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Darren Franich

Darren Franich

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Prisoner: Miniseries (TV, 1967-1968) "The Prisoner was the best show of 1967. Watch it now, today, a half-century after it debuted. And ask yourself: Is it the best show of 2017? " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 20, 2018
B- No Score Yet Fear the Walking Dead: Season 4 (TV, 2018) "The main feeling you get from Fear's new season is that the mainline Dead show has swallowed Fear, like a snake eating its own tail, or a zombie biting its own foot. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 4, 2018
A- 91% The Good Fight: Season 2 (TV, 2018) "Baranski is doing incredible work here. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 3, 2018
88% Atlanta: Robbin' Season Episode 5 "It's a familiar structure for Atlanta, the circular Odyssey. It's also a great showcase for Henry, who says so much with his weary expression, a not-unamused exhaustion suggesting he already knows how all the stories end. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 30, 2018
B+ 91% The Terror: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The Terror can be scary, but it's real achievement is climatological. The freeze is tangible. When you watch it, wear a sweater. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 27, 2018
B 92% Legion: Season 2 (TV, 2018) "Between the music-video grandiosity, there are genuine humane charms. I love Bill Irwin and Amber Midthunder as Cary/Kerry, a double-person with an indefinable chemistry somewhere between squabbling siblinghood and true romance. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 23, 2018
B+ 98% The Americans: Season 6 (TV, 2018) "The magnitude of the espionage feels unconvincing, and the murder-happy episodes suggest they learned the wrong lesson from last year's too-slow burn. But The Americans gets more patient when it examines the widening cracks in the Jennings marriage. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 23, 2018
36% The X-Files: Season 11 Episode 10 ""My Struggle IV" was not a good episode of television. It sure was wild, though. Chris Carter has left a curious legacy for himself in this revival. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 22, 2018
C- 60% Krypton: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "There's a real missed opportunity here, I think, to portray a new kind of Krypton onscreen. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 21, 2018
A- 90% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The format might be familiar, but there's more detail, a greater sense of context. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 15, 2018
B- 58% Rise: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Rise wants to be an inspiring drama. More accurate to describe it as a drama about wanting to be inspirational...Rise seems uninterested in its own best instincts, willing to bring up ideas but unwilling to carry them over the finish line. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 13, 2018
B+ 89% Sneaky Pete: Season 2 (TV, 2018) "Sneaky Pete is built on clockwork-precision pleasures, fine actors and witty dialogue and plotting that turns every minor problem into a life-threatening incident. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 9, 2018
75% The X-Files: Season 11 Episode 8 ""Familiar" works in a way no other "serious" episodes have lately. There's no incoherent William drama, no awkward struggle to incorporate fan-service cameos. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 8, 2018
C+ 87% Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 2 (TV, 2018) "The first five episodes of Jessica Jones reflect the Very Long Movie problem, the feeling that you're watching a two-hour plot idea overstretched to absurdity. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 8, 2018
C 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) "Depressingly, A Wrinkle in Time has less in common with its spiky protagonist than her plastic doppelganger, flattened into familiar wonders, a sincere attempt at empowerment crushed into preachy dullness. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 7, 2018
45% 90th Academy Awards "What fun we had at this year's Oscars! Long show, sure, but where to cut it? " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 5, 2018
100% The X-Files: Season 11 Episode 7 "I'm such a sucker for concept episodes, and "Rm9sbG93ZXJz" is one of the niftiest experiments in The X-Files' long history...It's a boldly small-scale reconsideration of Mulder and Scully. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 1, 2018
B- 75% Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (TV, 2018) "The absence of justice crackles with real-world energy, but the show lacks a dramatic center, cycling through musical-biopic hagiography and procedural-miniseries dullness...In attempting to tell a sprawling story, the producers have overstretched. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 28, 2018
C 19% Living Biblically: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Living Biblically replaces Jacobs' playfully twisted tone with expired gags about the Jonas Bothers, Twilight, and Blockbuster Video. Like a lot of latter-day network sitcoms, Biblically overstretches its premise with too-familiar settings. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 28, 2018
B+ 94% UnReal: Season 3 (TV, 2018) "UnREAL's still in the oh God please phase of its own reboot, but these new episodes are encouraging. Everyone is back where they belong: ruining one another's lives, turning reality itself into a lie. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 26, 2018
A 99% Atlanta: Robbin' Season (TV, 2018) "The ecstatic pleasure of Atlanta is how it grounds nigh-Lynchian strangeness in addictive specificity: stylish visuals, fully realized characters, a feeling for the modern African American experience. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 16, 2018
B 69% Everything Sucks!: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Pleasant surprise: Everything Sucks! has one of the best new characters on television. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 14, 2018
C 80% Star Trek: Discovery: Chapters 1 & 2 Episode 15 "Last week, I left off with a simple thought: I was excited for this finale, because I still honestly wanted to know what kind of Star Trek show Discovery wants to be. "Disappointing" is the simple answer. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 11, 2018
C- 16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) "Ten years and three films deep, the loose trilogy is a case study in marketing, a portrait of how the noise around a franchise starts to matter more than the movies that form the franchise. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 7, 2018
75% Star Trek: Discovery: Chapters 1 & 2 Episode 14 "Discovery loves curveballs, has built a narrative foundation on ever-shifting quicksand. So, I'm hesitant to say we have any final answers. But the season's penultimate episode seemed to walk back much of the twisted fun of the Mirror Universe arc. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 4, 2018
