Category Archives: TV Reviews

Does “House of Cards” Look Different in the Age of Trump?

House of Cards…After rebounding from a lousy season 3 with a series-best season 4, it’s another step backwards with a season that is a little off-the-rails and once again asks us to believe characters would do something that seems completely against their nature. During the season finale, you have to wonder if the writers were trying to… Read More »

Ranking and Reviewing the Seasons of “American Crime”

Normally, I’m ahead of the curve on a much buzzed-about TV show, and am perhaps a little proud of the fact that I watched “Arrested Development,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Shield,” etc. when they were actually on TV (from episode 1) rather than a year after they went off the air. “American Crime” is different in… Read More »

Reviewing Every Episode of “The Leftovers,” and Ranking the Seasons

Note: I’m only reviewing each individual episode in the third and final season, but I’ll have reviews of Season 1 (not so great) and Season 2 (a masterpiece). I chose not to write reviews of each episode in those seasons because it would be tedious, episode quality is more uniform in those seasons, and to be brutally honest,… Read More »

Movie Reviews: “War Machine” and “The Wizard of Lies”

Sadly, people are debating about whether to release any movie smaller than “Transformers”-size in a theater at all. Some argue that small and mid-size movies will be seen by a wider audience if they just stream on various platforms or Video-On Demand, but to me that would basically symbolize the death of independent cinema and… Read More »

How “The Americans” Became My Unexpected “Hate Watch”

I usually think of the term “hate watching” as applying to a show you hate yourself for watching usually involving the words “Housewives,” “Naked,” or “featuring [blank] Kardashian.” I’ve never really thought of the term applying to a series that is supposedly great quality and has a reputation for being underrated, yet you can’t help but hate what it’s become. Which… Read More »

TV Review: A “Twin Peaks” Newbie Tries to Make Sense of the First Four Episodes

As a millennial TV critic, I was about four years old when “Twin Peaks” first exploded onto the scene during its original ABC run, and needless to say I wasn’t much following it at the time, instead engrossed in a different bizarre world called “Sesame Street.” Still, I’ve heard more times than I can count… Read More »

TV Reviews: Better Call Saul, The Americans, Fargo, Homeland

All of the Best Dramas on TV are back after some alarmingly long hiatuses (both “Homeland” and “Fargo”) skipped 2016, something most people wish they had the option to do. Sure, you may ask about more popular behemoths like “Game of Thrones” or “The Walking Dead” or something else in the fantasy, horror, sci-fi genre… Read More »

Why Simone Biles Didn’t Win “Dancing With the Stars” Even Though She Should’ve

People are funny. They are “shocked” Simone Biles didn’t make the “Dancing with the Stars” Finale over lesser dancers like David Ross. The judges “couldn’t believe it” after they had judged her harshly. The host couldn’t believe it after he had told her to smile more just last week. And the media write-ups keep using… Read More »

TV Reviews: The Leftovers, The Son, American Gods

Three novels adapted into TV series, and even though “The Circle” demonstrated the downsides of movie adaptations that diverge too far from their source material, these shows may demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of source-novel devotion for TV. The Leftovers…Longtime readers know that I hated the first season of HBO’s adaptation of the Tom Perrotta… Read More »