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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 50% The Alienist: Miniseries (TV, 2018) "Serial killers are always intriguing because they feel so alien, but The Alienist can't will itself to be anything more than an R-rated update. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Jan 22, 2018
B+ No Score Yet Grace and Frankie: Season 4 (TV, 2018) "Continuing its fearless quest to address the anxieties associated with aging, Grace and Frankie dares to ask if its characters' wild misadventures aren't actually funny anymore. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Jan 19, 2018
A- No Score Yet The Path: Season 3 (TV, 2018) "The Path Season 3 remains one helluva walk. Get to steppin'. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Jan 18, 2018
A- 100% Counterpart: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Counterpart is more than a trending topic. It feels like a series that's here to stay. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Jan 18, 2018
B- 86% American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (TV, 2018) "Edgar Ramirez makes for a commanding Versace, exuding confidence in a largely quiet depiction, and yet his understated turn doesn't undermine later scenes where Gianni is scared. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Jan 16, 2018
C 69% Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Electric Dreams is too content with what Dick already dreamt up. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Jan 12, 2018
B- No Score Yet Crashing: Season 2 (TV, 2018) "For anyone already hooked on Crashing, Season 2 should keep them coming back, and new or unfamiliar viewers will find their patience through Season 1 adequately rewarded. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Jan 10, 2018
B+ 97% The End of the F***ing World: Series 1 (TV, 2018) "No matter how you take the ending, each interpretation carries significance, which is exactly what the creator intended. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Jan 8, 2018
A- 83% The Chi: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The Chi focuses primarily on the people who are accused of waging a "war on police." They're not, and while the show isn't necessarily arguing it's the other way around, it doesn't exonerate the police either. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Jan 4, 2018
D 67% 9-1-1: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The Fox procedural 911 is absolutely impossible to watch with a straight face, despite the earnest attempts of its A-list cast. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Jan 3, 2018
B 91% grown-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "It's a diverse group and a talented one. Many series with young casts filled with new faces have at least one weak spot, but like Dear White People before it, this college comedy seems to have put together one helluva squad. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Jan 3, 2018
B+ 56% LA to Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "There's more than enough here to justify watching. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Jan 2, 2018
A- 100% Insecure: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "Season 2 is taking those break-ups and building something new. Issa and Molly are stronger characters because of what happened; Issa and Lawrence are, too " ‐ indieWire
Posted Dec 28, 2017
86% Divorce: Season 2 (TV, 2018) "Sarah Jessica Parker's return to HBO has a bit sunnier and less technical approach this time around. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Dec 27, 2017
B- 68% Gunpowder: Miniseries (TV, 2017) "This depiction of history from the perspective of the powerless fails to spark. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Dec 15, 2017
A- 100% The Defiant Ones: Miniseries (TV, 2017) "Men have flaws, and for these two icons, the ultimate act of defiance might be showing them. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Dec 13, 2017
C+ 64% Jean-Claude Van Johnson: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "... as nutty as "Jean-Claude Van Johnson" sounds, its execution feels too familiar to earn its spot. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Dec 13, 2017
B 76% Happy!: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The two form a cute, classic odd couple, and Happy certainly makes for a memorable partner. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Dec 6, 2017
94% Peaky Blinders: Season 4 (TV, 2017) "This one's got more mass appeal than it lets on. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Dec 1, 2017
A- 100% Easy: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "It's a refreshing experiment, and one filled with diverse characters, challenging ideas, and charming performances. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Dec 1, 2017
B+ 83% The Get Down: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "It's a fascinating subject told with vibrancy on every level, and the production deserves immense respect for the artistry packed into these episodes, rather than simply being saddled with the "troubled" label. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 28, 2017
A- No Score Yet Angie Tribeca: Season 3 (TV, 2017) "Portman, Pine, and the slew of other celebrity guests who pop up in the first five episodes of Season 3 - including Michaela Watkins with the best pop-in line of the year during Episode 3 - help keep "Angie Tribeca" among the best comedies out there. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 28, 2017
B- 93% The Crown: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "Some viewers may look for exactly this in their television: a beautiful recreation of historical events, connected by safe assumptions about the people who lived through them. But television is capable of so much more. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 21, 2017
A- 88% Godless: Miniseries (TV, 2017) "Every moment counts, making for an overall experience as to-the-point as Mary Agnes herself. Even when it appears to be taking some extra time for itself, "Godless" isn't wasting a second. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 21, 2017
B+ 96% The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "With a much-needed message for our times, a talented ensemble cast, and the period appeal of a Mad Men-with-a-feminine-flair production design, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is well on its way to becoming the next obsession for Gilmore Girls devotees. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 20, 2017
A- 96% Search Party: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "The key piece of Tolstoy-penned evidence from a year ago is still guiding the series: "The pleasure lies not in discovering the truth, but in searching for it." And this search is quite a pleasure. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 16, 2017
