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22 Mar 2004 // 12:00 AM

Kingdom Hospital

What haunts Kingdom Hospital most is the recurrent intrusion of clumsy, forced humor.

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22 Mar 2004 // 12:00 AM

Good Day Live

Without irony, Jillian Barberie's website bio notes, 'She has changed the dress standards for television news.'

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9 Mar 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Shield

The Shield remains, shot for shot, TV's most compelling hour.

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2 Mar 2004 // 12:00 AM

Sex and the City

Carrie's romantic life, particularly, had come to resemble the dating equivalent of the Boston Red Sox.

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Straight Plan for the Gay Man

Jonathan wonders what it would be like to spend one day working in the blue-collar world and be as 'unfabulous' as possible (Why? I have no idea.)

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2 Mar 2004 // 12:00 AM

Survivor All-Stars

Survivor dramatizes one of capitalism's core tenets: cooperation is a provisional strategy in the game of 'every man for himself.'

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2 Mar 2004 // 12:00 AM

A Perfect Husband

This film's weird dramatization and inappropriate timing are a betrayal of Laci Peterson's family, friends, and community.

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26 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

World Idol

As 'Australia's Idol' or 'Canada's Idol' gyrated onstage, we could picture what the U.N. would look like if it were run by singing waiters.

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26 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Shameless

When single father of six Frank Gallagher (David Threlfall) arrives home drunk, his kids don't throw him out. They accept him, and so do we.

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26 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

I Want to Marry Ryan Banks

As Ryan Banks pokes fun at the transience of U.S. celebrity, it underlines the importance of conventional 'values'.

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26 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Home Movies

Like most young creators, Brendon believes his work is brilliant, even though, at this stage of his career, he is closer to Ed Wood than Truffaut.

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26 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Extreme Makeover

While some viewers undoubtedly tune into Extreme Makeover for comic relief, the series is capitalizing on a dangerous trend.

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26 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Apprentice

The Apprentice and America's Next Top Model Season 2 mark the maturation of reality TV's subjects.

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22 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Angels in America

By far the most resonant aspect of Angels in America today is its exposure of simplistic struggles over definitions of 'good' and 'evil'.

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8 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Tracy Morgan Show

Tracy Mitchell (Tracy Morgan) is more bland than 'streetwise,' a means to market 'blackness' to NBC's viewers.

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8 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Simple Life

Nicole Ritchie and Paris Hilton have no discernible talents (I haven't seen the video) and personalities as pleasant as a bout of dry heaving.

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8 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Married to the Kellys

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.

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8 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Line of Fire

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.

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17 Nov 2003 // 12:00 AM

That ‘70s Show

Delivers more laughs than most sitcoms, thanks to dialogue premised on sharp one-liners.

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17 Nov 2003 // 12:00 AM

MTV Europe Music Awards 2003

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?

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