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THE 7TH HEAVEN
This drama is currently in its 9th season, and the 1st season has just recently been released on DVD. As avid fans, my wife Janet and I have been rather amused by watching the DVD in tandem with the current episodes to see how the characters have all grown up.
—Ken & Janet Priebe
Sept 20, 2005 Ongoing updates!
Click to go to THE 440THE 4400

Review by Jacob Sahms: A group of 4400 who disappeared or apparently died mysteriously over the last 50 years, suddenly appear as a group. Their appearance causes havoc as the communities in which they re-enter are not completely receptive—Homeland Security also attempts to study the 4400 to determine where they went…and why they are back.
Sept 01, 2005
THREE WISHES

Review by David Bruce: This show points to the better side of humanity. Three Wishes is about granting people their wishes, in terms their need. Here is a reality show that is positive, outreaching, and heartwarming.
June 27, 2005
Click to go to MEDIUMMEDIUM

Review by Maurice Broaddus: A stylish show at that, one that’s well-acted and has witty dialogue. That’s no surprise once you take a look at who’s involved: creator Glenn Caron (Moonlighting, Remington Steele); known genre writers like Rene Echevarria (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and executive producer of The 4400) and Moira Dekker (Dark Angel, The Dead Zone).
June 27, 2005
AMERICAN IDOLAMERICAN IDOL

Review by Ken Priebe: Some people love it, some people hate it. And some people, like me, fit into the category of finding elements of it irritating but appreciating it nonetheless and standing on the edge of it being almost a guilty pleasure. Is American Idol a cleverly rigged marketing scheme that only seeks to manipulate the general public? Maybe it is, who knows? And ultimately, I don't care if it is, because I have a sneaking suspicion that of all the shows on television, this is one where God is truly at work, as I will soon explain...
June 10, 2005
Click to go to THE 440THE 4400

Review by Jacob Sahms: A group of 4400 who disappeared or apparently died mysteriously over the last 50 years, suddenly appear as a group. Their appearance causes havoc as the communities in which they re-enter are not completely receptive—Homeland Security also attempts to study the 4400 to determine where they went…and why they are back.
June 27, 2005
30 DAYS30 DAYS

Review by David Zimmerman: Where’s he going with this? That’s the question I find myself asking about the reality show Thirty Days, featuring reality film star Morgan Spurlock. Spurlock, whose documentary Super-Size Me turned heads and caused corporate giant McDonald’s to be foisted by its own sloganeering petard, managed to parlay his one-shot film into a steady gig on the FX network. Following his film’s formula, Spurlock recruits volunteers to spend thirty days straight living a life that is notably distinct from their own.
June 10, 2005
Click to go to THE WIRETHE WIRE

Review by Maurice Broaddus: If anyone poses the question "what is the best show on television?" the answer can be found in two simple words: The Wire. The show stands as inheritor of the crown of intelligent, quality television left by Homicide: Life on the Streets, except with cable’s rules for language, nudity, and violence. It is television that demands work, but the payoff is worth it. With its mix of action, laughs, and thought provoking look at the drug trade on our inner city streets, it is easily one of the most satisfying hours of television watching.
June 06, 2005
Click to go to NYPD BLUE
NYPD BLUE

Review by Maurice Broaddus: Spiritual reality has always been one of the underpinnings of the show. God is at the root of Andy Sipowicz’s character. When he lost his faith in Him, his life completely unraveled into a drunken spiral into prostitution and self-loathing. In that, the show has come full circle with John Jr.’s channeling the spirit of Andy past. John Jr. is flailing about after the suicide of his father followed shortly by the suicide of his girlfriend, not knowing how to put his back together. [I’m just not quite buying Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s performance. He plays his character just this side of over the top, like he’s wearing a character he’s not quite comfortable with.] He could learn a lot from his partner.
June 06, 2005
Click to go to 2424

Review by Maurice Broaddus: We live in the age of the anti-hero. The time of the Constantines, the Punishers, the Dirty Harrys. Webster defines hero as “a person noted or admired for nobility, courage, outstanding achievements”. The picture that you should probably see next to that definition is that of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) from the television show 24. Jack Bauer lives the story of one man out to save the world (though in this case, the world usually means America).
June 06, 2005
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HOUSE, M.D.

