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18 Jan 2009 // 2:00 AM

The L Word

As a result of the much publicised murder at the start of this season's L Word, the first few episodes resemble Murder She Wrote, just with more, um, oral. And yes, in terms of the sex, The L Word is as hot as ever.

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18 Jan 2009 // 1:00 AM

United States of Tara

Tara (Toni Collette) and her relatives try to fit in and never quite make it, but find love and support along the way, tempered by the occasional humiliation.

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15 Jan 2009 // 3:20 AM

The Beast: Series Premiere

Even when The Beast trots out clichés, Patrick Swayze is compelling, his many performances jaggedy and surprising, his rhythms weird, his sense of humor entertainingly bleak.

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Rock of Love Charm School: Reunion

Part of VH1’s suite of finishing school programs, Sharon Osbourne's pledges to transform these “rocker chicks" into proper women.

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11 Jan 2009 // 3:17 AM

24: Season Seven Premiere

Jack's interrogation of the suspect Tony, on behalf of the Bureau, is vintage 24, full of close-up grimaces and slams into walls.

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Confessions of a Teen Idol

Most of the cast members on Confessions of a Teen Idol are either unrecognizable now or were never really "idols" to begin with.

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7 Jan 2009 // 2:56 AM

13 Fear is Real

Pity the contestants on 13 Fear is Real. First, they must travel to the Louisiana Bayou -- a place, intones the Mastermind, their narrator and host, that is "notorious for its ghosts and voodoo," not to mention its mud and insects.

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Frontline: The Old Man and the Storm

Incisive, heartrending, and beautifully crafted, The Old Man and the Storm reflects on how the "crippled city [has struggled] to right itself," despite insurmountable odds.

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6 Jan 2009 // 4:15 AM

Independent Lens: Helvetica

Helvetica, the film's experts repeat, is sort of generic -- in the sense that it is familiar and enduring, making readers feel comfortable and reassured.

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6 Jan 2009 // 1:00 AM

At the Death House Door

In At the Death House Door, Reverend Carroll Pickett's inspiring conversion story is balanced by Rose Rhoton's complicated response to her brother's wrongful execution.

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5 Jan 2009 // 3:32 AM

The Story of India

Michael Wood's style is typically breathless and impressed, following a general timeline and inviting you to feel his enthusiasm.

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Independent Lens: Operation Filmmaker

Operation Filmmaker brilliantly reveals how films, politics, and desires do their work.

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29 Dec 2008 // 1:00 AM

Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven

Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven follows Sirio Moccione, who has since 1974 maintained his restaurant as a super-upscale site for fine dining and celebrity hobnobbing.

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Independent Lens: Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway

A charming, if aptly peculiar, holiday treat, Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway focuses on the translation of the Maysles' beloved documentary into a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

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Independent Lens: Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic

The challenges of portraying the Manhattan Project form the core of the excellent documentary Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic.

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15 Dec 2008 // 1:39 AM

Cat Dancers

In Cat Dancers, Ron Holiday's story is full of exclamation points, signaling delight, intrigue, and tragedy.

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Even if CSI won't articulate its race politics, the introduction of Laurence Fishburne into this whiter-than-white team of investigators can't help but call up memories of the long-troubled Warrick (Gary Dourdan).

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10 Dec 2008 // 3:06 AM

POV: Inheritance

This notion of "help" -- impossible, necessary -- colors Inheritance, a documentary about living with memories of a Nazi father.

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9 Dec 2008 // 4:04 AM

Leverage

Each week Nate (Timothy Hutton) oversees a masterful scheme to steal from skeevy rich people and give back to relatively and always ethically sound poor people.

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9 Dec 2008 // 2:48 AM

Independent Lens: Doc

Sinuous, dynamic, and utterly compelling, Doc remembers the man as his own lifelong project.

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