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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.


Eleanor Roosevelt (American Experience)

The documentary illustrates how she galvanized others and made common cause for women's rights and civil rights in particular.


Thursday, February 2 2006

Benny Hill Complete and Unadulterated - The Hill’s Angels Years, Set Four (1978-1981)

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

Ultimate Bull Riding

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.'


Inked - The Best of Season 1

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

Viva La Bam: Seasons 4 and 5

Of everything to come out of the Jackass realm of reality programming, the Margeras were the sole masterpiece.


Monday, January 23 2006

The Shield: Season 4

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 - Collector’s Edition Megaset: The Complete Series Plus Thomas and Sarah

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: The Seventh Season

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

Family Guy, Volume 3

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

Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers: Volume 1

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: The Complete Third Season

Home Improvement's third season is its best, as crack-up funny as it is heartfelt.


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