Television

Television Review: Netflix’s Flimsy “House of Cards”

April 6, 2015
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For all the attention it receives and the level of cultural relevance it assumes House of Cards ought to be a much better series than its aggressive promotion makes it out to be.

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Television Review: “The Americans” — Wasteland 2.0.

January 31, 2015
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At every turn I sense potential in The Americans, always untapped, for a smart sitcom.

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TV Commentary: Toward a Critique of “The Big Bang Theory”

December 4, 2014
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On this show, thriving on caricature as it does, the chasm between Amy and Sheldon stops laughter long enough to suggest poignancy.

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Fuse TV Review: Political Satirist John Oliver — Viewers Are Responding, not Just Watching

October 1, 2014
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Each John Oliver monologue takes a different weighty and urgent political issue and deconstructs it with wit, clarity and moral purpose.

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Television Review: “Orange is the New Black” — The Future of High Quality TV Drama?

August 27, 2014
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The men are portrayed as comically irrelevant — and this is refreshing given the phallocentric alpha-male angst that has been TV fodder so often before.

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Television Review: “Louie” at Season Four — Art House TV

June 19, 2014
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Louie is a difficult show to advertise because it is the only example of art-television at the moment.

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Comedy Review: Kids In The Hall Reunite — And They Are Still Alright

June 11, 2014
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I love Saturday Night Live as much as the next guy, but Kids In The Hall did much more with much less than Lorne Michael’s comedy fiefdom.

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TV Commentary: “Cosmos” vs. the Science Deniers

June 7, 2014
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One of the most remarkable features of Cosmos — and possibly its greatest public service — has been its matter-of-fact, understated championing of the scientific method.

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Television Review: “Silicon Valley” Gets the Algorithm Right

June 6, 2014
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The creator of the series, Mike Judge, and his team have gone to great lengths to sweat the details of the corporate landscape of San Jose and its environs. Right from the start Silicon Valley rang true.

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TV Review: “Mad Men” Mid-Season Finale — Enjoyable, But Part of an Annoying Waiting Game

May 27, 2014
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It’s sort of like someone snatching the epic novel you’re a few chapters from the end of out of your hands and subsequently run off cackling into the sunset, only to allow you to finish it in a year.

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