TELEVISION: FAMILY AFFAIRS

A FINE HBO DRAMA LOOKS AT NATIVE AMERICAN LIFE

It was a staple soap-opera plot line of the '70s: a young woman meets a young man to whom she is inexorably drawn, but to her horror she soon discovers that they are brother and sister. That a contemporary drama (one that is unconnected to Aaron Spelling) could fuel itself with such a story line seems absurd. That it would succeed in doing it so artfully is an unanticipated pleasure.

Grand Avenue, premiering on HBO June 30 at 8 p.m. EDT (with later play dates as well), is indeed a rarity. It depicts a family of Native Americans, a culture seldom...

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