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3 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

Help Me Help You

The characters are undeveloped, the situations are improbable, and Ted Danson is neither funny nor convincing.

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2 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

Heroes

When his friend suggested he was deluding himself, Hiro said, "I want to be special." Subtlety is not going to be a strong suit in the series.

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29 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters is a confusing jumble of storylines involving the Walker family, most of them unoriginal.

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28 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Office

Michael's misguided efforts to ingratiate himself with his subordinates and all but force them to be his friends are the core of The Office's comedy.

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28 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Six Degrees

In a city of eight million people, I’d bet you could find at least 7.9 million everyday dramas that are more engaging and genuine than the ones assembled here.

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28 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Greys Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy is a well cast and beautifully shot soap opera, with characters we can love and hate and a soundtrack of frequently marvelous music.

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26 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gilmore Girls

Communication is always the problem on Gilmore Girls: though mom and daughter are famous for their witty banter, they're terrible at mustering the courage to say what they want.

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26 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gilmore Girls

Without Palladino, Gilmore Girls will certainly be different... it just might be better.

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25 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Runaway

Runaway splits the difference between basic family drama and the serial thriller.

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25 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Class

Because so much was going on, the pilot episode had the feeling of a 30-minute trailer: "Here are our characters, tune in next week to see what happens."

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21 Sep 2006 // 4:02 AM

Survivor: Cook Islands

"I saw the chicken," said Jonathan. "I grabbed the chicken because the chicken was free."

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21 Sep 2006 // 3:23 AM

Shark (CBS)

Shark opens on James Woods. This is right, for he is the reason to watch.

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21 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Amazing Race

The race began on Kite Hill in Seattle's Gas Works Park, a perfectly photogenic place, but also the scene of the most unpopular victory in the show's history.

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21 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Men in Trees

Imagine Sex and the City set up on a blind date with Northern Exposure, and you have a pretty good take on Men in Trees.

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20 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Americas Next Top Model

In all likelihood, Melrose just doesn't understand the rhythms of a reality TV season: she should have saved her breakdown for Week Eight.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kidnapped

Rather than manipulate our established fears by way of the threat to personal security, this show asks us to examine what makes us individuals in the first place.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jericho

The citizens of Jericho want Jake to save them. Even in their cynicism, they seek a very old-fashioned solution.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Wire

This is the consequence of America's broken systems: a young boy staring into the darkness, wondering what else his future might bring.

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19 Sep 2006 // 2:47 AM

Smith

Faces are hard to read in Smith. Sometimes, this inscrutability is obvious, even exaggerated.

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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip plays a lot like a lip-glossed The West Wing. Not a bad thing necessarily, but not a radical rethinking of primetime TV either.

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