Tuesday, August 24 2004
Six Feet Under has become crass, each episode an empathy decathlon topped off with ghoulishly deferred catharsis.
When was the last time a cabinet officer led troops into potentially dangerous situations?
Thursday, July 29 2004
Wife Swap reinforces the idea of competition between women: whose house, kids, husband, and techniques for coping with daily life are better?
Things I Hate About You may reinforce gender stereotypes, but in a less offensive and vindictive manner than most of its peers.
Monday, June 21 2004
In addition to diversifying their resumes, the series gives Hilton and Richie multiple opportunities to show off their 'spoiled, rich girl' personas.
The current ubiquity of fertility-drug-induced multiple births makes the Chase family seem a very modern clan.
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
Unlike most sitcoms, Friends was willing to tease out the inevitable happy ending over its entire decade of existence.
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 are notable for some of the most fascinatingly experimental misses in comedy history.
Monday, April 12 2004
As The Sopranos enters its fifth season, it's clear that things will not go well for New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano.
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
Jaye is the unlikeliest of tv heroines, cranky and decidedly unplucky.
Creegan is a super-avenger with a medical excuse.
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.
What haunts Kingdom Hospital most is the recurrent intrusion of clumsy, forced humor.
Without irony, Jillian Barberie's website bio notes, 'She has changed the dress standards for television news.'
Tuesday, March 9 2004
The Shield remains, shot for shot, TV's most compelling hour.
Tuesday, March 2 2004
Carrie's romantic life, particularly, had come to resemble the dating equivalent of the Boston Red Sox.