TV REVIEWS
Man Seeking Woman Review: Hilarious Sketch Show Disguised As A Sitcom image
Of all of the new series premiering this spring, Man Seeking Woman was high on my most anticipated list and it ended up being love at first sight. Based on Simon Rich's collection of shorts called "The Last Girlfriend on Earth," the FXX comedy starring Jay Baruchel is a much needed fresh take on the stale sitcom format.
Jesse Carp 2015-01-13
Empire Review: Solid Performances And Tunes Balance The Melodrama  image
Empire has a lot of interesting things happening at once, and essentially functions as a primetime soap opera where you can dance your way through the ham-fisted parts. Plus, it reunites Hustle & Flow stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. This one is staying on my playlist.
Nick Venable 2015-01-05
Galavant Review: A Pitch Perfect Musical Comedy With Wit To Spare image
It's the absolute perfect time for ABC’s Galavant to saunter onto our televisions, telling a sharp-witted fairy tale that puts a modern spin on the tropes and accompanies them with excellent songs that both broaden the story and provide a good chunk of the silly-as-shit sense of humor. I don’t love musicals, but I love Galavant.
Nick Venable 2015-01-02
Marco Polo Review: The Most Gorgeous Thing You'll Ever Fall Asleep To image
Though things do occasionally get exciting thanks to swords and army battles, Marco Polo is like a string of dialogue-heavy video game cutscenes with all of the interesting gameplay removed.
Nick Venable 2014-12-15
Toy Story That Time Forgot Review: The Toys Are Back For Their Next Great Adventure image
It's not unreasonable to feel apprehensive about TV specials based on popular movie franchises, as there's always the chance that it won't be very good.
Kelly West 2014-11-27
Constantine Review: NBC's Hellblazer Adaptation Is Inconsistent But Intriguing‏ image
If you're worried that adding Constantine to your schedule will cause some serious superhero fatigue, rest easy. The new NBC series isn't like the other comic-book adaptations on TV. It's got more in common with Angel than it does with the costumed crime-fighting of The Flash or the origin story of Gotham. Of course, being different doesn't mean much if the quality isn't there and Constantine's pilot is 'super' inconsistent.
Jesse Carp 2014-10-23
Big Driver Review: Maria Bello Crushes This Vigorously Dark Revenge Tale image
Thankfully, Big Driver is one of the better Stephen King adaptaitons, with Maria Bello bearing the brunt of this story on her bruised shoulders. Not a movie where you’re meant to keep guessing who the “killer” is, this is one where every road leads to palpable dread.
Nick Venable 2014-10-16
The Affair Review: Novel New Drama Explores Unreliable People, Memories image
Showtime has set up The Affair with a title and a format that follows two people committing adultery. Regardless, it’s not really a drama that is simply about adultery. It’s more about memory, and how two people can look back and see events unfold in two very different ways.
Jessica Rawden 2014-10-11
The Flash Review: The Superhero Series Is Bright, Colorful And Fun  image
The CW has a surprisingly good track-record adapting super-shows and The Flash should also be a quick hit. Bright, colorful and fun, it's the daylight to Arrow's dark night.
Jesse Carp 2014-10-07
American Horror Story Freak Show Review: The Most Grotesquely Fun And Bizarre Season Yet image
Psycho clowns, bearded ladies and lobster hands are only clawing the surface of American Horror Story: Freak Show's erratically mature new storyline. Come on down for the sights and sounds, and tell the ticket lady Jimmy Darling sent you.
Nick Venable 2014-10-06
Mulaney Review: Fox's New Comedy Is Like Seinfeld, But Worse image
Twenty-five years after Seinfeld debuted, Fox is trying to make history repeat itself with an obvious homage to the ground-breaking NBC sitcom. So. What's the deal with Mulaney? Sadly, the great material behind the throwback can't save it from feeling out of time. And we all know how important timing is for comedy.
Jesse Carp 2014-10-05
Gracepoint Review: The Best Murder Mystery Network TV Could Hope For image
It seems impossible to imagine a kind of murder that hasn’t been tackled by a CSI or Law & Order episode, and so the murder itself must be surrounded by equally important and engaging characters and settings. And while I wasn’t ready to allow myself to admit it at first, Fox is home to a potential masterpiece in the startlingly realized Gracepoint. At least, for people who haven't watched Broadchurch.
Nick Venable 2014-10-02
Bad Judge Review: Kate Walsh Shines In This Fluffier-Than-Expected Comedy image
Thankfully, it isn’t jarring to see dramatic actress Kate Walsh getting raunchy for NBC’s new comedy Bad Judge, but it makes one wish that creator Anne Heche and executive producers Will Farrell and Adam McKay shot for the prestige of Walsh’s other series this year, FX’s Fargo.
Nick Venable 2014-10-01
Manhattan Love Story Review: Quirky, Klutzy Comedy Relies On Weird Inner Monologue image
It’s getting tougher and tougher to put together a half-hour sitcom premise that will work for the networks. Most of the time, writers and producers can’t simply pitch “family comedy with strong female lead” or “romantic comedy with witty dialogue and two oddball characters.” There often needs to be a gimmick, and ABC’s latest, Manhattan Love Story, offers a big one.
Jessica Rawden 2014-09-30
Selfie Review: Inventive, Awkward And Better Than The Title Suggests image
In order to capitalize on the reboot and/or reimagining craze that is hitting televisions this fall, ABC has turned to the classics, adapting George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" into a sitcom. Okay, it's probably influenced more by the Lerner and Lowe musical (and Cukor film) My Fair Lady than Shaw's play. Don't worry, Selfie doesn't live up to any of them. The reimagining is not very good, but, to be fair, it's still not nearly as bad as its terrible title suggests.
Jesse Carp 2014-09-30
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