Category Archives: Television

What I Watched This Week: 7 Jan 2018

NEW SHOWS This Is Us – “The Fifth Wheel” (A-) Its resolution is much too tidy and it features an absolutely dreadful monologue from Randall, but the rest of the episode – most of it set in just two locations, … Continue reading

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2017 in Review: The Best Performances – Television

In an effort to highlight even more of the best TV of the year, I’ve added a Best Ensemble category. I spread the love a little bit this year, partly because there was a lot of turnover in my favorite … Continue reading

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2017 in Review: The Best Shows – Honorable Mentions

The (ultimately meaningless) struggle of Peak TV got even worse this year. Even with this now annual inclusion of 10 stand-out achievements that didn’t make my top 10, I still didn’t have a place for shows I enjoyed watching, including … Continue reading

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2017 in Review: The Best Shows and Specials

TOP 10 SHOWS 10. Godless (Netflix) Scott Frank’s Western takes full advantage (maybe too much advantage) of Netflix’s flexibility, with some episodes going on for more than 90 minutes, and others just barely 30. But even as he steps right … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: January 2018

While I’d focused on Netflix for the last two years, I figured it was high time I expanded my gaze, especially since they’re hardly the only game in town. I’m still being judicious with my selections. Gone are the endless … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 10 Dec 2017

NEW SHOWS Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Game Night” (A) “The Favor” (B+) The first is a heartwarming continuation of Rosa’s revelation in the season-best “99,” with her struggle to come out as bisexual to her parents. It’s Jake at his most decent, … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 3 Dec 2017

NEW SHOWS Curb Your Enthusiasm – “Fatwa!” (A) / season finale Finally, one of this season’s episodes earns its length. The show features three of my favorite people (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Sullivan and Nick Offerman) AND F. Murray Abraham playing … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 26 Nov 2017

NEW SHOWS Curb Your Enthusiasm – “The Shucker” (B+) Forty-five minutes is way too long for any sitcom, especially one that meanders as much as this one. While the quarrel with the former owner of his house is amusing, it could … Continue reading

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Netflix Picks: December 2017

A programming note: This will be the final appearance of this column, as I plan to focus on a wider variety of streaming options beginning in 2018. TOP PICK – FILM Bright – 12/22 David Ayer has been hit or … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 19 Nov 2017

NEW SHOWS Curb Your Enthusiasm – “Never Wait for Seconds!” (B+) The “flip the tip” subplot is another case of having too much going on in a single episode, but the fatwa resolution and the disintegration of another one of … Continue reading

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