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.
Thursday, December 8 2005
It's no secret that Dick Cavett loved Ray Charles' music.
Wednesday, December 7 2005
Despite (or because of) its merry capitalism, DuckTales is reasonably adventurous, taking the characters from their home base of Duckburg to Egypt, Scotland, and the open seas.
Tuesday, December 6 2005
The sketches designed to shock innocent passers-by on the street often suggest a destructive hostility beneath all the smirking. Candid Camera with a punch in the face.
Monday, December 5 2005
The show is both inspiring and schmaltzy.
Friday, December 2 2005
The DVD set reminds us that John Lennon and Yoko Ono played a significant role in these issues while producing art and maintaining a sense of humor.
Thursday, December 1 2005
Once you've seen a few of those uncensored sketches, it's clear why Kids in the Hall was never so pleasing to mainstream viewers as SNL.