Category Archives: Reviews

The myth of “true crime”: “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “Making A Murderer”

About halfway through the upcoming season of “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” a lawyer for one side of the case utters these words to his colleagues: “Jurors go with the narrative that makes sense. We’re here to tell a story. Our job is to tell that story better than the other side […]

Review: In season three, “The 100” is potentially in as much peril as its characters

I’m hesitant to even write about the third season of “The 100,” which premieres this Thursday, January 21, for two reasons. The first is purely practical: It’s hard to talk about the season without describing what happens in it, and watching the story unfold is something you as a viewer need to experience without having […]

Review: In “Legends Of Tomorrow”, the seams burst on the small-screen DC universe

I love pizza. And burritos. And ice cream. And barbeque pulled pork. But I wouldn’t love them altogether on the same plate: The individual flavors would combat and/or contradict one another, turning something that’s individually delicious essentially inedible. Do you see where I’m going with this? Figured as much.

Review: In season two, “Man Seeking Woman” keeps things entertainingly weird

There’s always a sneaking sensation that goes into every year-end TV list: What show am I leaving off? (OK, there’s also the second sneaking sensation of, “Why am I bothering to do this in the first place?”, but let’s deal with the other one for now.) I’m a pretty firm believer that shows that don’t […]

Review: In season two, “Galavant” continues to hit all the right notes

When I was fifteen, I worked on my first musical theatre production. It was “Into The Woods,” and I was the assistant sound designer, which really meant I pressed play on a CD when the stage manager told me to do so. I got hooked on the genre almost instantly: I couldn’t sing, dance, or […]

Review: You’re The Worst, “LCD Soundsystem”

Well, someone’s certainly watched “Juno.” That was my immediate thought during the big “twist” of tonight’s episode of “You’re The Worst,” although I put twist in quotes as I’m fairly certain Stephen Falk’s script and direction wanted us to see what Gretchen could not, turning this episode into another ii-tragedy for what is now unquestionably […]

Review: Arrow, “Haunted”

Both “Arrow” and “The Flash” are currently carrying the burden of having to function as their own respective entities and set up “Legends Of Tomorrow,” which is an unfair place for both shows. “The Flash” is inherently more nimble at this point, and can throw in the occasional TWELVE-FOOT SHARK BEAST THING to bring the […]

Review: Netflix’s “Master Of None” is one of the year’s best shows

It’s almost impossible to think of your own life outside the context of its relationship to the pop culture you consume. The reasons that songs, movies, television, and art work because the best seems to illuminate something that you’ve always suspected but could never articulate. Sometimes those moments are revelatory, and sometimes they are devastating. […]

Review: “You’re The Worst”, Season 2, Episode 8: “Spooky Sunday Funday”

On some level, tonight’s episode of “You’re The Worst” played out exactly as you thought it might once you saw the title “Spooky Sunday Funday.” This was a way for the show to revisit one of its season one highlights but put it through the prism of both Halloween and, far more importantly, last week’s […]

Review: In its second season “Review” turns into an all-time classic series

You might not think the show “Review” would be one of the small screen’s best examinations of the nature of evil. You would be wrong. I’ve written fair extensively about the show over the past two years, as it’s gone from an interesting pilot to a fascinating series of continuity-laced sketches to one of the more […]