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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.


The Office

The humor [of 'The Office'] is as dry as vermouth; next to it, the 'Dilbert' comic strip is 'The Man Show'.


Oz

No other fiction show has offered such a frighteningly realistic look inside our nation's prisons or so openly debated their moral and social obligations.


American Idol 2

During the first episodes this season, Cowell was, in his own words, 'bored,' which made him rather boring to watch.


Tuesday, February 4 2003

Veritas: The Quest

Father-son dynamics are the driving dramatic force of Veritas.


Kingpin

La Corporación is big-time business -- regular, deliberate, inexorable.


Dragnet

Dragnet's best moments belong to Friday and Smith, and have little to do with this investigation.


Tuesday, January 28 2003

Miracles

Skeet Ulrich brings to Miracles a combination of weary intensity and ethereal pretty-boy beauty.


Thursday, January 16 2003

Mister Sterling

Presiding over this commotion is the series' preternaturally cool hero, the highly principled and motorcycle-riding Bill Sterling (Josh Brolin).


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