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House
The three people who watched Medical Investigation probably didn't have very high hopes for this similar show, in which a doctor and his staff attempt to diagnose and fix patients with unusual, always difficult to diagnose diseases. But what House has that MI didn't was Hugh Laurie, playing one of best characters to come to our television sets in a long time as the awesomely snarky Dr. House. That, and the highest-rated show on television as its lead-in. Good ratings and a few Emmy nominations should keep this show on for a few more seasons, and as long as they stay away from the office politics story arcs and change up the formulaic structure a bit, it'll do just fine. -- Sara M

Jack and Bobby
A show about brothers named Jack and Bobby! One of whom grew up to be President! One of whom died! Neither of whom is a Kennedy! No, really! Totally not the Kennedys!

Which was a shame, really, because the Kennedys are, whatever your politics, sort of juicy and interesting, what with all the affairs and the grassy knolls and the conspiracies and the drunk driving. Jack and Bobby, on the other hand, boasted mostly Christine Lahti chawing through mouthful after mouthful of scenery as Television's Mother Most Deserving of a Punch in the Face, along with a healthy sprinkling of Characters You're Supposed to Love But Kinda Want To Deck; an actress best known for her role in a bad Melissa Joan Hart movie; another actress with the biggest teeth I've ever seen; one pretty hot actor whose name I've forgetten since I stopped recapping the show because, while he was hot, he apparently wasn't THAT hot; and allegedly Bradley "Will Tippin" Cooper, although I didn't stick around long enough for him.

And neither did America, either, apparently, since Desperate Housewives basically clobbered this pretentious, self-righteous, painfully slow, not nearly juicy enough, quasi-docudrama over the head with a blender, and put us all out of our misery. And not a moment too soon, frankly. -- Jessica

Joan of Arcadia
If God was one of us...he or she would probably be watching Veronica Mars. Sure, if this show had ended with the twelfth episode of the first season ("Jump"), as John Q. Hindsight might argue it should have, we never would have gotten to observe Grace's bat mitzvah, or to see Joan remember Luke's birthday with the gift of a special kite, or watch Judith muster up one of her few moments of grace in order to die, or see Grace tear up the confidentiality contract, or see Kevin walk, sort of, or witness Luke's first drug trip, or see Friedman fall in love and act almost like a human being, or hear Amber Tamblyn sing. But we also wouldn't have had to suffer Iris and Lucyfer and Roger and Sammy 2.0 and Stevie and whatever the hell the other Duff sister's character's name was. And ugh, Bonnie. Well, not dead-kitten-painting, Goth-lite Bonnie so much as the completely implausible storyline of Adam's cheating ass. Yes, they had to break up Joan and Adam, because their relationship was dragging the whole show down...but the breakup was too much, too late, and by the time the show started to find its centre again, with the introduction of Ryan-who-might- be-Satan-or- at-least-the-guy- who-runs-into- the-7-Eleven- to-get-Satan- a-pack-of-cigarettes, CBS's attention had already wandered over to...Jennifer Love Hewitt? And Ghost Whisperer? Chah, whatever, Jane. -- Deborah

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House
The three people who watched Medical Investigation probably didn't have very high hopes for this similar show, in which a doctor and his staff attempt to diagnose and fix patients with unusual, always difficult to diagnose diseases. But what House has that MI didn't was Hugh Laurie, playing one of best characters to come to our television sets in a long time as the awesomely snarky Dr. House. That, and the highest-rated show on television as its lead-in. Good ratings and a few Emmy nominations should keep this show on for a few more seasons, and as long as they stay away from the office politics story arcs and change up the formulaic structure a bit, it'll do just fine. -- Sara M

Jack and Bobby
A show about brothers named Jack and Bobby! One of whom grew up to be President! One of whom died! Neither of whom is a Kennedy! No, really! Totally not the Kennedys!

Which was a shame, really, because the Kennedys are, whatever your politics, sort of juicy and interesting, what with all the affairs and the grassy knolls and the conspiracies and the drunk driving. Jack and Bobby, on the other hand, boasted mostly Christine Lahti chawing through mouthful after mouthful of scenery as Television's Mother Most Deserving of a Punch in the Face, along with a healthy sprinkling of Characters You're Supposed to Love But Kinda Want To Deck; an actress best known for her role in a bad Melissa Joan Hart movie; another actress with the biggest teeth I've ever seen; one pretty hot actor whose name I've forgetten since I stopped recapping the show because, while he was hot, he apparently wasn't THAT hot; and allegedly Bradley "Will Tippin" Cooper, although I didn't stick around long enough for him.

And neither did America, either, apparently, since Desperate Housewives basically clobbered this pretentious, self-righteous, painfully slow, not nearly juicy enough, quasi-docudrama over the head with a blender, and put us all out of our misery. And not a moment too soon, frankly. -- Jessica

Joan of Arcadia
If God was one of us...he or she would probably be watching Veronica Mars. Sure, if this show had ended with the twelfth episode of the first season ("Jump"), as John Q. Hindsight might argue it should have, we never would have gotten to observe Grace's bat mitzvah, or to see Joan remember Luke's birthday with the gift of a special kite, or watch Judith muster up one of her few moments of grace in order to die, or see Grace tear up the confidentiality contract, or see Kevin walk, sort of, or witness Luke's first drug trip, or see Friedman fall in love and act almost like a human being, or hear Amber Tamblyn sing. But we also wouldn't have had to suffer Iris and Lucyfer and Roger and Sammy 2.0 and Stevie and whatever the hell the other Duff sister's character's name was. And ugh, Bonnie. Well, not dead-kitten-painting, Goth-lite Bonnie so much as the completely implausible storyline of Adam's cheating ass. Yes, they had to break up Joan and Adam, because their relationship was dragging the whole show down...but the breakup was too much, too late, and by the time the show started to find its centre again, with the introduction of Ryan-who-might- be-Satan-or- at-least-the-guy- who-runs-into- the-7-Eleven- to-get-Satan- a-pack-of-cigarettes, CBS's attention had already wandered over to...Jennifer Love Hewitt? And Ghost Whisperer? Chah, whatever, Jane. -- Deborah

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