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Monday, September 16 2002

Monday Night Football

John Madden is a master narrator of a football game. Amid the grunting and groaning of the linemen, the staccato rhymes of the cheerleaders, and the screaming of thousands of fans, his commentary comes through with a clarity that gives shape and meaning to the sound and fury that plays out on our television sets.


Monday, August 19 2002

ICU

The series repackages recorded crises and dramas into four one-hour episodes, compressing daily life and death into a glossy, strangely unreal product.


EastEnders

For the conflicted soap fan longing for a simulacrum of realism, EastEnders is an addictive slice of heaven.


The Anna Nicole Show

The Anna Nicole Show asks us to laugh at, not with, its pitiable subject.


Thursday, August 1 2002

30 Seconds to Fame

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Big Brother 3

[There's] little for the inhabitants to do, other than chill in the hot tub, smoke too much, and plot, scheme, and worry themselves to the point of paranoia.


Monday, July 22 2002

Sex and the City

We discover new aspects about sex and female pleasure in nearly every episode of Sex and the City.


Meet the Marks

The label 'sitcom' is a misrepresentation. 'Meet the Marks' lacks comedy.


Monk

If the energy and originality of the storylines catch up with Monk and Sharon's dynamic, the series can only improve.


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.


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