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Walter Goodman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% Dateline NBC: Season 1 (TV, 1992-1993) "Dateline" does not promise to break hard journalistic ground, but its easy-to-take blend of fact and empathy may attract the news-magazine audience that has so far eluded NBC.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
50% Big Wave Dave's: Season 1 (TV, 1993) Adam Arkin, Patrick Breen, David Morse and Jane Kaczmarek (as the take-charge wife of one of these nitwits) work perspiringly to wring some laughs out of their predicament. Back to the surfboard, everybody.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
No Score Yet New Attitude: Season 1 (TV, 1990) The banter in the early entries is snappier than the plots, which won't make anybody's hair stand on end. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
88% Roc: Season 1 (TV, 1991-1992) The characters are likably quirky; the performances good. And although the situations are setups, they allow for funny cracks along the way.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
33% American Chronicles: Season 1 (TV, 1990) Picture after picture, notably of American Gothic faces posed against a brick wall, demonstrate Mr. Lynch's ability to hold attention without words. This travel series may turn out to be a visual tour de Lynch.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
29% 2000 Malibu Road: Season 1 (TV, 1992) As fake as they come... The main thing is that most of the cast members, men and women, seem to have been chosen for their beach-scene chests.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's Poirot : Season 1 (TV, 0) It is a less florid interpretation than Peter Ustinov's, but it does justice to the portrait on the page.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
No Score Yet The Sandbaggers: Season 1 (TV, 1978) Things move so fast that occasionally the viewer is left behind, but that only adds to the desired huggermugger.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 24 - Bomb Squad (TV Episode) ... a how-to-do-it look at the ingenuity of bomb makers like Mr. O'Doherty and the counter-ingenuity of the mostly anonymous bomb disposers whom it celebrates.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
78% Columbo: Season 8 (TV, 1989) Some wonderful detective.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
No Score Yet Good Morning, Miss Bliss: Season 1 (TV, 1987-1988) Miss Bliss has a best friend (Maria O'Brien) who dresses oddly and is obsessed with finding a husband. That's her main topic for jokes. The kids make a lot of jokes, too. You can tell they're jokes by the laugh track.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
No Score Yet Mystery!: Season 19 - A Certain Justice (Part 1) (TV Episode) ... as the prime suspects are eliminated, her story loses steam in a melodramatic denouement that is not worthy of her reputation.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball: Miniseries (TV, 1994) Like the game itself, these nine programs (or innings, as they are called here) occasionally drag, but the rewards keep coming.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
58% The A-Team: Season 1 (TV, 1983) Directorial control of the internationally undistinguished cast is lax.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
No Score Yet Mama's Family: Season 1 (TV, 1983) Miss Lawrence's delivery of her one-liners is sharp enough to make one wish the lines were better. They are about as original as the laugh track.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
No Score Yet Spin City: Season 3 (TV, 1998-1999) ... even if a touch of desperation shows in an occasional plot that flies out of control or in gags that do not bear yet another go-round, the collective spirit generally prevails.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
No Score Yet Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: Season 1 (TV, 1996) Going through the motions as Detective Hetty Wainthropp is Patricia Routledge, a veteran British player... ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
No Score Yet The Italian Americans: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Although unsurprising, the ingredients are nutritious amid the heavy television helpings of crime family stuff...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
No Score Yet Frontline: Season 18 - Apocalypse! (TV Episode) ... offers a 2,000-year history of apocalyptic visions, beginning with the final book of the New Testament, the Book of Revelation...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 25 - Chasing El Nino! (TV Episode) It makes for quite a show, and the only sure prediction about El Nino is that it will come again.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 25 - Special Effects: 'Titanic' and Beyond (TV Episode) Whether the narrator's promise of a totally computer-generated cinema is within reach or much to be desired you can decide, but unlike the usual secrets of magic tricks, these revelations of how they fool us enhance the effects.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 25 - The Perfect Pearl (TV Episode) Check it out. You have quite a few shopping days till Christmas.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 26 - Time Travel (TV Episode) It's an engaging notion, but his ruminations can be hard to grasp as the program drifts around in an atmosphere of quantum foam, negative energy,photons and other concepts troublesome for the nonphysicist.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 26 - Decoding Nazi Secrets (TV Episode) This account of how inspiration, calculation, counterespionage and a little bit of luck cracked the puzzle of Enigma makes for an intriguing two hours. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 27 - The Vikings (Episode 13) (TV Episode) ... which spells out somewhat abstruse matters in an admirably lucid way.