D 41% Power: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Power is the kind of show that uses f-bombs to emphasize a point, hoping to sound tough but coming off as ignorant instead. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 15, 2017
C 71% American Horror Story: Cult Episode 11 "Often dulled by a convoluted plot and violence that was either too tame or unimaginatively blunt, this is far from the razor's edge of socio-political commentary. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 15, 2017
B- 79% Future Man: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "If you're one to be won over by knowingly nostalgic nods livened up by vulgarities and violence - not to mention the always addictive presence of Coupe - this Hulu series is likely a fine, fun distraction for the present. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 14, 2017
A- 87% She's Gotta Have It: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The story's relevance dominates all stylistic foibles. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 13, 2017
B 100% Love You More: Pilot (TV, 2017) "With the addition of greater stakes, this could become an addictive series, but unfortunately that's absent in this pilot. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 10, 2017
C- 63% Ill Behaviour: Miniseries (TV, 2017) "Perhaps Ill Behaviour will resonate more with viewers whose closest friends aren't particularly good at the whole friendship thing. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 9, 2017
B 70% No Activity: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The first CBS All Access comedy may not break new ground, but it handles its simple premise with earnestness and enthusiasm. There's something to be said for getting the basics so very right. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 8, 2017
A- 82% The Girlfriend Experience: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "The Girlfriend Experience does exactly what it sets out to do: Chronicling these women either as aggressively as the world around them, like Kerrigan does, or with an open mind and unpredictable destination, " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 6, 2017
A- 100% Bates Motel: Season 5 (TV, 2017) "For Bates Motel, such a fitting end may seem antithetical to a series with so many shocks, but it should help the series stand up over time " ‐ indieWire
Posted Nov 4, 2017
B+ 74% SMILF: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "You won't spend long dwelling on the title, but you'll want to stick with this story. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 30, 2017
A 92% The Deuce: Season 1 Episode 8 "The Deuce, like much of David Simon's work, is about making the audience look at people whom society refuses to acknowledge, and the Season 1 finale put its spotlight on Ruby. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 29, 2017
B 94% Stranger Things: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "When Stranger Things 2 digs into these characters, it tends to succeed. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 23, 2017
A- 100% Red Oaks: Season 3 (TV, 2017) "Gangemi and Jacobs' series may not go out with a bang, but it decidedly concludes on its own terms. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 20, 2017
C 73% The Legend of Master Legend: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Maybe we don't get it either, but there needs to be more empathy or action in this black comedy for it to be worthy of [John] Hawkes' commitment. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 19, 2017
B- 73% Oasis: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "There's not a lot of artistic flair to Kevin MacDonald's direction, but he tells the story cleanly enough and there are some fun quirks to the execution. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 19, 2017
C+ 64% Lore: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Such effective audio storytelling already left its mark on the podcast world, and the Amazon adaptation doesn't elevate things at all. If anything, it's less effective because you can't watch it in your car or while out for a jog. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 13, 2017
B+ 96% Mindhunter: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Sometimes it's funny. Often it's chilling. But however you take it, at least "Mindhunter" is working a fresh angle. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 12, 2017
88% American Horror Story: Cult Episode 6 "American Horror Story may not be able to satisfy its fans by toning things down, but it hit the right chord this week - for victims, for fans, and for the series itself. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 11, 2017
92% The Deuce: Season 1 Episode 5 "Eileen's story is too vivid for viewers to forget, but Vincent and Frankie don't have to see past the closed door. But viewers can learn so much from these stories by acknowledging what Vincent refuses to. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 10, 2017
B 94% Spielberg "Spielberg still feels like a respectful appreciation of a beloved figure more than an insightful study. There's nothing wrong with that, but ... it's also OK to ask for more. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 6, 2017
B+ 77% Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (TV, 2017) "King Pine nails the tricky tone the movie perfected, the prequel couldn't sustain, and the sequel embraces ten-fold: silly but focused, confident but nonchalant, and always, always, deeply invested in the character(s). Long may he reign. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 3, 2017
C- 70% The Gifted: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "While there are undeniable parallels to discrimination and immigration, The Gifted is still a rather predictable, thrill-less hour of television that hasn't found a consistent source of drama, fun, or basic entertainment. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 3, 2017
A- 77% Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 9 (TV, 2017) "Despite a six-year gap between Season 8 and Season 9, Larry David's attack on uncomfortable social customs felt right at home in 2017. Some things never change, and David is certainly one of those things. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 2, 2017
B- No Score Yet The Last Man on Earth: Season 4 (TV, 2017-2018) "Like watching two sea-doos slowly arcing through the ocean on an unlikely, yet inevitable collision course, The Last Man on Earth Season 4 premiere offered a few tantalizing possibilities, but ultimately felt stuck on a predictable path. " ‐ indieWire
Posted Oct 2, 2017
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