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Jon Caramanica

Jon Caramanica
Jon Caramanica's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% JONAS: Season 1 (TV, 2009) While Ms. [Miley] Cyrus grew up in, and through, Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers are already famous well beyond tweens. Their audience is wider and smarter and probably expects more than this noxious, awkward mix of art, commerce and romance.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
100% This American Life: Season 1 (TV, 2007) The camerawork is confident and often lyrical, particularly when it comes to bold color and use of lighting. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
No Score Yet The Best Years: Season 1 (TV, 2007) Like a starter show on the old WB but without any of the genuine tension.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
17% Tyler Perry's House of Payne: Season 1 (TV, 2007) [Tyler] Perry's best work comes when he's willing to render his morality tales with a dash of absurdity. So why, when he's working in the most conventional comedic format of all, is he afraid to make people laugh?‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
25% The Cougar: Season 1 (TV, 2009) None of the women on these shows appeared to have any agency, only blind hunger.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
87% Country Music: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It's a taut narrative, and by design incomplete. But given that this history is being painted with broad strokes, it's especially crucial that attention is drawn to the inventions and elisions that hover over each era of the music.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
No Score Yet Star-ving: Season 1 (TV, 2009) The humor is slapstick, sometimes puerile, sometimes race-baiting and sometimes aggressively dark.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
46% Dirt: Season 2 (TV, 2008) A hollowness remains at the center of Dirt, despite a passel of tweaks to the show's structure, some of them effective.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
89% Beavis and Butt-head: Season 8 (TV, 2011) The new jokes mostly feel slow and hands-off, less disdainful than uninterested. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men: Miniseries (TV, 2019) The group members only convene as a unit for business purposes, they admit. But to call this tale cautionary is to miss the point. As "Of Mics and Men" makes clear, survival itself is a kind of triumph.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Season 3 (TV, 2006-2007) The 10 longest minutes in late night belong to Craig Ferguson. His monologue at the outset of "The Late Late Show," which he has hosted for over two years, is a comedic desert, one gag less funny than the next.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
57% The Hills: Season 3 (TV, 2007-2008) Even now, after three seasons, the relationship between Lauren and Audrina remains largely beyond the grasp of comprehension.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
60% The Tudors: Season 2 (TV, 2008) There's a great deal of talking, in florid language, and carefully executed production and costume design. But for all its finery, The Tudors is strangely blank.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
No Score Yet The Unit: Season 3 (TV, 2007-2008) A return to form for the show, which slipped somewhat last season with ancillary plot arcs.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
67% My Name Is Earl: Season 3 (TV, 2007-2008) Surprisingly, given its sometimes tunnel-like perspective, "Earl" also succeeds with topical humor. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
55% Real Time With Bill Maher: Season 1 (TV, 2003) It's the richest marriage of entertainment and wonkery on television and a rebuke to the idea of cloistered political discourse.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
73% Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (TV, 2018) Unsolved is equal parts appealingly pulpy and workmanlike, sometimes paced like a procedural and sometimes like a prestige drama.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
100% The New Edition Story: Miniseries (TV, 2017) The New Edition Story is, by far, the best of the recent spate of black pop biopics.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
98% UnReal: Season 1 (TV, 2015) UnREAL emphasizes the gap between those making the television and those on it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
80% Being Mary Jane: Season 1 (TV, 2014) Both the summer movie and Tuesday's premiere feature plot points so severe and odd that they destabilize the show's narrative.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2015
No Score Yet Todrick: Season 1 (TV, 2015) He is a talent built for an era in which documentation is de rigueur (though it's notable that in many of his YouTube clips, he's not the main star).‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2015
No Score Yet Living with the Jacksons: Season 1 (TV, 2014) The real twist to this show, which has its premiere on Lifetime on Friday, is that its intentions are, at best, lurid and craven, and yet what emerges is an empathetic portrait of a family that swallows suffering almost as a matter of course.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
29% Chozen: Season 1 (TV, 2014) An oddball, sometimes clever and sometimes eyebrow-raising new animated comedy series.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2014
61% Dancing on the Edge: Season 1 (TV, 2013) Whatever the case, [the postscript episode]...opens doors the series until then had pointedly kept closed, though it doesn't feel like resolution, only poor planning. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2013
100% Eastbound & Down: Season 4 (TV, 2013) No recent television show has toggled so violently between brilliant and execrable as Eastbound, which at its heart is about pieties and their uselessness. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
No Score Yet State of Georgia: Season 1 (TV, 2011) State of Georgia is about adults who can't stop behaving like teenagers. The mood is cheerful, the colors are bright, the music - composed in part by Liz Phair, of all people - is peppy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2011
80% Trapped in the Closet: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2012) [R. Kelly is] hilarious with comic asides, giving as much gusto to small conversational quirks as to heart-rending confrontations.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2012
88% New Girl: Season 2 (TV, 2012-2013) New Girl is the rare mainstream sitcom that's exceedingly at ease in discussing race, largely because it acknowledges the characters' well-meaning, flawed views, and plays them for eye rolls and laughs. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 13, 2013
90% Army Wives: Season 2 (TV, 2008) If Army Wives is political in any way, it is in commenting on how war can ravage even the most serene of families.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2008
87% Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23: Season 1 (TV, 2012) While there are moments of snappy dialogue, it's sometimes snappier than the characters themselves.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2012
100% Bunheads: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) As on Gilmore Girls there's a sense that a place, if peaceful enough, can redeem the people within.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2012
80% Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous: Season 1 (TV, 2013) For Zach to be sympathetic he must be striving for an emotional breakthrough, but he has no apparent access to authentic feelings. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 1, 2013
43% Jane By Design: Season 1 (TV, 2012) She may not be getting murdered, but surely Jane is dying.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2012
89% Portlandia: Season 1 (TV, 2011) Often Ms. Brownstein, wide-eyed and sincere, gets the best of Mr. Armisen, who's been exaggerating characters for so long on Saturday Night Live that it's tough for him to capture the understatement of these caricatures.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2011
89% Beavis and Butt-Head: Season 8 (TV, 0) The new jokes mostly feel slow and hands-off, less disdainful than uninterested. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2011