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Monday, October 1 2001

Scrubs

While J.D. is running from pages and hiding in closets, Turk 'is learning by doing,' cutting, poking, and defibrillating with gusto.


Monday, August 27 2001

Madonna Live: Drowned World 2001

The difference between Em's lyrical violence against women and Madonna's battered video self-portraits is that in Em's songs, violence against women is always nasty, ugly, and despicable (contrary to those who would claim he 'glorifies' it), unlike the video-screen Madonna of 'Drowned World', who is bloodied and bruised but nevertheless glamorous.


Sunday, January 1 1995

Yes, Dear

'Yes, Dear' is a serviceable sitcom that, like most new shows, teeter-totters between doing things well and doing things badly.


The X-Files

After eight years of squishy monsters, labyrinthine conspiracies, and creepy adventures in inner and outer space, the most popular television sci-fi series in recent memory (shut up, trekkies) resorts to the obvious Christian imagery.


The X-Files

Scully took no grief from Mulder; she questioned him, disagreed with him, and stood up to him. With Doggett, however, there is a more traditional he/she split.


The X-Files

As Mulder seeks to confirm a universe of infinite possibilities, Scully attempts to reaffirm her faith in God -- the granddaddy of supernatural phenomena.


X-Men: Evolution

The teen X-Men interact in that magical place, high school, and get to drive cars and look fashionably funky (mandatory skater cuts for the guys and thumb rings for the girls) and do all those other things a kid would do in a parent-free environment.


The XFL

Cameramen with chest-mounted cameras, wearing their own protective helmets, run pell-mell around the players shoving cameras into the huddles, pile-ups, and sidelines to create an up-close and personal 'feel' for viewers.


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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