Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Reviews > TV

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.


Extreme Makeover

While some viewers undoubtedly tune into Extreme Makeover for comic relief, the series is capitalizing on a dangerous trend.


The Apprentice

The Apprentice and America's Next Top Model Season 2 mark the maturation of reality TV's subjects.


Monday, December 22 2003

Angels in America

By far the most resonant aspect of Angels in America today is its exposure of simplistic struggles over definitions of 'good' and 'evil'.


Monday, December 8 2003

The Tracy Morgan Show

Tracy Mitchell (Tracy Morgan) is more bland than 'streetwise,' a means to market 'blackness' to NBC's viewers.


The Simple Life

Nicole Ritchie and Paris Hilton have no discernible talents (I haven't seen the video) and personalities as pleasant as a bout of dry heaving.


Married to the Kellys

If you watch 'family' sitcoms at all, you're already familiar with the Kellys: quirky kinfolk whose weekly crises are tied up with a big laugh and a group hug.


Line of Fire

Line of Fire trots out an entire season's worth of supporting cast in its initial 60 minutes, each with his or her own thumbnail typology.


Monday, November 17 2003

That ‘70s Show

Delivers more laughs than most sitcoms, thanks to dialogue premised on sharp one-liners.


MTV Europe Music Awards 2003

Isn't it a bit surprising that in today's political climate, when the U.S. is perceived as more arrogant and imperial than ever, that its most prominent export is still homogenised pop?


Frasier

Frasier and his brother are effete snobs and proud of it.


Dead Like Me

Liberated from the selective perception that comes hand in hand with rational existence, the reapers on Dead Like Me are better prepared to anticipate the unexpected.


Monday, November 10 2003

Tru Calling

Tru sprints from location to location, always arriving not out of breath, and with her t-shirt neatly and tightly in place.


Now on PopMatters
Announcements
PM Picks

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.