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A TV fanatic must live with the hope that every new series is worth the time it took to get it made. Unfortunately, CBS’ watered-down take on the hit action-comedy Rush Hour dashes all hopes.
ABC has made a boatload of money off of Shondaland fare, and while its latest The Catch was actually created by Jennifer Schuur and Helen Gregory, the new series has a lot of the flair we’ve come to expect from Shonda Rhimes’ productions, especially in recent years.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders has no interest in reinventing anything about the crime procedural drama or even about the Criminal Minds franchise it spun from. It is literally as the title describes: Criminal Minds, beyond the borders of the United States.
Though much of the show’s formula treads on familiar sitcom grounds, the cast and the more imaginative sequences keep ABC's winning new comedy The Real O’Neals from coming off as repetitive.
Midseason series can always be hit or miss, but ABC has crafted a new drama that could be a real winner for primetime television. The Family is fresh enough that it stands out, but has a sense of familiarity that adds a lot of appeal.
The first episode of HBO's music-filled drama Vinyl was a sensory overload that recalls all of the highs and lows of a good concert: loud music, a lot of flashing lights, and an decent rhythm mostly connecting disparate parts together.
The true crime genre has reached phenomenon-level hype in the past year across multiple platforms, and we’re at a point when “based on true events” is basically proof of fiction. Here to straddle both of those lines is FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
The Magicians gets off to a decent start, using its first episode to introduce the ensemble of magically inclined young adults, and delving further into the adventure, drama and danger that’s very evidently in store for these characters.
Fox’s new series Lucifer is as fun and flashy as its promotions have promised. Just don’t go into this one expecting anything more extraordinary.
The medium may have changed, but FX’s new series Baskets carries the torch of Pagliacci forward and expands upon its theme – with remarkably poignant results.
Rich and powerful are two words that are often used together, but the truth is the adjectives don’t always come in equal measures. Billions is a good reminder of that. Damn near every character on the show has far more money than the average person and far more influence too, but none of the central personalities found here are able to eclipse the others on both.
Steve and Nancy Carell's Angie Tribeca is a hilariously absurd parody of the modern police procedural that honors Hollywood's long tradition of spoof comedy, and star Rashida Jones carries the weight with a Leslie Niesen-like poise. This could easily be TBS' breakout comedy hit.
TV Land is going in a very different direction with its new comedy Teachers, a sometimes crude and unabashedly off-color look into the day-to-day lives of the titular female educators. Thankfully, it's great.
Later this month, characters from Arrow and The Flash will join a few new faces for the spinoff Legends of Tomorrow, and I have little trouble saying that while not perfect as a whole, it’s an absolutely perfect combination of its predecessors.
One series that has been perplexing us for months is Fox’s new sci fi drama Second Chance. Since being picked up for a series order last spring, the show has gone through three different names and had its episode count cut from 13 to 11.