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Television Archive

June 9, 2008

Sybil asks us immediately to accept shattered crystal and Russian matryoshka dolls as twin images of a fine mind broken into jagged fragments and secret selves nesting inside one another.

June 9, 2008
Wife Swap, the Early Years

It’s 1976, and CBS’s Swingtown is stoned on Thorazine.

May 12, 2008
Never Leave Your Daughter Alone at the Circus

An American Crime’s explicit yet abstruse torturing of Ellen Page.

March 31, 2008
America (The Cable Show)

A newly naturalized Tracey Ullman riles up her adopted country, Arianna Huffington included.

March 24, 2008
Five Years In

If you’ll watch only one television program on the catastrophe in Iraq, make it this one.

March 10, 2008
The Frog Prince

Paul Giamatti’s John Adams is no swashbuckler, but the HBO show rises like a hot-air balloon.

February 18, 2008
The Believer

The kooky, mystical Eli Stone asks, “What Would George Michael Do?”

January 21, 2008
High Schools These Days

The broke chemistry teacher in Breaking Bad turns out to be pretty handy in a meth lab.

January 14, 2008
Future Fighters

The Terminator franchise lands on television with atavistic androids and a sizzling Sarah Connor.

January 7, 2008
Twilight Over Baltimore

The Wire draws to a close, but not before zeroing in on one more failed institution.

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