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12 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

life as we know it

life as we know it offers a primer on high school, and especially teenaged boys, exactly right now.

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12 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Committed

Hopefully, Committed will never have a special hour-long episode, because the cast would most likely hurt themselves filming it.

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12 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Alias

Syd is back inside, mad and sad, insolent and exposed, a soap star with a body count.

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22 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Trailer Park Boys

A clever dig at the unreality of reality shows, Trailer Park Boys makes the point that the camera alters the world it's observing.

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Manhunt: The Search for America’s Most Gorgeous Male Model

For decades, models have fought the stereotype that they are stupid and superficial. Unfortunately, Manhunt reinforces that stereotype.

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22 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

House

The invasive camera stands in, weirdly, for the doctor who's overseeing the weekly inquiries, one Dr. Gregory House.

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22 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Chanel No. 5 The Film: Le Film du Film

Luhrmann has his finger on the postmodern impulse to recombine ideas specific to advertising, film, and art.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

The West Wing

The West Wing has locked itself into philosophical stasis, determined to air its liberal credentials via Bartlett and his staff yet equally determined never to challenge the status quo.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Boston Legal

The first episode of David E. Kelley's Boston Legal bubbled like vintage pink champagne.

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11 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Wanda Does It

Wanda Does It tries to have it both ways, or several ways. It's difficult to tell exactly what is and isn't the 'reality' portion.

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11 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Wife Swap

Wife Swap lets particpants make these decisions rather than turning to experts who preach updated versions of 19th century domestic science (good homes make good families).

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11 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Kevin Hill

Hill's metamorphosis from self-centered stud to compassionate caregiver is, of course, the series' major story arc.

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Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show

The mix of live action and animation celebrates the anarchy made possible in animation while expanding the possibilities of bodily comedy.

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11 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Desperate Housewives

In its acerbic yet frothy way, Desperate Housewives satirizes women's clichéd, impossible choices.

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11 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

dr. vegas

dr. vegas burdened by a shaky premise (is it a comedy? is it a drama?) and some of the limpest lines penned this side of Coldplay's lyrics.

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4 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Veronica Mars

You don't want to make Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) angry. Her revenge is swift, public, and humiliating.

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4 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Mountain

Women are mostly irrelevant in The Mountain, except as they provide occasions for men to prove their decency or wantonness.

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Law & Order / Law & Order: Special Victims Unit / Law & Order: Criminal Intent

D'Onofrio plays Goren superbly, as a jittery autodidact so deeply aware of his own psychological fragility that he has simply abandoned any emotional life outside his own insights into the motivations of major criminals.

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4 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Lost

In Lost, the remnants of civilization loom ominously.

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4 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Listen Up

Everyone here is chattering away aimlessly, but no one is paying attention. Not even the audience.

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