Picks and Pans Review: Mtv: the Reagan Years

UPDATED 07/06/1992 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/06/1992 at 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Thurs., July 2, 10 P.M. ET)


This installment of PBS's summer arts series Alive TV (formerly Alive from Off-Center) purports to examine the cultural influence of MTV over the last decade, but it displays no point of view, no critical perspective, no narrative. It seems more like one of MTV's constant on-air promotions.

The program merely re-creates MTV's frantic visual environment with a torrent of sound-and-sight bites taken from the channel. Disjointed, feverish, hypnotic and empty, this video collage mimics MTV perfectly, with one important failing: You don't gel to see Duff, MTV's pulchritudinous prime-time VJ.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

George Turns 1: Raising a Little Prince!
  • George Turns 1: Raising a Little Prince!
  • Ryan and Eva: How They Hid Her Pregnancy
  • Jillian Michaels: Why I Left Biggest Loser

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine


From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners