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

  • TV Picks: 'Happiness,' Poehler, Banksy, 'Missing,' Khrushchev
    TV Picks: 'Happiness,' Poehler, Banksy, 'Missing,' Khrushchev

    "Happiness" (PBS, Monday). I am, as a rule, a fan of the films that make up the PBS documentary series "Independent Lens," which tend to spend intimate quality time with the kinds of people TV usually ignores for being too far off, too foreign, too poor or too little schooled. But there is...

  • Gripping 'The Missing' advances with Hitchcock-like tautness
    Gripping 'The Missing' advances with Hitchcock-like tautness

    "The Missing," which begins Saturday on Starz, is a new miniseries about the disappearance of a child — the aftermath of the disappearance of a child, to be precise. It is eight hours long, and I watched it all in a single sitting.

  • 'Too Many Cooks': Variations on a TV theme
    'Too Many Cooks': Variations on a TV theme

    One of the qualities of life that makes it delightful is that, except in things like chemical reactions and laws of motion, it proves itself again and again beyond our power to predict. Popular culture, especially, is full of things that nobody knew they wanted until they wanted them and...

  • TV Picks: Merv, 'Newsroom,' 'Last Patrol,' 'Worricker,' 'Poirot'
    TV Picks: Merv, 'Newsroom,' 'Last Patrol,' 'Worricker,' 'Poirot'

    "The Merv Griffin Show, 1962-1986" (MPI Home Video). Even for many of us who remember the genuine article, the image of talk show host Merv Griffin is inextricably mixed up with the impression Rick Moranis unleashed on "SCTV": "Oooo, we'llberightback." But as this filling and fulfilling new DVD...

  • Lisa Kudrow and 'The Comeback' clock in again at dream factory
    Lisa Kudrow and 'The Comeback' clock in again at dream factory

    In 2005, long enough ago that it was shot and broadcast in a 4:3 aspect ratio, Lisa Kudrow co-created and starred in an HBO series called "The Comeback." In it, she played Valerie Cherish, a formerly successful sitcom actress returning to television both in a new situation comedy and a linked...

  • Harry Shearer goes straight to the source for 'Nixon's the One'
    Harry Shearer goes straight to the source for 'Nixon's the One'

    In his Web series "Nixon's the One," originally made for the U.K. satellite network Sky and now unfolding domestically on YouTube, Harry Shearer crawls inside the skin of the 37th president of the United States. With a text taken entirely from Richard Nixon's secret Oval Office tapes, with a...

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