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1 Oct 2007 // 2:00 AM

Aliens in America

Aliens in America critiques U.S. disciplining of differences of all sorts, despite the usual trumpeting of a dedication to "multiculturalism" and "diversity."

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28 Sep 2007 // 2:00 AM

NUMB3RS

NUMB3RS combines two of television's most staply of staples, crime-fighting and family drama.

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28 Sep 2007 // 1:59 AM

Moonlight

It looks like an excess of darkness in Moonlight, both literally and figuratively.

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27 Sep 2007 // 2:01 AM

Survivor: China

After 15 installments, the vaguely tropical, vaguely woodsy locations into which our survivors are tossed have begun to blur together.

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27 Sep 2007 // 2:00 AM

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The world of Curb Your Enthusiasm revolves around "Larry David," a self-absorbed lout whose inability to grow up should have left him friendless long ago.

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26 Sep 2007 // 3:00 AM

Bionic Woman

The new Bionic Woman is all about broken families and personal traumas. And oh yes, secret government plots, super-max prisons, and pheromones.

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26 Sep 2007 // 2:59 AM

Life

Life's details of color and composition do the work usually handled by too much expository dialogue, granting access to Dani and Charlie's thinking.

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26 Sep 2007 // 2:59 AM

Heroes

The disease furthers Heroes' allegorizing of its genetic mutants as outsiders, aliens, and queers.

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26 Sep 2007 // 2:58 AM

Kid Nation

At the outset, it looked like there was no hope for a kid hamlet, let alone a nation.

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25 Sep 2007 // 3:01 AM

House

Hugh Laurie's outstandingly charismatic Dr. Greg House doth bestride the increasingly narrow-minded world of network television like a contemporary Colossus.

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25 Sep 2007 // 3:00 AM

Cane

Cane's soap operatic set-up is both efficient and florid, laying out both familial continuity and class distinctions.

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25 Sep 2007 // 2:58 AM

Reaper

Although he's a bit of a slacker, Sam is a basically good guy for whom the thought of being in league with the Master of Darkness is disconcerting.

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Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later

The film is not so much interested in comparing then and now as it is in telling the stories of students and teachers still struggling to make sense of segregation, ongoing if shapeshifted.

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25 Sep 2007 // 2:57 AM

Bones

It's this kind of story, so spectacularly excessive, yet taken by Bones and Co. with such perfect seriousness, that impels Bones into the realm of camp.

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24 Sep 2007 // 2:00 AM

The Big Bang Theory

The Bang Theory's translation of Beauty and the Geek to a sitcom format is not nearly fresh.

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24 Sep 2007 // 2:00 AM

Journeyman

No amount of philosophical study or science fiction reading would enable a viewer to disentangle the existential questions raised by its cavalier treatment of time, so Journeyman simply pretends they do not exist.

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24 Sep 2007 // 1:58 AM

Chuck

Marvelous Adam Baldwin is the deadly NSA Major John Casey, all sneers and casual disregard for sanctity of life.

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21 Sep 2007 // 2:00 PM

The Simpsons: Season 19 Premiere

Springfield, destroyed at the end of the movie, is still in ruins, and Bart careens off of pieces of the dome that had quarantined the city.

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19 Sep 2007 // 2:20 AM

Gossip Girl

The blogger called Gossip Girl reports on the sex, lies, and YouTube videos of the smart set at an Upper East Side private school.

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18 Sep 2007 // 3:00 AM

Lumo

Premiering tonight in PBS' POV series, Lumo is a quietly and keenly observational documentary, a story of courage and hope.

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