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Monday, November 10 2003

A Minute With Stan Hooper

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.


Arrested Development

That Arrested Development mines its laughs by taking potshots at the filthy rich makes it so much more delicious.


Tuesday, November 4 2003

Smallville

It works because it plays like a comic book come to life: it's grand, mythical, and action-packed.


Skin

A not-a-teen, not-yet-an-adult primetime soap, Shakespeare by way of Jerry Bruckheimer.


The O.C.

Everyone feels like an imposter in The O.C.'s all-white, all-straight Newport Beach.


The Handler

Offers the traditional CBS fantasy that nothing really bad happens to people who work on the side of the angels.


Monday, October 13 2003

Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica

It's okay to watch, as long as you mock.


Karen Sisco

Karen is a Federal Marshal, assigned to serve warrants, chase fugitives, and 'bring in the bad guys'.


K Street

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

I'm With Her is hopeful. When was the last time we saw that on TV?.


It’s All Relative

It was only a matter of time before gay men on television were 'promoted' to parenthood.


All of Us / Eve

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

Cold Case offers something new in the Bruckheimer blueprint: a strong female lead.


Monday, October 6 2003

Two and a Half Men

Was anyone clamoring for a new Charlie Sheen sitcom?


Tarzan

As Tarzan, Fimmel scowls and pouts with pretty precision.


Lyon’s Den

Trades on the image of D.C. as a shadow-realm, characterized by backroom dealings and shifting loyalties.


Las Vegas

If one sequestered a gang of adolescent males long enough without female company, they'd sooner or later produce a script for Las Vegas.


Joan of Arcadia

The potential for edgier investigations and deeper questions is built into Joan of Arcadia's framework.


Coupling

It's the type of show that makes the laugh track seem creepy.


The Brotherhood of Poland, NH

Small towns of America have enough on their plate. Do they really need David Kelley piling on?


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