Category Archives: Reviews

What I Watched This Week: 19 Feb 2017

NEW SHOWS Crashing – “Artie Lange” (A-) / series premiere Like Louie, but with less existential dread. Yes, that still works. Pete Holmes has long been one of my favorite comedians, and here is material that suits his personality and … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 12 Feb 2017

NEW SHOWS Last Week Tonight – “Feb. 12, 2017” (A) / season premiere However long this administration lasts, it’s going to feel like agony. So thankfully John Oliver refuses to settle for cheap shots, but goes in long on Trump’s … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 5 Feb 2017

NEW SHOWS This Is Us – “I Call Marriage” (B) The “Kate being tempted by the douchey stableboy” storyline drives me up a wall, and it’s dragging down the rest of the show with it. But I am invested in the … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 29 Jan 2017

NEW SHOWS It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – “Making Dennis Reynolds a Murderer” (B+) Another deft media parody, this time chronicling the vague murder mysteries that captured the nation’s attention by revealing precisely nothing. BINGEING Angels in America (A-) One … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 22 Jan 2017

NEW SHOWS Saturday Night Live – “Aziz Ansari/Big Sean” (A-) While no sketches will be considered all-timers, this is one of the most remarkably consistent episodes of SNL that I can remember. Absolutely no dud sketches, a terrific monologue and at … Continue reading

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Reactionary Tale: Oscar Nominations 2017

Biggest Snubs (in order from most to least egregious) 1. Arrival – Actress Arrival really could not have done better among this year’s nominees. It had the highest gross of any Best Picture nominee, and its director Denis Villeneuve got … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 15 Jan 2017

NEW SHOWS It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – “Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy” (A) A brilliant deconstruction of multi-cam sitcoms and the type of network interference Sunny has been lucky to avoid by virtue of being on a a cable … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 8 Jan 2017

NEW SHOWS The Good Place – “What’s My Motivation?” (B+) Has a lot of plot to churn through since there are only two more episodes, but it deepens Jason’s character in a way I didn’t think was possible. It also really … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 1 Jan 2017

NEW SHOWS Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “The Fugitive” (B+) Sometimes I miss NBC’s “super-sized” episodes that weren’t quite double-length. That would have been perfect for this episode. Its subplots are superfluous, but its main story of hunting down escaped convicts with … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 11 Dec 2016

NEW SHOWS The Simpsons – “The Nightmare After Krustmas” (B) As usual for latter-day Simpsons, it’s funny but never great. The multiple nightmare sequences are directed brilliantly, but it’s not going to endure like other Christmas episodes. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Captain Latvia” … Continue reading

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