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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

  • 'United Shades of America,' 'Parts Unknown,' 'My Nazi Legacy'

    'United Shades of America,' 'Parts Unknown,' 'My Nazi Legacy'

    "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" (CNN, Sundays); "United Shades of America" (CNN, Sundays). Bourdain's show, whose seventh season began last Sunday, is both the best of all Bourdain series (following "A Cook's Tour," "No Reservations" and "The Layover") and perhaps the best travel series on television....

  • This just in: Ricky Gervais' 'Special Correspondents' isn't much of a story

    This just in: Ricky Gervais' 'Special Correspondents' isn't much of a story

    Ricky Gervais has written, directed and costarred in “Special Correspondents,” a movie for Netflix about a radio journalist (Eric Bana) and his engineer (Gervais) faking broadcasts from a war zone they have not actually traveled to. Based on the 2009 French comedy “Envoyés très spéciaux,” it's...

  • Further up the 'Creek': Eugene and Dan Levy talk more about Canadian comedy

    Further up the 'Creek': Eugene and Dan Levy talk more about Canadian comedy

    Some weeks back, on the occasion of the premiere of the still-ongoing second season of the very, very funny Canadian-origin comedy "Schitt's Creek," I published an interview with its father-and-son creators and co-stars Eugene and Dan Levy. (Episode eight, of 13, debuts tonight on Pop.) Much was...

  • TV Picks: 'Bajillion Dollar Properties,' Prince online

    TV Picks: 'Bajillion Dollar Properties,' Prince online

    "Bajillion Dollar Properties" (Seeso). This spot-on mocking of a Bravo-style serve-the-rich workplace reality series comes to you from Seeso, NBCUniversal's relatively new all-comedy subscription service. (Other offerings include the "The UCB Show," a sketch anthology shot at the improv empire's...

  • 'Time Traveling Bong,' a smoke-fueled miniseries on Comedy Central

    'Time Traveling Bong,' a smoke-fueled miniseries on Comedy Central

    Hey … man. It's April 20, which (for pretty random reasons, but nothing to do with police code) is, like, national pot-smoking day. Unofficially. Marijuana is, of course, still mostly illegal, though if television is anything to go by, practically speaking, not so much: It's no longer the catalyst...

  • 'Containment' a mildly diverting urban-plague tale

    'Containment' a mildly diverting urban-plague tale

    "Containment," which will occupy 13 weeks of CW real estate beginning Tuesday, tells a story of an American city in the grip of a fast-spreading fatal virus. It is something like Steven Soderbergh's 2011 film "Contagion" and even more like "Cordon," the 2014 Belgian series on which it is closely...

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