Emmys: 55th Emmys (TV, 2003)
Yawn-inducing crap, including a parade of writers and producers who remind us of our schoolteachers. Not exactly what we tuned in to see.
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Emmys: 61st Emmys (TV, 2009)
A brisk, mostly entertaining show pulled along by Harris' unstoppable energy and obvious popularity with the audience at the Nokia Theatre in Hollywood.
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Golden Globes: 70th Golden Globe Awards (TV, 2013)
Fey and Poehler handled the hosting duties like pros, but they did get help from some fun presenters.
Posted Dec 4, 2019
The Academy Awards: 84th Oscars (TV, 2012)
Crystal surprised everyone toward the beginning of the show by... doing exactly what he always does, singing. After last year's failed attempt to be young and hip, the Oscars' approach this year was clearly, "Ah, hell, let's just do what worked before."
Posted Nov 5, 2019
The Academy Awards: 79th Oscars (TV, 2007)
Once again this year, the broadcast ran long... It was worth the wait to see Scorsese finally win.
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Rita Rocks: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009)
Ultimately, Rita Rocks, plays a tired old tune.
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Boston Legal: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005)
Spader sparkles, set beautifully within a gem of a supporting cast featuring Shatner, whose over-the-top blowhard is a joy to watch.
Posted Oct 15, 2019
The League: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010)
The League is funny and fits perfectly as a companion to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Joey: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005)
It may seem to get off to a slow start, but it is deliberate; "Joey" is expertly written and paced, taking its time to build arcs of character and story that hit you unexpectedly at the end with a solar-plexus payoff.
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Sit Down, Shut Up: Season 1 (TV, 2009)
It's simple-minded and crude... At this point I say "Sit Down" needs to shut up.
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Crusoe: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009)
Yes, the dialogue often is wooden... but what's not to love about a guy and his bestie living in a treehouse and defending their deserted island from the occasional marauder?
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Emmys: 65th Emmys (TV, 2013)
It was, in a word, a bummer... Nothing seemed to help. Every time the show got moving, a tribute cast a pall over the proceedings.
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Dirt: Season 2 (TV, 2008)
Half the fun you'll have this season is keeping track of which real stars are being spoofed. The rest of the time, you'll revel in watching Cox get deliciously down and dirty.
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Strike Back: Vengeance (TV, 2012)
"Strike Back" is the smartest action thriller on TV.
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The Academy Awards: 83rd Oscars (TV, 2011)
Hathaway and Franco, the youngest hosting pair in Academy Award history, tried mightily to liven up the proceedings, but more often than not fell flat in their delivery of the jokes written for them.
Posted Feb 1, 2019
The Academy Awards: 88th Oscars (TV, 2016)
Rock simply did a good job of recognizing the issue everyone is talking about and putting his spin on the conversation...Rock made his time count.
Posted Jan 28, 2019
A Young Doctor's Notebook: Season 1 (TV, 2013)
Believe it or not, that stomach-turning gore is part of this four-part gem's charm. "A Young Doctor's Notebook" gets the balance between tragedy and comedy just right.
Posted Dec 3, 2018
Samantha Who?: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008)
The series is a showcase for Applegate, who gets to play the vulnerable "new" Sam as well as, in flashbacks, the heartless "old" Sam. Because of Applegate, whoever Sam ends up being, she'll be unforgettable.
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Hot in Cleveland: Season 2 (TV, 2011)
The gang delivers a ton of mostly low-brow laughs, but they're laughs nonetheless.
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Key & Peele: Season 3 (TV, 2013)
OK, they're still funny-but I was most interested in seeing new characters and sketches...All joking aside, Key and Peele do still have something to say.
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 (TV, 2016)
It's no miracle that they're better than ever.
Posted Dec 31, 2016
The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Hearts Still Beating (TV Episode)
What a frustrating show this is. Whenever The Walking Dead hints at major changes that could upset the status quo, the show bends over backward to put things back the way they were.
Posted Dec 12, 2016
The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Sing Me a Song (TV Episode)
Although the episode ends too abruptly, leaving all the resolution for the midseason finale, "Sing Me a Song" stands out as one of the better efforts of the half-season.
Posted Dec 5, 2016
The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Swear (TV Episode)
Ratings are in a free fall for The Walking Dead [because] the showrunners have finally realized they don't have enough story to fill an entire season, so we're relegated to these stand-alone episodes focusing on fringe characters we don't care about.
Posted Nov 27, 2016
The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Go Getters (TV Episode)
The audience at home has to suffer through one of the worst episodes in the history of The Walking Dead.
