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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
69% Dave Chappelle: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation (TV, 2017) "Comedy is saying mean things," is how Chappelle kicked off his latest special. It's a bummer that Chappelle now seems to think it ends there.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
No Score Yet Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County: Season 1 (TV, 2004) [O]ne of the most perfect seasons of reality TV ever. ‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
No Score Yet Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County: Season 2 (TV, 2005) Laguna delivered a second season that was arguably more compelling than the first. ‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
63% The Hills: Season 3 (TV, 2007-2008) The appeal of The Hills was always the elevation of the banal (roommate disputes; the headaches of an intern job) into something soap operatic.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
No Score Yet The Hills: Season 6 (TV, 2010) [T]he series finale was such a brilliant capper.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
78% The Hills: Season 1 (TV, 2006) [The] season finale... became the first milestone moment for The Hills. A moment that ended up summarizing everything about the show that was simultaneously relatable and over-the-top.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
91% The Good Wife: Season 7 (TV, 2015-2016) It is a ballsy series finale that leaves its audience with a literal slap to the face‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
93% 30 Rock: Season 7 (TV, 2012-2013) Manages to maintain the joke-dense nature of 30 Rock to the very end, with enough callbacks to satisfy any fan. And the media satire is sharp to the very last.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
100% Parks and Recreation: Season 3 (TV, 2011) A triumph of many things: great casting, sharp writing, but most of all it was a triumph of tone. When the show was at its best, Parks & Rec mastered a kind of feel-good comedy that felt neither condescending nor brainless. ‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
96% Parks and Recreation: Season 2 (TV, 2009-2010) The second season of Parks and Recreation is a magical series of episodes that managed to transform a struggling knockoff of The Office into a funny, confident, fully wonderful sitcom of its own.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
74% Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) The worst thing Aaron Sorkin has ever made. And yet it's also fascinating because of it. I find myself thinking about the show often, baffled that something so misguided and unjustifiably pompous made it through the... process as it was.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
86% Seinfeld: Season 8 (TV, 1996-1997) Any argument that Seinfeld ran out of gas in its final two Larry David-less years is not entirely without merit, but it doesn't hold up to an episode like "The Little Kicks"... The physical brilliance of Julia Louis-Dreyfus... cannot be overstated.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
72% Seinfeld: Season 1 (TV, 1989-1990) It doesn't look like Seinfeld... Beyond the historical curiosity factor, there's really nothing to recommend the [pilot] for.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
80% Seinfeld: Season 6 (TV, 1994-1995) Of all the phenomenal Jerry Stiller line readings in Seinfeld history, the one about stopping short might be his greatest. And then he goes and tops himself with his reaction to falling atop that corkscrew pasta.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
100% Seinfeld: Season 7 (TV, 1995-1996) When Seinfeld was on point, it was a marvelously intricate stacking game of real-world neuroses that led to a bizarre result. "The Hot Tub" works so well in this regard.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
100% Seinfeld: Season 4 (TV, 1992-1993) Seinfeld was famously dextrous in the ways it was able to talk about sex with remarkable frankness while still completely avoiding all of the language land mines... "The Contest" is a master class in this kind of thing.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
100% Picket Fences: Season 4 (TV, 1995-1996) The show took the quiet-small-town-drama conceit and turned it on its head, delivering something equally stranger and more heartfelt than its trappings would suggest.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
82% Match Game: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Improbably, ABC's reboot of the series has done a great job in recreating the loose vibe of the original.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
100% Schoolhouse Rock!: Season 1 (TV, 1973) Does it now come across a bit as the hipster dad who plays ukelele to get his kid to fall asleep? Sure. But it's also a big piece of '70s TV history. Also you're not too good to need a little remedial education.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
No Score Yet Frisky Dingo: Season 2 (TV, 2007-2008) Blending the sensibilities of sci-fi, superhero movies, comic books, mockumentaries, politics, media criticism, and corporate culture, Frisky Dingo threw an unbelievable amount of incredibly dense comedy at its audience every week.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
No Score Yet Survivor: Blood vs. Water (TV, 2013) I will forever hold a special place in my heart for Monica, whose final tribal council plea of "Have you never met a neat lady?" might be the best single line uttered on this show that didn't have anything to do with snakes or rats.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (TV, 2010) How much fun was it to see Sandra win again, in basically the same way she did before, being just as underestimated as she was the first time. It's like the 1980 U.S. hockey team winning the Miracle on Ice again.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites (TV, 2008) This season was gangbusters after the merge, but it was a loser for its first half, thanks to the dead weight of 90% of the "fans." Still, no season with Cirie or Jonathan Penner can be all bad.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
