Sam Adams TV Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Good Place: Season 4 (TV, 2019) The Good Place went out on its own terms, with a finale that argued that choosing your own ending is both a reward you earn and a gift you give.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
90% The Mandalorian: Season 1 - Chapter 1 (TV Episode) 39 minutes of mediocre Star Wars.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
81% Living With Yourself: Season 1 (TV, 2019) You can't just keep the good and discard the bad; you have to live with both.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
89% Stranger Things: Season 3 (TV, 2019) Even the most distinctive moments feel disconnected from the rest, especially a segment in the final episode that feels as if its sole purpose is to be extracted and recirculated as a meme. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
48% Game of Thrones: Season 8 - The Iron Throne (TV Episode) It's an ending only a writer could love. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
53% Cop Rock: Season 1 (TV, 1990) It's easy to pinpoint where Cop Rock went wrong. Its songs... are rarely memorable, except for the wrong reasons, and they tend to stall the plot rather than advance it.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
100% Documentary Now!: Season 3 (TV, 2019) Directors Rhys Thomas and Alex Buono nail the panoply of visual and rhythmic styles so thoroughly that if you didn't know what they were up to, you might actually buy the series' longtime conceit.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
56% Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes: Miniseries (TV, 2019) Joe Berlinger's four-hour Netflix series about Ted Bundy is called Conversations with a Killer, but its dialogues tend to only run one way.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
98% Leaving Neverland: Miniseries (TV, 2019) One of the advantages of Leaving Neverland's long-form approach is that the interviews with Robson and Safechuck aren't edited down to their most obviously emotional moments.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
98% Hannibal: Season 2 (TV, 2014) With its gory violence and occasional highbrow dialogue, it's hard to believe Hannibal airs on an American broadcast network. But really, it's hard to believe it's on TV at all. It's a marvelous, malificent miracle. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
98% American Vandal: Season 2 (TV, 2018) It's better than anyone could have expected, but a little less than they might have hoped. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
93% The Haunting of Hill House: The Haunting of Hill House (TV, 2018) It isn't the words that stick with you... It's the sight of the Bent-Neck Lady...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
85% Garth Marenghi's Darkplace: Season 1 (TV, 2004) From its misplaced edits to flat performances and overripe dialogue, Darkplace is perfect in its imperfections.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
88% NewsRadio: Season 5 (TV, 1998-1999) Hartman's murder dealt the show a blow from which it could never recover... The clockwork never ticked with quite the same precision.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
93% NewsRadio: Season 1 (TV, 1995) It was clear that NewsRadio was something special. Here was a show that, rather than expecting its audience to ignore the strangeness of a multicamera sitcom and instead played into it, crafting episodes with the breakneck absurdity of classic farce.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
98% The Good Place: Season 3 (TV, 2018-2019) Unlike most network sitcoms, The Good Place allows its characters to change-the Michael of Season 3 is radically different from the one we knew two years ago.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
100% Spaced: Season 1 (TV, 1999) What really lifts Spaced out of the mix is the character of Daisy, played by co-creator Jessica Hynes (née Stevenson).‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
100% America to Me: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Even in a series this expansive, you keep wishing you could spend more time with more people, but its scope allows James and his team to show both victories and defeats fade into the past, how fragile and yet how resilient its protagonists can be. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
63% Disenchantment: Part 1 (TV, 2018) The push for the shock of the new doesn't always produce good results, but it wouldn't have hurt for Disenchantment to branch out on its own at least a little bit.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
100% Fringe: Season 4 (TV, 2011-2012) The show's creators have been bolder about playing to the crowd, letting new arrivals find their own way in rather than constantly starting from scratch. It may have cost them some casual viewers, but the show encourages obsession, and rewards it as well.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
67% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Season 1 (TV, 1981) Douglas Adams' tale of a wayward Earthling cast into the world of space travel is so great that even its third-best version -- after the original radio play and Adams' series of novels -- is a classic. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
100% The Good Place: Season 2 (TV, 2017-2018) The Good Place's first season was subtly informed by the absurdity of addressing weighty moral questions in the form of a network sitcom, and its second takes the meta to new levels.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
90% Legion: Season 1 (TV, 2017) This particular version of David Haller may or may not have multiple personalities, but Legion itself does, and it can't seem to decide which one should take the lead.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
97% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3 (TV, 2017) Season 3 is so dense with jokes that it's hard to watch too many episodes in one sitting. Also, it's glorious.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
91% The Good Wife: Season 7 (TV, 2015-2016) The show regained some sense of purpose once it was clear that this season would be its last and the Kings could start writing in earnest towards their planned ending.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
97% Atlanta: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Glover seems like a known quantity. Atlanta suggests the depths of his talent are only beginning to be tapped.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
98% Making a Murderer: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Making a Murderer goes deep instead of broad, exploiting the inherent drama of a murder investigation and subsequent criminal trials.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
77% The Cosmopolitans: Season 1 (TV, 2014) It's like being inside a Woody Allen movie without Allen's character to point out what self-absorbed schmucks these people are.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2014
87% black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) Its broadness isn't dumbed-down so much as it is welcoming, inviting its potential audience to sit down to a nice home-cooked meal before hitting them with some humorously phrased but still uncomfortable truths.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2014
B+ 87% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) It's not the future of TV, but it makes you feel pretty good about its present.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2014
B+ 91% Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) Feels like a wisp of light next to its premium-cable competition's endless night.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2014
B 56% Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014) Blossoms into a surprisingly tender portrait of a man and a woman trying to make room for their own relationship in a house crammed full of children, dogs, fish and an ever-growing stack of unpaid bills.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2014
B 81% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) The pilot feels more like a sizzle reel than a story; it's enough to pique your interest, but that's all it does.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2014
81% 24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014) I can't imagine how [it] looks to a novice viewer, but as a longtime fan who came to embrace the show's ridiculous core, it's slightly thrilling to slip back into the old rhythms, to feel my pulse quicken in time with that accelerating countdown.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted May 6, 2014
B+ 86% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The Strain" is garbage, and I kind of love it.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2014
91% Mad Men: Season 7 - Person to Person (TV Episode) For all the tumult in Mad Men's final stretch, Weiner guided his characters to surprisingly soft landings. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 18, 2015
96% Mad Men: Season 7 - The Milk and Honey Route (TV Episode) Matthew Weiner dropped a bomb on his audience as well as his characters. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 11, 2015
97% Mad Men: Season 7 - Lost Horizon (TV Episode) [Don's] meant to be free, not tied down by a four-year contract - although the brief glimpse of his Social Security card, secreted away in an envelope with Megan's wedding ring, reminds us that while Don Draper signed that contract, Dick Whitman did not.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
97% Mad Men: Season 7 - Time & Life (TV Episode) "Time & Life" was the show's busiest hour in weeks, a welcome change of pace full of intensely enjoyable moments that hearkened back to Sterling Cooper's glory days.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
90% Mad Men: Season 7 - The Forecast (TV Episode) This is still a series that seems exquisitely aware of our desire for a satisfying ending, and just as determined to mess with it.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2015
59% Mad Men: Season 7 - New Business (TV Episode) After last week's densely packed and symbolically fraught midseason opener, tonight episode ("New Business") felt like a breath of fresh air - or maybe more like a wisp of a breeze, over almost before it started.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2015
75% 24: Day 8 (TV, 2010) A few weeks ago, Jack shot an unarmed woman in cold blood, and the zeitgeist rolled over and hit snooze.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2010