Posted Nov 20, 2016
The Walking Dead: Season 7 - Service (TV Episode)
It's fair to wonder how long this show plans to milk this misery porn before giving us a glimpse of a way out.
Posted Nov 13, 2016
The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Cell (TV Episode)
Aside from providing more background about Negan's rules and consequences, the episode fails to work. The main problem is that the story positions Dwight as the protagonist. He's an unlikable character.
Posted Nov 7, 2016
The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Well (TV Episode)
Though "The Well" is shaky in its first few acts, the episode redeems itself in the end, presenting one of the deepest characters the show has ever put forth.
Posted Oct 31, 2016
Good Girls Revolt: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016)
An empowering, optimistic show that's worth a watch but isn't doing anything marvelous.
Posted Oct 28, 2016
Rick's Snot Bubble: Honestly, one of the better acting performances we've seen on the show. It appeared and vanished in a moment of pure honesty. It will be missed.
Posted Oct 24, 2016
Eyewitness: Season 1 (TV, 2016)
You might throw your hands up in exasperation a few times, but you'll keep watching, and the wait between cliffhangered weeks will be a tough one.
Posted Oct 13, 2016
Timeless: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017)
The result is something resembling a song you secretly like but can't quite understand why.
Posted Sep 30, 2016
Easy: Season 1 (TV, 2016)
One of the best things about "Easy" is the endless storytelling possibilities the format holds.
Posted Sep 20, 2016
High Maintenance: Season 1 (TV, 2016)
Blichfeld and Sinclair have a winning series, one that continually evolves with endless story possibilities.
Posted Sep 16, 2016
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 3 (TV, 2016)
Like the reboot that made Season 2, the latest 10-episode order upgrades the show's formula.
Posted Aug 29, 2016
The Get Down: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016)
The Get Down has plenty of problems: pacing, messy story lines and stiff acting by new faces. But when it comes to capturing the spirit and essence of a critical era in music's evolution, it works where Vinyl and Roadies did not.
Posted Aug 15, 2016
Mr. Robot: Season 2 - eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc (TV Episode)
Now that Mr. Robot is returning for a second season, it succeeds in keeping the blistering pace and high-stakes momentum that its first act set.
Posted Jul 14, 2016
Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Winds of Winter (TV Episode)
After a season of delayed gratification, all the chickens, sparrows and ravens came home to roost in a blockbuster episode that ranks among the best Game of Thrones hours ever.
Posted Jun 27, 2016
Orange Is the New Black: Season 4 (TV, 2016)
Orange continues to deliver, and while we yearn for our favorites from the first season, the show must go on.
Posted Jun 16, 2016
Game of Thrones: Season 6 - No One (TV Episode)
Since undoing last season's weird cliffhangers, the show has been dog-paddling in place, refusing to allow any major developments. That tactic is getting a little old.
Posted Jun 12, 2016
Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Broken Man (TV Episode)
verything we saw in "The Broken Man" was excellent, but it's hard not to miss the unpredictability of the old Game of Thrones.
Posted Jun 6, 2016
Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Blood of My Blood (TV Episode)
After the best episode of this season, "Game of Thrones" downshifts to do some housekeeping in "Blood of My Blood." Part of the problem with a world this vast is that there are lots of loose ends to tie up.
Posted May 30, 2016
Game of Thrones: Season 6 - The Door (TV Episode)
"The Door" was the best episode of the young season as almost every single storyline blossomed.
Posted May 22, 2016
Empire: Season 2 - Past Is Prologue (TV Episode)
And so Empire's uneven second season comes to an action-packed end.
Posted May 19, 2016
Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Book of the Stranger (TV Episode)
While the reunions were satisfying, it still seems the showrunners are delaying any major conflicts until season's end. At least the wheels are in motion for some action.
Posted May 15, 2016
Empire: Season 2 - Rise by Sin (TV Episode)
"Rise By Sin" in particular pulled together the most emotionally resonant and long-simmering elements of Season 2 into a fast-paced, powerful episode.
Posted May 12, 2016
Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Oathbreaker (TV Episode)
Battle is always more entertaining than bullying. We need our main characters off the sidelines and into the fray soon.
Posted May 8, 2016
Empire: Season 2 - The Lyon Who Cried Wolf (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 6 - Home (TV Episode)
After a series of arbitrary missteps toward the end of last season, Game of Thrones has almost completed a full U-turn back into its groove.
Posted May 2, 2016
Empire: Season 2 - More Than Kin (TV Episode)