Television: Bobby's Turn

RFK puts J.F.K.'s sib on the couch but disappoints

As biopic material goes, the Kennedy clan is the most bio-picked-over of all. The overfamiliar scenes of Kennediana crawl by like the Stations of the Cross (J.F.K.'s horse-drawn casket, the inevitable football tossing), and the genre has the awkward burden of forcing climax and resolution on lives that were actually ended in midstory by assassinations.

RFK (FX, Aug. 25, 8 p.m. E.T.) at least focuses on the less familiar monogram: that of Robert Francis Kennedy (Linus Roache), who was a Mob-busting Attorney General and cold warrior under his brother, then ran for President on an antiwar, civil rights platform in...

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