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Sunday, January 1 1995

The Weakest Link / Boot Camp

My favorite contestant in the premiere episode, Renee, seemed to be the smartest and most well-behaved player. Her response to losing the game at the end, however, was filled with such animosity towards the winner, John, that I was left feeling like I didn't know Renee at all, which of course I didn't.


Welcome to New York

Christine Baranski delivers one-liners so fast the audience barely knows what hit them. More importantly, she adds shading to what could potentially be a one-dimensional character.


Will & Grace

Will & Grace was an eight-year advertisement for a 'commercialized gay identity' that did nothing to challenge current constitutions of power.


The West Wing

As is often the case with presidential terms, the Bartlett administration ended with great pomp and little circumstance.


WWF Tough Enough

In order to get this job [with the WWF], the 'Tough Enough' participants are clearly put through hell.


Will & Grace

While 'Will & Grace' is one of the funniest sitcoms on television today, the source of its comedy is occasionally troubling.


Watching Ellie

And now that I'm used to the neck-snappin', speed-skatin' lifestyle this Ellie leads, I'm looking to wash up in Lake Guffaw, to take a dive into the deep end of the Funny Pool.


Web Junk 20

O'Neal is almost never not funny, but his takes can fall flat, especially when he's responding to items like a two-legged dog.


Witchblade

Sara (Yancy Butler) is sexy without wearing high heels and showing lots of cleavage. This is truly a supernatural show.


Wit

In the end, 'Wit' may be remarkable not for what it is but merely for the fact of its existence -- a serious, quasi-intellectual drama filmed by two Oscar-winners miraculously commissioned by and shown on TV.


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Wolf Lake

It's not long before you realize that 'Wolf Lake' isn't so inclined to spell out exactly what is happening or has happened to whom, and that this is actually one of its better inclinations.


Veronica Mars

Beaver's budding criminal career underlined one of Veronica Mars' favorite themes: the abuse of power by the rich.


The View

Why aren't these smart, accomplished women discussing things that are a little more global and political in nature?


VIP

PULL.


Undeclared

Undeclared is both funny enough for those currently mired in dorm life and smart enough for those with a sense of objective distance on their college days.


UC: Undercover

Frank's (Oded Fehr) orneriness parallels that of UC's flamboyant villains, who get almost as much screen time as the supposed heroes.


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Temptation Island (7 February 2001)

The women are also experiencing a lapse in reason, especially Shannon, which both shocks and appalls me. Her dilemma involves Tom, the sexy single whose designated 'occupation' is 'Ivy League Graduate'.


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