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Robert Lloyd

Columnist

Robert Lloyd has been a Los Angeles Times television critic since 2003. Previously, he held that position at L.A. Weekly, whose music editor and critic he also was for some years, and was the author of the Today column at the late Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. His oral history of “Freaks & Geeks” appeared in the January 2013 issue of Vanity Fair. Sometimes, usually after dark, he masquerades as a musician (credits available on request).

Recent Articles

  • Must-see debate week TV: 'The Choice 2016,' 'Debate Wars' and 'Drunk History'

    Must-see debate week TV: 'The Choice 2016,' 'Debate Wars' and 'Drunk History'

    Debate night! When presidential candidates stand side by side to test the strength of their arguments and the effectiveness of their rhetoric! (Sure.) An audience of a bazillion gazillion is expected, because more than usually the shape of the world, from pole to pole and meridian to meridian,...

  • 'The Exorcist' makes demons a frightening force again

    'The Exorcist' makes demons a frightening force again

    "The Exorcist," which premieres Friday, is the Fox network’s second series this season to be based on a 20th century film franchise. ("Legal Weapon" debuted Wednesday). It also doubles the number of current Fox shows with a demonic foundation, joining "Lucifer," in which the Devil runs a Hollywood...

  • Joe Swanberg goes to Netflix with all-star 'Easy'

    Joe Swanberg goes to Netflix with all-star 'Easy'

    Joe Swanberg, a busy bee who has put the indie in independent filmmaker – he completed seven features in 2010 alone – turns to television this week as the creator, director and writer of the Netflix series "Easy." A naturalistic comedy of modern manners set among the young, less young and undeniably...

  • Fox TV gives a credible 'Lethal Weapon' a new lease on life

    Fox TV gives a credible 'Lethal Weapon' a new lease on life

    It has been 30 years since the noisy arrival of “Lethal Weapon” —  the film, then the franchise — in which Mel Gibson played Martin Riggs, an LAPD detective with a death wish, and Danny Glover played his partner, Roger Murtaugh, a detective with a family. Now, 18 years after those characters were...

  • The system is rigged: Why the new CBS show 'Bull' is in step with the times. And yet ...

    The system is rigged: Why the new CBS show 'Bull' is in step with the times. And yet ...

    "Bull," which premieres Tuesday on CBS, is the brainchild of "Dr. Phil" McGraw, the TV empathizer, and Paul Attanasio, who created "Homicide: Life on the Street,” and has been based on, or inspired by, or has some tangential relation to McGraw's pre-celebrity experience as a trial consultant. Any...

  • 'Three Days of Terror' documentary recounts Charlie Hebdo attacks

    'Three Days of Terror' documentary recounts Charlie Hebdo attacks

    "Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks," which premieres Monday on HBO, is a swift, sleek documentary built entirely from on-the-scene images and the remembrances of people who were there or otherwise directly involved. Dispensing with historical context and scholarly opinion, it is a...

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