Three and a half stars
7 p.m. Sunday on AMC
AMC was a sacred channel to me at a very impressionable age. If AMC deemed it an "American Movie Classic," that was good enough for me.
It was where I could find Gloria Grahame noir movies, or gems like 1965's "Ski Party" (Frankie Avalon! Lesley Gore! James Brown!). You could leave the channel on all day and be a better person for it.
But around 2002, commercials started to seep into the programming, along with questionable selection such as "Rambo: First Blood Part II." No one was more heartbroken than me to discover just how broad their definition of a "classic" was.
I still have mixed feelings about the channel - I haven't yet forgiven them for the hours I lost on their bewildering remake of "The Prisoner" - but you can't deny that AMC is emerging as an influential tastemaker with "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men." This is TV of film quality, and that's a compromise I can embrace.