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26 Sep 2007 // 1:58 AM

Kid Nation

At the outset, it looked like there was no hope for a kid hamlet, let alone a nation.

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25 Sep 2007 // 2:01 AM

House

Hugh Laurie's outstandingly charismatic Dr. Greg House doth bestride the increasingly narrow-minded world of network television like a contemporary Colossus.

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25 Sep 2007 // 2:00 AM

Cane

Cane's soap operatic set-up is both efficient and florid, laying out both familial continuity and class distinctions.

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25 Sep 2007 // 1:58 AM

Reaper

Although he's a bit of a slacker, Sam is a basically good guy for whom the thought of being in league with the Master of Darkness is disconcerting.

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Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later

The film is not so much interested in comparing then and now as it is in telling the stories of students and teachers still struggling to make sense of segregation, ongoing if shapeshifted.

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25 Sep 2007 // 1:57 AM

Bones

It's this kind of story, so spectacularly excessive, yet taken by Bones and Co. with such perfect seriousness, that impels Bones into the realm of camp.

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24 Sep 2007 // 1:00 AM

The Big Bang Theory

The Bang Theory's translation of Beauty and the Geek to a sitcom format is not nearly fresh.

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24 Sep 2007 // 1:00 AM

Journeyman

No amount of philosophical study or science fiction reading would enable a viewer to disentangle the existential questions raised by its cavalier treatment of time, so Journeyman simply pretends they do not exist.

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24 Sep 2007 // 12:58 AM

Chuck

Marvelous Adam Baldwin is the deadly NSA Major John Casey, all sneers and casual disregard for sanctity of life.

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21 Sep 2007 // 1:00 PM

The Simpsons: Season 19 Premiere

Springfield, destroyed at the end of the movie, is still in ruins, and Bart careens off of pieces of the dome that had quarantined the city.

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19 Sep 2007 // 1:20 AM

Gossip Girl

The blogger called Gossip Girl reports on the sex, lies, and YouTube videos of the smart set at an Upper East Side private school.

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18 Sep 2007 // 2:00 AM

Lumo

Premiering tonight in PBS' POV series, Lumo is a quietly and keenly observational documentary, a story of courage and hope.

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17 Sep 2007 // 2:00 AM

K-Ville

Marlin (excellent Anthony Anderson) is devoted to the law and straight lines, except when he sees those lines as unfair to people in need.

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17 Sep 2007 // 1:59 AM

Prison Break

The start of Prison Break's third season is exactly right: a crowd of gnarly, noisy men, surrounded by prison walls and doused by rain.

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14 Sep 2007 // 6:00 AM

Lifting the Veil

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy counters George Bush's "confident" display with her own observations: "Now we've come back six years later," she narrates, "to ask if life for women in Afghanistan is any better in a liberated country."

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11 Sep 2007 // 2:42 AM

The Camden 28

Anthony Giacchino's The Camden 28, airing tonight as part of PBS' outstanding POV series, considers the complexities of the crime, the arrest, and the trial, as all these aspects "make a statement."

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10 Sep 2007 // 12:42 AM

Tell Me You Love Me

By using visible sex acts to complicate the distinction between what's fake or genuine, the show underscores its thematic focus, on how people lie to each other and themselves.

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Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq

For all its focus on memories, Alive Day Memories is, at last, about the future, the responsibility we share.

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3 Sep 2007 // 11:42 PM

Made in L.A.

In Made in L.A. (premiering tonight, airing on PBS' P.O.V. series), Lupe's story -- from immigration to exploitation to organization -- is at once singular and typical.

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29 Aug 2007 // 1:10 AM

Children of the Storm

Spike Lee tells them to "start at home." The catch is that many of these young documentarians don't have homes, or at least not the homes they had two years ago.

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