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Boys and Boobs
TNT's classy soaper "Bull" tackles those tough stains left by Wall Street testosterone while the syndicated "Cindy Margolis" show asks "What tropical fruit most resembles your breasts?" [08-28-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Amateur Night
Can adolescence survive Fox-TV's "American High?" [08-14-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Killing Time
Springtime is a deadly season for network writers who have to write characters out of their shows -- usually in the form of a visit from the Grim Reaper. [05-01-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

It's A Small World
New mid-season TV series do little more than mimic "NYPD Blue" "Sports Night" and HBO's "Oz." [04-17-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Boy Toys
A raft of shows about cuddly, sensitive, and heavily moussed guys has invaded mid-season TV. [04-03-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

A Long Shot That Matters
McCain's strong showing during the primaries proved that there is a demand for a third party to revitalize the tired Democratic and Republican agendas. [04-03-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Prozac Politics
The public praises U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy for admitting he was on anti-depressants, but a serious illness can still render a candidate "unelectable." [03-13-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Hand Jobs
The part-dubbed/part-subtitled Japanese import "Iron Chef" has displaced "Two Fat Ladies" as the Food Network's hippest show. [03-13-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

The Liberal Case for McCain
If a strong showing by McCain in the primaries can force the Republicans to look to the center, what's so wrong with casting him a liberal vote? [02-28-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rigged Outcomes
"Millionaire" is too white, "City of Angles" is predictable, and "Malcolm in the Middle" is a breath of fresh air. [02-14-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Northern Lights
Frederick Wiseman's characteristic filmmaking approach in "Belfast, Maine" may require patience, but his images of this poor coastal community are emotional and memorable. [01-31-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Yesterday's Prudes
PBS's documentary "Culture Shock" isn't likely to change anyone's mind about free speech, but it's still and interesting history lesson. [01-24-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Series To Die For
The big story of 1999 was that audience sizes for the broadcast networks (except Fox) leveled out after years of losses to cable TV. [01-03-00]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

I, the Jury
David E. Kelly's "The Practice" gets involved with a crime of the century every week, while "Sports Night" and "Action" are headed for the morgue. [12-28-99]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Not-So-Free TV
From "Seinfeld" to "The Beverly Hillbillies," there's enough good (and bad) TV reading in bookstores to keep your wallet empty this holiday season. [12-13-99]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Side Dishes
From Letterman to the Spanish channel, there's enough funky television around to get you through the holidays. [11-29-99]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

A Helluva Film
Though it's never said, "New York: A Documentary Film" makes filmmaker Ric Burns's sentiments clear enough: Thomas Jefferson's ideas for an agrarian America can go straight to hell. [11-15-99]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Bedtime Stories
This fall prime-time TV's lineup is less about crime and more about pillow talk. [11-08-99]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Accept All Substitutes
Naomi Klein's "No Logo" damns corporate marketing with a naive grasp of pre-Reagan consumerism. [10-25-99]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Get Serious
After several seasons of uninspired mediocrity that have sent viewers fleeing to cable, the big three networks are making an effort to win back an audience with real drama. [10-18-99]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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