No Score Yet Survivor: Philippines (TV, 2012) The twists and turns that led to the voting out of former major league baseball player Jeff Kent was dizzying, full of bluffs and re-strategizing; a good scramble for votes can be pretty exhilarating.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Survivor: Tocantins -- The Brazilian Highlands (TV, 2009) There was no one big MOMENT, but JT securing the allegiance of Coach and Tyson only to turn on them and vote them out was pretty good.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
No Score Yet Survivor: Caramoan Fans vs. Favorites (TV, 2013) Brenda's mid-season string of immunity wins was unexpected and fun. Corrinne and Malcolm's brief alliance was fun, until it wasn't. Split the difference between them.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
No Score Yet Survivor: One World (TV, 2012) Kim Spradlin, a smart, athletic, likeable player who ran roughshod over the entire competition, turning the season into a kind of documentary on all the ways in which one can dominate Survivor.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
No Score Yet Survivor: South Pacific (TV, 2011) Always a good thing when the smartest person in the game prevails.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
50% Survivor: Nicaragua (TV, 2010) No great shakes... Jud "Fabio" Birza was an affable himbo who bumbled and stumbled his way to victory.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
71% Survivor: Samoa (TV, 2009) There are people who are very big fans of the over-the-top, self-conscious villainy of Russell Hantz. I'm not among them. Not when said villainy is accomplished with all the subtlety of a water buffalo.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
40% Survivor: Gabon -- Earth's Last Eden (TV, 2008) The tribes would have to elect a "leader," a completely arbitrary and toothless designation which only functioned to put a target on one person's back. Not that it stopped Probst from harping on the leaders' "failures" at every juncture. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
56% Survivor: Redemption Island (TV, 2011) The whole season had an air of uselessness around it, and we'd have all been better off if CBS had just aired a 30-minute special where Les Moonves wrote Mariano a check. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
86% Survivor: Cook Islands (TV, 2006) That whole final four alliance, actually, was pretty great, with Sundra and Becky. And Jonathan Penner, in his first outing, was a lightning rod for controversy, but was usually right‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
50% Survivor: All-Stars (TV, 2004) This was Boston Rob's coming out party as the signature player of Survivor's middle years. Jenna Lewis returned from season one and actually got to play the game, which was fun to see. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
60% Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island (TV, 2006) Yoga dude Aras and annoyingly perfect daddy Terry made for an entertaining clash as the season wore on.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
83% Survivor: Pearl Islands (TV, 2003) [Jonny Fairplay and Rupert] pretty much made the season, whether you were rooting for them or (ahem) against them. Give the season the benefit of the doubt for casting two of the series' signature players.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
86% Survivor: Palau (TV, 2005) This was the season that Stephanie and Bobby Jon won our hearts by surviving the longest on the decimated Ulong tribe, the losingest tribe of all time‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
No Score Yet Survivor: The Amazon (TV, 2003) Winner Jenna Morasca was the most prominent of the mean-girl alliance on Jaburu, but she was good TV and ultimately made a series of smart moves.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Survivor: China (TV, 2007) Winner Todd Herzog basically narrated the whole season, like a yappy but ultimately likeable little spaniel. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
83% Survivor: Guatemala -- The Mayan Empire (TV, 2005) Judd and Margaret's tribal council blowup, one of the more intense tribal council moments ever, though it was a huge bummer to see Judd's bullying rewarded by Marget getting voted out immediately after. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
50% Survivor: Fiji (TV, 2007) Earl [was] one of the great "good guys" on the show... Earl was both likeable and a smart player. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
20% Survivor: Vanuatu -- Islands of Fire (TV, 2004) Ami was a satisfying villain, showing physical dominance early and a svengali-like hold over her minions during the middle part of the game.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Survivor: Marquesas (TV, 2002) For a show still very young, it was rather thrilling.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
40% Survivor: Thailand (TV, 2002) Brian Heidik, who ran the table, was generally never in danger of being eliminated, and was not so much a human being but an oil slick incarnate... Undoubtedly worthy, but his competition was beyond negligible.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
83% Survivor: The Australian Outback (TV, 2001) People like Alicia (who will always wave her finger in your face) and Michael Skupin (evacuated after falling into a fire pit) made for fantastic TV. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
60% Survivor: Africa (TV, 2001-2002) This was a remarkably well-cast season, with likeable heroes like the Kims (Johnson and Powers), magnetic goofs like Tom, and enjoyable schemers like Brandon, Lindsay, and Kelly.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
83% Survivor: Borneo (TV, 2000) [Richard Hatch] was playing against a cast full of people who didn't know how to play the game properly yet. But it's not like Hatch came in with a playbook to read either. Instead, he wrote the playbook. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Roseanne: Season 6 (TV, 1993-1994) In a sea of witless weed jokes, though, Roseanne did it the best, and it's been over twenty years and that's still the case.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
80% Roseanne: Season 5 (TV, 1992-1993) I can't guarantee this was everyone's favorite Roseanne, but I can at least declare one thing: season 5 had the best single Jackie scene of all time.‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
100% Roseanne: Season 2 (TV, 1989-1990) The Conners' oversized love for Halloween add up to so many funny, strange moments. There was a looseness, too, to the vibe of the show in its early seasons, which made everything feel more realistic. ‐ Decider
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019