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5 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Heist

Unlike the characters, each step of the heist was carefully drawn, proceeding logically in a series of reversals, both physical and mental.

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5 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Bedford Diaries

As if it weren't bad enough that Owen finds Natalie's one-time death wish intriguing, she herself paints her swan-dive as liberating.

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4 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pepper Dennis

Pepper 'wants it all', family, romance and a successful career, yet is now realizing she might not get it. It's enough to make a girl crazy.

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4 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Henry Rollins Show

It's very, very hard not to pull for Henry Rollins, even if he has spent too much time on MTV and has a resume to make you sick with envy.

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3 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Prison Break

The broody-eyed brothers Linc and Michael exemplify standards of masculine stoicism and bravery.

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30 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Unan1mous

The only 'enjoyment' we might derive is a burgeoning sense of superiority, as we realize that contestants will stoop ever lower in order to win an ever dwindling windfall.

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29 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Evidence

The introduction of a running metanarrative that links all the episodes upsets the underlying sense of justice this formula typically provides.

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28 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Thief

You're still catching your breath after Lem's devastating exit last week on The Shield. And now comes a whole other kind of hurt. André Braugher plays a career criminal whose life swings way out of control in Thief, FX's slot-replacement for Lem's show.

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27 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Teachers

Fortunately for all concerned, Kali Rocha plays school principal Emma Wiggins as Megan Mullally-lite, with barely a hint of a circulatory system.

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23 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Big Love

Big Love illustrates the ways the cell phone serves as faux 'intimacy'. Everyone voice mails or pages each other, creating bland clips of conversation without contexts.

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23 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

American Inventor

Maybe George Foreman and Suzanne Sommers are the engine that drives our economy and what this country needs is another Big Mouth Billy Bass to shake us out of doldrums.

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21 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cheerleader Nation

If one of Cheerleader Nation's many home sequences had revealed that Terri and Amanda were mutant lizard sleeper agents waiting patiently for the return of V, I wouldn't have been at all surprised. Well, maybe a little.

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20 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Miracle Workers

Perhaps the most objectionable aspect of Miracle Workers is its invocation of the charity model of disability management, conjoined with its lottery logic.

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16 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Sopranos

The 'circle of life' refers to how, in The Sopranos, the dead continuously circle the living.

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16 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Modern Men

The problem here is that the show presumes from the outset that there are essential differences between men and women, and if men could only learn to embrace their feminine sides, the war of the sexes would finally be over.

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15 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Top Chef

Stephen insists on the importance of the wine to any meal, how it brings out the flavors of a dish when appropriately paired. He's right, but he's so prissy about it that you can't help but hate him.

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15 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Black. White.

The premise is almost fatally flawed. No matter the truism, it's impossible to experience another existence by merely 'walking in someone else's shoes'.

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The Biggest Loser: Australian Edition

The Blue Team's bullshit, taking too much screen time, reminds us that this is a ratings-first program, no matter the good it eventually does.

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14 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sons & Daughters

Sons & Daughters, ABC's new 'wacky family' show can't help but suffer from comparisons to Arrested Development.

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The New Adventures of Old Christine

What Susan Faludi has called the 'backlash' against women is still in full effect, if not even Julia Louis-Dreyfus can get a character on air who even tries to break free.

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