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Watch this (week of Feb. 19)

SUNDAY Springfield is finally fed up, and the town banishes Homer and clan as “The Simpsons” marks its 500th episode (8 p.m., Fox). (As one of the longest-running shows ever, it’s a wonder the town put up with Homer and Bart this long.) Also Sunday, the 20th (!) season of “The Amazing Race” kicks off with a trek from Santa Barbara, Calif., to Santa Barbara, Argentina. (8 p.m., CBS). Last season was the first I gave up on (call it… Read More »

Shows to savor

TV and food…two things I love. So naturally, I sometimes think in ways that combine the two. Here’s a sampling of what’s on my TV menu these days. Appetizers: These shows aren’t the main course, but rather something you can watch when you don’t want something too heavy. Maybe you want to pass the time before the kids go to sleep, or while the pasta for dinner is boiling, or between errands while pairing up the socks in the laundry… Read More »

Catch up with ‘Wonderfalls’

‘ If you’ve been watching those last few episodes of “Pushing Daisies” that ABC is burning off (last episode is this Saturday) and have a hankering for more quirky fun along those lines, then check out “Wonderfalls” on DVD. It’s another series by “Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller that aired briefly on Fox in 2004, and falls in the brilliant-but-canceled category. Canadian actress Caroline Dhavernas plays Jaye, a twentysomething slacker with a useless Ivy League degree in philosophy who lives in… Read More »

Time to revisit ‘Band of Brothers’

With TV in its summer doldrums, I’ll be occasionally offering picks on older series to catch up with. Today’s pick is a timely one: “Band of Brothers.” The 2001 HBO production is arguably the greatest miniseries ever made. And yes, that’s counting “Roots” and “Shogun.” Adapted from historian Stephen Ambrose’s book of the same name and produced by Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the 10-episode World War II series chronicles the men and the missions of Easy Company, a unit… Read More »

Catch up with: ‘Keen Eddie’

Summer’s here, at least in terms of the TV season, and most of our favorite shows are gone. So how are you going to fill all that newly available free time? By revisiting old TV series, of course! And by staying inside, closing the blinds and watching more TV, you can avoid those pesky allergies, sunburn and insect bites. Really, you owe it to your body to stay safe and cool on the couch. This is the first installment of… Read More »

My ‘Breaking Bad’ buzzkill

I just finished blowing through Season 1 of AMC’s fantastic “Breaking Bad” yesterday, and was psyched to think that I’d be able to catch up with the current second season before it ends in three weeks. But I was crushed to discover that the entire current season isn’t available on Comcast’s On Demand; they only offer the last four episodes, and since the earliest of those is episode seven, that doesn’t do me much good. Hulu.com has the first episode… Read More »