History is attempting to repeat itself. At least ratings- and Emmys-wise.
History is attempting to repeat itself. At least ratings- and Emmys-wise.
Documentary film, as very much opposed to reality TV, continues to be one of the best things TV has to show you; indeed, it is for most people the only place to see this sort of work. PBS and HBO are the form's best friends; each has a worthwhile offering tonight.
There is a human need to account and sum up; to write the obituary on every completed life, an urge toward postmortem analysis that can apply even to television characters, especially now that every drama and most comedies have a serial backbone, an ongoing narrative thrust. "Mad Men," Matt Weiner's...
Early on in "Bessie," a new HBO biopic premiering Saturday and starring Queen Latifah as the singer Bessie Smith, Smith's about-to-be mentor, Ma Rainey (played by Mo'Nique), offers a musicological lesson in show business.
"Wayward Pines," Fox's rising-panic journey through a spooky town nestled in a spookier forest, offers many attractions, not the least of which is its format. As many have already noted with unabashed relief, "Wayward Pines," which premieres Thursday, is an actual miniseries — as opposed to a miniseries...
Thirty-five years after Jane Fonda recruited Lily Tomlin as a co-star in "Nine to Five," the two have teamed together again, this time for a TV series, "Grace and Frankie." Created by Marta Kauffman, who co-created "Friends," and Howard J. Morris, who wrote for "Home Improvement," it premieres...
Other countries' problems come to us like poor radio signals — emerging from the static when something exceptionally sensational occurs and then sinking back into the white noise of bad business as usual.
Those who live by the scone must be prepared to die by it as well.
It has been 40 years, nearly to the day, since the last helicopter carrying the last Marines left Saigon. On April 30, 1975, the American presence in Vietnam came to an end; hours later South Vietnam, surrendering to the North, was itself no more.
Here are some performers whom I love: Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, Bradley Whitford and Ellen Barkin.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the American face of science, has a new talk show — or rather, he has an old talk show moving from the Internet to television Monday. It's called "StarTalk," a science-and-comedy rap session he has hosted since 2009, mainly as an audio podcast but also on video...
Through nine episodes of Netflix's new "Daredevil" series, Matt Murdock has been outmaneuvered and easily manipulated. Our hero is playing checkers while Wilson Fisk is playing chess.
Premiering Friday on the CW, "The Messengers" is an eschatological biblical thriller from the network of "Supernatural," "iZombie," "Arrow" and "The 100."
When it comes to documentary film (as with so much else), sensational and already celebrated subjects tend to dominate the mediasphere, the blogosphere and the watercoolersphere (and eventually the Emmysphere); it helps too (as with so much else) to be on HBO.
Let the word go out across the galaxies, as in scrolling type against a background of stars, that all eight episodes of Paul Feig's delightful new science-fiction comedy, "Other Space," are available now to stream and binge on — or to savor slowly, bit by bit, like delicious candy, via Yahoo Screen....
It's always worrisome when a beloved show enters midlife. Giddy limerence gives way to the more critical eye of a long-term relationship, and even the most beloved characters or innovative worlds can seem overly familiar and irksome. The more acclaimed or popular a show is, the more tempted we...
Dim and steaming with urban grit, personal pathos and intense violence, Marvel's great new "Daredevil" series for Netflix proves, once again, that no one understands the multiple-platforming world better than the comic book company originally, and fittingly, known as Timely Publications.
In a stroke of conceptual programming fit for the lead paragraph of a review like this, FX has scheduled two series in which comedians play versions of themselves one after the other on Thursday nights.
Maybe the only thing more daunting than living up to the expectations of a miniseries called "The Bible" is making the sequel. After you've chronicled the birth, life and crucifixion of the only son of God, how do you top that? Add a talking cat?
Beginning Sunday and for the following five weeks, PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" will be the home of "Wolf Hall." When I say that it is no "Downton Abbey," I mean it in the best way.
NBC's new political thriller "American Odyssey" is both wildly ambitious and wildly familiar, and those are just two of the opposing forces it manages to make work to its advantage.
There are seven hours left to tell the decade-long story of "Mad Men," whose final half-season — Season 7, Part the Second, subtitled "The End of an Era" — begins Sunday on AMC.
Frank Sinatra, a singer from Hoboken, N.J., is the subject of "Sinatra: All or Nothing at All," a four-hour documentary airing in two parts Sunday and Monday on HBO. Fair enough.
The CBS two-part miniseries "The Dovekeepers," which begins Tuesday, is so bad it is virtually impossible to believe it exists in the current landscape of American television.
First things first. "Younger" does the world the great favor of returning Sutton Foster to television, and only two years after the cancellation of "Bunheads." Ring bells, sing songs, blow horns, beat gongs.
"Weird Loners" is a new comedy from Fox that feels like an old comedy from Fox.
Barak Goodman's three-part documentary, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies," is prefaced with the sort of "not suitable for all viewers" warning far more typical of a hard-R cable series than a PBS documentary that's not about the Holocaust.
Like its predecessors "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Kennedy," "Killing Jesus," from the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, has become a National Geographic Channel TV movie. It premieres Sunday, surely not by coincidence a week before Easter.
Although it is not the case in most places on Earth, it is hard to live in Los Angeles, especially in Hollywood, and not be aware of the Church of Scientology. It has stamped its name, hugely, on some of the city's most visible classic buildings, including the former Christie Hotel, the former...
At first glance "Harvey Beaks," the new animated series from Nickelodeon, looks like a children's storybook. The lushly painted backgrounds have a real comfort to them, evoking the lighthearted tales of our own youths.
Created by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf, whose online series "Next Time on Lonny" was "discovered" by Ben Stiller, Comedy Central's new series, "Big Time in Hollywood, FL," chronicles the lives of two online filmmakers longing to be discovered by someone like Ben Stiller.
The first season of "Full Circle," which returns Wednesday on DirecTV's Audience Network, was written by the playwright Neil LaBute and based loosely on Arthur Schnitzler's play "La Ronde." Each episode was an encounter between two characters, one of whom went on to encounter another character...
"Bloodline," whose first and probably not last season appears all at once Friday on Netflix, comes from Glenn and Todd Kessler and Daniel Zelman, creators of the celebrated FX/DirecTV Glenn Close legal thriller "Damages."
It seems like you can't spit without hitting a supernatural crime fighter nowadays. But there is the herd, and there are those who stand out from the herd; there is the mainstream, and there is that funny little pond over there, full of its own kind of life.
When last we saw "Community" nearly a year ago, Greendale Community College had narrowly missed being sold to Subway, the sandwich people. Typically, it was a metaphor for the show itself, which had struggled to survive throughout the years; "Save Greendale!" was the fifth season's hashtaggy theme.