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 20 - Mysterious Crash of Flight 201 (TV Episode) The program is a steadily engrossing look into the techniques and thought processes of today's airplane sleuths.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 21 - The Secret of the Wild Child (TV Episode) We root for her to succeed. But you will learn more about those who tried to help her or study her or exploit her than about Genie herself. Their secret is that they are human, too.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 21 - In Search of the First Language (TV Episode) ... notable for its success in turning an unphotogenic subject into a treat for the eyes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 21 - The Tribe That Time Forgot (TV Episode) This is a respectful look at a relatively simple society... ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 22 - Little Creatures Who Run the World (TV Episode) ... a notable work even by the high standards of "Nova" and its British suppliers.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 22 - The Hunt for a Serial Arsonist (TV Episode) In the company of sleuths on their "Hunt for the Serial Arsonist," we learn quite a bit about the ways of fires and of the people who set them on purpose.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 23 - Einstein Revealed (TV Episode) ... the program's strength is in the great man's grappling with time and space...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 24 - The Proof (TV Episode) ... you don't have to be mathematically literate to come away from this documentary with an appreciation of the Wiles theorem...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 25 - Super Bridge (TV Episode) ... a tribute to the know-how, muscle and daring of those who did the job.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 13 - Is Anybody Out There? (TV Episode) ... an hour is apparently more than the subject requires and the filler material does not make for fascinating viewing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
No Score Yet NOVA: Season 20 - Secrets of the Psychics (TV Episode) The most amusing moments in this somewhat patchy edition of "Nova" are clips from his appearances on the "Tonight" show some years back, particularly his foiling of the then-celebrated superpsychic Uri Geller.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
No Score Yet Independent Lens: Season 1 - Wannabe: Life and Death in a Small Town Gang (TV Episode) ... produces no revelations but confirms that middle America is not immune to the violence usually associated with big cities.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 12 - Eleanor Roosevelt (TV Episode) Although unstartling, this affectionate biography should enhance the reputation that Mrs. Roosevelt won over the decades and that has survived in the years since her death in 1962.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 12 - Nixon's China Game (TV Episode) The program is an entertaining peek behind the negotiation wall, illuminating an episode whose ramifications continue to be felt in the current complicated relations with the Chinese.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 12 - The Duel (TV Episode) Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr was that it took place at all.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 9 - Hawaii's Last Queen (TV Episode) Vintage pictures evoke the years of America's exercise in colonialism.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 9 - New York Underground (TV Episode) Photographs and drawings of jammed streets and slow-moving horsecars bring back the colorful but highly uncomfortable and inefficient condition of America's biggest city toward the end of the 19th century.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 9 - Gold Fever (TV Episode) In an accomplished example of ''The American Experience'' style, ''Gold Fever'' intersperses historians' descriptions with letters home from city dwellers who found themselves in a white wilderness.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 10 - A Midwife's Tale (TV Episode) Perhaps the portrait is overly fond, but ''A Midwife's Tale'' invites us to set aside skepticism and accept Martha Ballard as an early American hero.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 10 - Reagan (TV Episode) The veerings of policy and politics are coherently mapped, with inside-the-White-House peeks that present Nancy Reagan as a considerable force if not a particularly likable one.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 10 - Surviving the Dust Bowl (TV Episode) ... most of the farmers caught up in the decade of drought and dust storms that ravished America's southern plains stayed where they were. Their endurance is movingly recalled in ''Surviving the Dust Bowl.''‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 11 - Race for the Superbomb (TV Episode) Getting rid of the super, this thoughtful documentary concludes, has proved even harder than building it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 11 - Hoover Dam (TV Episode) It may not offer quite the charge of the slots, but tonight's ''American Experience'' leaves no doubt that the dam was quite a gamble for its time and produced big winnings for its major players and for America's Southwest.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 11 - Meltdown at Three Mile Island (TV Episode) In hour-by-hour reporting on Gov. Dick Thornburgh's decision as to whether to order an all-out evacuation, tonight's program shows how a manageable accident became a national emergency.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 9 - The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie (TV Episode) His career, vividly sketched in these two hours, is in the Horatio Alger mode, except that Carnegie worked harder and with fewer scruples than any Alger hero.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017