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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Temptation Island (28 February 2001)

All that remains, I suppose, is the question of whether or not Fox will ever conceive another relationship-testing reality show.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Temptation Island (24 January 2001)

Come on contestants, get tempted or get off the island.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Scrubs

Although Scrubs' consistency is somehow comforting, it also runs the risk of monotony by giving audiences exactly they expect week after week.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Smallville

In Smallville, Clark's parents manage to convince him that he isn't from this planet -- just what every insecure high school freshman needs to hear.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Survivor 3

No longer merely a television show conceit, the idea of survival has now taken on a new and frightening immediacy to viewers.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Slayer

While its premise and execution are overtly derivative, Slayer works through an illuminating politics concerning U.S. military actions and local populations.

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All My Children / General Hospital / One Life to Live / Port Charles

Abernethy looks at the current state of the soap opera genre, altruistically subjecting himself to a solid month of watching 10 soap operas to give us the low-down on the soaps in the age of Dubya.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Sex and the City

Underneath its slinky-gown allure, 'Sex and the City' is starting to resemble a bare-assed 'Friends' sliding into the flabby ennui of a post-millennial 'thirtysomething'.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Secret Life of Us

. . . provides an encouragingly fresh take on a genre that has been re-hashed numerous times.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Sopranos

Punctuated by whip-smart, often salty humor, The Sopranos is also permeated by violence, uncertainty, and dread. By Season Six, Tony Soprano's fear seems realized.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Howard Stern Show

Like the notoriously funny 'Mad Magazine', Stern holds nothing sacred; everything and everyone's susceptible to parody and verbal attack, which is a breath of fresh air at a time when the First Amendment seems in mortal danger.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Sandra Bernhard Experience

Like her former gal-pal Madonna, Bernhard is now a 40-something working mom: just how 'hip' and 'edgy' she is in the world of Eminem and the Insane Clown Posse is open to debate.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Simpsons

The truth is that a typical Simpsons episode today does not stack up to one picked at random from a decade ago.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Survivor II: The Australian Outback

'Survivor' redux is very similar to 'Survivor' number one, meaning that it features a cast of predominantly white, semi-attractive adults engaged in a bizarre mix of 'Lord of the Flies' and 'Days of Our Lives'.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Survivor

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.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch / Grosse Pointe

'Grosse Pointe' is a mean, mean show -- and nobody escapes the knife. For me, mean is good.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Star Trek

The overwhelming theme of 'Star Trek' is 'Yay, us!'

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Some of My Best Friends

The series premiere of 'Some of My Best Friends' was like a 'Reader's Digest' version of 'Kiss Me, Guido', with a few changes so that the writers couldn't be accused of total plagiarism.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Supernatural

Fearful of being 'freaks' themselves, the Winchester brothers find solace in saving others from that same fate.

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