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What I Watched This Week: 26 Mar 2017

NEW SHOWS Crashing – “Warm-up” (A) The most joyous episode of the most joyous show. I’ve really enjoyed Crashing, but this is where Pete Holmes’ relentless optimism has truly paid off. The Americans – “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” (A-) The show … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 19 Mar 2017

NEW SHOWS & SPECIALS Crashing – “Parents” (A) Another sharp episode that cuts deeper than most comedies while still being wildly funny. The Mindy Project – “Mindy’s Best Friend” (A-) A solid, funny, deep (for this show) episode, featuring a … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 12 Mar 2017

NEW SHOWS Crashing – “Barking” (B+) Another solid transition episode after the closure of “Yard Sale.” It’s a little inside baseball, but quite funny, and shows Pete’s boundless optimism isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Mindy Project – “Mindy Lahiri … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 26 Feb 2017

NEW SHOWS Crashing – “The Road” (A-) An improvement on the premiere, even as it’s still finding its legs. But a cocaine gag (that didn’t steal from Annie Hall) and a very true-to-character love of Jars of Clay will always … Continue reading

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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: 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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2016 in Review: The Best Songs

As I mentioned in the intro to my list of the best albums of the year, I listened to an obscene amount of music this year, which made deciding on my 10 favorite LPs was a herculean task. One upside … Continue reading

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2016 in Review: The Best Performances – Television

I realized that in my awards giving, I’ve neglected to highlight the best performances in years past. That changes with these highlights, in drama, comedy and limited series/made-for-TV movies. Best Actor and Actress in a Drama Series Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell … Continue reading

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