93% Star Trek: Discovery: Chapters 1 & 2 Episode 13 "If you're going to be the most violent Star Trek show ever, you might as well be a fun violent Star Trek show. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 28, 2018
B- 65% Altered Carbon: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Kinnaman's going for wounded Bogart charisma, but the whiplashing plot makes him more like one of Elisha Cook Jr.'s unlucky saps, perpetually slouching toward doom...right now Altered Carbon is all sleeve and no stack. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 23, 2018
59% The Resident: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "But what we have here is really two shows in one. There's that dark, fascinating portrait of the modern hospital. And then there's the much more standard, dispiritingly regular drama about a cool doctor with eleven o'clock shadow. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 23, 2018
B- 66% The Alienist: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Like a lot of recent dramas, you feel that no expense has been spared. Gilded Age New York is rendered with painstaking detail, dirty streets and gleaming high-society functions. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 23, 2018
B+ 81% My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "My Next Guest could just be a retirement project, but there are so many conversations we need to have. We should pay more attention to people who never bothered learning how to express something complicated in the length of a tweet. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 12, 2018
B 87% American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (TV, 2018) "I love the show's willingness to explore everyone orbiting Cunanan's murder spree, but the central characters feel held at a worshipful remove. Oddly, Versace is best when it leaves Versace behind. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 12, 2018
B- 69% 9-1-1: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "9-1-1 mainly feels like a professional attempt by eccentric creators to draft their own down-the-middle network series. There are pleasures in any form. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 3, 2018
92% I Love You, America: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "I'm glad Silverman has a venue for this because we should have a venue for this. The other political late night hosts can feel like they're preaching. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 27, 2017
B- 46% A Christmas Story Live! "If this live musical craze continues, can I request a follow-up from this same creative team? " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 18, 2017
93% Black Mirror: Season 4 (TV, 2017) "The new Black Mirror season continues the anthology's outward expansion. There are three episodes helmed by feature film directors. There's one brilliant standout epic. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 6, 2017
B+ 77% Happy!: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "Consider Happy! an unexpected stocking stuffer. To quote Home Alone 2, another yuletide tale about a heroic psychopath torturing bad guys in New York City: Merry Christmas, you filthy animal. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 4, 2017
B 100% Vikings: Season 5 (TV, 2017-2018) "In a distant land where mountains chug inky blackness into the sky and waves crash on infinite beaches, Floki finds what he believes to be his destiny. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 30, 2017
B- 96% Search Party: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "The party isn't over, but I miss the thrill of the search. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 20, 2017
B 97% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) "It's not quite good, and in some ways the film's point is rather loathsome, but it's also an enthralling look at the artistic process - and, maybe accidentally, a bleak vision of the power and privilege of celebrity. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 16, 2017
B+ 88% She's Gotta Have It: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "This new series isn't an adaptation. It's a profound act of cinematic graffiti, gentrifiers be damned. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 14, 2017
B- 100% Vice Principals: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "I struggled with Vice Principals, but I did love it. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 13, 2017
C+ 62% Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Reading The Punisher didn't make me violent, but watching The Punisher sure made me bored. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 13, 2017
A- 89% The Climb: Pilot (TV, 2017) "That line - and Kilpatrick's performance - captures the sincerity of Nia's ambitions and the show's askew riff on the modern American Dream. It's hard to know if this balance could continue in a series, but this pilot is a marvel. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 10, 2017
B 89% Sea Oak: Pilot (TV, 2017) "So it feels like we're in the world of indieland quirk - Napoleon Dynamite but also sad sometimes - and it doesn't help that everyone seems to be doing their broadest "working class" accent. There's a big twist in Sea Oak, though. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 10, 2017
B+ 100% Love You More: Pilot (TV, 2017) "There's a real sweetness running through this show, especially in Karen's interactions with her roommate Jean (Loni Anderson), a seventysomething widow who likes hashtags. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 10, 2017
B+ 83% Marvel's Runaways: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "The casually diverse makeup of that ensemble (and the shot-on-location pleasures of the show's scenery) suggests a richly panoramic vision of Los Angeles culture. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 1, 2017
C 35% Jigsaw (2017) "Seven years after Saw 3D, you would've expected a back-to-basics approach, but Jigsaw doubles down on the franchise's twisty storytelling. It feels too long, and it's only 90 minutes. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 28, 2017
C 94% Stranger Things: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "No one wants to stay at a party that long, and it's worth pointing out that no classic '80s movie mentioned in this review ran over two hours. No one will complain if Stranger Things 3 rips off the concept of brevity. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 24, 2017
A- 100% DuckTales: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "So, some news: The new DuckTales is better than the original show. Funnier, more ambitious. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 16, 2017
A- 96% Mindhunter: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Mindhunter is charming, a conversational exploration of criminal behavior that could become an origin story for modern American madness. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 16, 2017
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