Monday, December 8 2003
If you watch 'family' sitcoms at all, you're already familiar with the Kellys: quirky kinfolk whose weekly crises are tied up with a big laugh and a group hug.
Line of Fire trots out an entire season's worth of supporting cast in its initial 60 minutes, each with his or her own thumbnail typology.
Monday, November 17 2003
Delivers more laughs than most sitcoms, thanks to dialogue premised on sharp one-liners.
Isn't it a bit surprising that in today's political climate, when the U.S. is perceived as more arrogant and imperial than ever, that its most prominent export is still homogenised pop?
Frasier and his brother are effete snobs and proud of it.
Liberated from the selective perception that comes hand in hand with rational existence, the reapers on Dead Like Me are better prepared to anticipate the unexpected.
Monday, November 10 2003
Tru sprints from location to location, always arriving not out of breath, and with her t-shirt neatly and tightly in place.
Unfunny Norm has been surrounded by a group as unfunny as he, creating an entire unfunny world of their own, a sort of Unfunny Matrix.
That Arrested Development mines its laughs by taking potshots at the filthy rich makes it so much more delicious.
Tuesday, November 4 2003
It works because it plays like a comic book come to life: it's grand, mythical, and action-packed.
A not-a-teen, not-yet-an-adult primetime soap, Shakespeare by way of Jerry Bruckheimer.
Everyone feels like an imposter in The O.C.'s all-white, all-straight Newport Beach.
Offers the traditional CBS fantasy that nothing really bad happens to people who work on the side of the angels.
Monday, October 13 2003
It's okay to watch, as long as you mock.
Karen is a Federal Marshal, assigned to serve warrants, chase fugitives, and 'bring in the bad guys'.
What does make K Street fascinating is the pinpoint accuracy with which it details the day-to-day lives of its principals.
I'm With Her is hopeful. When was the last time we saw that on TV?.
It was only a matter of time before gay men on television were 'promoted' to parenthood.
These days, hip-hop and tv seem rather like they were made for each other, what with their many interconnections in near every commercial for fast food, soda, and sporting gear, not to mention any number of tv shows, from dramas to sitcoms, that use hiphop to signify everything from sophistication to club culture, comedy to coolness.
Cold Case offers something new in the Bruckheimer blueprint: a strong female lead.