Passing a Stone

Normally, Jewdar gets miffed when confronted by de-Judaized television and film characters. In the case of ABC’s new show Eli Stone, however, we’re relieved. The idea that a high-powered lawyer named Eli Stone with a neurologist brother named Nathan Stone wouldn’t be a NJB (nice Jewish boy) is just so absurd that we may be inclined to dismiss our usual suspicion of anti-Semitism simply by virtue of the fact that the creators must obviously be operating under some form of diminished intellectual capacity. Frankly, the show is so bad that we’d rather not (and how often do we say this?) have the main characters be represented as Tribesmen. Suffice it to say that watching a corporate lawyer undergoing an emotional life-change replete with wacky musical numbers has all of the negatives of Ally Mcbeal with none of the—well, there was nothing positive about Ally Mcbeal, but this show somehow seems worse.

What do you think?

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The Tel Aviv-born, Milwaukee-bred Jewdar has a bachelors' from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters from NYU, and an Honorable Discharge from the US Army, where he spent two years as an infantryman in the 101st Airborne Division. He's the co-author of "The Big Book of Jewish Conspiracies", the Humor Editor of Heeb Magazine, and a watcher of TV. Smarter than most funny people, funnier than most smart people, he lives on the Lower East Side with his wife and two sons.

3 Responses

  1. AndSuchSmallPortions

    I’d say this show’s short on more than one kind of star power. At least Ally Mcbeal had Portia de Rossi.

  2. iconic

    saw online clips of this. Ally Mcbeal lasted a while , and we still remember it. Eli Stone will be gone and forgotten soon.


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