Tuesday, July 16 2013
The genius behind Portlandia is its gentle lampooning of a very specific population that still manages to be accessible to those who live outside the limits of the Portland metropolitan area.
Monday, July 15 2013
Daniel may be free, but he is far from exonerated, and it is this dichotomy that lends Rectify both its brilliance and its unique sense of tension.
Sunday, July 14 2013
Unforgettable is yet another police procedural that fits into the TV-as-comfort-food mold, with but a slight variation on that theme.
Thursday, July 11 2013
During the tumultuous '60s, the playful, silly, but ultimately lesson-based adventures of the "Cosby Kids" proved funny to adults but even funnier to inner city children who could readily identify with these archetypal misfits.
Tuesday, July 9 2013
The ways in which these women exercised their will, both individually and collectively, spoke to the importance of their role in London's dockside community.
Monday, July 8 2013
Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) swims in the murky waters of Washington power-mongering as gracefully as if he had sprouted gills and a caudal fin.
Wednesday, June 26 2013
Lisa Kudrow is the backbone of the show and she is a master of the uncomfortable moment.
Monday, June 17 2013
Although its references to the 2012 political seasons will be as dated as Murphy Brown's Dan Quayle references, 30 Rock, against all odds, goes out on a perfect note.
Sunday, June 16 2013
HBO is to be commended for risking such an undertaking; it could have sailed along on another few seasons of Game of Thrones, etc. But it is programs like Witness that may prove the more enduring legacy.
Wednesday, June 12 2013
Top Gear is not really a show about cars. It's a show about masculinity.
The Aussie Wilfred fleshes out its sitcom universe with impressive worldbuilding and genuine heart amongst the weed smoke and scatological humor.
Tuesday, June 11 2013
Spinning off from The Closer could not have been easy. It sure doesn't look that way in season one of Major Crimes.
Monday, June 10 2013
The writers were able to keep the Perry Mason formula fresh by varying the settings in which it was applied, and coming up with new ways to deliver the twist that was a necessary feature of each episode.
Friday, June 7 2013
Is Breaking Bad a critique of the devastating potential of frontier masculinity? Or is it itself a masculine fantasy? At this point, it seems that it wants to be both.
Wednesday, June 5 2013
The Fifth Doctor dons his Celery lapel to defend 1666 England against alien invaders and bedazzled androids in this inventive, classic saga from the Peter Davison years.
Monday, June 3 2013
This is a truly mesmerizing documentary to watch, both in terms of its content and because of its blindingly optimistic points of view.
Something old (the Ice Warriors), something new (the Whispermen), something borrowed (several scripts’ plot elements), something blue (fans must wait until November for the series 50th anniversary celebration).
Thursday, May 30 2013
In his post-Ponds grief, the Doctor has become Scrooge-like, secreting the TARDIS on a cloud and refusing to interact with humanity.
Wednesday, May 29 2013
A romance thinly disguised an espionage thriller, Spies of Warsawplaces viewers at an odd, cold distance.
Tuesday, May 28 2013
Sometimes you have to do bad things to get into power to do good things when you get there. Sometimes just doing bad things will do.