Thursday, August 20, 2009

Review of "Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage"

Tuned In (Time Magazine): The Morning After: Eight Is Too Much, by James Poniewozik:

This is not something a good TV critic likes to admit, but I made liberal use of the fast-forward button watching last night's special Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage. I have an excuse, in that I had a Top Chef writeup to do, but also enough of the show was devoted to Suleman's unhinged 911 calls that I could blessedly speed through and read the captions.

This creepy, dispiriting special was the perfect show to watch on DVR, actually. If you recorded it, you may want to zip through and simply watch the commercials.

If there was any hope that the show, mainly using access Nadya Suleman granted to Radar Online, would show her as a misunderstood, sympathetic figure, it quickly vanished. Pitiable, yes. In need of help, probably. But sympathetic, no. I don't want to join in the pile-on of judgment on her decision to bear eight in vitro children on top of the six she already implanted had as a single mom—at this point the judgment pretty much takes care of itself, and Fox's special only added to the evidence. . . .

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