Monday, March 10 2014
Television is especially good at pretending intimacy, at inviting you to feel close to emotional situations and worrying for characters you come to know over time.
Sunday, March 9 2014
The ever-expanding TV population of zombies, the disappeared, and assorted cyborgs is joined by the citizens of Arcadia, Missouri, who just can’t seem to stay in the graves where their loving relatives have interred them.
Thursday, March 6 2014
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel walks out of frame, his figure blurrs as if the camera can't keep up, you hear another reporter trying to ask another question from off-screen.
Wednesday, March 5 2014
Not every question is answered, not every cliffhanger makes immediate sense, but after five seasons the creators of The Venture Bros. have earned fan trust enough to keep this the best show on TV.
Monday, March 3 2014
For the most part, Those Who Kill lets you feel cynical and all-knowing. But with the camera on Chloë Sevigny's pale, ghastly face, you also feel you can never know enough.
A lone-wolf pathologist finds himself tackling three murder mysteries whilst trying to resolve issues damaging his personal life.
Wednesday, February 26 2014
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman looks more like an Andy Warhol production on cable access than a nationally syndicated Norman Lear sitcom.
Friday, February 21 2014
Will and Marcus “grow up” together in bite-sized portions, learning to put away their respective childish things in the course of each episode. Then they regress.
Thursday, February 20 2014
Family Matters is a sterling (and torturous) example of the allegedly “post-racial” America inaugurated by the bourgeois and only mildly Afrocentric triumphs of The Cosby Show.
Wednesday, February 19 2014
Congressman Bennie Thompson's recollections are chilling, and not only because the government of Mississippi once posed a real threat to some of its citizens.
Tuesday, February 18 2014
It's worth noting that, the problematic politics of the series aside, this is not great TV.
Monday, February 17 2014
It’s no wonder that Game of Thrones is one of HBO’s biggest successes and a worldwide phenomenon. Plus, you know, it's got dragons.
Friday, February 14 2014
The spectre of murder threatens to divide Elizabeth and Darcy in this adaptation of P.D. James' Austen homage, but the poor grasp of character might be the more devastating crime, here.
Thursday, February 13 2014
Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West capture the emotional truth of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's relationship in the BBC biopic, Burton and Taylor.
Wednesday, February 12 2014
The truth is that Good Times is an excellent and remarkably funny show. The irony of the show and its title continues to resonate.
Tuesday, February 11 2014
The third season of Sherlock becomes much more meta and challenges the very concept of who Sherlock Holmes is, and suggests change is indeed in the (east) wind.
Monday, February 10 2014
Battles and beheadings, letters sent and lost, dungeons and plenty of who-can-you-trust moments. The White Queen is a whopping good time.
Thursday, February 6 2014
The 2014 re-release of the complete Dilbert series looks and sounds good and is bargain priced, but has none of the extras of the 2004 release.
Wednesday, February 5 2014
The Amish: Shunned reveals the complexity of these lives and choices, hopes and losses.
Monday, February 3 2014
Season 4 of Downton Abbey is suddenly like the British aristocracy’s version of Breaking Bad.