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What I Watched This Week: 28 Jan 2018

NEW SHOWS Saturday Night Live – “Will Ferrell/Chris Stapleton” (B) I’m grading this on a curve, since that’s a requirement for a show that can vary wildly from week to week and sketch to sketch. Ferrell is arguably the greatest performer … Continue reading

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Netflix Picks: January 2016

Since I haven’t written a Weekender column since May 2015, and with Oscar season winding down, I figured I’d start something new. So here is my guide to what will drop on Netflix each month. It won’t be comprehensive: I’ll … Continue reading

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2015 in Review: The Best Shows

This year brought over 400 scripted shows across traditional networks, cable networks and streaming. That’s way too much. So here are the 10 best series I watched from there. If you’re wondering about your favorite show, there will probably be … Continue reading

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2015 Emmy Predictions: Comedy

COMEDY SERIES Louie (FX) Modern Family (ABC) Parks and Recreation (NBC) Silicon Valley (HBO) Transparent (Amazon) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) Veep (HBO) Should win: Parks and Recreation Could win: Veep Will win: Transparent Should have been nominated: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 1 Mar 2015

NEW SHOWS Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Boyle-Linetti Wedding” (A) Event episodes can either be gimmicky or take the best parts of the show and up the stakes. This is clearly the latter, and you could make a strong case that this … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 15 Feb 2015

NEW SHOWS Saturday Night Live – 40th Anniversary Special (B+) Sure, some of the segments were easy to skip (and I did), but that’s exactly what SNL is: some moments of occasional brilliance in a sea of mediocre-to-awful sketches. Luckily, … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 8 Feb 2015

OLD SHOWS The Simpsons (Season 8) – “Homer’s Phobia” (A) Busy nights and travel kept me from watching any new shows, but at least I got to enjoy what I consider to be The Simpsons‘ greatest episode. And when gay … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 2 Feb 2015

NEW SHOWS Parks and Recreation – “Donna and Joe” (A-) For an episode all about Donna and Joe’s wedding, it sure relegated them to the sidelines, especially Keegan Michael-Key, who really could have been played by anyone since he’s given … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 25 Jan 2015

NEW SHOWS Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Defense Rests” (A-) Chris Parnell was always the most vanilla utility player on SNL. Lately, he’s proven himself a valuable addition to any sitcom, including the dearly departed Suburgatory. Here, as Eva Longoria’s coked-up boss, … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 18 Jan 2015

NEW SHOWS Togetherness – “Handcuffs” (B+) I love how this show is simultaneously light and fraught with meaning. Amanda Peet and Steve Zissis make a winning duo and how can you not love Melanie Lynskey? Mark Duplass gets to be … Continue reading

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