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Tuning in: On TV this week.

By M.S. Mason / March 18, 2005



Sunday March 20

Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real (Animal Planet, 8-9:30 p.m.): If dragons had once really roamed the earth, giving credence to all those myths from St. George the dragonslayer in England to the snakelike entities of Asia, what would their discovered remains look like to modern scientists? In this pseudoscientific exploration of the various "species," we find out. Narrated by Patrick Stewart and illustrated with exquisite animation, it's a treat for all ages.

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Wednesday March 23

Life on a Stick (Fox, 9:30-10 p.m.): Laz is just out of high school and his parents ask him to move out or go to college. Fortunately his younger stepsister needs him, so the lad is not cut loose just yet. The screwball comedy takes teen sex too much for granted, but does score high marks for its furious-paced quips and for the affection its characters show to each other.

Thursday March 24

Joseph: The Silent Saint (The History Channel, 8 p.m.): Very little is known about the carpenter who married a young girl already with child of the Holy Ghost, as recorded in Matthew and Luke. This documentary illumines what is known about him with extraordinary clarity, placing him in historical and biblical context, and recounts many of the myths about him.

The Office: An American Workplace (NBC, 9:30-10 p.m.): Based on the BBC series, this "mockumentary" looks like a documentary, but parodies both reality TV and petty office politics. Michael Scott, the manager of a paper-supply company, desperately wants to be liked by his employees - and he thinks he is. But then, he thinks his witless practical jokes are amusing. There's a certain pathos that makes it more interesting as sociology than as comedy.

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