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Houston Voice, No. 844, December 27, 1996 - File 015. 1996-12-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/915/show/896.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 844, December 27, 1996
Publisher Window Media
Date December 27, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT The Best and Worst in Television The Best (X-Files and ER) By JON ANTHONY The Best 1 Frasier (NBC)—Despite all the shenanigans of series star Kelsey Grammar, this is still televisions best written and acied show. Kudos go 10 David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane. His portrayal of the wimpish character borders on hysteria. The stellar cast is superb and the show is genuinely funny. Season highlights include the episode where Miles pretends to be Daphne's husband at her urging io avoid having to comply with an old promise to a former boyfriend that they would marry if neither ot ihem found true love within 5 years. The episode is a testament to the talents of this extraordinary cast. Another standout episode: Frasier and Lilith attempting to get their son in a prestigious role. Bebe Neu- wirth reprised her Cheers character with great aplomb. 2. The X-Files (Fox)—This show deserves its belaied success. It's rare when television formulates a series as compelling as this one. The chemisiry between the two stars is not contrived and the plot never bores. What more could you ask for. Finally, a show that is unpredictable and a viewing delight. 3. Homicide (NBC)—This gritty drama is riveting week after week. Unfortunately it's ratings are nearly non-existent. It's hard to believe more people would watch the insipid Don Johnson vehicle Nash Bridges. NBC should move this tasty morsel to another night. In tact, they should schedule it in ER's timeslot -ind move ii to Homicide's Friday nighl slot ER's loyal fans would follow iheir show lo any nighl of lhe week. If you haven't seen ihis excellent show. Jo your self a favor and check it out 4 Seinfeld (NBC)—Okay, the plots are nol always as good as they used to be; however. for a series that has been on for 8 years, they are doing pretty great. The writing is still above average and the cast seems to be enjoying themselves as much as the audience enjoys checking in with them week after week 5. Cable Movies (HBO and Showtime)— Leave it to premium cable to produce the most provocative and illustrative movies that air on the small screen today. The networks could leam a thing or two from HBO and Showtime. The networks are of the mindset that viewers are ignorant and need titilla- tion to be entertained. They inundate us with the usual damsel in distress (translation: movies demeaning of women), disease of the week (translation: tearjerker) and star vehicle films that are no-brainers. If I see one more movie featuring a cast member from Beverly Hills, 90210 or Melrose Place, I'm going to have a nelly spell. Cable movies, like Showtime's recent Angelica Huston offering Bastard Out of Carolina and HBO's If These Walls Could Talk star ring Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek and Cher, are intelligible and interesting. Yes, they were both controversial but at least they were done with a level of maturity that the networks rarely are capable of displaying Hype without substance does not go far. There is a reason why cable dominates lhe Emmy Awards in the movie category year after year. Maybe the networks should get a clue. 6. ER (NBC)—A fast paced riveting hour of emotional upheavals that engrosses you for the duration of its program. The real stars here are lhe writers and producers. Not many shows can go through casi changes and still create a yearning for viewer loyalty It's a great show and it's the highest rated show of the year 7. The Drew Carey Show (ABC)—Near cancellation lasi yeai due to anemic ratings, this sitcom has become one of the seasons surprise sophomore hits and deservedly so Carey and his sidekick Mimi are a hoot Originally billed as a Friends clone. Carey has had lhe final laugh. There is no comparison. In this critics view. Friends is lired. 8. Mad About You (NBC)—This series deserves accolades for originality and believability. There hasn't been a couple on television, or in movies for lhat matter, with such authentic chemistry in many of years. In fact, Jamie and Paul are ihe Hep- bum and Tracy of the small screen. Their daily nuances are clever and funny. This is a show about two people in love—you'll either love it or hate. Aside from it's romanticism, this show deals with homosexuality better than any show I've seen. The lesbian couple plot is interwoven with normalcy and integrity and the portrayals are sincere and genuine. Mad About You is a gem. 9 NewsRadio (NBC)—This show deserves a new time slot. What an ensemble cast. They're brilliant. Even when the writing is not up to par. this talented group deliver a riotous performance week after week. It has been a ratings underachiever since it debuted three years ago. NBC needs to find a slot where viewers can sample this sitcom. Why can't the network gel rid of the ridiculous Thursday night sitcom The Single Guy and provide us a night of some real "must see TV?" 10. Biography (A&E)-*-This informative and entertaining show offers the viewer a profile of some of history's greatest individuals including some modern day icons. The show moves ai a fast pace and delves into aspects of the individual not normally covered in routine interviews. No matter the subject. Biography delivers. The Worst 1. Roseanne (ABC)—Once the critical darling of television, this show didn't know when to quii. What use to be funny and innovaiive has become a caricature of itself. While most shows wane in later years, few have lost so much in such a short time. The lottery plot is ridiculous and incredulous The whole original charm of this show was its humorist take on a regular family'! ti;i\ ich fair ily become a bunch of bores, I'll watch an Aaron Spelling soap. 2. John Larroquette (NBC)—It's not funny by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it's depressing. Why the network renewed this show is beyond me. It's not a ratings, nor critical, success. Larroquette was not the reason we all watched NightCourt, so why does he have his own show? It's got to be one of life's unsolved mysteries. 3. Coach (ABC)—This show would have been long gone if it had not had the luxury of cush time-slots (following Home Improve ment, Grace Underfire, and the aforementioned Roseanne in its heyday). It's been on for 9 years, so there are plenty of episodes for the lucrative syndicated market. I only wish ABC would spare us the agony of enduring another season of this absurd sitcom. Cancel it already. 4. Cybil! (CBS)—This pains me. Last year, I thoroughly enjoyed watching this show. The relationship between Cybill and Marianne was hilarious. Never have I seen a show lose it's luster so soon. CBS needs to get back to the formula that works and focus the sitcom on Cybill and her counterpart or risk losing what could be a valuable franchise before it's too late. 5. Murphy Brown (CBS)—Again, a former favorite gone awry. The addition of Lily Tomlin to the cast was a major coup for the show and CBS. Instead of utilizing her immeasurable talents, they have relegated her to such a supporting role, it is an embarrassment. The plots are ludicrous, the writing has become stale and the entire show has gone amuck. Classic's, and Murphy Brown is a classic, should be allowed to retire gracefully—not humiliated into extinction. NEW YEAR'S EVE'« ^oP«tt0&^dc^ at the Brazos Champagne & Party favors free Breakfast at 2:00 am Join Your friends and Ding in the New Year...Country Style! at the door per person 2400 Brazos • Houston (713) 528-9192 14 HOUSTON VOICE / DECEMBER 27. 1996
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