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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Meet the Marks

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

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22 Jul 2002 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 AM

Kim Possible

Its merit lies primarily in heroine Kim Possible.

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10 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Enterprise

From its start, Enterprise admits its complicity in this history, admits that exploration is a form of colonization.

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10 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Dexter’s Laboratory

PULL

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10 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

To think of Willow and Tara only in terms of their lesbianism is to do a disservice to lovers who were fully realized, regardless of their gender or orientation.

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4 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

This was a tragic ending to one of prime-time television's most engaging love stories. More disturbing, as well as more socially and politically troublesome, however, is that Tara's death completes what has become a rather homophobic and pathological representation of lesbian desires and relationships over the course of the past season.

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24 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah Winfrey and her Ego live in a world of their own, her highly successful 'O' magazine further illustrates her epic distance from the reality of most Americans.

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15 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The X-Files

The X-Files has long been but a pale reflection of the show it once was.

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7 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Shield

The success of 'The Shield' has doubtless upped the ante in regard to what networks will allow -- and resort to -- in order to gain ratings.

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7 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Insomniac with Dave Attell

As far as television is concerned, Insomniac's cracked lens takes us as close to reality as we can happily get.

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7 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Gathering Storm

The point in 'The Gathering Storm' is that Churchill is 'human', that he has faults.

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