Reviews > TV

10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

So You Think You Can Dance

Less deliberately confrontational than Nigel Lythgoe, the other, merely aggravating judges also solicit viewers' contempt, aligning them with relatively sympathetic contestants.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Three Moons Over Milford

Yet another 'quirky small town' series, Three Moons over Milford offers conventional characters: newly divorced mother, troublesome but good-hearted kids, and attractive love interest.

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Feasting on Asphalt

Alton Brown's recipes usually work, but he uses flow charts and slide rules to figure out serving sizes and cookie diameters.

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Who Wants to be a Superhero?

Being mere mortals, contestants are not expected to leap tall buildings, stop bullets, or outrace locomotives. Instead, they are tested on the human qualities of heroism: compassion, intelligence, attentiveness, and selflessness.

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2 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

30 Days

It's not an earth-shattering revelation that illegal immigrants are people too. But 30 Days turned a debate too often reliant on PR spin or faceless statistics into affecting drama.

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31 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Garth Marenghis Darkplace

British comedian Matthew Holness is one of the rare individuals who can put together an intentionally dreadful entertainment.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Chappelles Show: The Lost Episodes

Hearing that Chappelle was worried about who was laughing and why is upsetting. His comedy had always seemed "inclusive," making racism "safe" to explore in front of mixed audiences.

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25 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM


Named for the town that houses this community -- a kind of Epcot for savants -- the pilot episode began with a bang, dragged a bit, then finished with events pilfered from the Roland Emmerich School of Specious Apocalypse.

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

DMX: The Soul of a Man

This has always been the thing about X, his capacity to feel, hugely, completely, publicly. He hardly needs reality tv to exploit that about him.

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19 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King

Adapting Stephen King's short stories, Nightmares & Dreamscapes preserves their spirit as well as their eerie plots.

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18 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Driving Force

The day these pampered princesses realize their dad is entitled to be "who he is" as well, will be the moment they learn to appreciate him beyond the bank account.

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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The World Series of Pop Culture

Unfortunately, The World Series of Pop Culture is less a test of trivia knowledge than a test of viewer patience.

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13 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Dudesons

For the Dudesons, it's all about the commotion, the more extreme, the better. For them, pain is a reward. For us, it's more frightening than funny.

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13 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM


Psych seems an ideal show for its moment, as viewers can disdain its predictability and identify with its cynicism about that predictability at the same time.

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11 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM


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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10 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Raising the Roofs

By definition, all this farting and foolishness is one-note.

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6 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Edge of Outside

As much as the lines between 'independent' and 'mainstream' movies seem impossibly blurred, the impulse to mark their difference appears irresistible.

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27 Jun 2006 // 3:00 AM


Entourage's depiction of the delicate symbiotic relationship between the talent and their support staff is often perceptive and revealing, elevating the series above pure fantasy or self-parody.

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27 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Honey We’re Killing the Kids!

Over her three-week stint as the Rickards' calorie commandant, Dr. Hark tries to be both teacher and preacher.

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25 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Music Road

Insisting that you need to understand something about a local culture to gain insight into the music, Music Road affords context as well as tunes.

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