TV Series Reviews
Salem Review: Something Wicked Is Brewing At WGN
FX's American Horror Story: Coven put a bit of dark, witchy magic on basic cable and now it's WGN America's turn, albeit with a different setting and tone, through their own original drama, Salem. Serving as both a period piece and a supernatural drama, Salem takes us to Salem, Massachusetts in the 17th century, where the only thing scarier than the witch hunt may be the actual witches amidst this puritanical society.
Fargo Clips Tease Humor, Spiders, Key, Peele And More
One of the things we mentioned in our review of FX's Fargo is that Martin Freeman's portrayal of the timid Lester Nygaard is uncomfortable to watch at times. The clip above is a prime example of that, as Lester admits that his wife has soft hands while trying to explain the nature of the relationship she had with the man who beat him up.
Being Human Series Finale Review: A Bittersweet But Satisfying Conclusion
Syfy's Being Human came to a close last night, delivering a finale that managed to capture the heart of the series with an ending that was bittersweet but by no means unsatisfying. Spoilers if you haven't seen it "There Goes the Neighborhood Part 3," the series finale of Being Human.
Silicon Valley Review: Mike Judge Bytes Into Tech Satire For HBO's Sharp New Comedy
Between Beavis & Butthead and King of the Hill, Judge was a TV presence for almost two decades straight, with the occasional underrated feature to tide over live-action fans. With Silicon Valley, he brings together his two mediums into one tightly wound and always sharp satire skewering the software start-up world that he briefly worked in before making teenagers hit frogs with baseball bats.
Surviving Jack Review: Christopher Meloni And 90s Nostalgia Combine For Laughs
90s. Christopher Meloni. Those are just two reasons to watch Surviving Jack on Fox this Thursday night, though not necessarily in that order. While ABC has The Goldbergs to offer us a serving of fond, totally radical 80s nostalgia, packaged as a single camera family comedy, Surviving Jack nudges us into the next decade, when "Schwing" was a thing, LL Cool J was a rapper...
Jim Henson Creature Shop Challenge Review: Using Imagination To Make The Impossible Possible
The Jim Henson Creature Shop is, by most standards, the best puppeteering studio in the world. The creatures that have been designed there are a part of culture. Now with The Jim Henson Creature Shop Challenge we get a small taste of what it’s like to be a part of the design. Taking a cue from Syfy’s other practical effects challenge show, Face/Off, the new show puts ten aspiring Henson puppet creators to the test.
The 100 Review: CW's Thrilling New Sci-fi Drama Is A Keeper
What happens when you drop a hundred juvenile delinquents onto a post-apocalyptic Earth and force them to fend for themselves? CW's The 100 seeks to explore that concept and more with a series that's about equal parts young adult drama, sci-fi and thriller. It takes a while for the series to warm up, but when The 100 begins to hit its stride, a unique and compelling drama begins to emerge.
Crisis Review: NBC's Conspiracy Thriller Is A Dumb Fun Alternative To Sunday's Prestige
For some time, Sunday has seemed like the exclusive property of premium cable series. Of course, there has always been scheduling to rival the HBOs and AMCs for the last night of the weekend but since almost all of their award winning dramas air in that time-slot, it’s pretty easy to forget the network competition.
Believe Review: J.J. Abrams And Alfonso Cuaron's Promising NBC Drama Premieres Tonight
TV series that follow The Voice on Monday night tend to get a bit of a boost, and it's likely that NBC had that in mind when they set the premiere date for Believe, a promising new drama about an extraordinary little girl and the man who's tasked with protecting her.
Resurrection Review: The Dead Are Kind Of Dull In ABC's New Drama
ABC has been busy promoting its brand new series, Resurrection, for weeks now, including prominent previews during the Oscars’ commercial breaks. Advertisements for the series have been promising the unveiling of an unbelievable narrative about a few dead people from a small community returning to life.
Hannibal Season 2 Review: A Second Helping As Delicious As The First
After a terrific first season and a terribly long wait, Hannibal returns to NBC tonight with a highly anticipated second helping. Fans of Bryan Fuller’s take on Thomas Harris’ iconic character have been starving for more ever since the taste of his inspired adaptation left their mouths. And two episodes into Season 2, Hannibal is just as delicious as ever. Maybe more.
Legit Season 2 Review: The Maturing Comedy Starts With A Bang And A Racist Whimper
Simply by being an FX sitcom, Jim Jefferies’ rollickingly raunchy series Legit came out of the gate last year in the same conversation as Louie and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and though it never feels like a replica of either show, the “strong-willed ne’er do well does no one well” tone matches up. Its debut season was crassly hysterical in all the right ways, though some episodes approached material a little too broadly.
Mind Games Review: Christian Slater And Steve Zahn Are A Winning Combination
Kyle Killen's proven to have strong starters when it comes to TV series, and yet neither Lone Star nor Awake managed to last beyond its first season. Will Mind Games have better luck? From the start, it has all the makings of a great series, complete with a solid cast and a premise that should lend itself well to the trending format of procedural series with serialized elements.
Growing Up Fisher Review: Passable NBC Comedy Is More Of The Same
NBC keeps trying to regurgitate a goofy, fun loving comedy for its Thursday night block. Jenna Elfman’s back for this one, after her stint on 1600 Penn didn’t go so hot. The premise is as kitschy as you might expect from a family comedy at NBC, featuring a father figure who is blind, but spends his days hiding this knowledge from his coworkers at a law firm
About A Boy Review: Jason Katims Comedy Disappoints And Delights In Equal Measure
There’s something about what Jason Katims does that’s so goddamn winning. He has a knack for putting organic stakes in his series that both inform the character growth and development, but also naturally give rise to interesting stories. Unfortunately there’s not much beyond the patina that shines through on his latest effort, NBC’s About A Boy.