Wednesday, February 26 2014
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman looks more like an Andy Warhol production on cable access than a nationally syndicated Norman Lear sitcom.
Friday, February 21 2014
Will and Marcus “grow up” together in bite-sized portions, learning to put away their respective childish things in the course of each episode. Then they regress.
Thursday, February 20 2014
Family Matters is a sterling (and torturous) example of the allegedly “post-racial” America inaugurated by the bourgeois and only mildly Afrocentric triumphs of The Cosby Show.
Wednesday, February 19 2014
Congressman Bennie Thompson's recollections are chilling, and not only because the government of Mississippi once posed a real threat to some of its citizens.
Tuesday, February 18 2014
It's worth noting that, the problematic politics of the series aside, this is not great TV.
Monday, February 17 2014
It’s no wonder that Game of Thrones is one of HBO’s biggest successes and a worldwide phenomenon. Plus, you know, it's got dragons.
Friday, February 14 2014
The spectre of murder threatens to divide Elizabeth and Darcy in this adaptation of P.D. James' Austen homage, but the poor grasp of character might be the more devastating crime, here.
Thursday, February 13 2014
Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West capture the emotional truth of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's relationship in the BBC biopic, Burton and Taylor.
Wednesday, February 12 2014
The truth is that Good Times is an excellent and remarkably funny show. The irony of the show and its title continues to resonate.
Tuesday, February 11 2014
The third season of Sherlock becomes much more meta and challenges the very concept of who Sherlock Holmes is, and suggests change is indeed in the (east) wind.
Monday, February 10 2014
Battles and beheadings, letters sent and lost, dungeons and plenty of who-can-you-trust moments. The White Queen is a whopping good time.
Thursday, February 6 2014
The 2014 re-release of the complete Dilbert series looks and sounds good and is bargain priced, but has none of the extras of the 2004 release.
Wednesday, February 5 2014
The Amish: Shunned reveals the complexity of these lives and choices, hopes and losses.
Monday, February 3 2014
Season 4 of Downton Abbey is suddenly like the British aristocracy’s version of Breaking Bad.
The desperate foursome are running from themselves and don't notice the Afrikaans sign, ‘Oppad na nerens'. ‘On the road to nowhere’.
Friday, January 31 2014
Sure, Treme is about the sacred, but you can’t have the sacred without the engine of the profane motoring things along, and there’s nothing more profane than money.
Thursday, January 30 2014
The State of Arizona presents the "immigration" question from a number of perspectives as well as contexts.
Thursday, January 23 2014
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor leans towards the lighter side of the Whoniverse.
Tuesday, January 21 2014
Like so many white male heroic types before him, Rocky seeks experience in an exotic place where people are plagued by poverty and disease.
Wednesday, January 15 2014
Shrewdly and consistently, The Price of Gold underscores the trouble posed by a culture still invested in impossible "feminine" ideals.