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Tuesday, January 27 2015

‘American Experience: Edison’ Captures the Inventor’s Practical and Imaginative Spirit

Just as Thomas Edison represented the America of his time, so too does he represents the America of our time in his try-and-succeed, try-and-fail methodology.


‘Secret Agent: The Complete Series’ Out-Bonds James Bond

Patrick McGoohan's John Drake, superhero for the Cold War era, just might be the coolest hero of all time -- yes, even more than James Bond.


Monday, January 26 2015

The Final Season of ‘Better Off Ted’ Reminds Us That We Were Better Off With It

Better Off Ted was cancelled too early, and this truncated final season doesn't give any real closure. What it does give us, however, is more hi-jinks and zany creativity.


Friday, January 23 2015

With ‘Drunk History’, the More Shots You Have, the More You Learn

This isn't so much a comedy classic as it is passively amusing, but Drunk History's formula works damn well... especially after you've had a few of your own.


Wednesday, January 21 2015

Season Three of ‘Girls’ Might Be Its Strongest Yet

Much like its closest television contemporary, Mad Men, Girls comes alive through character detail rather than plot.


Monday, January 12 2015

Hayley Atwell Gives the Male-Centric 1940s a Kick in Its Pants in ‘Agent Carter’

As the titular Marvel heroine, the smart and one-liner ready Hayley Atwell towers over Iron Man and his ilk in this contemporary take on post-WWII politics.


‘The Facts of Life’ Is the Ultimate ‘80s Comfort Food Sitcom

Almost 30 years after its conclusion, putting The Facts of Life on the TV feels like hanging out with an old friend.


Thursday, January 8 2015

‘Broad City’ Skillfully Juggles the Heartfelt and the Absurd

Broad City is funny, but it's also heartfelt in unexpected and strange ways.


Tuesday, January 6 2015

‘Mr. Sloane’ Displays An Allenesque Dark Charm

Robert B. Weide's British period comedy Mr. Sloane was cancelled after just one season, depriving viewers of an engaging, wise and beautifully-made character study.


Friday, December 19 2014

The Bright Knight Rises: ‘Batman: The Complete Television Series’

The 1966 live-action series still mesmerizes today as a deft Pop Art confectionary satire on '50s squares that wanted its viewers to have their cake and eat it too.


Thursday, December 11 2014

With Season Two, ‘The Paradise’ Had to Duck Out Too Early

The Paradise lights a slow fuse that burns brighter than its ITV rivals. Too bad low viewership has brought the series to an end.


Wednesday, December 10 2014

‘Accused Series 1 and 2’ Is a Good Procedural, Episodically

Fans of quality British television could do much worse than Accused, but only certain episodes, such as the one featuring Sean Bean's stunning role as a transvestite, stand out.


Sunday, December 7 2014

‘The Librarians’ Is Packed With Allusions and Wily Behavior

The Librarians combines Willy Wonka with Indiana Jones to create the next Scooby Gang in search of magic, artifacts, and its own places in the universe.


Monday, December 1 2014

Bill Nighy Returns to Television in ‘Worricker’

When Worricker is on screen, paying attention is consistently rewarding.


Wednesday, November 26 2014

The Demonic Force in ‘The Whale: Revenge From the Deep’

As in its previous literary and screen incarnations, the whale here is a demonic force, producing fear in the whalers (and the audience) even when it is not visible.


‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: Turkey Day Collection (XXXI)’ Is Comedy Worth Being Thankful For

Featuring episodes from both Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel, this Turkey Day Collection is a feast for comedy fans.


Monday, November 24 2014

‘Major Crimes’: Watching People Watching People

The sheer frustration of watching the nearly immobile Major Crimes is compounded by the glimmers it offers of alternative roles for women in primetime television.


Monday, November 10 2014

‘The Flash’: The CW’s New Superhero Show is Complex, So Far

Just under the surface, the earnest Barry Allen suppresses his darkness in the hope of freeing his wrongly convicted father.


Monday, November 3 2014

‘A Poet in New York’: The Last Days of Dylan Thomas

As A Poet in New York observes the poet's decline, it also examines the cult of celebrity and its ramifications.


Thursday, October 30 2014

‘The Honourable Woman’ Is a Thriller With Emotional Resonance

The Honourable Woman is smart, taut, and consistently suspenseful, without ever sacrificing character for plot, which is no easy feat.


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