Review by Maurice Broaddus: Remember the halcyon days of the Fall TV Season of 2003, when we had the battle of the “girls dealing with the universe” shows? Wonderfalls was great, but was cancelled after four episodes. Joan of Arcadia was very good, has found its legs, and is flourishing. And Tru Calling, which was mediocre on its best days, was mercifully cancelled after one season. These days we have House versus Medical Investigation competing for audience’s attentions with similar premises. The upshot? House wins.
April 04 , 2005
Click to go to REVELATIONS REVELATIONS

Review by David Bruce: The best apocalytic series ever made for television. Story: Dr. Richard Massey is a scientist faced with the toughest personal, professional and philosophical challenges of his life. He is searching for reasonable explanations -- to explain signs that seem to indicate the apocalyptic end as foretold in Scriptures is in motion. To save humanity, Massey will have to let go of scientific facts and embrace faith.
January 26, 2005
Click to go to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (TV Series)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: The problem with doing a series retrospective on a show like Buffy the Vampire Slayer isn’t the fact that it’s hard to find a spiritual connection, but that it's hard to choose which spiritual connection to go with. Joss Whedon is a self-proclaimed atheist, yet he is also the perfect case study for the fact that God is “hardwired” into men’s hearts. If we are created in God’s image, then much of His character and essence is part of the fabric of our being and will come out in our art.
November 26, 2004
Click to go to ONE TREE HILLONE TREE HILL
Elisabeth Leitch: One Tree Hill may have a great deal to teach us all about seeking lives of meaning and love and seeing ourselves and all those around us with a purpose and value that runs deeper than who we are on the surface and who we have been in the past.
November 5, 2004
Click to go to Extreme Makeover: Home EditionEXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION
By Matt Hill: Why does this show work so well? Isn’t it just another reality show? Isn’t it just a big Sears commercial in disguise? Maybe. Or could it be that it works so well because it reinforces a whole bunch of popular and deeply held beliefs, without our necessarily knowing it? Popular and deeply held beliefs? What beliefs?
October 29, 2004
Click to go to JOAN OF ARCADIAJOAN OF ARCADIA (Second Season Review)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: One of the things that makes this show work is its honest treatment of faithfulness. It constantly teeters on being overwhelmed with its earnestness, but is saved by its sense of humor, being seasoned with an edge of darkness, and, above all, its relevance.
October 25, 2004
Click to go to JACK & BOBBY
JACK & BOBBY

Darrel Manson reviews: The show challenges viewers to think about their own character and values. What has made us into the people we have become? Are the values we are passing on truly the values that need to be passed on? Are there values we have learned that we should rethink and perhaps discard?
October 25, 2004
Click to go to VERONICA MARS
VERONICA MARS

Darrel Manson reviews: In Buffy, that battle took place in a supernatural realm. The good and evil were cosmic. For Veronica, the evil is not from some cosmic evil, it grows from within people (which is far more sinister.) Buffy was always saving the world (literally); Veronica saves people that no one else really cares about.
October 20, 2004
Click to go to THIRD WATCHTHIRD WATCH (TV Series)
Maurice Broaddus reviews: The premise of the show was to examine the life of those often-unsung heroes: the patrol cops, paramedics, and fire fighters, the people who do the actual work between the homicide cop shows like NYPD Blue and the hospital shows like ER.
October 15, 2004
Click to go to WITHOUT A TRACEWITHOUT A TRACE

Elisabeth Leitch reviews: While Without A Trace always delivers captivating stories and outstanding performances by all its actors, the way each episode truly delves into a life gives the viewer so much more than a good story. Each episode is also a clear reminder of the value of life and the right and opportunity each and every one of us has to escape from lives of being lost and find lives of belonging, value, and purpose.
October 13 2004
Click to go to DEADWOODDEADWOOD (HBO TV Series)

Review by Maurice Broaddus: The seeming absence of Law in Deadwood still points to a Lawgiver. The preacher on the show, at Wild Bill Hickok’s funeral, summed it up this way: “I believe in God’s purpose, not knowing it. I ask Him, moving in Him, to see His will. I ask Him, moving in others, to allow them to see.”
October 11 2004
Click to go to DESPERATE HOUSEWIVESDESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC TV Series)

