Mapping Murder

With its new documentary series Mapping Murder, BBC America is presently serving up classic summer-rerun-style slop to fill the air waves. Professor David Canter, inventor (and indefatigable promoter) of the “Dragnet” computer program and the underlying geographical “murder mapping,”  ...

Six Feet Under – Fourth Season

They’re ba-a-a-ack! The ensemble cast of the Fisher family and clan, and now the family business of Fisher & Diaz, are back for a fourth season of sterling performances, spellbinding storytelling, and another precedent-breaking event in HBO television history.  ...

Take Me

Jack Chambers (Robson Green) and his wife Kay (Beth Goddard), with daughter Maggie (Julie Mallam) and son Dan (Sean McMahon) in tow, flee the complications of their old life in the city for an American-style new start in the  ...

My Family

From Monty Python to The Office, British television has long held a reputation as a purveyor of high-quality comedy. It is strange to note, then, that the Brits have seldom succeeded in pulling off that most basic staple of  ...

Queer as Folk

Magic Color Clock from the Metropolitan Museum of Art The Americanization of the groundbreaking British series, Queer as Folk, has been a hit and miss affair. Desperate to stay at the head of the  ...

Queer as Folk

How queer can Queer As Folk be as Showtime’s hottest series? It depends. If you are an activist transsexual lesbian fighting for a seat on the city council to represent sexual minorities, it probably offers nothing much. Yet, this  ...

McCallum

McCallum, the new crime thriller made by Scottish television, is for nice people. There's only a token flash of sex or violence now and then in the sight of a bruised corpse. Its not big on cool cats like  ...

The Sopranos – Fifth Season

“Don’t you love me?” one character asks another in an unexpectedly fragile moment early in the fifth season of The Sopranos. It’s the key question that haunts the first four episodes of the long-awaited return engagement by America’s favorite  ...

Me & Mrs. Jones

Liam Marple writes a gossip column for a British tabloid under the pseudonym Mrs. Jones. The name of the column reverberates, ironically, with Mother Jones, the progressive feminist magazine, but actually ties in to the theme song, the old  ...

Wire in the Blood – Second Season

Wire in the Blood, the BBC America police drama series about to begin its second broadcast season, stars Robson Green as clinical psychologist Tony Hill and Hermione Norris as Detective Inspector Carol Jordan. Not unexpectedly, after a very promising  ...