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Monday, March 3 2003

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).


Joe Millionaire

Joe Millionaire is intent on satisfying the backlash lust of women-hating men.


Abby

Abby's writers have an opportunity to develop more fully one character, and give a black woman a star turn.


Thursday, November 7 2002

24

'Fiction' and 'reality' aren't so much opposites as they are of a piece.


Australians Unite

We discovered, in the most painful and tragic way, that we're not so safe, after all.


Tuesday, October 15 2002

Robbery Homicide Division

You have to hand it to 'Robbery Homicide Division'. It knows just where it comes from.


MDs

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.


The Caroline Rhea Show

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.


Boomtown

By playing safe, they might just as easily be playing dead.


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