April 6, 2011 |
Two series that may be loosely described as workplace comedies premiere Wednesday night. Both are dominated by what we here around the cracker barrel describe as young folk. Christian Slater (41, not one of the young folk) is the marquee name, but appealing everyguy Bret Harrison from "Reaper" is the star of Fox's "Breaking In. " Set at a firm that vets high-tech security systems by, as the sign says, breaking into whatever they're supposed to protect; it's a have-cake, eat-it-too scenario that allows for the fun and excitement of illegal activity with none of the legal consequences, though truthfully, to judge by the first two episodes, the capers are more a condiment than a course.
September 23, 2013 |
“Breaking Bad” is the story of Walter White. That seems obvious, of course. Bryan Cranston is at the center of nearly every episode, and he's the guy who's won three Emmys for his work as its lead character. But where many TV shows that run five seasons expand and expand, incorporating a larger understanding of their own worlds, “Breaking Bad” has honed itself to a fine point. As other stories and characters fall by the wayside, as all of his excuses and rationales prove hollow and false, there's still Walter White, sitting alone in a cabin in the New Hampshire woods, with two copies of “Mr.
April 16, 2013 |
Did "Family Guy" really predict the horrific Boston Marathon bombings in an episode that aired last month? No, but that's the latest hoax making the rounds on the Internet a day after the tragedy. The carefully edited clip that supposedly supports this theory got so much exposure that "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane himself took to Twitter to denounce it. "The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent," he wrote . "The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.
January 10, 1988
The Dec. 15 episode of "thirtysomething" was really something! And every one of the previous shows was also well thought out and acted. Milton F. Zimmerman, Pacific Palisades
November 30, 1988 |
Neal Marlens and Carol Black, the creators of ABC's "The Wonder Years," had plenty of time last season to hand-craft each episode of the nostalgic comedy, which reminisces about life in suburbia circa 1968 through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy. After all, there were only six episodes. The run was short but sweet--the show won favorable reviews, was picked up for fall and netted an Emmy Award as the season's best comedy series.
June 16, 1991
Al Halpern's letter (TV Times, June 2) voiced disappointment in the last episode of "Dallas" (CBS, May 3), but that was nothing compared to the last episode of "thirtysomething" (ABC, May 28). How could the writers of the marvelous show traumatize it's loyal fans by not tying up the loose ends better than they did. The possibilities were endless. Susan J. Becker, Oxnard
October 24, 1985 |
While "Cagney & Lacey" wrestles hypothetically with the subject of abortion on the Nov. 11 episode, as reported Wednesday in The Times, the issue will hit closer to home for the title character in "Spenser: For Hire" on Tuesday night. John Wilder, executive producer of the ABC series from Warner Bros. Television, Wednesday pointed out that on next week's "Spenser" episode--the first in its new Tuesday 10 p.m.
March 29, 1987
The "Simon & Simon" episode on March 5 was excellent. It brought out not only what our soldiers went through 20 years ago, but also what these same men are experiencing now. My only criticism is that the episode should have been longer, maybe a two-hour special. When dealing with a subject such as this, handled as well as this was, CBS should have given it more air time. Congratulations to Gerald McRaney and everyone else who had a part in this episode. Lindsay Soderlund, Glendale