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Thursday, January 16 2003

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.


Birds of Prey

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

What I Like About You

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.


John Doe

In John Doe, suspense takes a backseat to certainty.


Hidden Hills

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

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

Without a Trace

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 Twilight Zone

The most recent tales from the Zone suggest it can again become a venue for investigating contemporary cultural and moral dilemmas.


Survivor: Thailand

Ever helpful, Jeff Probst reminded everyone that, on Survivor, assumptions are always wrong.


Presidio Med

Diverges from ER in that it is, oddly, more conservative.


Hack

It's life-changing redemption all the way, at the hands of a flawed saint who can instruct us all.


Half and Half

Dealing with complicated familial history, rather than relying on man-chasing for every plot, will set Half and Half apart.


Good Morning, Miami

Focuses on an irresistibly cute couple whose lives are complicated by their hormones and their over-the-top coworkers.


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