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Chris Willman

Chris Willman
Chris Willman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Variety, The Playlist

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Laurel Canyon: Season 1 (TV, 2020) Laurel Canyon is a nearly four-hour exercise in bliss, throwing us back to a fleeting time when musical warmth and formal excellence went hand in hand and made the whole world want to go "California Dreamin'."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
No Score Yet Beavis and Butt-head: Season 2 (TV, 1993) A little bit of imbecile humor goes a long way. Still, even those who know better may find it worth tuning in just for those moments when Beavis and Butt-head prove to have wisdom beyond themselves.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
17% One West Waikiki: Season 1 (TV, 1994) [One West Waikiki] is ludicrous from the hula girls and car explosions in the opening credits to the start of a beautiful friendship implied in the final freeze frame.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
No Score Yet Hotel Room: Season 1 (TV, 1993) David Lynch almost manages to do for overnight lodging in Hotel Room, his alternately creepy and funny new HBO series, what he did for apartment dwelling in Eraserhead.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
57% The Watcher: Season 1 (TV, 1995) Even in his grave, Rod Serling stands little threat from "yo sky-high homeboy," as the voyeur Mix-a-Lot, most famous for "Baby's Got Back," refers to himself. Sorry, Sir, but baby's got no legs.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
No Score Yet TekWar: Season 1 (TV, 1994) The cheeseball futurism here is just barely silly enough to qualify as watchable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
20% House of Buggin': Season 1 (TV, 1995) Living up to its titular promise of irritation all too often is "House of Buggin'," a new Fox sketch comedy show headlined by John Leguizamo that arrives nearly ready for a mercy insecticide.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
No Score Yet Heaven Help Us: Season 1 (TV, 1994) "Time flies when you're having eternity!" quips Montalban, speaking for few of us.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
No Score Yet Cutters: Season 1 (TV, 1993) ... way more obviously antiquated than it means to be.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
50% Big Wave Dave's: Season 1 (TV, 1993) This isn't exactly a series from the heart, but under executive producers and sitcom vets Ken Levine and David Isaacs, it offers a certain professionalism of wit.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
40% Time Trax: Season 1 (TV, 1993) ... Moves through its predictable paces with enough unsmirkingly silly, old-time Saturday-matinee panache to be a creditable entertainment for fairly recent arrivals to our era, anyway--i.e., kids.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
No Score Yet The Untouchables: Season 1 (TV, 1993) In this superfluous rehash of a series, not even Capone is all that interesting. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
0% Kung Fu: The Legend Continues: Season 1 (TV, 1993) Plays like a Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker parody of the old Kung Fu; the totally unconvincing slow-motion shots of the no-longer-boyish Carradine knocking down rows of villains and leaping over moving vehicles--all set to New Age music--couldn't be funnier.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
0% Julie: Season 1 (TV, 1992) Somehow, Andrews -- a class act who deserves much better -- just about acquits herself through the shopworn comedy cliches, but the other cast members aren't so lucky. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
100% Room for Two: Season 1 (TV, 1992) It's a nice duet; though Heaton has the hep generational edge, the sharp casting and acting make it easy to see how the tart tongues got passed down in the family.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
75% Grapevine: Season 1 (TV, 1992) Grapevine may be the most boldly, ribaldly, envelope-pushingly sexual series ever put on prime time by one of the three major networks.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
40% Bodies of Evidence: Season 1 (TV, 1992) A serial mystery about a team of L.A. homicide investigators that's as ready for a post-mortem as the title stiffs.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
17% Monty: Season 1 (TV, 1994) If the premiere's moldiness is any indication, "Monty" could be the tamest series ever to debut on Fox.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
86% Hotel Malibu: Season 1 (TV, 1994) Few among the cast bring much in the way of credibility to their exceptionally thin roles... The undemanding summer viewer may find it all about as unenrichingly painless as a watered-down daiquiri around dusk, going down easier than it ought to.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
88% The George Carlin Show: Season 1 (TV, 1994) [George Carlin] knows his way around these comedic habitats, and the dialogue is properly tart. If not quite properly heartfelt. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
No Score Yet Sirens: Season 2 (TV, 1994) The glam cast does its admirable best to make this credible, but any scripting they touch can and will be used against them.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
42% Raven: Season 1 (TV, 0) To suggest that it reinforces stereotypes would be to endow the show with a consistency of personality it never achieves and a weight it hardly deserves.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
No Score Yet Street Justice: Season 1 (TV, 1991-1992) Stephen J. Cannell Productions isn't exactly known for cinema verité-style cop docudrama, but this trifle may test viewers' credulity further still, Weathers' heretofore under-used charms notwithstanding.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
No Score Yet The Man in the Family: Season 1 (TV, 1991) The Man in the Family is executive produced and written by Ed. Weinberger, of Taxi and Mary Tyler Moore fame, who really ought to be above some of the dumb gags perpetrated here.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
No Score Yet She-Wolf of London: Season 1 (TV, 1990-1991) The utterly humorless story of a female American werewolf near London, it's too plodding and sexless for kids, and too plodding and sexless for adults.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
No Score Yet The Dave Thomas Comedy Show: Season 1 (TV, 1990) It's disappointing to report then that "The Dave Thomas Comedy Show" is at best mildly diverting. At worst, it's so, well, square that its sets, transitions, overbearing laugh track and even some of the gags seem right out of an "SCTV" parody.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
No Score Yet The Idiot Box: Season 1 (TV, 1991) You don't have to be 15, into grossness, have no attention span and no awareness of the show's influences to get a kick out of "Idiot Box," but it helps.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
50% Down the Shore: Season 1 (TV, 1992) You won't respect yourself for having watched it come the fall, but consider it cotton candy for the summer season.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
13% Red Shoe Diaries: Season 1 (TV, 1992) Lest we make this endurance test sound more enticing than it is, be assured that Diaries is almost all cinematic foreplay, with endlessly foreboding stretches of slow, grim soul-searching hermetically sealing the few sex scenes contained therein.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
73% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 1 (TV, 1993) It's soapy fun, flirts with actual ideas and has great stereo-surround effects during the explosions.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
67% The State: Season 1 (TV, 1993-1994) The show's full of absurdity for absurdity's sake, and not much else. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
No Score Yet Baywatch: Season 2 (TV, 1991-1992) Topical "messages" aside, the titillating yet innocent Baywatch is almost a piece of nostalgia, with its bevy of voluptuous beauties in bathing suits, set in a dorm-like L.A. beach culture that never really existed.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
No Score Yet Beavis and Butt-Head: Season 2 (TV, 0) A little bit of imbecile humor goes a long way. Still, even those who know better may find it worth tuning in just for those moments when Beavis and Butt-head prove to have wisdom beyond themselves.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
No Score Yet The Hitchhiker: Season 5 (TV, 1989) Should you come across The Hitchhiker -- cable's long-running suspense anthology series, moving from HBO to the USA Network this season -- your safest bet is to... jus' keep a-goin'.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
80% Tales from the Crypt: Season 1 (TV, 1989) About as subtle as a sledgehammer--or a fireplace poker in the cranium.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
75% The Outer Limits: Season 1 (TV, 1995) The usually good Bridges is miscast as a lunatic, and supporting appearances by his real-life father, Lloyd, and son, Dylan, add up to distracting stunt casting.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018