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Monday, June 9 2003

Fame

Through these auditions, viewers are introduced to the one element that distinguishes Fame from similar series -- compassion.


Tuesday, June 3 2003

44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout

On the morning of 28 February 1997, the LAPD had no idea what they were in for.


Da Ali G Show

Ali G misses that Americans prefer their humor compartmentalized, prefer the joke to have a beginning and end.


Monday, June 2 2003

Martha, Inc.: The Martha Stewart Story

Dissing Martha is, apparently, a good thing.


Wednesday, May 28 2003

Secret Agent aka Danger Man

John Drake, is about as unlike Bond as it's possible to be, the kind of agent who actually paid attention in spy school.


Monday, May 12 2003

Crank: Made in America

Offers only disparate pieces of a large and complex puzzle, resulting in yet more evidence that 'drugs' inspire infatuation in outsiders.


Complicated Women

Broads, dames, chicks: whatever you call them, women in film have historically gotten a bad deal.


Monday, May 5 2003

Angel

Tim Minear's fourth season finale of Angel makes elegant, self-conscious commentary on the ways that corporate structures frame (if not ordain) life decisions.


Monday, April 21 2003

Strange Fruit

A meditation on the song of the same name that chillingly relates the story of a lynching.


Real Time with Bill Maher

A provocative, dead-on, and hilarious political roundtable.


Platinum

While hip-hop continues to accumulate force and focus to speak more truth to power, it is good, really, to see N'Bushe Wright.


Monday, March 31 2003

Wanda at Large

Wanda Sykes' new show provides a perfect stage for her one-lining sass.


Oliver Beene

Oliver Beene is strangely sterile.


King of the Hill

As good as he tries to be, Hank comes into repeated conflict with the rapidly changing world around him.


Black Sash

What makes these kids primo WB material is their emotional intensity and, no small thing, their incessant desire to talk about same.


Monday, March 3 2003

The Pentagon Papers

Repeatedly underlines, at times subtly and others more plainly, the responsibility of living in a democracy.


The Lone Ranger

Put any man, but especially a pretty man-boy, in a stylized cowboy suit and he's bound to come off looking like one of the Village People. And the Lone Ranger does.


America Undercover: Cannibal: The Real Hannibal Lecters

The most important questions Cannibal never addresses are what she (and presumably we) find so compelling about modern cannibal stories, and how our obsession over these stories is directly tied to contemporary culture.


Are You Hot? The Search For America’s Sexiest People

Perhaps the problem with Are You Hot? is that it's too simple-minded even for reality TV.


Monday, February 10 2003

Footballers’ Wive$ / Serious and Organised

Events at Earl's Park tend to be broadly soap operatic.


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