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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

  • 'War & Peace' is lengthy yet lovely

    'War & Peace' is lengthy yet lovely

    Leo Tolstoy's 1869 historical novel of Napoleon v. Russia, "War and Peace," which might more accurately be titled "War and Peace and War and Peace..." or "War and Break from War and War and Inner Peace," has been adapted (again) for the small screen. Starring Paul Dano (the young Brian Wilson in...

  • TBS' 'Angie Tribeca' takes the police spoof on an entertaining joy ride

    TBS' 'Angie Tribeca' takes the police spoof on an entertaining joy ride

    In the jumble of facts and figures and bus stop advertisements that rained down in advance of the maelstrom that is the 2016 television midseason, all I knew at first of "Angie Tribeca" was that Rashida Jones was in it playing a police detective. I assumed it was a more or less straight procedural,...

  • TV Picks: 'Detectorists,' 'Portlandia'

    TV Picks: 'Detectorists,' 'Portlandia'

    "Detectorists" (Netflix, Acorn TV). Originally available only to stream from the niche-y Anglomaniacal Acorn TV, this deep and delightful comedy, which sat at the top of my 2015 best-of list, is now also up on Netflix -- a much-deserved instant widening of reach. Written, directed by and starring...

  • Kirsten Lepore brings a real third dimension to 'Adventure Time'

    Kirsten Lepore brings a real third dimension to 'Adventure Time'

    With Kirsten Lepore's "Bad Jubies," Thursday night's "Adventure Time" (Cartoon Network, 7:30 p.m.) continues an intermittent tradition of giving a guest animator an episode to write and direct and mold to their own vision; like the guest-animated couch gags "The Simpsons" runs from time to time,...

  • Tender, caring writing helps 'Idiotsitter' avoid brutal, total craziness

    Tender, caring writing helps 'Idiotsitter' avoid brutal, total craziness

    "Idiotsitter," a rude and quasi-heartwarming new sitcom imported by Comedy Central from its digital CC:Studios, stars creators Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian Bell as a woman in need of work and the all-but-feral super-rich girl she is hired to watch. They will have something to teach other, eventually,...

  • 'Teachers' misbehaves (in a sunny way) on TV Land

    'Teachers' misbehaves (in a sunny way) on TV Land

    In approaching "Teachers," an amiably misbehaving new sitcom premiering Wednesday on TV Land, it's best to first rid yourself of the notion that it's in any way representative of the titular profession or even much of a satire on it. The question it seems to raise, rather, is what sort of setting...

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