Tuesday, February 4 2003
Dragnet's best moments belong to Friday and Smith, and have little to do with this investigation.
Tuesday, January 28 2003
Skeet Ulrich brings to Miracles a combination of weary intensity and ethereal pretty-boy beauty.
Thursday, January 16 2003
Presiding over this commotion is the series' preternaturally cool hero, the highly principled and motorcycle-riding Bill Sterling (Josh Brolin).
Joe Millionaire is intent on satisfying the backlash lust of women-hating men.
Abby's writers have an opportunity to develop more fully one character, and give a black woman a star turn.
Thursday, November 7 2002
'Fiction' and 'reality' aren't so much opposites as they are of a piece.
We discovered, in the most painful and tragic way, that we're not so safe, after all.
Tuesday, October 15 2002
You have to hand it to 'Robbery Homicide Division'. It knows just where it comes from.
While the two MDs modeled on Pierce and McIntyre lovingly call their hospital 'the Mish' and claim to help those exploited by HMOs, the show mostly focuses on wealthy white doctors and administrators.
Rhea may not have come on with the same bombast that O'Donnell did, but, in a way, that's what makes her a winner.
By playing safe, they might just as easily be playing dead.
Follows neither the super-crip model of disability perception, where an individual's 'triumph' over disability is celebrated through public tokenism, nor the common perception of disability merely as an object of pity.
Monday, October 7 2002
Perhaps What I Like About You will be a little cultural barometer, mirroring X and Y tastes and giving both generations one more home in primetime.
In John Doe, suspense takes a backseat to certainty.
Even more problematic is the moment when it's time for the episode's moral message, delivered with the subtlety of a bumper sticker.
American Dreams recognizes an important point: rock and roll was deeply dependent on television in its early days. And that hasn't really changed.
Monday, September 30 2002
Insofar as it depicts agents who think and verify before acting, Without a Trace unexpectedly provides an antidote to the current media crime-fighting frenzy.
The most recent tales from the Zone suggest it can again become a venue for investigating contemporary cultural and moral dilemmas.
Ever helpful, Jeff Probst reminded everyone that, on Survivor, assumptions are always wrong.
Diverges from ER in that it is, oddly, more conservative.