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9 Mar 2009 // 3:20 AM

Castle: Series Premiere

Castle establishes the attractive opposites at its center, the womanizing, resolutely unserious novelist and the stern, utterly dedicated cop.

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4 Mar 2009 // 2:35 AM

Nitro Circus

Nitro Circus could make you hurl. And question gravity, mortality, and the meaning of existence.

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Reaper: Season Two Premiere

Sam, Andi, Sock, and Ben demonstrate that pulling oneself up by the bootstraps is more difficult than the normative fantasies of the American Dream would have us believe.

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Saving Grace: Season Two Return

Saving Grace mixes a familiar detective procedural structure with psychosexual drama, featuring large doses of metaphysical questioning for good measure.

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Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

As framed in Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans, carpenter Irving Trevigne's will to preserve the past is admirable but also set against a series of challenges.

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26 Feb 2009 // 3:27 AM

The Black List: Vol. 2

The sheer beauty of the images creates its own sort of narrative, a visual demonstration of The Black List's original impetus to recover the typically "negative" denomination of the "black list" and reframe it as positive and inspiring.

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Independent Lens: The Order of Myths

It's the careful, unsensational revelation of self-delusion that makes The Order of Myths so devastating.

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20 Feb 2009 // 6:14 AM

Taking Chance

You don't see Chance Phelps die in Taking Chance. You do see how his body becomes meaningful for many others.

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Survivor: Tocantins: The Brazilian Highlands

In the first episode of Survivor: Tocantins, we learned that temperatures in the Brazilian Highlands are often in excess of 120 degrees.

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19 Feb 2009 // 2:30 AM

Mistresses: Series Premiere

Mistresses represents the 21st century version of the BBC’s “provocative” quality programming.

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18 Feb 2009 // 4:20 AM

RuPaul’s Drag Race

RuPaul's Drag Race is the illegitimate offspring of Project Runway and Make Me a Supermodel.

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The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306

In the Oscar-nominated The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306, Reverend Billy Kyles recalls seeing Martin Luther King, Jr's death.

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Frontline: Inside the Meltdown

Part investigation, part damn scary story, Frontline: Inside the Meltdown suggests that events unfolded as they did largely because of the personalities involved.

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Right America: Feeling Wronged: Some Voices from the Campaign Trail

Right America constructs a sort of intimacy with the "other side" while also maintaining its own recognizable political sensibility.

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12 Feb 2009 // 4:35 AM

Dollhouse: Series Premiere

Even as Dollhouse sounds like other TV shows and movies, it is also utterly strange, its premise literally ridiculous and intriguingly metaphorical.

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11 Feb 2009 // 4:55 AM

Gang Nation: Series Premiere

"They look like a bunch of scared lads to me," says Ross Kemp of the MS 13 members he meets. Their longstanding poverty, he adds, belies the standard story that they're trafficking millions of dollars worth of cocaine.

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Independent Lens: Tulia, Texas

As Tulia, Texas follows the many turns of the Drug Task Force case, from the initial convictions to investigations of undercover agent Tom Coleman, it becomes a cautionary tale.

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American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln tracks the converging paths of the president and his killer, then tracks and draws connections between their last journeys, in the forms of Lincoln's funeral train route and Booth's desperate efforts to escape.

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Independent Lens: Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

As Adjust Your Color recounts, Petey Greene used his groundbreaking radio and television talk shows to influence millions, winning two Emmy awards and varieties of adulation over the years.

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Frontline: My Father, My Brother, and Me

My Father, My Brother, and Me leaves the ethical and religious debates over Parkinson's disease mostly untouched, focusing instead on immediate issues, specifically, how to "live with" the disease.

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