Thursday, May 20, 2004

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Worth watching

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 8 and 9 p.m., Channels 12, 7. First is a rerun that involves the murder of a casino owner and his wife. Then is a new episode, the season finale. Grissom is perplexed when DNA evidence contradicts a definite identification by the rape victim.

American Idol, 8 and 9 p.m., Channels 19, 45. . In the final week of the "sweeps" ratings period,Fox slides in a couple of Idol reruns.

Meet the Parents (2000), 9-11:30 p.m., USA. An ordinary guy (Ben Stiller) visits the home of his girlfriend (Teri Polo). He soon finds her family is strange and her dad (Robert De Niro) is downright imposing, in a lightly entertaining film.

Without a Trace, 10 p.m., Channels 12, 7. In the season finale, the wife and kids of a millionaire disappear from their yacht.

Law & Order, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. There is no ER this week. Instead, we get a story about a banker who was killed before his divorce.

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Just in case you missed it, NBC gives you one more chance to say goodbye to your Friends.

Friends, 8 p.m. and about 8:55 p.m., Channels 5, 22.

If you never joined the Friends fuss, here is a good sampling. First is a relatively weak episode, centering on Phoebe's bachelorette party. Some fans fondly recall the image of Danny DeVito as a despondent stripper. Then comes the season finale, which reminds us why Friends was usually a delight. Few people were surprised by the answer to whether Ross would end up with Rachel. Few doubted that Monica and Chandler would end the series with an adoptive baby. Friends was never about being surprising or different. It was about well-developed characters, delivering sharp lines. It had a rarity - attractive young people with perfect comedy timing. It also had clever lines for them to handle. The finale makes us laugh and, at times, makes us care.




TEMPO
Controlling your fear of cicadas
Be afraid of these bugs
Bugged by terminology?
Support group helps military families

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The truth about 'Troy'
Top 10s
UC struts out a compelling theater season
CBS lines up new shows with old stars
Taft gets lastest painting in colorful fashion
Research targets black achievers
Art exhibit focuses on Grecian childhood

PEOPLE
Juilliard flying Conlon in for honor
Joel writing children's books
Mayer stuns students at high school prom
Parker says she pampers Broderick
Birthdays

PLANNING AHEAD
The Early Word: Jump on your weekend
Get to it: A guide to help make your day
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