(Originally published on UltimateTV.com in July 1998)

In this world of the thumbs up/thumbs down movie critic, it is a rare treat to find someone who tells us what we really want to know about movies. …

(Originally published on UltimateTV.com in July 1998)

Several months ago I developed a habit that has stuck with me ever since. Every evening at 6 p.m. I drop whatever it is I am doing, no matter how important, and sit my big old ass in front of the closest television…

(Originally published on UltimateTV.com in July 1998)

I have a friend named Melissa H., and let me just say this: she’s better than you. No offense, I’m sure you are wonderful, intelligent, good-looking and incredibly funny. But compared to Melissa H. you suck.

Recently Melissa H. contacted me after a…

(Originally published on UltimateTV in February 1999)

I blame Bill Clinton. It’s all his fault. Because of him, namely his indiscretions, and the attention to which the media has paid them, romance has gone the way of the dodo and Tom Arnold’s career. …

(Originally published on UltimateTV.com on 2/22/1999)

Last summer a little war movie named “Saving Private Ryan” was released to near universal acclaim and tremendous box office.

A lot has been written about the film, much of it pertaining to its talented ensemble of actors.

Veterans Tom Hanks (“Bachelor Party”) and…

(Originally published on UltimateTV in September 1999)

Fall is upon us again. Time for all the networks to roll out their new product, as if they expect us to have recovered from last year’s product.

But before we take a look at the new, let’s take a look back at…

(Originally published on UltimateTV.com in September 1998)

It’s fall and the new shows are rolling out.

But the buzz begins in summer.

Each July something peculiar happens in the sunny suburbs of Pasadena, California. Representatives from each network, as well as several cable outlets, converge upon the luxurious Ritz Carlton…

(Originally published on UltimateTV.com in October 1998)

As of this writing, November is fast approaching and the new television season is in full swing. Medical shows, relationship shows, coming-of-age shows — they’re all here. But something is missing this season: buzz. Where is this year’s “Ally McBeal?” Where is the…

(Originally published on UlitimateTV.com on 3/7/1999)

A mother walks her seven-year-old son to his new school. The schoolmaster agrees to take the boy on as a pupil for ten years. While under his tutelage, the boy will study various martial arts, acting, music, acrobatics and dance. The schoolmaster will keep…

(Originally published on UltimateTV.com in August 1998)

The tragic, untimely death of actor Phil Hartman in June raises several important questions for the makers of his NBC comedy, “NewsRadio,” not the least of which is “How can a show that relied so heavily on his particular comic gifts go on…

Dennis Mahoney

TV critic/columnist turned advertising hack. Writing again, and it feels so good.

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