Category Archives: Television

TV Recap: Jan. 15-21, 2022

NEW SHOWSThe Last of Us – “When You’re Lost in the Darkness” (A) / series premiereAs a non-gamer, I didn’t know what to expect. Though as a fan of Chernobyl, my expectations were pretty high. This 90-minute pilot is about … Continue reading

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The Best TV Performances of 2022

Ensemble in a Comedy Series Abbott ElementaryMany comedies take a while to find their footing and figure out the balance of their ensembles. Not Abbott. It joins a rare club – whose members include Arrested Development and Brooklyn Nine-Nine – … Continue reading

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The Best TV Shows of 2022, Part 2

COMEDY SHOWS & SPECIALS Documentary Now! (IFC)One of the only shows on the air that feels like it’s tailor-made to my overlapping nerdy interests. Documentary Now! continues to deliver spot-on absurdist parodies of obscure documentaries, solely because IFC’s parent company … Continue reading

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The Best TV Shows of 2022, Part 1

If you thought we had hit “Peak TV” (a term coined by executive John Landgraf nearly a decade ago), you were wrong. With 600-plus scripted shows airing in 2022, there was absolutely no way to keep up. But I still … Continue reading

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TV Recap: Jan. 1-7, 2023

BINGEINGThe Little Drummer Girl (A) While the acting is tremendous, the writing is taut and the production design is immaculate, what makes this one of the best literary adaptations ever is Park Chan-wook’s incredible direction. Even the quietest moments are … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: January 2023

I wanted to take a new approach for this column in 2023. There’s just way too much out there, and even last year I was still dropping way too many suggestions. This year, it’s all about curation. I’m still focusing … Continue reading

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TV Recap: Dec. 18-24, 2022

BINGEINGNewsRadio – Season 4 (A average)The finest workplace comedy’s last season with its MVP (Phil Hartman). The most consistently hilarious season. It’s so great that even a silly Titanic parody works like gangbusters.

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TV Recap: Dec. 11-17, 2022

NEW SHOWSThe White Lotus – “Byg” (A) / season finaleThis season has focused a lot on vague fissures and unseen interactions, which meant I wasn’t quite as enamored with it as I was with Season 1. But this finale pulled … Continue reading

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TV Recap: Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2022

CURRENT SHOWS & SPECIALSThe Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (B+)The first MCU Phase Four project that felt like its creative team actually gave a shit. It’s a total delight, free of the bullshit connective tissue to other content. Not … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: December 2022

This will be the last post in this format. Look for a more carefully curated version of this column coming next month! FILMSTop PicksThe Banshees of Inisherin – HBO Max 12/13Glass Onion – Netflix 12/23Top Gun: Maverick – Paramount+ 12/22Three … Continue reading

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