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Tuesday, August 20 2013

‘NCIS’ Celebrates Its 10th Season with Stellar Guest Stars, Formula Changes

In its 10th season as one of America's most-viewed shows, NCIS brings the action closer to home with attacks against Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his beloved crew.


Life Among the Fleshpots of San Francisco: ‘Tales of the City’

Sex and drugs and complex gay characters! The groundbreaking mini-series, Tales of the City, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.


Monday, August 19 2013

The Expectations and the Reality of Exacting ‘Revenge’

The second season didn't live up to the promise of the first. Will 'Revenge' make a comeback in season three?


Wednesday, August 14 2013

‘Enlightened’ Was Smartly Written and Often Beautifully Executed

Enlightened was the kind of series that took time to fully invest in, partly because Amy could be such a difficult character.


Even Girls Like Bugs, Monsters and Other Icky Things in ‘Beetlejuice’

The "ghost with the most" is called back from the dead once again in this long-overdue DVD box set.


Tuesday, July 23 2013

The Turkey Skewering Experts’ 27th Collection Is, of Course, Hilarious

Four feature-length episodes of the brilliant bomb-diffusing series represent four distinct eras in the show's evolution. While individually each is excellent, watched back-to-back, the experience can be jarring (if still hilarious) with the many cast changes.


After 50 Years of ‘Doctor Who’, the First Four Doctors Get Their Just Commemoration

Because the extras are so representative of each of the Four Incarnations of the Doctor and his evolution throughout, this overall package is a fine catch for the Whovians.


Thursday, July 18 2013

‘Orphan Black’ Is Riveting Television

Orphan Black delivers on a premise that is intriguing, suspenseful and engrossing, all while spotlighting a brilliant lead performance.


Tuesday, July 16 2013

Place and Satire in ‘Portlandia’

The genius behind Portlandia is its gentle lampooning of a very specific population that still manages to be accessible to those who live outside the limits of the Portland metropolitan area.


Monday, July 15 2013

Time and Prejudice Eat at You in ‘Rectify’

Daniel may be free, but he is far from exonerated, and it is this dichotomy that lends Rectify both its brilliance and its unique sense of tension.


Sunday, July 14 2013

‘Unforgettable’ Isn’t Exactly That

Unforgettable is yet another police procedural that fits into the TV-as-comfort-food mold, with but a slight variation on that theme.


Thursday, July 11 2013

Na Na Na, You’re Gonna Have a Good Time with ‘Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids’

During the tumultuous '60s, the playful, silly, but ultimately lesson-based adventures of the "Cosby Kids" proved funny to adults but even funnier to inner city children who could readily identify with these archetypal misfits.


Tuesday, July 9 2013

‘Call the Midwife: Season Two’

The ways in which these women exercised their will, both individually and collectively, spoke to the importance of their role in London's dockside community.


Monday, July 8 2013

Swimming with the Big Shark in ‘House of Cards’

Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) swims in the murky waters of Washington power-mongering as gracefully as if he had sprouted gills and a caudal fin.


Wednesday, June 26 2013

Sit Down and Make Yourself Uncomfortable with: ‘Web Therapy’

Lisa Kudrow is the backbone of the show and she is a master of the uncomfortable moment.


Monday, June 17 2013

‘30 Rock’ Lived (and Died) By Its Own Rules

Although its references to the 2012 political seasons will be as dated as Murphy Brown's Dan Quayle references, 30 Rock, against all odds, goes out on a perfect note.


Sunday, June 16 2013

‘Witness: A World in Conflict Through a Lens’ Raises as Many Questions as It Answers

HBO is to be commended for risking such an undertaking; it could have sailed along on another few seasons of Game of Thrones, etc. But it is programs like Witness that may prove the more enduring legacy.


Wednesday, June 12 2013

Try a Mid-Life Crisis for Fun and Profit! ‘Top Gear: The Great African Adventure’

Top Gear is not really a show about cars. It's a show about masculinity.


‘Wilfred’: Bone-Dry Humor in a Warm and Wicked Cartoon Universe

The Aussie Wilfred fleshes out its sitcom universe with impressive worldbuilding and genuine heart amongst the weed smoke and scatological humor.


Tuesday, June 11 2013

How the Spin-Off That Is ‘Major Crimes’ Holds Up in Its First Season

Spinning off from The Closer could not have been easy. It sure doesn't look that way in season one of Major Crimes.


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