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John Leonard

May 7, 2007
An Extreme Danger to Society

America argues that no other country should lock up juveniles for life—which is ironic, given that we have 2,000 times more prisoners like that than the rest of the world combined.

May 7, 2007
The Donk-Donk Dynasty

As Law & Order founders, SVU still thrives, thanks to sex, sadism, and two very screwed-up cops.

April 23, 2007
Not With a Bada-Bing, But a Whimper

Among returning dramas, The Sopranos hogs the attention. But though it started out great, it never got better.

March 26, 2007
The Wedding Bells

Why executive producer David E. Kelley should be so hard on marriage is a mystery to me. After all, isn’t he married to Michelle Pfeiffer?

March 26, 2007
Pilgrimage to Karbala

Karbala, in Iraq, is the site of the murder and butchering of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson in 680 A.D., in this remarkable Wide Angle documentary from Kevin Sim.

March 26, 2007
Planet Earth

Sigourney Weaver, Discovery Channel, and the BBC have teamed up for a month of Sundays to show us what 70 camera operators spending more than 2,000 days in 200 locations all over the globe can do.

March 26, 2007
Watching the Detectives

Raines offers yet another quirky crime-solving cop. But Andy Barker, P.I. is the one worth investigating.

March 12, 2007
Kings of South Beach

Not even the considerable writing, directing, and acting talents of Nicholas Pileggi, Tim Hunter, and Donnie Wahlberg and Jason Gedrick can make Kings of South Beach seem altogether fresh.

March 12, 2007
Life Support

Nelson George, who co-wrote and directs Life Support, is thinking about his real-life sister Andrea, a community health activist in Bed-Stuy whose specialty is spreading the word about AIDS.

March 12, 2007
Suburban Warfare

The Riches features a family of grifters—and the most scathing take on class relations anywhere on TV.

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