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Scream: The TV Series

TV REVIEW: Scream | Blog

When a lone woman in an elaborate home receives a mysterious phone call near the beginning of the Scream TV series, fans of the cinematic series should know what they’re in for. The new MTV show has clearly been inspired and built with the Wes...

Fresh off the Boat Poster

TV Review: Fresh off the Boat | Blog

Sitcoms like The Wonder Years, That 70s Show, and The Goldbergs partly thrive as celebrations of the decade in which they were set. Like the dramatic AMC hit Mad Men, these shows use their historical setting as a backdrop for the stories that they...

The Comeback Season 2

TV REVIEW: The Comeback | Blog

Nine years ago, the character Valerie Cherish graced us with her presence in the HBO comedy The Comeback. Played by Lisa Kudrow (doing her career-best work), Cherish was a struggling actress hoping for a career revival with both a new teen-oriented...

TV REVIEW: The Newsroom | Blog

The Newsroom, Aaron’s Sorkin’s intellectually-driven HBO drama about a fictional news organization that strives for principles above ratings, has finally hit its stride in its third season. It’s unfortunate that this season— which premieres...

Homeland Season 4

Homeland Season 4 Review | Blog

For long-term fans of the Showtime drama Homeland (including myself), a complete storytelling reboot of the series seemed necessary after the show’s uneven third season. The first season of the show was one of the best opening seasons of any...

Forever

Forever Review | Blog

“My life is just like yours except for one small difference. It never ends.” So states Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), the lead in the new drama Forever, which premieres tonight on ABC. The show follows the familiar trend of featuring a main...

Homeland Season 3 Episode 4 Review | Blog

“I’m a professional. I’m paid to make arguments, not wave a flag.” -Benett After last week’s disappointing episode of Homeland, it felt like nearly anything would be an improvement. But the latest episode—entitled “Game On”— did...

Homeland Season 3 Episode 2 Review | Blog

“She didn’t lose it. We did that to her.” –Peter Quinn So notes Quinn (Rupert Friend) in one of this  episode’s most heartfelt remarks. At the end of the third season’s premiere (last week’s episode), Saul (Mandy...

Homeland Season 3 Episode 1 Review | Blog

The third season of Homeland premiered last night with a quiet but powerful episode entitled “Tin Man is Down.” Skipping ahead to 58 days after the CIA explosion decimated the intelligence agency’s headquarters, this episode featured a...