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At first, I didn't like this show. I had seen far better skit shows before (Full Frontal, Comedy Inc, Sketch Show). The show struck me as unfunny and stupid. But after it returned after a non-ratings period, it had vastly improved and was very funny. However, I saw less of Corinne Grant and Peter Helliar (appearing in only 1 or 2 skits per episode). But the show was now excellent and I watched it frequently. The addition of Cal Wilson hasn't stunted it, so long as they keep Fiona Harris, Michael Chamberlain, Roz Hammond et all it'll be just fine. I much prefer it over Comedy Inc, which goes for far too long (and with only a few really funny skits), and The Big Bite (which has disappeared from Queensland television - thank god).
Just show more of Corinne!
CSI: Miami (2002)
Enthralling but Flawed
I must say I used to be quite a fan of the original CSI, but it's timeslot conflicted with my Law & Order viewing. It was definately a good show, quite a refreshing break. So I had high hopes about CSI: Miami, especially considering it was set in one of my favourite US cities. While the stories grab me and I can't switch off, I really dislike some aspects:
1) The cast - David Caruso, whom I never saw in NYPD Blue (never watched it), plays an egomaniac leader who seems more intent on staring into the sunset and taking off his sunglasses than being part of a team. His character is so up himself it's not funny. Kim Delaney's character was unnecessary, and I don't care much for some of the others (I like Khandi Alexander, but her role in Miami is a bit strange) Thankfully they fixed the Delaney error, but the cast still isn't as tidy and developed as CSI's.
2) The style - As they say, all style and no substance. CSI tried to woo us with cool special effects, that I could handle. But everything about this show is trying to hard to impress, and will be hopelessly, hopelessly dated a few years down the track. The introduction, the Hummer H2s, the style, even some of the special effects. Watch an episode in about 10 years, and see what you think.
All in all, a well-written, well-plotted, well-acted show, with a mis-fit cast and kitsch style. I'll stick to the original. While this show is so enthralling to watch, I just can't help but look at some of it's faults, and it ultimately turns me off.
Veronica's Closet (1997)
Quite A Good Show
I have watched nearly all of the episodes from all 3 seasons (thank you re-runs on cable) and I have thoroughly enjoyed Veronica's Closet. I bet most of the people who deem it "crappy" are people who have never watched it, and are affixiated on reality television. But I guess everybody's entitled to an opinion. Anyway, Kirstie Alley, Kathy Najimy and the rest of the cast shine. At first I hated Season 2: the original opening sequence was dropped, and Ron Silver was added, but now that I watch it, it was just as quality as Season 1 and 3 (maybe just a bit less so) Many people just seem so hellbent on picking faults of this show - so what if Kirstie Alley was a little chubby?! Must every actress be pencil-thin, eg Callista Flockhart? So what if her hair changed? Why must you think you can blame this show for being crap just because Alley had blonde streaks? Veronica's Closet is an entertaining, funny show. It may not be a classic like Frasier or Seinfeld, but it deserves better than some of these insulting remarks. And it deserves better than being cancelled by NBC.
Yes, Dear (2000)
They've recently put this on one of the cable channels here lately and it's not that bad. Jean Louisa Kelly and Mike O'Malley are definately the funniest. This show was originally thought to be another one-season wonder, but look how long it's lasted.... with good reason, too. I've seen a few episodes and it seems to be getting better all the time. I'm not a big fan of Anthony Clark and I don't particuarly like his character, but the show is still watchable.
Overall Summary: Not my favourite, but still a good show. 7 out of 10
My Wife and Kids (2001)
The fact that they're showing this so excessively during non-ratings period here in Australia pretty much tells you everything. I tried watching this.... twice... and yet I was so repulsed I switched it off before the episode finished.
This can not be compared to The Cosby Show. The Cosby Show was a great show. Bill Cosby is hilarious. My Wife and Kids isn't. First of all - just because the family is black, they're comparing it to the Cosby Show. The Cosby Show was actually funny! Second of all - the whole sit-com about a family has been done so many times, most of the time better than this tripe. It's been done so many times, with mostly good results (The Cosby Show, Everybody Loves Raymond). 3rd of all - The show has such an unimaginitive title, that's why I didn't want to watch it at first. But I thought I'd give it a chance. I see I was wrong.
Somebody's gonna say, if you don't like it, don't watch it. I won't. This is one of the most painfully unfunny shows around. And people give shows like "Yes, Dear" and "King of Queens" a bad rap. I'd watch them over this anyday.
Pretty good (possible spoiler warning!)
Overall a pretty good show, although I think it went just a bit downhill with the introduction of Chris. Reggie was far more funny. Becker however is still his moody and irritable best, Margaret and Linda are both hilarious, but Jake (and less so, Bob) seem to be less funny around Chris. Still a very good show though!