On the Idiot Box: "Love & Hip Hop," "American Experience: War of the Worlds" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

By Craig D. Lindsey
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"American Experience: War of the Worlds" spotlights when Orson Welles (above) staged a rule-breaking, radio-play version of H.G. Wells’ alien-invasion classic—on the night before Halloween.

Love & Hip Hop
Mondays, 8pm, VH1
Captive audience: Hoes. The end.
Moment of truth: Just when I thought Basketball Wives couldn’t be more embarrassing for black folk, I took a chance and immersed myself in this head-shaking bullshit. This inexplicably popular “reality” show, which is starting up its fourth season, follows a bunch of highly self-involved sistas and their rapping, hustling significant others. Here’s my question: Are we actually supposed to give a shit about these people? The women are damn near sociopaths, and the guys are pussy-hungry idiots. Not to mention some of these people have children they really shouldn’t be taking care of. This is just pitiful.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.

American Experience: War of the Worlds
Tuesday, 9pm, WHYY
Captive audience: Nostalgia nerds; historical pop-culture buffs; people who were actually around when all people had to entertain themselves with were big-ass radios.
Moment of truth: Just in time for Halloween, this American Experience episode takes you back to 1938, when Orson Welles staged a rule-breaking, radio-play version of H.G. Wells’ alien-invasion classic—on the night before Halloween, mind you!—that made folks actually think Martians were attacking the country. Of course, this enlightening doc talks about the making of the show, as well as its aftermath. But it also explains how people could have believed something so preposterous. Hey, with folk living through both wartime and the Great Depression, people always assumed the worst back then.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Tuesdays, 8pm, ABC
Captive audience: Fanboys. The end.
Moment of truth: So, I finally checked out a few episodes of this hyped-to-hell new show, and it’s a’ight. Geek god Joss Whedon brought back Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson—after killing him off in The Avengers— so he can serve as team captain to the most ridiculously attractive crew of super-secret agents (including former ER doc Ming-Na Wen) ever assembled for a TV spy show. (Yeah, I’m counting Alias.) Its campy, adventure-of-the-week routine may remind audiences of the even campier Marvel shows of yesteryear. (The Incredible Hulk, anyone?) But it’s still pleasantly entertaining nonetheless.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

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