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

  • Julie Andrews shows guests to the 'Greenroom'

    Julie Andrews shows guests to the 'Greenroom'

    Julie Andrews has a show on Netflix, “Julie's Greenroom,” a theater-themed show for small fry. Created by Andrews with Emma Walton Hamilton (her daughter and collaborator on the "The Very Fairy Princess" books) and children's TV veteran Judy Rothman-Rofé ("The New Adventures of Madeline"), it has...

  • The verdict is in: NBC's 'Trial & Error' is solid, funny and fanciful

    The verdict is in: NBC's 'Trial & Error' is solid, funny and fanciful

    In the new NBC comedy "Trial & Error," the mockumentary sitcom as once practiced by "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" meets the true-crime legal procedural, as lately exemplified by "The Jinx" and the podcast "Serial." It was bound to happen. The particular reference here, not that you need...

  • Visually rich 'Samurai Jack' is back in search of closure on Adult Swim

    Visually rich 'Samurai Jack' is back in search of closure on Adult Swim

    Nearly 13 years after it ceased production, Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated epic "Samurai Jack" returns for a fifth season Saturday, to conclude its business. Originally broadcast on Cartoon Network and now presented in the framework of its late-shift channel-mate, Adult Swim, the Emmy and Annie...

  • Robert Osborne was everyone's favorite movie date

    Robert Osborne was everyone's favorite movie date

    Let us now praise the dedicated television host, the person who turns a program into a place, who erases the screen and makes his house your house, and your house, his. Robert Osborne, who died in New York Monday at 84, was the face and voice of Turner Classic Movies from its 1994 debut, a man...

  • Time travel is all the rage in 'Time After Time' and 'Making History'

    Time travel is all the rage in 'Time After Time' and 'Making History'

    Time, the final frontier! There has been a lot of traveling in it, monkeying with it on television of late: "Timeless," "Legends of Tomorrow," "Frequency," "12 Monkeys," "Doctor Who" of course, "Future-Worm!" (that one's a cartoon). Sunday adds two more. H.G. Wells, of course, is the man who popularized...

  • Fictional but familiar sex scandal roils Hulu's moody new drama, 'National Treasure'

    Fictional but familiar sex scandal roils Hulu's moody new drama, 'National Treasure'

    In the British import “National Treasure,” premiering Wednesday on Hulu, Robbie Coltrane plays Paul Finchley, formerly half of a highly successful comedy team with Karl Jenkins (Tim McInnerny). Jenkins  has become more successful since their split — the four-part series begins with Finchley  presenting...

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