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Tuesday, August 24 2004

The Venture Brothers

The boys are so moronic that it's hard to care what happens to them.


Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under has become crass, each episode an empathy decathlon topped off with ghoulishly deferred catharsis.


Stargate Atlantis

When was the last time a cabinet officer led troops into potentially dangerous situations?


Thursday, July 29 2004

Wife Swap

Wife Swap reinforces the idea of competition between women: whose house, kids, husband, and techniques for coping with daily life are better?


Things I Hate About You

Things I Hate About You may reinforce gender stereotypes, but in a less offensive and vindictive manner than most of its peers.


Monday, June 21 2004

The Simple Life 2

In addition to diversifying their resumes, the series gives Hilton and Richie multiple opportunities to show off their 'spoiled, rich girl' personas.


Quintuplets

The current ubiquity of fertility-drug-induced multiple births makes the Chase family seem a very modern clan.


Joe Schmo 2

Tim and Ingrid must also contend with a pretentious host who, with deadly seriousness, delivers the most hackneyed speeches this side of Jeff Probst.


Tuesday, May 18 2004

Friends (Finale)

Unlike most sitcoms, Friends was willing to tease out the inevitable happy ending over its entire decade of existence.


Angel (Series Finale)

After five precarious seasons, Angel goes out like the ornery rock star showcase it might have been.


Monday, April 26 2004

The Kids in the Hall: Season One (1989-1990) (2004): CAST - PopMatters Film Review

The Kids in the Hall are notable for some of the most fascinatingly experimental misses in comedy history.


Monday, April 12 2004

The Sopranos

As The Sopranos enters its fifth season, it's clear that things will not go well for New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano.


Deadwood

Wily and self-possessed, Sol Star is an unusual combination of a Lower East Side peddler and Gary Cooper in High Noon.


Monday, March 22 2004

Wonderfalls

Jaye is the unlikeliest of tv heroines, cranky and decidedly unplucky.


Touching Evil

Creegan is a super-avenger with a medical excuse.


Playing It Straight

Jackie is supposed to select a potential suitor from a field of 14 men assembled at Nevada's Sizzling Saddle Ranch, a setting where they might show off their manly bravado.


Kingdom Hospital

What haunts Kingdom Hospital most is the recurrent intrusion of clumsy, forced humor.


Good Day Live

Without irony, Jillian Barberie's website bio notes, 'She has changed the dress standards for television news.'


Tuesday, March 9 2004

The Shield

The Shield remains, shot for shot, TV's most compelling hour.


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