Tuesday, October 26, 2004

TV Best

Gannett News Service


The George Lopez Show, 8:30 p.m., Channels 9, 22.

George's wife is enraged when she learns he doesn't have life insurance. Banished to the couch, he soon drifts into daydreams that put his family inside old TV shows. The first two, Leave It to Beaver and The Munsters, are fairly good. The highlight, however, is The Jetsons. There are some wonderful touches, as live actors re-create a futuristic cartoon.

NYPD Blue, 10 p.m., Channels 9, 22.

In this final season of a masterful show, viewers have worried about Andy's stalker and about Clark's spiral into alcohol and disarray.

Tonight, both stories reach key turning points.

Worth watching

World Series, 8 p.m., Channels 19, 45. It is Game 3 of the best-of-seven series, following some of the most amazing playoff games in baseball history.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, 8 p.m., Channels 9, 22. This morose Halloween cartoon has become a TV tradition.

Frontline: Rumsfeld's War, 9-10:30 p.m., Channels 48, 16. This documentary looks at defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the state of the U.S. military.

Father of the Pride, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 2. Snack's girlfriend has left him. Larry doesn't have the heart to tell him, so he claims that he ate her. Would it help to know Larry is a lion and Snack is a gopher?

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments, 9 p.m., Bravo This hour is surprisingly well made. It has great clips, a balanced set of choices and some clever-but-brief observations by filmmakers and by actors who happen to be horror buffs.

Frankenstein, 9-11 p.m., Hallmark Channel; concludes Wednesday. If you are tired of revisionist versions (including the interesting recent one on the USA Network), catch this one, which is faithful to the novel. Be prepared for a long, slow ride, going all the way back to Victor Frankenstein's childhood. Alec Newman plays Dr. Frankenstein, with Luke Goss as his creation; there are smaller roles for Donald Sutherland, William Hurt and Julie Delpy.

Scrubs, 9:30 p.m., Channels 5, 2. Molly (Heather Graham) announces she is leaving. That spurs J.D. to make a romantic move toward her.

Independent Lens: The Political Dr. Seuss, 10:30 p.m., Channel 16. Here is the season opener for this terrific documentary series with Susan Sarandon taking over as host. This film stumbles at first by seeming startled that there was a political side to Theodor Geisel's Dr. Seuss books. As a German-American boy, Geisel was stung by bias during World War I. He showed fierce biases of his own - against the Japanese and even the Germans - during World War II. His children's books, however, were sweet and loving. In his 60s, Geisel transformed anew, finding witty ways to include messages about bias, the environment and the arms race in his children's books.

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