Review by Maurice Broaddus: The show basically asks “how much do you really want to know about your neighbors?” The problem is that, as Susan Mayer says, “Sometimes people pretend to be one way on the outside when they are totally different on the inside.” That’s something true of everyone on the show.
October 10 2004
Click to go to LOST (TV Series
LOST (ABC TV Series)

Review by Maurice Broaddus: The whole concept of man on an island reminds us of who we truly are. "Three days ago we all died. We should all be able to start over," Jack says. Who they were before the crash was their old nature. This time on the island represents their chance at redemption -- if they want it. This show is easily one of the best new shows of the year.
October 10 2004
Click to go to BOSTON LEGALBOSTON LEGAL (ABC TV Series)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: We have a love/hate relationship with the law. We are fascinated by its machinations. The practice of law rarely makes sense, yet we are slaves to it. This show perfectly illustrates the idea of how our legal system circumvents the spirit of the law by sticking to, and finding loopholes through interpretations in, the word of the law.
July 2 2004
Click to go to THE SHIELD
THE SHIELD (FX TV Series)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: The Shield is the best cop show on television and one of the most engrossing and provocative dramas, period. In season three, it has lost none of its brand of in your face brutality and moral ambiguity as it examines the life of street level police investigation. Imagine Training Day and A Simple Plan combined as a television series and you get The Shield.
June 30, 2004
Click to go to  SIX FEET UNDERSIX FEET UNDER (TV Series)
Review by Darrel Manson: HBO's Six Feet Under deals with a family that runs a mortuary. Each week begins with a bizarre death of someone whose body ends up at Fisher & Diaz Mortuary. The dead person's spirit often appears to one of the main characters to shed some light on what's happening. The deaths, however, are not nearly as bizarre as the Fisher family.
June 27, 2004
Click to go to  ANGEL: THE SERIES
ANGEL: THE SERIES (TV Series)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: Redemption is what we all hope for. It is difficult to do a show that has as its heart the theme of redemption without slipping into moralizing or treacly simple-minded pabulum. In the real world, stories aren’t often clearly black and white with well-defined heroes and villains. High themes indeed, but the show works.
June 26 2004
Click to go to NIP/TUCK
NIP/TUCK (2003 - present TV Series)
Review by Maurice Broaddus:The episode arc opens with Matt and his Jewish friend, Henry, getting high while discussing God. Henry can’t light his bong because it is a Jewish Sabbath, and the Law says that he cannot do any work, in this case, lighting the match. Matt wonders whether obeying these rules of conduct matter, to which Henry says that “God doesn’t give a sh-t” about lighting a match, but he believes that if he obeys he will lead a “happy life and survive.”
May 24 2004
Click to go to WONDERFALLS
WONDERFALLS (2004 TV SERIES)

Review by Maurice Broaddus: Wonderfalls is rife with religious ideas and from the outset lets us know that religious belief is its subtext. For instance, the souvenir shop where Jane works has a display called “I Surrender to Destiny,” centered around a video that tells the Native American story of the Maid in the Mist. You see, the god of Niagara Falls randomly killed people. The people wanted to appease him with gifts.
May 22 2004
Click to go to SMALLVILLE
SMALLVILLE ( 2001-Present)
Review by Maurice Broaddus:
A being with strange powers descends from the heavens, sent to Earth as a baby. He takes on the role of humanity, embracing it, experiencing everything that man typically experiences. Then he grows up to enter into a ministry to save mankind from the many dangers that mankind faces. Sound familiar?
May 21 2004
Click to go to FRIENDSFRIENDS -THE TV SERIES
A tribute by Chris Utley: The show has remained in the top ten TV shows each season for the last 10 years. It is definitely evident that God has blessed this show. However, in true Bible-thumping fashion, my reaction has usually been to stare at my wife as if she’s a stark, ravin' lunatic.
Feb 19 2004
Click to go to JUDASJUDAS (ABC TV March 8 2004)
Review by David Bruce: Judas is perhaps the most complex character in the Gospels, the disciple-turned-betrayer — a man who walked with Jesus, only to later turn him in for fifty pieces of silver.
Nov 24, 2003
Click to go to JOAN OF ARCADIAJOAN OF ARCADIA (CBS 1999-Current)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: I am pleasantly surprised by how good the show is and how well both the writing and acting are. Most importantly, I enjoy watching a show ask and confront the questions that many people ask when they think about whether or not God exists.
Nov 24, 2003
Click to go to THE WEST WING
THE WEST WING (NBC, BRAVO 1999-Current)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: In President Barlett, Creator Sorkin presents an authentic Catholic Christianity that sets him apart not only from his circle, but from most characters on television. Rarely is a character’s religion explored. This is a character who tests Chinese immigrants fleeing because of religious persecution using the shibboleth passage from the Book of Judges!
Nov 24, 2003
Click to go to PARADISE HOTELPARADISE HOTEL (Summer 2003)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: All I know is two things: one, that the show got under my skin, the guiltiest of guilty pleasures, and I wanted to figure out why. Two, that somewhere along the line, our culture became fundamentally broken, someone decided to air the results, and call it reality television.
Mar 5, 2003
Click to go to DOCDOC (PAX)
Review by David Bruce: "Doc" captures the drama and comedy of big city medicine as seen through the eyes of Clint Cassidy (Billy Ray Cyrus), a handsome country doctor from Montana whose love for a woman took him to the Big Apple.
Mar 5, 2003
SUE THOMAS: F.B.EYE (PAX)
Review by David Bruce:"Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye" an original drama inspired by the true story of Sue Thomas, who although profoundly deaf from the age of 18 months, overcame significant obstacles to work surveillance for the F.B.I.
ALPHA INDEX

