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Mole, The - TV Shows
"The Mole," what a curiosity. This program has been through so much-- being almost canceled or canceled more than once, two "celebrity editions" and ratings that make it a miracle that it ever lasted more than one season, two at most. And yet, for my money, it was the best reality show that ever was. The very concept was a lot of fun-- a group of people playing together to earn money that only one would when at the end. But one of those people on the team was the mole, a double agent working for the producers to keep money out of the pot. The first two seasons will be remembered for Anderson Cooper, who went on to greater things at CNN, but as a reality host both did his job well and kept the program entertaining with his sharp wit. Then the celebrity seasons came along. These could have easily been a disaster, but they actually turned out to be quite fun as well. The first celebrity edition, "Hawaii" was given a big boost from the presence of Kathy Griffin, who was a hoot to watch playing the game and regularly offered comedic disses on her fellow celebrities. There was nobody quite that entertaining in the second celebrity season, "Yucatan," but the concept was as solid as ever, so it still made for enjoyable television. Finally, the show returned again in 2009 for what was apparently one last gasp. Unfortunately, this season failed to gain the attention needed for the series to continue, but it was nice to again see the show after it having been so long off the air. I'll enjoy my DVD sets (two are available) and remember well this example of what reality TV should be. -- Submitted By: (Agent0042) on December 23, 2009, 5:26 pm

Heroes - TV Shows
I wanted so badly to keep enjoying this series. The first season was, on the whole, absolutely amazing. Everything that a new show should be-- bright, full of promise and some very compelling storylines and characters. Then, things really started to descend into silliness, but I kept watching, occasionally seeing flashes of the old brilliance. I kept watching right up until the last season, when they actually came up with this ridiculous storyline where Sylar started morphing into his dead mother and having conversations with himself. It was at that point that I knew that things had just gotten completely absurd. I kept watching until the end of that season, but that was it. I keep hearing that supposedly things are getting better, but even those reports seem to be a mixed bag at best and the series is getting all-time lows in the ratings, so maybe there isn't much to those reports. If this show were on any other major network it would already be canceled, but thankfully for it (though not for us), it's on NBC. -- Submitted By: (Agent0042) on November 12, 2009, 5:51 pm

Franklin - TV Shows
Nelvana has produced many excellent animated series including "Babar," "The Backyardigans" and "Little Bear." For me, however, I will always know them best for "Franklin." Based on a series of children's books written by Paulette Bourgeois and illustrated by Brenda Clark, this series not only never boned the fish, it actually seemed to improve the longer that it continued. Never mind all of the voice changes in later seasons, never mind the stupid blue vest that they started having Bear wear. This series's strongest aspect was always the quality of its writing and they never lost that, so that many of the episodes in the sixth season (the most recent season, and possibly final one) were as touching as ones from the first season if not more so. There were also four film releases and while I liked the first one, "Franklin and the Green Knight," the best, they're all quite enjoyable to watch and "Back to School with Franklin" comes very close to matching the quality of "Green Knight." A true treasure of a show. It may never come back, though you never know, given how long a break there was between the fifth and sixth seasons of the program. -- Submitted By: (Agent0042) on November 6, 2009, 1:28 pm

Dr. Dolittle - Movie Series
This series boned when they lost Eddie Murphy as Dr. John Dolittle but they continued to release the films anyway, going straight to DVD and featuring the daughter, Maya Dolittle, as the main charcter instead. The first film got a very mixed reaction but I personally found it quite entertaining, though I would have been happy to leave it right there. The second film wasn't quite as good but still managed to provide a certain level of charm. But once they lost Murphy, it was over, yet they are trying to milk the series to death. I think they are up to the fifth film now. -- Submitted By: (Agent0042) on November 5, 2009, 9:51 pm

Arthur - TV Shows
"Arthur" has now been around for well over a decade. Boy is this series a mixed bag. When it's at its best its easily my favorite of any show of this type, but when it's bad it can be really bad. For me, it's come close to boning so many times, but it's never quite seemed to get there. And some of the most recent material, such as the episode about Mrs. MacGrady having cancer, has actually been really good. -- Submitted By: (Agent0042) on November 5, 2009, 4:54 pm

24 - TV Shows
Never boned, though at times it has come very close. When it's at its best, "24" is pulse-pounding, riveting entertainment that is both fun to watch and keeps you at the edge of your seat. Unfortunately, the show often tends to get caught up in plotlines that are either just plain silly or simply don't add anything to the overall storyline. Fortunately, despite many miscues from the series, the staff has always managed to keep it just watchable enough to keep me from jumping the ship and then generally manages to once again pull off brilliance. I think it may be reaching the end of its days, but I'm definitely looking forward to more. -- Submitted By: (Agent0042) on November 5, 2009, 2:22 pm

Harry Potter - Movie Series
Never boned. If you ask me, the people that don't like these films are mainly divided into two camps. There's those that never liked the books in the first place and therefore aren't very likely to enjoy the movies anyway. Then, there's the ones that are so diehard committed to the idea that the movies should totally follow the books that they think it's somehow feasible to have a movie that's going to cover anything close to the full story (keep in mind that the audiobook edition of "Order of the Phoenix" is over 24 hours long!) Yes, each of the movies in the series have their problems, but on the whole all of them are very well liked by a wide audience. It's not for no reason that every single one has been certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and they all continue to receive massive box office. I can find many things to like in every one of them and while it took me a while to warm up to the film adaptation of "Order of the Phoenix," I eventually got there. I quite enjoyed the most recent installment, "Half-Blood Prince" and am quite looking forward to the two films of "Deathly Hallows" that will wrap up the series. -- Submitted By: (Agent0042) on November 5, 2009, 2:08 pm

Clifford's Puppy Days - TV Shows
Better than the series that it was spun off from-- cuter characters and more fun storylines. -- Submitted By: (Agent0042) on September 10, 2009, 12:41 am

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