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Thursday, August 18 2005

Undeclared: The Complete Series

As Judd Apatow points out, 22 minutes is a challenging timeframe for developing characters, making jokes, and advancing the plot.


Friday, August 12 2005

Father of the Pride: The Complete Series

Beyond the Roy factor, the likely reason for Father of the Pride's failure is that it's just a really odd show.


Thursday, August 11 2005

Lost in Space: Season 3, Vol. 2

These momentary failures of grammar betray a befuddlement at birth and death, that story of origin and destination without which humanness has little meaning.


Wednesday, August 10 2005

The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Second Season

While Barney's marginality reinforces Andy's norm by contrast, their coupledom is consistent.


Wednesday, August 3 2005

World Tour Poker: Bad Boys of Poker

It's hard not to see this behavior as showing off, even when hearing Phil Laak reflect on it during his commentary.


Friday, July 29 2005

Tilt: The Complete First Season

The players in Tilt have so little respect for poker that the honor of the game is lost amid shaky deals and legs getting snapped.


The Job: The Complete Series

Denis Leary and Peter Tolan's desire to rehabilitate the sitcom not only meant changing the way characters interact with each other, but also the show's structure.


Tuesday, July 26 2005

The Brady Bunch: The Complete Second Season

Here again, you'll experience the split-level ranch house, beaded vests, Astroturf, and 'groovy' vocabulary.


Friday, July 22 2005

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2004 (2004): Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Steve Carell, St

While Stewart makes no bones about his own preferences, Republicans, Democrats, and reporters all come in for the same rowdy treatment.


Bad Girls: The Complete First Season

Bad Girls makes the battle-scarred ladies of Lark Hall into minor heroines.


Thursday, July 21 2005

Home Improvement: The Complete Second Season

Despite his muscle-headed tendencies, it's hard not to love Tim Taylor.


Wednesday, July 20 2005

Dead Like Me: Second Season

Roxy, bless her, is acutely practical: 'Everybody can't get a monument, otherwise the world'd be one big-ass graveyard.'


Monday, July 18 2005

Laguna Beach: The Complete First Season

Coming after The O.C., and before that, Beverly Hills, 90210, Laguna Beach seems all too familiar.


Thursday, July 14 2005

The Chronicles of Narnia

Parents will want the moral lessons and be glad that the violence of the books is downplayed here. Kids will want the magic.


Wednesday, July 13 2005

Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season One

Occasionally patronizing, Randall isn't afraid to hit a girl or pull a gun on one if it's necessary.


Friday, July 8 2005

Footballer’s Wives: The Complete Series One

Footballers Wives is sort of a Desperate Housewives meets North Dallas Forty.


Friday, June 10 2005

World Poker Tour: Season Two

The Travel Channel's World Poker Tour has helped make poker the hottest obsession around.


Wednesday, June 8 2005

The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete First Season

The Bob Newhart Show manages to rise above generic formulas.


Thursday, June 2 2005

The Golden Girls: The Complete Second Season

In The Golden Girls, which can be exceedingly smart, this kind of writing just feels lazy.


Wednesday, June 1 2005

The Saint - The Early Episodes, Set 1

Such righteousness could have easily overwhelmed another TV series, but Roger Moore's charisma saves the day.


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