Saturday, October 31, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
But how about a sitcom that becomes the very best version of itself in Season 7?
Thursday, October 8, 2020
There’s only one reasonable response to “The Smugglers” — and its tale of 17-century piracy — and that’s unconditional surrender.
And still it’s the single most overlooked serial in all of Classic Who.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Saturday, March 14, 2020
And although I see Marling’s point, I think the problem lies as much with audiences as with studios. I see a whole lot of female writers and directors fighting to bring fascinating, “ordinary” women to the screen; I even see many of them focusing on the systemic victimization of women in a way that doesn’t diminish their subjects, but elevates them instead. I just don’t see viewers paying attention.
Friday, March 6, 2020
Peter Purves (Steven Taylor): Purves does whatever is asked of him, diligently:
Thursday, January 30, 2020
But even sporadic greatness isn’t anything to sneeze at.
Friday, January 10, 2020
Louise Jameson (Leela): Jameson commands the screen in "Face of Evil" like no companion before or since.
Sunday, January 5, 2020
2019 was a ridiculously good year for television. After 2018, when I had trouble finding ten shows I wanted to write about, 2019 left me struggling to trim down my “best of” list to a manageable size. There were too many shows I wanted to praise or — at the very least — acknowledge. (Not that there weren’t disappointments: several series that had topped my year-in-review lists in the past — Grantchester, Elementary, Mindhunter — are noticeably absent here.) So seeing how this entry is coming on the heels of my “10 Best Mary Tyler Moore Show Episodes,” which gave me as much pleasure as any piece I’ve written, I’m adopting a similar approach: I’m counting down my ten favorite shows of 2019, but after each, noting another (vaguely related) show I quite liked. So you're getting twenty recommendations for the length of ten.