Category Archives: TV Reviews

Ranking (and Grading) the Seasons of “Silicon Valley”

I almost didn’t want to do this for “Silicon Valley” since all the seasons are pretty close together in quality (even the “worst” one is only a B- grade). Most likely, if you enjoyed any of the seasons, you’ll want to watch all the way through–as the real reason to stop will be repetition more… Read More »

“Silicon Valley” Series Finale is Exactly as Depressing as You’d Think–Defying HBO’s “Aspiratonal” Bro-Comedies

“Silicon Valley” has always occupied a weird space in HBO’s roster of shows. HBO has had a high number of “aspirational” bro-comedies about guys trying to “make it big” in increasingly obscure job fields. Of course, I’m talking about the much-heckled “Entourage,” but also the fashion start-up “comedy” “How to Make it in America,” and… Read More »

TV Reviews: “Kidding,” “You,” “The Purge,” “Mayans MC,” “Deutschland 86”

Some brief reviews of great shows you might’ve missed, and a few crappy ones I hope you did overlook… Kidding…When you’ve seen as many movies and TV shows as I have, all you really want is something original every once and a while, and “Kidding” more than delivers. Jim Carrey gives the performance you didn’t… Read More »

Walking Dead Review: Rick Grimes’s “Final” Episode

Just when it felt like “The Walking Dead” was about to successfully pull off its best episode in years, the show ended with two “twists” that can’t help but feel like a letdown. After all the buzz, Rick Grimes “died” as he lived: drenched in sentimentality while putting a lot of other people in danger, before… Read More »

Reviewing AND Ranking All “The Americans” Seasons

It was a long, torturous journey for me as “The Americans” went from one of my favorite shows in season one to my most unlikely hate watch by season 5. Luckily, the sixth and final season was the best since season one, but I wasn’t entirely sold on the series finale. Ultimately, if you missed… Read More »

TV Review: The 5 Saddest Moments on “The Terror” Finale

The easiest way to make sense of all the (emotional) carnage on last night’s finale of “The Terror” is just to list it… 5. “Close”…Last night’s arc of Lt. Little was one of the more devastating. Almost all of Crozier’s loyal officers are either dead (Tobias Menzies’s excellent Fitzjames, the senselessly murdered Lt. Irving who… Read More »

Movie/TV Review: “Fahrenheit 451” (the Book) is More Relevant Today than Ever

Coming out only 4 years after George Orwell’s more famous “1984” was published, Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” isn’t given nearly as much credit as it deserves for predicting the future. Although a debate has raged about whether Huxley’s “Brave New World” or Orwell’s “1984” is the more prescient work, I actually think “Farenheit” deserves to be (at… Read More »