Sunday, January 1 1995
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.
He was a revolutionary, a brilliant thinker, and a man who was frustrated and anguished by his own insight into a legal and political system that was indeed designed to destroy him.
Survivor's tone is very difficult to locate, and while this elusiveness may be more than the producers intend, it's just as possible to surmise that they know what they're doing and that teasing the audience with its own naivete is their way of undermining the medium even as they exploit it so well.
Unlike most mainstream male stars who put on dresses, Ving Rhames takes Holiday seriously, and asks you to do the same.
The sixth season's drawn-out storyline did away with the witty dialogue that attracted me to the show in the first place.
What's puzzling is why Davis would return to television in this paint-by-numbers sitcom in which she plays a nearly brain-dead career woman-slash-stepmother.
Not that insisting that one's child be educated and aware of the consequences of sex is surely a bad thing, but in the case of 'Gilmore Girls', never-wed single parenting falls into the 'mistakes were made' category, while Murphy Brown made an active choice.