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Wednesday, September 24 2003

Australian Idol

The show's own contradictions reveal that even the judges are confused as to just what makes an Australian Idol.


Tuesday, September 16 2003

Whoopi

Whoopi is intelligent and topical, infused with politically oriented humor reminiscent of such 1970s Norman Lear sitcoms as All in the Family and Maude.


Jake 2.0

The next day, Jake can hear through walls, see like a microscope, and jump, run, and punch like the Bionic Woman.


The Ellen DeGeneres Show

'I'm genuinely curious about people.'


Enterprise

The new season premiere of Enterprise is the Trek version of self-defibrillation.


All About the Andersons

Where Anthony Anderson's show is mostly self-aware (if tempered by corny sitcom timing), Master P's show is wholly self-loving.


Monday, September 1 2003

Smoking Gun TV

When bad TV happens to good websites, the result is something like The Smoking Gun TV.


Playmakers

Boring, sexist, and racist: a lethal combination.


My Life As a Teenage Robot

Teenage Robot is light comedy laced with loving techno-fetishism.


Monday, August 25 2003

The Century of Warfare (1993): CAST

These wars not only shaped geographical boundaries, but also influenced political ideologies and cultural products.


Monday, August 11 2003

Street Time

The characters of 'Street Time' often find it hard to say what they mean, out of self-defensive reserve as much as fear or misgiving.


MI-5

The spies on MI-5 are more Miss Marple than 007.


Less Than Perfect

Will Butler doesn't figure much in the class warfare -- he's too busy checking his hair in the mirror.


Boy Meets Boy

This summer, Bravo has struck gold with 'Queer Eye For The Straight Guy'. And now it offers a gay dating game, 'Boy Meets Boy'.


Monday, August 4 2003

Who Wants to Marry My Dad?

Don and his children learn that one woman is so afraid of commitment that she hasn't had a boyfriend in seven years.


Spider-Man

In Spider-Man's New York, adults are corrupt and irrational, as likely to thwart good deeds as to aid them.


RENO 911!

The first episode begins with a cop busting into a home and shooting before asking questions, only to find that he's murdered the host of his own surprise party.


The Restaurant

The Restaurant looks like Project Greenlight with saucepans.


Tuesday, July 22 2003

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Queer Eye is the single most shameless corporate tramp on television.


nip/tuck

This combination of crude humor and gross-out imagery is designed to scandalize.


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