Downtown: Aug. 2, 1999

MTV, Tuesdays

Talk to a bunch of Manhattan hipster kids and broadcast their bizarre observations and anecdotes: it's the stuff of an irritating jeans ad or a surprisingly winsome and funny animated series. "Inspired by" actual interviews with youngsters, the engaging boho characters do, well, nothing much, yet they don't grow dull or self-consciously hip. If the rambling plots and pitch-perfect dialogue remind one of Slacker, they also remind one of little else on TV.

--By James Poniewozik

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