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22 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Office

The Office offers someone we can always laugh at: Michael (Steve Carell), arguably the most sympathetic asshole on television, ever.

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17 May 2007 // 2:00 AM

The Gilmore Girls

Though its fans were fiercely loyal, The Gilmore Girls skated from season to season with marginal ratings.

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14 May 2007 // 2:00 AM

The Amazing Race: All-Stars

You travel a gazillion miles and work your cute little Beauty Queen butt to the bone to reach the final three, and then Bertram Van Munster gives away a million dollars on the equivalent of a coin toss. Quelle crock.

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10 May 2007 // 1:00 AM

51 Birch Street

As revealed repeatedly, variously, and hauntingly in 51 Birch Street, marriage is a different struggle every day.

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8 May 2007 // 3:40 AM

The Unit

The Unit doesn't include you in the parameters of the performance. You have to figure yourself who's lying to whom and when it matters.

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7 May 2007 // 1:00 AM

The Riches

Greed and amorality are the real currency of "the American dream," as The Riches demonstrates by equating small-time grifting with large-scale corporate corruption.

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2 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Human Giant

Human Giant rejuvenates sketch comedy with edgy, spontaneous humor, challenging the buttoned-up, not-quite-real-improv comedies on network television.

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1 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Brando

Brando is most original and inspiring when it looks at Brando's other work. As Bobby Seale remembers, "If I said, 'Constitutional democratic civil human rights,' I mean, it lit him up."

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30 Apr 2007 // 1:00 AM

Drive

Deemed a failure after just four episodes, Drive was the only new drama to catch my imagination this year.

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26 Apr 2007 // 6:01 AM

The Trials of Darryl Hunt

Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's extraordinary documentary, The Trials of Darryl Hunt, which premieres on HBO tonight, traces the case that divided Winston-Salem for 20 years.

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26 Apr 2007 // 6:00 AM

The Tudors

The Tudors is pointed in its critical assessment of Enlightenment philosophy, whose legacies (individualism, liberal humanism) still adhere in today's world.

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24 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Sopranos

The problem with the Soprano family, as Bobby chided Tony, is that they "always go too far." It's also a primary reason the show is so compelling.

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18 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Painkiller Jane

Like some televisual black hole, Painkiller Jane has sucked in random elements of popular sci fi and spat out fodder for the mildly depraved.

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18 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Friday Night Lights

In the mundane, in the small and sometimes sad realities of small-town life, the heroic can be found.

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17 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Shear Genius

The model looked like a punk who had just been chased through the woods by flesh-eating zombies.

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17 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Notes from the Underbelly

The lack of contexts or diversions made the show more like a high school health film than a 2007 TV series: Pregnancy: Your Changing Body and Life.

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16 Apr 2007 // 5:00 AM

America at a Crossroads

America at a Crossroads offers a range of films -- smart, tough, perceptive, and sad, sometimes uneven and often quite brilliant.

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16 Apr 2007 // 2:00 AM

Thank God Youre Here

Thank God You're Here virtually resurrects US televised improvisational comedy, drawing from its improvisational predecessors while conjuring original elements as well.

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11 Apr 2007 // 3:30 AM

Adventures in Hollyhood

The members of Three 6 ogled girls ("Hey ladies, can I have your number?" Project Pat hollered at some joggers from the window of the Rolls), and pronounced that L.A. is "nothing like Memphis."

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10 Apr 2007 // 4:00 AM

The Unit

This is what The Unit gets right: while the men's violence can fix any given crisis, domestic effects are perpetual.

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