Monday, August 4 2003
In Spider-Man's New York, adults are corrupt and irrational, as likely to thwart good deeds as to aid them.
The first episode begins with a cop busting into a home and shooting before asking questions, only to find that he's murdered the host of his own surprise party.
The Restaurant looks like Project Greenlight with saucepans.
Tuesday, July 22 2003
Queer Eye is the single most shameless corporate tramp on television.
This combination of crude humor and gross-out imagery is designed to scandalize.
Banzai comes dangerously close to masking racism under the guise of stupidity. Just because something is idiotic, doesn't make it any less offensive.
Perhaps a couple of exes will decide to rehash their broken relationship, leading to loud fights and slammed doors. You know, the stuff we like on reality TV.
Monday, July 14 2003
The new directors press on and are, by turns, stupid, silly, arrogant, conciliatory, and astonishingly clever.
Why didn't the producers find an exotic dancer who was comfortable, or at least confident, with her line of work? Or find a guy less uptight about exotic dancers?
Monday, July 7 2003
For those remade on What Not to Wear, the experience is a bit like being punk'd by Ashton Kutcher.
Take the Big Brother house, plunk it down in the middle of Temptation Island by way of Love Cruise, and you've pretty much got the idea.
In an ostensible effort to enliven the proceedings, the show offers snippy, postmodern commentary, not unlike the little voices that ABC lays over the clips on America's Funniest Home Videos.
Tuesday, June 24 2003
'I could never go back to a 9-to-5 job, being on-stage telling jokes.'
The strangeness of the trials -- owing in no small part to the strangeness of the defendants -- undercuts the seriousness of the case.
It is essentially a documented sting operation, but it is a harmless and quite enjoyable one.
Monday, June 9 2003
Six Feet Under's challenging third season reminds us that the gulf between it and rest of the widgets that pass for television shows is monumental.
Keen Eddie is breezy summer fun: fast-paced, quirky, and, a rarity in summer TV, intelligent.
Through these auditions, viewers are introduced to the one element that distinguishes Fame from similar series -- compassion.
Tuesday, June 3 2003
On the morning of 28 February 1997, the LAPD had no idea what they were in for.
Ali G misses that Americans prefer their humor compartmentalized, prefer the joke to have a beginning and end.