Thursday, November 3 2005
In the heavenly hierarchy of humor, Monty Python's Flying Circus is God. Its four-year run on the BBC resulted in 45 stellar examples of superior sketch comedy.
Wednesday, November 2 2005
I realize this is all meant to be hilarious, but the cat is essentially terrorizing his friends and neighbors.
Tuesday, November 1 2005
The Amazing Race sets its participants a wide range of daunting and occasionally hilarious challenges. It's a kibbitzer's dream.
Monday, October 31 2005
A TV show with an interesting premise, crisp writing, darkly compelling protagonist, and loads of critical praise usually generates thoughts of Emmys, Golden Globes, and long-haul success. Instead, Profit was canned after four episodes.
Thursday, October 27 2005
Regardless of their childishness, the protagonists of South Park are, like their creators, fundamentally decent (except for Cartman, who represents the zenith of selfish indecency).
Wednesday, October 26 2005
The Saint reveals some complexity in the way it combines Templar's capitalistic values and Moore's arresting masculinity.
Monday, October 24 2005
Ken Burns is both goofy and deep. He even laughs about wearing people out with the interminable length of his films.
Wednesday, October 19 2005
The problem: invading aliens. The solution: precocious teenagers. Isn't that always how we save the universe?
Monday, October 17 2005
Zelda, when not accompanying Link on Triforce retrieval missions or being kidnapped, is bafflingly obsessed with cleaning the castle.
Friday, October 14 2005
Despite the sheen of ostensible family-friendly cartoon antics, the series consistently hinges on the trio's passive-aggressive loathing for one another.
Thursday, October 13 2005
Some of us want to see messy, contradictory lives on screen. We find escape enough in knowing that, as much as the problems feel familiar, they are not precisely our own.
Monday, October 10 2005
The roommates are dysfunctional, narcissistic wrecks who fall in and out of fake love, toasty hot tubs, and bottomless Jack Daniels bottles (literally, since this is a cartoon).
Friday, October 7 2005
Meticulously straightforward, Paul Kafno's direction of Twelfth Night suits Kenneth Branagh's inconspicuous stage direction.
Monday, October 3 2005
Benny Hill will always be the bastard stepchild of British sketch comedy.
Friday, September 30 2005
Stewie's time-continuum meddling focuses on insuring that he ends up with a non-retail job and a more tastefully decorated apartment. This is not 12 Monkeys.
Thursday, September 22 2005
Whether taking on film, music, television or book, these cunning Canadians exposed the foibles of mass media while entertaining and enlightening.
Despite a deft mixture of traditional polish and youthful verve, At Last the 1948 Show doesn't quite cross the line from good to great.
Tuesday, September 20 2005
Monty Python pioneered the stream-of-consciousness comedy style, which meant every show was like a conversation that flowed from a start to an end.
Monday, September 19 2005
Rumpole plots were primarily an outlet for Mortimer's humor, morality, and social viewpoint.
Friday, September 16 2005
Small, Bouchard, and Galasky are likable humans, but sweeter cartoons.