December 20, 2009
Ten good (and mostly new) things in TV this year. " Food Party" (IFC). Puppet-filled, cardboard-and-glitter surrealist cooking show (sort of) lasted only six episodes, about 10 minutes each, but was easily the most exciting thing I saw this year -- poetic, goofy, beautiful, strange. "Bored to Death" (HBO). Brooklyn lit-scene bromantic faux-noir stoner comedy about the attitude of doing right. "Parks & Recreation" (NBC). Institutional small-town comedy mocks its characters but not their aspirations or optimism.
August 3, 2008 |
"TWO FAT LADIES" (Acorn Media DVD). This delightful cooking show, which ran in Britain from 1996 to 1998 and became popular on the Food Network, is at last served up on domestic DVD. Unlikely even at the time, unfashionably large stars Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson have still less to do with current TV cookery, with its urgency and noise, its rock-star chefs, their flare-ups and meltdowns. The modern show it most resembles is Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" (the British version)
March 15, 2008
LOVED the Elvis article ["The Night the Once and Future King Came Back," by Robert Lloyd, March 11]. I remember the impact it had on me at the age of 9 when we all gathered around the B&W set in 1968. I wanted to be Elvis! The whole neighborhood talked about it the next day as if they'd witnessed the Red Sea parting. Randy Simcox West Hills
March 25, 2007
AS an 81-year-old charter member of the fabled Mad magazine gang of idiots, I'd like to thank Robert Lloyd for his great story and unerring insights ["Born Under a Mad Sign," March 18]. He hit a four-bagger when he echoed a thesis of mine that began in 1958, when I wrote my first piece for the late, great Bill Gaines, and continued into the early '90's, when I put away my Mad duncecap and called it an era. Specifically, "Don't write down to the kids; let them rise up to you." Apparently Lloyd and millions of others rose gloriously to the occasion.
June 22, 2006 |
Question: The review copies you receive as a television critic do not have commercials. Do you think that gives you a different (and presumably more favorable) impression of the show than someone watching at home with frequent interruptions for ads? * Lloyd: It certainly gives you a different impression of the medium -- and anyone who watches public broadcasting or subscribes to a premium cable channel or has bought a favorite series on DVD knows that difference.
September 4, 2004
I have only one comment regarding the new series "Hawaii" ("When the Scenery Chews the Actors," by Robert Lloyd, Sept. 1), particularly that ridiculous cast from central casting: "Book 'em, Dano." A. Filosa Los Angeles