TV Recap: Jan. 2-8, 2022

Decided to change up my brief TV reviews for this year. Instead of grading every single episode of TV week-to-week, I’m hoping to go a bit longer on shows at their premieres and finales, digging in a little deeper than a sentence or two (time permitting). Hope you appreciate the difference.

Abbott Elementary – Pilot episode (A-) / series premiere
“Light Bulb” (A)
The best network sitcom since Happy Endings, this clever project from Quinta Brunson still has a couple characters to develop (her white liberal work husband for one), but it’s already smart, thoughtful and hilarious.

The X-Files – Season 10 (B- average)
A solid return until an absolutely baffling finale. In fact, it’s so bad it calls into question the entire project. But we’ll always have “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster” and Mulder tripping balls at a honky-tonk in Texas.

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