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Monday, October 4 2004

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.


Lost

In Lost, the remnants of civilization loom ominously.


Listen Up

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


Monday, September 27 2004

North Shore

The truth is that I watch North Shore because I have an affinity for trash, or opala, as we call it in the 50th State.


Green Wing

Green Wing shows us that life is often stranger than fiction, if we let it be.


CSI: NY

Ground Zero, the address -- spoken here as goal, location, memorial, toxic vapor -- is also necessarily disturbing as such.


Blue Collar TV

When I watched Blue Collar TV, I couldn't help but think of how homogenized images of 'working class' folks have become.


Monday, September 20 2004

LAX

In LAX's first scene, the airport director (Michael Murphy) kills himself.


Hawaii

Bank robbers gloated that by the time HMPD arrived, they'd be '...halfway to Maui,' as if there are no cops on the Valley Isle.


The Benefactor

There's no bigger Mark Cuban fan than Mark Cuban himself.


Back in the Hood: Gang War 2

'If [Osama] came in my yard, I'd kill his ass.'


Monday, September 13 2004

Sex and the City

You never see the sex on TBS, whereas HBO promised at least one very racy, very explicit (simulated) sex scene per episode.


Medical Investigation

The show goes to predictable lengths to reveal the costs of Dr. Connor's heroic dedication.


Joey

LeBlanc makes us believe that Joey has grown up a little since we last saw him, while providing fans with old-school Joey moments.


Jack & Bobby

The structure of Jack & Bobby is more ambitious and convoluted than most teen fare, investing its heroes with a historical weight and grandeur, even if that history is fictional.


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?


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