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Monday, September 22 2003

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Complete Second Season

A show that asks us to 'assume nothing' very often lets the perps go free when the evidence doesn't prove substantial enough to secure arrests.


Tuesday, September 9 2003

24: Season 2

'This is a red meat show. People kill people and go eat a sandwich right after.'


Tuesday, September 2 2003

The Whole Bean

What comes through on this DVD set is Mr. Bean's staunch dedication to childishness, in the best possible sense.


Profiler: Season One

Profiler's first season was, for the most part, terrific -- innovative, socially progressive, emotionally complex.


The Best of Designing Women

The situation introduced at the start of each episode served as a catalyst for the women's discussions about issues that mattered to them, namely, their bodies, sex, and men.


Monday, August 11 2003

The New Avengers ‘76: Season One

Macnee is as winsome and disarming as ever, so much so that when Steed gets play -- and he does -- it's easy to see why.


Monday, August 4 2003

Frasier: The First Season

In Frasier's freshman season, those episodes pitting father against son are by far the most entertaining and touching.


Monday, July 28 2003

Kiss Me Kate

Culminates with 'Brush Up Your Shakespeare,' a musical tribute to the Bard sung by the two thugs, looking comically uncomfortable in their 16th garb.


Monday, June 30 2003

Ronald Reagan: A Legacy Remembered

'One of the things about the Presidency is that you're somewhat apart.'


Charlie’s Angels: The Complete First Season

As one fan observes, 'Charlie's Angels' represented an 'escape from traditional feminine constraints, at least as far as '70s television was capable.'


Monday, June 23 2003

Cheers: The Complete First Season

Like Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable in 'It Happened One Night', Sam and Diane's sexual tension is channeled through their verbal sparring.


Tuesday, June 17 2003

S.W.A.T.: The Complete First Season

When the regular police force are in trouble, they call S.W.A.T.


The Greatest ‘70s Cop Shows

You've got righteous heroes, nasty villains, police being called 'pigs' or 'the fuzz.'


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fourth Season

That is, the season that many fans have called out as disjointed and erratic, maddening and disappointing. To a point, the complaint is justified, as Joss Whedon and company tend to concede. But only to a point.


Monday, June 2 2003

The Jeffersons: The Complete Second Season

On occasion, The Jeffersons made some attempt to offer social commentary, but it was difficult for a show so laden with crude humor to suddenly get serious.


Wednesday, May 28 2003

Dark Angel: The Complete First Season

Max was like, queen of the one-liners; what you wish you could think of, she would say.


Monday, May 12 2003

Dawson’s Creek: The Complete First Season

Dawson Leery is not what you'd call a headlong rusher.


Monday, May 5 2003

Married With Children, Volume 1: The Most Outrageous Episodes

Married With Children is smart as hell, its writers are sharper than a set of Ginsu knives, and its actors have impeccable timing.


Monday, April 7 2003

Inside Islam

Points out that the Qur'an refers to Christians as 'fellow people of the book.'


Tuesday, March 25 2003

Virus: Virus Buster Serge, Volume 1

The sheer number of questions director Masami Obari piles on makes us wonder if even he knows what's going on.


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