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What To Watch

From the debut of 'Gilmore Girls' to a returning 'Star Trek: Voyager,' a guide to notable programs during the week of October 6, 2000

Monday October 2

Spinal Tap had it right: There is such a fine line between clever and stupid. Where Malcolm in the Middle succeeds in originality, this carbon copy coming of age series about a teen (Eli Marienthal) moving in with zany relatives falls utterly flat. Not only is the tone and in story narration lifted directly from the Fox hit, but the gags (spitting food down a woman’s shirt, the old chair tipping over bit) are about as recycled as they come. NBC canceled Freaks and Geeks for this? C-

Tuesday October 3

Hyde (Danny Masterson) gets sprung from the slammer after his pot possession arrest, only to have Red throw him out — and supportive Eric confess to taking the occasional toke himself. The sitcom reaches a high point of another kind with a hilarious (but way too brief) parody of the 1936 antiweed screed Reefer Madness. A-
Mike Flaherty

Wednesday October 4

When we last saw Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and her noble crew, they were sticking their noses where they don’t belong, trying to liberate the few Borg drones who can access the individualizing dream state called Unimatrix Zero. Why they’re doing this is, as the Borg Queen would say, irrelevant. The upshot is that Janeway is put in the kind of moral quandary that Trek thrives on: Should she let the entire Borg Collective perish to save an innocent few? As one who has watched the rascally cyborgs routinely kick Starfleet butt, all I can say is, ”Duh.” B
Marc Bernardin

Thursday October 5

Such a nice surprise: A sharply written show about a mother-daughter relationship filled with vibrant emotions instead of cheap sarcasm. Lorelai Gilmore (the radiant Lauren Graham) is exactly twice as old as her 16 year old daughter Rory (a shrewd, brooding Alexis Bledel, near left with Graham). A single mom struggling with prep school tuition and Rory’s blossoming adolescence, Lorelai grapples with the frustrations and happiness of motherhood, which are mirrored, in this fine comic drama, by Rory’s teen insecurities and adventurousness. All this, plus lovely Sam Phillips music on the soundtrack. Now, if only it wasn’t on opposite Friends. A-
Ken Tucker

Friday October 6

This new drama about Las Vegas crime scene investigators is punctuated by high tech gadgets, smart dialogue, and some really nifty camera work. William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger lead the forensics team in their relentless quest for clues, even if that means pulling nail clippings from a toilet bowl via some sort of Sharper Image style gizmo. The action is swift, the characters lively, and if that’s not enough, you also get this season’s first on camera vomit scene! B+