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Robert Lloyd

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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

  • NBC tries for a little (more) variety with 'Maya & Marty'

    NBC tries for a little (more) variety with 'Maya & Marty'

    Two years after Maya Rudolph stuck an exploratory toe into the rarely tested waters of prime-time variety with NBC's "The Maya Rudolph Show," she returned Monday night to test them again. This time she was paired with Martin Short, as "Maya & Marty." That their show followed "America's Got Talent"...

  • Australian import 'Cleverman' explores race, class and the superhuman

    Australian import 'Cleverman' explores race, class and the superhuman

    "Cleverman," a new six-part drama from Australia premiering Wednesday on SundanceTV (more or less simultaneously with its debut down under), imagines the sudden appearance of an ancient, not-quite-human race alongside our own. Naturally, they are rounded up, locked away and variously exploited....

  • TV Picks: 'Boxed In,' 'Little Horribles,' 'Chef's Table'

    TV Picks: 'Boxed In,' 'Little Horribles,' 'Chef's Table'

    "Boxed In" (IFC.com); "Little Horribles" (YouTube). I am rather in love with these two Web comedies, written, directed and starring Amy York Rubin. "Boxed In," presented under the flag of IFC, is new; "Little Horribles," posted on Rubin's own Barnacle Studios YouTube channel, dates from 2013. Rubin...

  • Summer TV: 21 shows worth staying in to watch

    Summer TV: 21 shows worth staying in to watch

    One thing you can say for the summer: It's all just reruns on TV, leaving you room to catch up on shows you've missed or to read or watch the sunset or — sorry, I thought I was back in the 20th century for a second. In fact, as will happen now for the rest of your life, there will be more new series...

  • 'Roots' is still fresh and shocking 40 years later

    'Roots' is still fresh and shocking 40 years later

    "Roots" premiered on ABC in January 1977,  just a few months after Alex Haley published the historical novel upon which it was based -- a phenomenon on the back of a phenomenon. Now remade for the flat-screen generations by History, the new version will surely reap the benefits of 40 extra years...

  • Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara get wigged out on 'Schitt's Creek'

    Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara get wigged out on 'Schitt's Creek'

    In the rich, delightful and awkwardly named "Schitt's Creek," now in its second season on Pop – and its first season eligible for an Emmy -- Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara play Johnny and Moira Rose, rich people who lose all their money and find themselves living in a motel in a small town they...

  • AMC's faith in 'Preacher' largely pays off

    AMC's faith in 'Preacher' largely pays off

    "Preacher," a knockabout, comical creepshow based on the late-'90s Vertigo comic book of the same name, adds another genre series to the slate of AMC, already the home of "The Walking Dead," "Fear the Walking Dead" and "Into the Badlands." It's too much to say that you can't go wrong with the fantastical...

  • What erased the last blurred line between movies and television?

    What erased the last blurred line between movies and television?

    The Blur: Is it TV or movie? Does it matter anymore? June 10, 2016, 11:05 a.m. The way we watch movies and TV keeps changing. "Lawrence of Arabia" appears on our mobile phones. ESPN's 7 ½-hour O.J. docu-series premieres at the multiplex. Then there's that comedy webisode you catch between meetings...

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