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Monday, July 22 2002

Donahue

Donahue was visibly overwhelmed by the venom and ferocity of the guests' attacks against one another.


Wednesday, July 17 2002

The Real World XI: Chicago

MTV's 'The Real World' has become a mainline for cultural propagation. The archetype of the 'reality tv' genre, this weekly, pretend-documentary consolidates, edits, and cannibalizes culture.


Wednesday, June 26 2002

Married in America

Documentarian Michael Apted doesn't allow any sequence to run long enough for good manners to disappear and feelings (rather than public rationalizations of feelings) to emerge.


Lift

Examines our consumer culture in a way that is less venal and less macho than the usual heist movie.


The Dead Zone

It is easy to assume that Johnny will end up using his powers to make the world a better place, a sort of psychic version of 'Touched by an Angel', minus the sermons.


Tuesday, June 18 2002

Trading Spaces

The dynamic concept intrigued me from the start, but if the participants and crew weren't enjoying themselves, well, it would be like watching Martha Stewart.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer

As to the rejection of my understanding of the connection between lesbianism and witchcraft on 'Buffy', I have never said that BVS's creator or writers made a conscious (and consciously homophobic) decision to directly cast lesbianism as social pathology and physical addiction.


Monday, June 10 2002

Path to War

It attempts to rehabilitate Johnson (Michael Gambon) as a President whose considerable political and social policy achievements have been forever overshadowed by his escalation of the Vietnam War.


Kim Possible

Its merit lies primarily in heroine Kim Possible.


Enterprise

From its start, Enterprise admits its complicity in this history, admits that exploration is a form of colonization.


Dexter’s Laboratory

PULL


Buffy the Vampire Slayer

To think of Willow and Tara only in terms of their lesbianism is to do a disservice to lovers who were fully realized, regardless of their gender or orientation.


Tuesday, June 4 2002

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

This was a tragic ending to one of prime-time television's most engaging love stories. More disturbing, as well as more socially and politically troublesome, however, is that Tara's death completes what has become a rather homophobic and pathological representation of lesbian desires and relationships over the course of the past season.


Friday, May 24 2002

The Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah Winfrey and her Ego live in a world of their own, her highly successful 'O' magazine further illustrates her epic distance from the reality of most Americans.


Wednesday, May 15 2002

The X-Files

The X-Files has long been but a pale reflection of the show it once was.


Tuesday, May 7 2002

The Shield

The success of 'The Shield' has doubtless upped the ante in regard to what networks will allow -- and resort to -- in order to gain ratings.


Insomniac with Dave Attell

As far as television is concerned, Insomniac's cracked lens takes us as close to reality as we can happily get.


The Gathering Storm

The point in 'The Gathering Storm' is that Churchill is 'human', that he has faults.


Wednesday, January 9 2002

The Practice

The attorneys on ABC's 'The Practice' can't catch a break.


Monday, January 7 2002

The Shield

As played by new Emmy winner Michael Chiklis, Vic Mackey is casually racist and homicidal, by turns charismatic and appalling.


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