Reviews > TV

23 Sep 2002 // 12:00 AM

Cedric the Entertainer Presents

Instead of being safe, Cedric the Entertainer Presents needs to keep it real -- real sharp, real topical and real controversial.

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16 Sep 2002 // 12:00 AM

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.

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ICU

19 Aug 2002 // 12:00 AM

ICU

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

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19 Aug 2002 // 12:00 AM

EastEnders

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

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19 Aug 2002 // 12:00 AM

The Anna Nicole Show

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

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1 Aug 2002 // 12:00 AM

30 Seconds to Fame

PULL

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1 Aug 2002 // 12:00 AM

She Spies

NBC’s new series She Spies immediately begs two questions. First, what is this tough girl T&A fantasy doing popping up mid-season and

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1 Aug 2002 // 12:00 AM

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.

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22 Jul 2002 // 12:00 AM

Sex and the City

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

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22 Jul 2002 // 12:00 AM

Meet the Marks

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

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22 Jul 2002 // 12:00 AM

Monk

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

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22 Jul 2002 // 12:00 AM

Donahue

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

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17 Jul 2002 // 12:00 AM

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.

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26 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

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.

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26 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Lift

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

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26 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

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.

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18 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

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.

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18 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

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.

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10 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

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.

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10 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Kim Possible

Its merit lies primarily in heroine Kim Possible.

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