Succession – “Retired Janitors of Idaho” (A)
Packed to the gills with twists, cringy moments, hilarious lines and powerhouse performances. The show continues to deliver at the top of its game.
Curb Your Enthusiasm – “The Watermelon” (B-)
A swing and a miss as Larry reluctantly attends temple and strikes up a friendship of convenience/obligation with a Klansman. There are some funny moments, but it could have been a lot bolder. Instead, it just assumes putting a Jewish man and a white supremacist together will create instant laughs.
Only Murders in the Building – Season 1 (A- average)
Starts out as a pleasant hangout show that’s nothing particularly special. But somewhere around mid-season, once the plot starts becoming more intriguing, it takes a leap, becoming an exceedingly clever and quite melancholy show. Its seventh episode (“The Boy from 6B”) is one of the best episodes of television I’ve ever seen.
The X-Files – Season 8 (B average)
It takes a while to adjust, but Robert Patrick is a terrific addition in David Duchovny’s absence. The show still has some gas left in the tank, especially during an action-packed two-part finale that culminates in the kiss we’ve all been waiting for.