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Monday, June 21 2004

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.


Tuesday, March 2 2004

Sex and the City

Carrie's romantic life, particularly, had come to resemble the dating equivalent of the Boston Red Sox.


Straight Plan for the Gay Man

Jonathan wonders what it would be like to spend one day working in the blue-collar world and be as 'unfabulous' as possible (Why? I have no idea.)


Survivor All-Stars

Survivor dramatizes one of capitalism's core tenets: cooperation is a provisional strategy in the game of 'every man for himself.'


A Perfect Husband

This film's weird dramatization and inappropriate timing are a betrayal of Laci Peterson's family, friends, and community.


Monday, January 26 2004

World Idol

As 'Australia's Idol' or 'Canada's Idol' gyrated onstage, we could picture what the U.N. would look like if it were run by singing waiters.


Shameless

When single father of six Frank Gallagher (David Threlfall) arrives home drunk, his kids don't throw him out. They accept him, and so do we.


I Want to Marry Ryan Banks

As Ryan Banks pokes fun at the transience of U.S. celebrity, it underlines the importance of conventional 'values'.


Home Movies

Like most young creators, Brendon believes his work is brilliant, even though, at this stage of his career, he is closer to Ed Wood than Truffaut.


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