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John Leonard

July 30, 2007
Men Behaving Blandly

The Company is a plodding look at the CIA, enlivened only by Michael Keaton as the spookiest spook.

July 23, 2007
Mad Men

Jon Hamm stars as a hotshot creative director at a New York advertising agency that is equally eager, in 1960, to sell cigarettes and Richard Nixon.

July 23, 2007
The Kill Point

The Kill Point bucks a trend. Hostage shows have not fared well as series television. The combination of claustrophobia and suspense seems to wear everybody out.

July 23, 2007
Have You Met My Guardian Angel?

Two new shows saddle great female leads (Holly Hunter, Lili Taylor) with far-fetched premises.

June 18, 2007 | Feature
Watch This Instead

It isn’t absolutely necessary to hide out all summer from your enemies, or abuse a guitar, or undergo major surgery. You can disappear with these TV shows.

June 18, 2007

Heartland asks us to sit still for a Treat Williams who, while once again practicing medicine, is even more of a noble noodle than he was on Everwood.

June 18, 2007
Flight of the Conchords

Think of Flight of the Conchords as Cheech and Chong in the East Village, or Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Alphabet City, or Vladimir and Estragon Do CBGB.

June 18, 2007
There Goes the Neighborhood

In Meadowlands, a whole town is under surveillance— which doesn’t prevent some truly creepy behavior.

June 11, 2007
Holy Water

John From Cincinnati, HBO’s new surf drama, offers an unlikely mix of salty spirituality and gnarly waves.

May 28, 2007
Serious Reservations

HBO’s Western epic is thoughtful, gorgeous, well acted— and wearyingly familiar.

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