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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet The Brak Show: Season 1 (TV, 2001) A hilariously bizarre parody of a suburban sitcom.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
100% Odyssey 5: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2004) This is one of the most fascinating examples of SF in TV history, one dedicated to exploring the genuine what-if ideas that fuel real science fiction, and their emotional impact on real people. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
25% The Andy Milonakis Show: Season 1 (TV, 2005) There's something desperately awful and inadvertantly telling about the anti-intellectualism of American society that an adult man could succeed in passing for a dim-witted child and be celebrated for it.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
42% Tru Calling: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2004) It's The Sixth Sense meets Quantum Leap with a hint of Quincy thrown in for good measure, and it's about as dumb as the idea of a med student solving murders.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet Stargate Atlantis: Season 2 (TV, 2005-2006) This Sci Fi Channel series has always been a pale shadow of its progenitor... heavy on action, short on thoughtfulness, it touches on wit, smarts, and true science fiction speculation only momentarily, and sometimes even seemingly accidentally.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
96% Scrubs: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2002) Wildly inventive, rife with unexpected pop-culture references and impressionistic imagery, the show embraces a philosophical outlook not only on medicine but on life that is at once peculiarly geeky and deeply insightful.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
69% Saving Grace: Season 1 (TV, 2007) I'll stick around for Grace, who is perhaps the most fully realized nontraditional female character on TV at the moment. And for the overall hard-edged attitude, which is completely at odds with what we typically expect from, ahem, faith-based television.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
60% God, the Devil and Bob: Season 2 (TV, 2011) It's all so wishy-washy, afraid to either actually offend believers or embrace belief... Mostly, these 13 episodes resort to easy targets.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
No Score Yet Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2010) Tedious battles with villains with names like Doctor Doom and Mole Man and recycled plots from far superior science fiction movies and superhero tales are the highlights, unfortunately.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
17% Speed Racer: The Next Generation: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) It eschews the unintentional goofy charm of the original and instead goes right for the intentionally dumb, with a topping of ugly animation, half cheap-looking CGI and the other half cheap-looking hand-drawn.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
80% So NoTORIous: Season 1 (TV, 2006) Surrounded by a coterie of bestest friends and inanest hangers-on, "Tori" suffers the slings and arrows of outrageous fame... which makes for some of the most incisive and hilarious satire of Hollywood superficiality and disgusting wealth I've ever seen.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
80% Jurassic Fight Club: Season 1 (TV, 2008) Whoever came up with the idea for Jurassic Fight Club is a frakkin' genius... This could be the pinnacle achievement of human civilization: The science documentary crossed with a reality game show, with dinosaurs. How much more awesome could it be?‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
60% Creature Comforts: Season 1 (TV, 2003) I've been railing lately about the idiocy of remaking British TV for American audiences, and here's another excellent example of it not working. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
No Score Yet Undergrads: Season 1 (TV, 2001) These slice o' college life stories will appeal most to those currently dealing with things like financial aid and work study. For the rest of us, it's never more than genially amusing.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
47% Lil' Bush: Season 1 (TV, 2007) Sporadically amusing, but never really pointed enough to be more than taking easy swipes at easy targets, this is one of those chuckle-until-you-cry things. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
45% Heartland: Season 1 (TV, 2007) Nobody doesn't like Treat Williams, but his Dr. Nathaniel Grant, transplant surgeon, is a bit tiresome.‐ MTV
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
33% Alice: Season 1 (TV, 2009) It all starts to fall apart, in so many ways.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
61% The Sarah Silverman Program: Season 1 (TV, 2007) Whether she's making fun of homeless people or getting stoned on cough medicine, the premeditated un-P.C.ness of these six episodes gets real tedious real fast. Unless, perhaps, you're a 13-year-old male nerd. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
30% Father of the Pride: Season 1 (TV, 2004) Who thought sitcom stereotypes would be funnier if they were performed by cheesily rendered CGI animals?‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
93% Undeclared: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2002) Each half-hour episode is a gem of insightful, observant writing and perfectly pitched ensemble performances exploring the perplexities of learning how to be on your own for the first time in life.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
33% Ellen: Season 1 (TV, 1994) Yes, DeGeneres herself is sweet and genial and impossible not to like, but these 11 episodes - dating from when the show was called These Friends of Mine... - are like Seinfeld lite... very, very lite.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
93% Murder One: Season 1 (TV, 1995-1996) The plot is novelistically complex, with numerous subplots and a roster of characters, each with his or her own slew of quirks and secrets, that you might need a cheat sheet to keep up with. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
64% Ned and Stacey: Season 1 (TV, 1995-1996) Suffers from the standard plagues of American sitcoms -- obviousness and crudity, for starters -- but it is saved by Haden Church, who maintains a wicked cynicism throughout.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
63% Brooklyn South: Season 1 (TV, 1997-1998) 22 episodes of some of the grittiest, most authentic police drama TV has ever seen.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
67% Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Season 1 (TV, 1993) Simple and profound in all its sweet cornballness, this Emmy-winning series is a gentle delight.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
50% Dark Shadows: Season 1 (TV, 1991) I mean it as the highest of compliments when I say that the return of the campy 1960s daytime serial is deliciously, histrionically goofy.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
90% Clarissa Explains It All: Season 1 (TV, 1991) Rarely have I encountered a more vapid television series that was so enamored of its own sense of self-importance. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
71% Silk Stalkings: Season 1 (TV, 1991-1992) It's never as much sordid fun as it seems to think it is. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
60% Doogie Howser, M.D.: Season 1 (TV, 1989-1990) Holds up extremely well today, with a level of sophistication and a surprising wisdom that ranks it among one of TV's better explorations of adolescent angst.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
83% G.I. Joe: Season 1 (TV, 1985) This is some of the goofiest stuff I've ever seen, even grading on the nostalgia scale. It's inoffensive enough, to be sure, but hardly anything worth revering. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
100% Prime Suspect: Season 7 (TV, 2006) It's must-viewing for anyone who doesn't quite get the Helen Mirren mystique... and an excellent and deeply satisfying reminder for everyone else who already does.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
33% Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season 1 (TV, 1979-1980) This is 30 hours of chunky homestyle sciffy goofiness.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
100% Sherlock: Season 2 - The Reichenbach Fall (TV Episode) There are a lot of ways in which this was 90 brilliant minutes of television drama, but the first way in which it's brilliant is the opening moments. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
63% Sherlock: Season 2 - The Hounds of Baskerville (TV Episode) So, another fun episode, if perhaps more interesting on the character side than the plot side. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
100% Sherlock: Season 2 - A Scandal in Belgravia (TV Episode) Moriarty did promise to "burn the heart" out of Sherlock. But I don't imagine that even Moriarty had any idea what putting Irene Adler in Sherlock's path would do to him.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
93% Sherlock: Season 1 (TV, 2010) The cleverness of the writing, the charm of Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson, the wit of the visuals, the sheer all-encompassing magnificence of it... Everything about it is perfect. Even the score is amazing.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
60% Family Guy: Season 6 (TV, 2007-2008) The animation is gorgeous, a beautiful homage in itself to the power of the film, and there's something deeply, weirdly profound in both the intense love and the pop-culture philosophizing on show here.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
63% Ed, Edd n Eddy: Season 1 (TV, 1999) Visually, Cartoon Network's kiddie entry Ed, Edd n Eddy is delightfully gonzo, its inventive animation style and garish colors reflecting the adolescent confusion of its identically named boy heroes.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
80% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart: Season 14 (TV, 2009) I have new awe for Jon Stewart. He's the only actually doing journalism on TV these days, actually asking tough questions and insisting that people account for themselves.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
100% Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: Season 1 (TV, 2000-2003) Each of these 13 episodes of the universe's first animated legal show is a loving and outrageous homage to the toons that warped our tiny minds as children, and now have the power (of attorney!) to continue warping our minds as adults.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
38% 21 Jump Street: Season 1 (TV, 1987) After a hasty, rather ignominious replacement of the hippie-dippy Jump Street captain played by Frederic Forrest with Steven Williams's stern father figure, everything finally gels.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
92% Doctor Who: Last Christmas (2014 Special) (TV, 2014) With this episode, Moffat may have reached a pinnacle of immunizing the show not only from criticism but from any sort of discussion at all. What's the point, when none of it is real?‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
100% Moonlighting: Season 2 (TV, 1985-1986) Shepherd won a Golden Globe... and no embarrassment of award riches would be enough to commemorate their pairing, which could well be the greatest example of onscreen romantic chemistry ever, or at least certainly on a par with Tracy and Hepburn. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
92% Moonlighting: Season 1 (TV, 1985) The series distinguished itself with its clever writing, too: even the episode titles... hint at the wit and the irreverence the episodes evinced, if not consistently.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
71% ThunderCats: Season 1 (TV, 1985-1986) It almost demands to be viewed while eating a bowl of sugary breakfast cereal, the official Xer snack.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
43% The King of Queens: Season 1 (TV, 1998-1999) Obvious and distasteful, this working-class "comedy" relies entirely on class and gender stereotypes to elicit laughs in the same way that one pulls teeth. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
75% Dead Like Me: Season 1 (TV, 2003) Manages to hit every imaginable wrong note along the way. ‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
83% Laverne & Shirley: Season 1 (TV, 1976) The forced laugh track cannot cover up the petty meanness and small, cold heart of this ludicrous show.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
48% Jericho: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) The sprawling cast is all-Americana; the sprawling themes come as a direct slap in the face to the terrifying road America off the tube is heading down.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
77% The O.C.: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2004) There's little else that could make this hit Fox series any sudsier than it already is.‐ Flick Filosopher
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018