Monday, January 26 2004
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.
As Ryan Banks pokes fun at the transience of U.S. celebrity, it underlines the importance of conventional 'values'.
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.
While some viewers undoubtedly tune into Extreme Makeover for comic relief, the series is capitalizing on a dangerous trend.
The Apprentice and America's Next Top Model Season 2 mark the maturation of reality TV's subjects.
Monday, December 22 2003
By far the most resonant aspect of Angels in America today is its exposure of simplistic struggles over definitions of 'good' and 'evil'.
Monday, December 8 2003
Tracy Mitchell (Tracy Morgan) is more bland than 'streetwise,' a means to market 'blackness' to NBC's viewers.
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.
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.