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26 Sep 2008 // 5:00 AM

Dexter: Season Three Premiere

The moral muddling is never resolved in Dexter. The more Dexter (Michael C. Hall) insists on his rightness, the more limited his vision appears.

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The Simpsons: Season 20 Premiere

For its 20th season premiere, The Simpsons takes aim at all the big targets: bounty hunting, the IRA, and erotic baking.

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26 Sep 2008 // 5:00 AM

The Amazing Race: Season 13 Premiere

The first episode features profile-establishing soundbites, a lot of running and plenty of encouraging “Gos!” The best line, courtesy of Anita, is easily this: “Bees are much calmer than all this!”

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Criminal Minds: Season Four Premiere

The fourth season premiere of Criminal Minds revisits 9/11 anxieties, as Special Agent Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) stumbles dazedly around a street in lower Manhattan, having nearly been blown to smithereens by a car bomb.

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23 Sep 2008 // 11:55 PM

Gary Unmarried: Series Premiere

It doesn’t seem fair to review the retro sitcom Gary Unmarried: as a social statement, it was already cancelled a long time ago.

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23 Sep 2008 // 12:00 AM

The Mentalist: Series Premiere

The Mentalist uses Patrick's (Simon Baker) obnoxiousness to different effects. When he isn't pausing to consider himself, he's taking out opponents at the knees.

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Heroes: Season Three Premiere

The real excitement of the new season of Heroes is its promise to expand the series' assortment of baddies: their unabashed queerness and freakery make for more fun.

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CSI: Miami: Season Seven Premiere

CSI: Miami foregrounds, in its best episodes, the effects of transnational capitalism.

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Worst Week: Series Premiere

In Worst Week, something about his soon-to-be in-laws so unnerves Sam that he turns into a blithering idiot with two left feet and no opposable thumbs.

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17 Sep 2008 // 1:34 AM

The Human Camera

The Human Camera suggests that Steven's "extraordinary" ability is therapeutic even as it is wondrous.

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16 Sep 2008 // 2:00 AM

House

House has proven an unusually zeitgeisty phenomenon: in an era of milky American evangelism, it is unquestioningly anti-religious.

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16 Sep 2008 // 2:00 AM

POV: Calavera Highway

Calavera Highway considers the point where it becomes impossible to distinguish between reality and myth, experience and narrative.

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9 Sep 2008 // 2:45 AM

Fringe: Series Premiere

The formula set in motion by the Fringe pilot is familiar, but also devious and delightful.

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Privileged: Series Premiere

The CW's new Privileged introduces a snarky, maybe-lefty, aspiring journalist who means to expose the corruption and cronyism of contemporary capitalism.

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

On its face, casting Shirley Manson in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles appears a masterstroke.

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6 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

True Blood

The goofy vampire romance in True Blood is granted another perspective by Tara (Rutina Wesley), who at least seems aware of life outside of Bon Temps, Louisiana.

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4 Sep 2008 // 1:00 AM

90210: Series Premiere

This year's 90210 reboot comes with a Frankenstein-esque patchwork of a pedigree.

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3 Sep 2008 // 12:00 AM

Bones

In Bones' fourth season premiere, Booth's unilateralism looks rather Jurassic even as it is all too familiar.

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1 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

Gossip Girl

If Josh Schwartz isn't careful, Gossip Girl could follow The OC's arc: a first-year sizzling phenom that quickly flames out.

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1 Sep 2008 // 8:35 AM

Raising the Bar

In Raising the Bar, Gloria Reuben's savvy public defender spends too much time instructing eager white boys.

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