Wednesday, January 26 2005
Their advice -- dished out to each other or the seemingly endless numbers of relatives and friends -- reveals dignity and shrewdness.
Monday, January 17 2005
It's intellectual vanilla pudding; pleasant enough while it's going down but nothing you'd ever crave.
Monday, January 10 2005
The first black Heavyweight Champion of the World, 1908 to 1915, Jack Johnson was rowdy, smart, rebellious, and proud.
Women in prison. What wonderful, wanton images those three words conjure up.
Tim's determination to add 'more power' to every household appliance or gardening tool speaks to his skewed sense of what it means to be a man.
The Hermitage represents the climax of the Russian aristocracy's longtime fascination with Europe.
Shocking and mocking his way through the mid-'80s comedy scene, Bill Hicks invited controversy with his dark, explicit sexual humor.
Monday, January 3 2005
Gina Gershon's made quite a name for herself as a B-movie actress.
Reba happily infuses the character 'Reba Hart' with the star's own perkiness and sweet spirit.
The 4400 intimates that most of the returnees' integration problems boil down to fear approximating a post-9/11 'dread of difference'.
How did Boy Meets World manage to stay on the air for seven years?.
Tuesday, December 28 2004
The Simpsons has flown below the radar, with the freedom of a cult show and the luxuries of a mass audience.
The animation serves one of the most impressive aspects of the show's first season: the fact that it was largely improvised.
Monday, December 13 2004
Star Trek remains enjoyable today in ways that other, similarly important or influential shows do not.
Joss Whedon says, 'We sort of worship at the same altar. Me and my staff are the biggest Buffy nerds alive.'
Monday, December 6 2004
When playing Jack Bauer, Kiefer Sutherland observes, 'Everything that's happening at any given moment is more important than anything else in the world.'
Appearing during the Reagan revolution's pronounced backlash against the homeless/poor/people of color, Homey offered a counter-narrative.
Wednesday, November 24 2004
If Alex is the dad, Louie is the drunk uncle who visits without calling first.
The material shows how much the SCTV crew did not engage in either obvious parody or simple knee-jerk laughs.
Arrested Development is Bad Behavior writ large, and it is the most consistently funny half-hour to grace the Idiot Box in a long time.