Maddening

A show about intermarriage, Mad About You never once mentioned religion. It’s a monument to the comedic dangers of ethnic cleansing.

Heartland

Rescue Me, ending a seven-year run on FX, was the best artistic engagement with Sept. 11, and with the wounds New York sustained that day

Idle Worship

In a new HBO documentary, Gloria Steinem is treated like the icon she is. But efforts to praise and eulogize her feminism don’t do the subject—or the liveliness of the movement she helped inspire—justice.

Mother Russia

The new Lifetime reality show Russian Dolls portrays the Russian-American Jews of Brighton Beach as celebrating neither America nor their Judaism but the freedom to be stereotypically Russian

Unrepentant

Larry David, the antihero of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, is particular, a prig, and constantly aggrieved. But he’s fine with that—which is why, contrary to type, he’s not at all neurotic.

The Good Jew

Alan Cumming’s character on The Good Wife—the marvelously nuanced political operative Eli Gold—captures the future face of careful, largely deracinated Jewish-American politicians

The Heretic

David Simon, creator of the series The Wire, infuriated Jewish groups last fall by likening the plight of the country’s inner cities to a “slow-motion Holocaust.” As his latest show, Treme, enters its second season, he explains how his choice of words was no accident.

Boulevardier

An HBO documentary shows how woman-about-town Fran Lebowitz manages to lead a writer’s life without the hassle of putting pen to paper

Real World

A hit Israeli reality-TV show makes something smart, layered, and truthful from a genre’s usual mush

Heym on the Range

Bonanza creator David Dortort, who died in September, drew inspiration from his family’s immigrant story

Yabba Dabba Jew

Fred Flintstone, who turned 50 last week, was voiced by a New York Jew who modeled his delivery on the immigrants he grew up among

Captive Audience

A TV series on returning POWs has Israel mesmerized and Hollywood interested

Festival of Lights and Zombies

Making the web’s greatest Hanukkah film

The Outsiders

The Fox cult hit ‘Glee’ is about outcasts and Broadway—so naturally it offers a Jewish storyline

Bag of Tricks

Wallace Shawn on being Jewish—onscreen and off

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