J.M. Suarez has been a contributing writer at PopMatters since 2008. She's happy to talk about TV any time, any place. Really.
The Leap: The Universe of Difference Between 'Pablo Honey' and 'The Bends' | 7 Apr 2015 // 9:00 PM
In jumping forward from the lackluster Pablo Honey, Radiohead finally started becoming the Radiohead that is idolized today.
Pearl Jam's 'Ten', 20 Years On | 26 Sep 2011 // 4:00 PM
Released alongside Nirvana’s Nevermind, the importance of Pearl Jam's Ten has been somewhat overshadowed by that record. Here is a young band, barely together for a year, yet confident enough in it style and aware of its strengths to release a cohesive debut album that would serve as a fine indicator of its potential.
Woman or Object: Selected Female Roles in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar | 17 Nov 2009 // 3:00 PM
What many of the women in Almodóvar’s films do have in common, despite their characterization as victim or martyr or heroine, is that they are survivors.
iZombie: Season 2, Episode 7 - "Abra Cadaver" | 23 Nov 2015 // 2:00 AM
The humor in the episode works precisely because it feels like the show is taking a breath in the middle of a season that’s been unapologetically serious and bleak, despite its moments of humor and silliness.
On the Creative Process, the Cultural Impact, and the Legacy of 'Peanuts' | 15 Nov 2015 // 8:05 PM
Only What’s Necessary is a gorgeous tribute to Charles M. Schulz that feels personal and intimate in ways that a mere biography or retrospective is unable to achieve.
iZombie: Season 2, Episode 6 - "Max Wager" | 12 Nov 2015 // 6:30 AM
“Max Wager” continues to build on a season that’s clearly shaping up to be better than the last.
iZombie: Season 2, Episode 5 - "Love and Basketball" | 9 Nov 2015 // 2:00 AM
There’s much still to be explored in the season, but iZombie is easily keeping the audience guessing and engaged.
iZombie: Season 2, Episode 4 - "Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues" | 30 Oct 2015 // 3:55 AM
With its mixture of bleak stories and deft comedic moments, iZombie has made it clear it’s uninterested in easy answers and resolutions.
'Jane the Virgin' Instantly Charms //7.Oct.15
'A Place To Call Home' Is a True Period Piece //12.Mar.15
Stylish and Dramatic, 'Breathless' Delivers //17.Sep.14
'Mr. Selfridge: Season 2' Gives Us a Wonderful Cast of Characters and a Riveting Time Period //29.Apr.14
Latino Americans //16.Oct.13
The Complexity of Finding Balance in 'Luther 3' //30.Sep.13
'Orphan Black' Is Riveting Television //17.Jul.13
'Call the Midwife: Season Two' //9.Jul.13
Coming on Strong: 'Copper: Season One' //14.Nov.12
'Mad Monster Party' It's a Scream! //9.Oct.12
You Sprung a Leak in Your Dinghy: 'The Carol Burnett Show: Carol's Favorites (2-disc edition)' //2.Oct.12
An Ode to Dopamine: 'The Musical Brain' //23.Sep.12
Take Some Teenage Delinquents, Add a Little Lightening and You Get 'Misfits: Season One' //28.Aug.12
Painful Naïvety: 'Albert Nobbs' //14.May.12
What Is True? Or, How Much of It Is True? Otto Preminger's Classic: 'Anatomy of a Murder' //27.Mar.12
'Becoming Santa': Reveals that this Ubiquitous, Beloved Character Can be Hard to Pin Down //5.Dec.11
'Cars 2' Has No Shortage of Clever Appropriations of Human Culture Into It's World of Transportation //9.Nov.11
The Troubled and Charismatic 'Luther: Season 2' //26.Oct.11
'Gavin & Stacey: The Complete Collection' and Their Large, Unconventional, Extended Family //26.Sep.11
'Bloodworth' Is Overstuffed with Characters //1.Aug.11
'Treme: The Complete First Season': When Tragedy and Adversity Meet with Resilience and Hope //13.Apr.11
It Was So Much More than Just Football: 'Friday Night Lights: The Fifth and Final Season' //12.Apr.11
'Luther' Is Shocking, Troubling and Satisfying //28.Nov.10
Bored To Death: The Complete First Season //10.Nov.10
'Glee: The Complete First Season': Poignant Camp //21.Sep.10
Political Motivation, Long-Held Grudges and Good Old-Fashioned Greed Form 'The Art of the Steal' //17.Aug.10
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Every Bit As Dark, Disturbing, and Captivating As the Book //11.Jul.10
'Burn Notice' Still Sizzles in Third Season //6.Jul.10
Party Down: Season One //2.May.10
In Search of Beethoven //28.Apr.10
Rhoda: Season Two //4.Apr.10
Eleven Minutes //17.Mar.10
Omnibus: Leonard Bernstein //16.Feb.10
Chuck: The Complete Second Season //24.Jan.10
It Might Get Loud //6.Jan.10
The Paper Chase: Season Two //5.Jan.10
Andy Barker, P.I.: The Complete Series //23.Nov.09
Murphy's Law: Series One //8.Oct.09
Dexter: The Complete Third Season //24.Aug.09
Designing Women: Season Two //23.Aug.09
The Middleman: The Complete Series //20.Aug.09
The Lucy Show - and - The Lucille Ball Specials //29.Jul.09
Burn Notice: Season Two //9.Jul.09
Everwood: The Complete Second Season //16.Jun.09
Fillmore: The Last Days //1.Jun.09
Morrissey: From Where He Came to Where He Went //22.Apr.09
Rhoda: Season 1 //20.Apr.09
The Paper Chase: Season One //12.Apr.09
Room 222: Season One //5.Apr.09
Family Ties: The Fifth Season //22.Mar.09
Frozen River //9.Feb.09
Skins: Vol. 1 //3.Feb.09
Alison Krauss: A Hundred Miles or More //9.Dec.08
TV Sets: Holiday Treats //28.Oct.08
Johnny Cash Christmas Specials:1978 & 1979 //16.Oct.08
Californication: Season 1 //20.Aug.08
Friday Night Lights: The Second Season //1.Jul.08
Burn Notice: Season One //15.Jun.08
The National: A Skin, A Night [DVD] //22.May.08
Kurt Cobain //16.Apr.08
Destination Hamburg //31.Mar.08
The Independent //5.Mar.08
The Amateurs //4.Mar.08
The X-Files Revival Trailer: "We've Never Been in More Danger" | 29 Sep 2015 // 6:45 AM
The new trailer for The X-Files revival premiered last night during Gotham and it ticked off plenty of boxes for X-philes.
Goodbye to 'Parks and Recreation' and the Greatest Town in America | 4 Mar 2015 // 4:00 AM
For a series perpetually on the verge of cancellation, it managed to carve out a special place in the television landscape.
The Many Faces of Female Friendship in 'Orange Is the New Black' | 10 Jul 2014 // 3:00 AM
Because female relationships are rarely depicted well on television, Orange Is the New Black stands out from the norm.
Chalk It Up to Bad 'Luck': The Demise of Seven One-Season TV Wonders | 25 Feb 2014 // 3:00 AM
Unfortunately, some shows seem destined for cancellation right away, regardless of critical acclaim or the support of small, fanatical groups of fans.
Nine Great TV Opening Themes | 14 Oct 2013 // 2:33 AM
The opening themes to some TV shows are as artful as the shows themselves.