Daily Variety asked several dozen TV critics across the nation to register their opinion on hourlong dramas throughout the history of the medium.
What do these ladies -- some dowrnight evil, some just hard-nosed -- have in common: an ability to whip the bad guys in a fair fight. Let's get ready to rumble!
We love to hate. Unscrupulous, incorrigible, bad-to-the-bone characters -- whether it's a neo-Nazi prisoner or a rotten boss -- make every skein more fun.
Reagan. Martha Quinn. McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney & Kuzak. Forever etched in minds as icons of the 1980s, "L.A. Law" took the me-first attitude of the decade -- added a little California sun and sex…
1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse KECATV (ABC) 1951 Studio One (CBS) 1952 Robert Montgomery_Presents (NBC) 1953 U.S. Steel Hour (ABC) 1954 U.S. Steel Hour (ABC) 1955 Producers’ Showcase (NBC) 1956…
There's plenty of reasons someone would want to pitch their drama skein straight to a pay cable network.
James Gandolfini was on the upswing. He had excellent supporting turns in "True Romance," "Get Shorty" and "A Civil Action" and was being noticed by critics when he shot the pilot for "The Sopranos"…
Nobody is going to mistake the "Perry Mason" theme for a Motown hit.
A gay mortician, a mobster with family troubles and a crooked cop with a bad temper may not have a home on broadcast television, but on cable -- where sex, violence and foul language proliferate…
Back in 1994, skeptics were starting to write obits for network television when, almost out of nowhere, an unassuming medical drama appeared that pumped new life into the entire medium: "ER."