The Time Tunnel Volume One (2006): Robert Colbert, James Darren, Lee Meriwether, Whit Bissell - PopM

Alas, The Time Tunnel's scientists weren't able to zap its heroes out of harms way, after all.


Monday, February 20 2006

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends

While he never developed a singular performing presence, Cavett is a skilled comic technician whose sense of timing and punchline set-ups pays off in playing straight man to his guests.


Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson Uncensored!

About as funny as anything involving Andy Dick has ever been: this sums it up for this whole roast experience, really.


Wednesday, February 15 2006

The Best of the Electric Company

This Electric Company retrospective displays the lasting power of entertaining education.


Monday, February 13 2006

Significant Others: The Complete Series

We see them from the point of view of an unseen, unheard therapist. Here, the series invites us to be Dr. Phil.


The Blitz: London’s Longest Night

The Blitz offers more 'human drama' than something you might find on the History Channel, and will also satisfy military buffs.


Friday, February 10 2006

Voices of Civil Rights (2006)

These programs would serve the cause of social justice more effectively by reminding viewers that the civil rights movement is not awaiting its finishing touches, as they suggest; instead, its moribund body is awaiting resuscitation at the hands of a compassionate public.


Tuesday, February 7 2006

Benjamin Franklin / John & Abigail Adams (American Experience)

While the self-improvement rhetoric starts to sound a little too much like Dr. Phil, the program does convey the excitement of Franklin's ideas.


Monday, February 6 2006

Land of the Lost: The Complete Series

Gerrold understood that sci-fi was more than just weird looking places and strange monsters. It was about story, and characters, and audience identification.


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