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

  • Showtime revisits Beach Boys' classic 'Pet Sounds' in new documentary

    Showtime revisits Beach Boys' classic 'Pet Sounds' in new documentary

    Produced as part of the BBC "Classic Albums" series, "Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds" has been flown transatlantically to Showtime to belatedly commemorate the 50th anniversary of an album relatively few people bought in its time but which is now widely considered a landmark of pop music. That the...

  • Supporting the arts is an act of good citizenship

    Supporting the arts is an act of good citizenship

    In the aftermath of the November election, there was a spike in subscriptions to newspapers and magazines. The endless months of the primary campaigns and general election — and beyond — having been colored by rumor, superstition and fabrication, many people seemingly felt it might be time to support...

  • The 'Legion' finale and the virtues of knowing vs. not knowing in fantastical tales

    The 'Legion' finale and the virtues of knowing vs. not knowing in fantastical tales

    “Legion,” which finished its first season Wednesday on FX with some old business concluded and some new business suggested, began in a flurry of bold, seemingly abstract images whose connections were not always possible to discern. Built upon Marvel's “X-Men” franchise by Noah Hawley — who previously...

  • Hulu's 'Harlots' gets down to business in 18th century London

    Hulu's 'Harlots' gets down to business in 18th century London

    In "Harlots," an engaging new period melodrama that debuts Wednesday on Hulu, two whorehouses, unalike in dignity, go to war in 1763 London, ancient grudge breaking to new mutiny. Samantha Morton plays Margaret Wells, a madam attempting to move up in her world, out of her low-rent Covent Garden...

  • Light on laughs, TV Land comedy 'Nobodies' offers up familiar show-biz premise

    Light on laughs, TV Land comedy 'Nobodies' offers up familiar show-biz premise

    “Nobodies,” which premieres Wednesday on TV Land, is a comedy about being less successful than the friends you started out with. Like a lot of contemporary series that have to do with the entertainment business — or with sports, which is also the entertainment business — it features characters...

  • A man of many guises, Chuck Barris was often ahead of his time

    A man of many guises, Chuck Barris was often ahead of his time

    Chuck Barris, who died Tuesday at the age of 87, was an American wildflower genius, a creator and producer of game shows, including "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game," and eventually the host of one, "The Gong Show.” He was also a one-hit songwriter — Freddy Cannon took his “Palisades Park”...

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