Category Archives: TV Reviews

TV Reviews: “Homeland,” “Here and Now,” and “Another Period”

Three shows that really have nothing in common except they premiered new seasons around the same time… Homeland, Season 7…It’s a cruel irony that the better “Homeland” gets, the less other critics pay attention to it. For me, the series has only gotten better with age, starting with the amazing, Afghanistan-set season 4 that fully… Read More »

“The Good Place” Just Might Make You a Better Person

The Good Place…How many TV shows (network or otherwise, drama or comedy) actually get you to think about “Am I good person?” I would say out of the shows currently on TV, exactly one: “The Good Place.” Sure, not everything featured on Michael Shur’s bananas-comedy (the wildest network show since “Pushing Daisies” and “Arrested Development”… Read More »

TV Reviews: “The Alienist,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” “Counterpart”

Three very different crime series are early into their seasons, but so far it’s become pretty clear which one is most worth watching… American Crime Story Season 2: The Assassination of Gianni Versace…In season one of “American Crime Story,” I resisted watching (at first) largely because I had no interest at all in rehasing the O.J. Simpson… Read More »

Reviewing the end of “Episodes” and Ranking the Seasons

It’s extremely difficult to rank the five seasons of Showtime’s recently departed “Episodes” partly because the seasons are fairly consistent in quality (you might argue that not enough changes over the course of the five seasons spread out over seven years) and also because I suspect I might be the only person who even watched… Read More »

TV Review: “Episodes” and “The Good Place”

Episodes…Halfway through its fifth and final season, “Episodes” is playing to its already established strengths (a showbiz-satire that’s actually accurate, sharp dialogue, and Matt LeBlanc’s excellent skewering of himself, he’s clearly enjoying the best role he’ll likely ever get) more than risking it all on too many bold new directions, but that’s probably for the… Read More »

AMC’s Long-Suffering (For the Viewer) “TURN” Finally Ends, & Ranking the Seasons

Why did I watch all four seasons of AMC’s “TURN?” A stubborn mix of pride and because the show’s premise—following American spies during the Revolutionary War—is unique and intriguing enough to keep me hooked on the idea that it could become excellent…or better-than-average…or non-frustrating. And, to be fair, some episodes were very strong. It just suffered from… Read More »

TV Reviews: “American Gods,” “Fargo,” “Better Call Saul,” “Veep,” “Silicon Valley”

Various critically beloved shows finished their seasons over the last week. Here now, a quick review of all… American Gods…I’m not quite a believer yet, and even if I liked Bryan Fuller’s over-the-top, ghoulish style in “Hannibal” (adding a surrealistic dimension to a series that would’ve been laughably far-fetched otherwise), it tends to smother a… Read More »

TV Review: “GLOW” the Rare Critically-Beloved Series that Deserves Its Praise

GLOW…It’s tempting to dismiss “Glow”‘s critical praise as “Well, it’s a show about female empowerment, did you really think critics were going to shit on it?” But its larger empowerment themes are actually just sweet icing on an excellently acted, well-scripted, crisply directed cake that seems to have an actual narrative that’s actually going somewhere. [I would… Read More »