Reviews

After finding itself on the receiving end of a miraculous reversal of fortune, one that was arguably as thrilling as any of its plots, NBC’s Timeless lives to jump through time for a second season. Much to the delight of shippers everywhere, the show’s stay of execution affords it the chance to further explore the romantic intrigue
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Netflix’s Love wraps up its story of an unlikely romance with a third and final season that goes beyond the question of will they or won’t they to ask whether or not they even should. It’s probably too soon to tell where Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Paul Rust) fall in the pantheon of great
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There is a certain degree of difficulty in crafting a good con man drama. It’s a lot like pulling off a good confidence scam in a way, as there has to be enough going on to hook the audience, keep them interested, but also divert their focus away from the unexpected part that’s just around
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Since the premiere of Arrow, The CW has become a network split down the line of younger-skewing programming that consists primarily of comic book and non-comic book adaptations. Some of its more recent efforts on the not-inspired-by-funny-books side of things, like Valor and Dynasty, have also felt like departures from what the network has typically
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The work of Neil Cross isn’t known for its sunny disposition. If he were a painter, one would imagine his canvases covered solely in brush strokes of varying shades of gray. If you’ve ever tuned in for his hit detective series Luther, starring Idris Elba, you know exactly what that means. The worlds Cross builds
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Warning! SPOILERS for Voltron: Legendary Defender season 5 ahead! – Voltron: Legendary Defender returns to Netflix with a brand new season that sees the Paladins of Voltron continue their fight to free the universe from Emperor Zarkon’s stranglehold. Much has changed since their last battle with Zarkon: their coalition has grown as more planets are
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Gotham is a busy show, and necessarily so. At times it seems the series continues out of force of habit, that no one in particular is piloting the ship, so characters find themselves pushed headlong into crazy storylines because that’s what Gotham does. The deliberate aimlessness that has kept the series from realizing its full
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It is in no way surprising that after an exceptional first season Atlanta would return with a well-earned sense of confidence as well as a few new tricks up its sleeve. After all, in addition to being buried under an avalanche of praise, the series racked up a number of awards, making the roughly 16-month
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As a business, Hollywood is often reactionary. The success of one project will inevitably result in a series of similar, seemingly hastily produced offerings from other studios or television networks. Those projects typically vary wildly in terms of quality, and you’d be hard pressed to find one capable of surpassing its ostensible progenitor, but every
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Season 2 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a slow-burn mystery. A very slow-burn mystery. The series continues the Marvel/Netflix tradition of superhero TV shows taking their sweet time getting to the point, perhaps hoping the viewer will be too locked into binge mode to notice five hours have gone by with little in the way
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NBC’s Good Girls can be sold on the cast alone. Boasting an impressive trio of leading ladies with Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman, the series should immediately pique the interest of even the most casual television watcher. Throw in a plot line in which the three women all turn to crime in order to
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Season 4 of iZombie sees an enormous change to the series’ status quo, one that moves beyond the familiar formula of characters maintaining a dual existence in order to keep their status as zombies concealed from the rest of the world, and in doing so, frees the show up to explore its conceit from a new angle.
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One of the more interesting things about McMafia is the way in which the series repeatedly draws a parallel between the evils of organized crime and those of unchecked capitalism. The insinuation is crystal clear, and the show unabashedly follows that thinking through its dense and twisty first eight-episode season, which has already aired in the
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Warning! SPOILERS for The Walking Dead season 8 mid-season premiere ahead! – Carl made his exit from The Walking Dead in last night’s midseason premiere, ‘Honor’, choosing to take his own life instead of succumbing to the fever and turning. His death is tragic though not unexpected seeing as he revealed his bite wound in last fall’s midseason finale
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You have to hand it to Everything Sucks!, Netflix’s new 90s-set coming-of-age dramedy from creators Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan: it is unafraid to be completely rapt with its sense of nostalgia. With its obvious musical cues featuring everything from Spacehog to Oasis, its bottles of Frutopia, baggy flannel shirts, and copious VHS tapes
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Like Top Gear before it, Amazon’s The Grand Tour is essentially a comedy program posing as a car show, and as such, the presenters often push up against certain limits in pursuit of a laugh. So it’s not too surprising when something said or done by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May winds up
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Over the course of its first 10-episode season, Altered Carbon was, or attempted to be, a great many things. It was an eye-popping science fiction series and a hard-boiled detective story rolled into one. It was also a series that tried very hard at times (and not nearly hard enough at others) to be about
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SYFY’s Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block is stylistic departure for the anthology series, one with real scares and surprisingly dark humor. Late last year, No-End House, the second installment of SYFY’s horror anthology Channel Zero, demonstrated how the series could elevated itself thematically and stylistically from one season to the next, and how adaptations of internet horror
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Warning! SPOILERS for The Flash season 4, episode 13 ahead! – Last week, The Flash did away with coincidence in an episode that seemingly implied The Thinker’s grand plan and Warden Wolfe’s selling of Iron Height’s meta-prisoners to Amunet Black were related. As it turns out, they are not – at least not in the manner we’ve come to expect of
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The revival of Strike Back probably won’t come as much of a surprise to those who’ve watched the series before. It has already undergone a similar cast upheaval when the somber and conspiratorial first season, starring Richard Armitage and Andrew Lincoln, was transformed into the Lethal Weapon-like buddy antics of Stonebridge and Scott (played for
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One look at Netflix’s Altered Carbon will likely be all that it takes to get even the most causal science fiction fan to prepare their next binge watch. The streaming service reportedly dumped a lot of cash into the series and it’s apparent from the get-go just how much of that money wound up on
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After season 2, The Good Place is no longer The Good Place. The show has fundamentally changed what it is without sacrificing what it is about, which is both admirable and a little scary. For one thing, more shows need to take the Michael Schur approach to blowing up their own conceit from time to
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At any other point in time NBC’s new single-camera sitcom A.P. Bio would likely earn high marks for being a consistently funny, boasting strong performances from Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt. Its story of an unconventional, unmotivated high school teacher is, on the surface, a fairly conventional one, the likes of which has been seen
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Even though it was only a mere eight episodes long, the timing of SYFY’s Happy! season 1 feels off by about a month. Had the series premiered in November and then run through the actual holiday, the outrageously dark, demented, and frequently very funny first season might not have felt like a holiday guest who
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The process of rebranding a network can be a tricky one, especially when the transition takes the channel in question from the bro-y excess of Spike to the more respectable sounding Paramount Network — which at least gives potential viewers some idea of what they can expect from the channel’s original offerings. The relation to
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Warning: SPOILERS for The Flash season 4, episode 11. – The Flash season 4 started strong, introducing an intriguing villain (who wasn’t a speedster, thank goodness) and bringing back the upbeat attitude that had defined earlier seasons. The midseason finale then ended on a shocking twist, teasing a back half of the season that would
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An adaptation of Caleb Carr’s historical fiction novel The Alienist seemed like a surefire hit back when the novel was published in 1994. Producers like Scott Rudin thought so as well, and although the rights to Carr’s novel were bought and moved around, with it being reported that L.A. Confidential director Curtis Hanson was lined up
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Blue Planet II already aired last year in the U.K., but now one of the most visually stunning and incredibly well made nature documentaries of all time is in the U.S., airing on BBC America (the premiere will be simulcast across all the company’s networks, including AMC, WE tv, IFC, and SundanceTV) for the next
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Fans of Supernatural have been down this road before: The long-running series once had another spinoff in the works under the title Supernatural: Bloodlines. And, much like ‘Wayward Sisters’, it too was presented as a backdoor pilot, though it appeared late in season 9. That one didn’t go very well, as evidenced by the fact
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