Sunday, January 1 1995
In much the same way that the Conners of 'Roseanne' exploded the myth of the unified, dad-centered sitcom family, the Wilkersons are a unit in which the siblings really do try to kill each other and the parents maintain control through guerilla strategy rather than homespun aphorisms -- just like real families. Radical notion, that.
Because Goren's intellect and intuition never fail, Criminal Intent's narratives never consider the presumption of innocence as a legal (or dramatic) standard.
Part of the problem is that the 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' writers haven't given Ice T much to do: he's Munch's Yes Man, and it doesn't become him.
It's difficult to believe that six people can be so self-absorbed and shortsighted, let alone gathered in the same workplace.
Though 'Law & Order' frequently, and most chillingly, tells tales of true crime -- the monstrous pit bull is the most recent example -- it also treats them with the dread, indeed, the disgust they deserve.
Lost survives because its mix of fantasy and mystery, character development and plot twists, predictability and sharp twists -- in short, its mix of cleverness and crap -- is like nothing else on TV.
Lucky Louie's preoccupation with the prurient threatens to turn a promising spin on the sitcom into a one-note novelty.
But this isn't the first time viewers have been asked to watch a plot they already know well.
Unlike Federal Agent Fox Mulder, these guys, sitting penniless in a warehouse laden with powerful computers and espionage equipment, are true subversives.
'The Laramie Project' gives the townspeople a voice, an opportunity to respond to the murder and the trials that put them in the national spotlight.
The juxtaposition of the innocent Kyle with such tainted youth indicates the show's attitude regarding 'kids today': they're irresponsible, confrontational, and selfish.
Just Shoot Me's point [is] that the world of fashion magazines is shallow, empty, completely fake... and very, very funny.
The eye-popping, gag-inducing, jaw-dropping comedic assaults of 'Jackass' are funny because they take such exaggerated steps over the boundaries of acceptable behavior.
All in all, 'Judging Amy' is an entertaining hour of television. Although there is room for improvement, it nevertheless presents us with characters and situations we can relate to and become involved with.
When Dr. Glassberg asks, in all seriousness, how the parents are to explain their children's gender to the 'babysitter', you have to wonder if he isn't the one who needs corrective surgery of some kind.
After just one day in Hell's Kitchen, the contestants were already so tired that Larry could get carted off to hospital without anyone else even waking up. Way to go, Gordo.
She's changed, a point made in the series' first moments, when she's introduced as 'Lauren', no longer known by the nickname that served her so well in Laguna.