Monday, March 27 2006
Lest audiences should think that American Idol's Simon Cowell is the apotheosis of British wit, allow me to submit for your consideration the name of Danger Mouse.
Friday, March 24 2006
It's all Family Guy's fault. Had that cult cartoon not been cancelled and proven its mantle by becoming a phenomenon on DVD, we wouldn't be stuck with American Dad, its jaded jingoistic cousin.
Thursday, March 23 2006
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
Golden Girls' fourth season is all about the silly.
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 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
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.
Menica's performance of jingoism can be amusing. Not terribly funny, but occasionally on target.
Tuesday, March 14 2006
To the bickering camps of Simpson's fans, let's keep it 'real', shall we?
Monday, March 6 2006
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
The never ending mystery of King Tut's life and death is explored here.
Wednesday, March 1 2006
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
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
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.
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
This Electric Company retrospective displays the lasting power of entertaining education.
Monday, February 13 2006
We see them from the point of view of an unseen, unheard therapist. Here, the series invites us to be Dr. Phil.
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
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.