TV Reviews

‘The Leftovers’ Season 2 Is Still TV’s Most Poignant Drama

by Erin Whitney a day ago
Season 2 of The Leftovers, which premieres on HBO this Sunday, has drastically changed things up from Sthe grief-heavy Season 1. After the first season reached the ending of Perrotta’s book (though Perrotta remains an executive producer), Lindelof’s series is now free to further explore other, larger areas of the story. The first three episodes of the new season, which were provided in advance to press, do exactly that.

‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’ Is Exactly What You Thought: The Same Show with a New Face

by Erin Whitney 5 days ago
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After the first episode of a new show, especially the first episode of an old show with a new face, everyone is ready to deem it either fantastic or awful. Did Trevor Noah ruin Jon Stewart’s legacy? Is The Daily Show a completely different beast? Should we stop watching now that some random unknown guy is hosting? The answer to all of those is no, or at least, we have no idea yet. But after watching the young South African comedian’s debut in Stewart’s chair on Monday night, it’s refreshing to say he did a pretty good job, and only time will tell how well he can carry the show.

Review: FOX’s ‘Minority Report’ Left to Drift Without Cruise Control

by Kevin Fitzpatrick September 18, 2015 @ 12:40 PM
FOX's 'Minority Report' TV series borrows sparingly from Spielberg, but needs a little PreCog foresight to flush out its potential. Our early spoiler-free review, before the future-flung series changes your destiny by Monday's premiere!

Review: ‘The Bastard Executioner’ Is a Double-Edged Bore

by Kevin Fitzpatrick September 15, 2015 @ 9:25 AM
FX's 'The Bastard Executioner' brings plenty of Kurt Sutter's same 'Sons of Anarchy' style to the middle ages, but does the sword-swinging followup cut twice as deep? Our early spoiler-free review, before 'The Bastard Executioner' makes his first kill in tonight's two-hour premiere.

‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ Is Off to a Solid Start

by Matt Singer September 9, 2015 @ 12:05 AM
Who is Stephen Colbert? That was the big question folks wanted answered by the premiere episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Although Colbert’s been a late-night fixture for over a decade, the guy who appeared on The Daily Show and then hosted The Colbert Report for ten seasons was “Stephen Colbert,” a fictional and wildly pompous conservative pundit designed to spoof the actual wildly pompous conservative pundits that rose to prominence along with the Fox News Network. “Colbert” we know. But the “real” Colbert, he’s still a mystery.

‘Hannibal’ Carved Up a Perfect Series Finale With ‘The Wrath of the Lamb,’ So Do We Really Need Another Season?

by Britt Hayes August 30, 2015 @ 2:22 PM
All the fuss over the last couple of months about NBC’s cancellation of Hannibal may have been distracting us from just how perfect Season 3 has been — from the European-flavored surrealist horror of the first half of the season to the slow-simmering brutality of the back half, creator Bryan Fuller has not only expertly crafted the perfect ending, but he’s also created one of the greatest love stories of contemporary television. Do we really need another season of Hannibal?

Review: Tense and Terrifying ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Is a Worthy Companion to the Original Series

by Kevin Fitzpatrick August 24, 2015 @ 7:00 AM
AMC's 'Fear The Walking Dead' can't help shambling over some familiar territory, but gets surprisingly real over the collapse of civilization, more than living up to its predecessor . Our early spoiler-free review, before the "Companion Series" premieres in full on August 23!

‘Hannibal’ Gets Deliciously Vicious in ‘The Number of the Beast Is 666’

by Britt Hayes August 23, 2015 @ 11:49 AM
God, the devil, the dragon and the lamb — in Hannibal’s eyes they are not at all dissimilar, as most things remain slippery in his mind palace. Everything tends to bleed and blur together in his orbit, as evoked in the persistent motif of layering one character’s face over Hannibal’s own. Divided by the glass partition of his cell, it’s easier to blend Jack or Will or Alana’s faces with Hannibal’s, as they stare at each other from either side of the glass and Hannibal delivers his weekly sermons on the currency of evil.