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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

  • 'Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life' slowly matures beyond the bro-fest

    'Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life' slowly matures beyond the bro-fest

    "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life," a post-collegiate comedy premiering Sunday on Fox, is set in a world where men are boys and women are women but are also girls and sometimes (one of the) boys. Once titled "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Your 20s," the series might seem a case of...

  • Winter puts new TV shows in the spotlight

    Winter puts new TV shows in the spotlight

    As a popular phrase has it, this is the age of "peak TV," a term incidentally evocative of the mountains of television under which we now are buried — a mountain that just grows bigger with every passing season, midseason, mini-season and micro-season. According to one recent account, 409 original...

  • TV Picks: Marathons, 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,' 'Mozart'

    TV Picks: Marathons, 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,' 'Mozart'

    "Twilight Zone" marathons (Syfy, Wednesday through Sunday, El Rey, Thursday to Friday) "Ash vs. Evil Dead" marathon (Starz, Monday through Wednesday). Before there was the binge there was the marathon, wherein episodes of an old TV series -- we used to call them "reruns" -- would air continuously,...

  • TV Picks: 'Star Wars Wars,' 'Star Wars Uncut'

    TV Picks: 'Star Wars Wars,' 'Star Wars Uncut'

    Like Han Solo returning to knock Darth Vader's TIE fighter sideways just when nobody thought he was gone for good, "Star Wars" has at last come blasting back into our lives. (On the other hand, like the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi, it has never gone away.) Much will be said, good, bad and indifferent,...

  • 'Childhood's End' and 'Expanse' two ambitious journeys into the unknown on Syfy

    'Childhood's End' and 'Expanse' two ambitious journeys into the unknown on Syfy

    Two big new shows land on Syfy on Monday night — one a sprawling series set across the solar system, the other a three-night adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's 1953 novel of transcendent evolution, "Childhood's End." Both are ambitious; one flies, the other falters. Adapted by Matthew Graham, who...

  • 'The Ridiculous 6,' with Adam Sandler, offers an abundance of adults acting dumb

    'The Ridiculous 6,' with Adam Sandler, offers an abundance of adults acting dumb

    The first of four Adam Sandler movies to be released under a deal with Netflix, the parody western "The Ridiculous 6" went live on Friday morning, taking its case straight to the streaming world, theaters be damned. Sandler plays the superheroic White Knife, born Tommy Stockburn, raised by Apaches...

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