CURRENT SHOWS

7th Heaven
Review and Blog by Ken & Janet Priebe

24
Review
Comment on Maurice's blog

30 DAYS
Reviews by David Zimmerman

The 4400
Reviews

American Idol
Reviews

Boston Legal (ABC)
Review by Maurice Broaddus

Deadwood (HBO 2004)
Review by Maurice Broaddus

Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Review by Maurice Broaddus

Doc (PAX)
Review by David Bruce

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)
Review by Matthew Hill

HOUSE, M.D.
Review

Jack & Bobby (WB 2004-??)
Review by Darrel Manson

Joan of Arcadia (CBS)
Review by Maurice Broaddus

Lost (ABC)
Review by Maurice Broaddus

Medium (NBC)
Review


Nip/Tuck
(TV Series)
Review by Maurice Broaddus

NYPD BLUE
Review

One Tree Hill (2003-??)
Review by Elisabeth Leitch

The Shield (FX)
Review by Maurice Broaddus

Six Feet Under (Cable)
Review By Darrel Manson

Smallville (2001 - present)
Review by Maurice Broaddus

Three Wishes
Overview

Third Watch (NBC)
Overview
Review by Maurice Broaddus

Veronica Mars (UPN)
Review by Darrel Manson

The West Wing (NBC, Bravo)
Review by Maurice Broaddus

The Wire
Review

Without a Trace
Review by Elizabeth Leitch

PAST SPECIALS AND DOCUMENTARIES
PAST AND SYNDICATED SERIES

Angel: The Series (1999-2003)
Review by Maurice Broaddus


Bettie Page (A&E)
Review

Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (PBS)
Review

Dyan Cannon on Larry King (CNN)
Review

In the Beginning
(NBC)
Review

Jesus miniseries on CBS
Jesus Mini Series pg 1
pg2 pg3 pg4 pg5 pg6 pg7 pg8 pg9 pg10 pg11 pg12
Interview with Lorenzo Minoli
Missing parts:
CBS and International versions

Joan of Arc (CBS)
Review

Judas (ABC)
Review

Mary, the Mother of Jesus
(NBC)
Review

Noah's Ark (NBC)
Review

Revelations
Overview


The Search for Jesus (ABC)
Review

Something To Sing About (Independent)
Review




Brimestone (Fox)
Review

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Fox 1997- 2002)
Review

Friends (NBC)
Review by Chris Utley


Insider TV Show (Syndicated)
Real Video clip

Joan of Arcadia (CBS)
Review by Maurice Broaddus


Kristen (NBC)
Review

Paradise Hotel (2003)
Review by Maurice Broaddus

Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (PAX)
Review


Touched by An Angel
(CBS)
Review

Wonderfalls (2004)
Review by Maurice Broaddus
 

 

TOPIC AND INDEXES

Picture Index of Past TV Specials and Programs
A Look Back at 1997
A Look Back at 1999
A Look Back at 2000

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