Winter TV 2016

TV Reviews

  • Beautifully constructed 'Fargo' returns for Season 3

    Beautifully constructed 'Fargo' returns for Season 3

    "Fargo" returns Wednesday to FX for a third season as a television show, with its ice and snow and whimsical way of talking, playing variations on themes set down by Joel and Ethan Coen in the 1996 movie of the same name. It's the animating principal of the franchise that a person or persons who...

  • 'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return' is still a scrappy delight

    'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return' is still a scrappy delight

    Born in the far reaches of local television, formed in the soup of primordial basic cable and canceled for the second time in 1999, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" came back to life Friday, resurrected into the 21st-century world of big-time streaming media. Formerly of KTMA in Minneapolis, Minn.,...

  • Showtime revisits Beach Boys' classic 'Pet Sounds' in new documentary

    Showtime revisits Beach Boys' classic 'Pet Sounds' in new documentary

    Produced as part of the BBC "Classic Albums" series, "Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds" has been flown transatlantically to Showtime to belatedly commemorate the 50th anniversary of an album relatively few people bought in its time but which is now widely considered a landmark of pop music. That the...

  • Light on laughs, TV Land comedy 'Nobodies' offers up familiar show-biz premise

    Light on laughs, TV Land comedy 'Nobodies' offers up familiar show-biz premise

    “Nobodies,” which premieres Wednesday on TV Land, is a comedy about being less successful than the friends you started out with. Like a lot of contemporary series that have to do with the entertainment business — or with sports, which is also the entertainment business — it features characters...

  • Rolling with the cholas and 'knuckleheaded girls' east of downtown L.A. in 'Ovarian Psycos'

    Rolling with the cholas and 'knuckleheaded girls' east of downtown L.A. in 'Ovarian Psycos'

    The Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade is a collective of young women of color who bike through the streets of East L.A. (and beyond) as a way of taking them back. "It's for the uneducated women, it's for knuckleheaded girls, for the punk rockers, for the cholas, for the sisters in the neighborhood...

  • Fox's 'Shots Fired' lumbers through its big issues but is diverting as a cop show

    Fox's 'Shots Fired' lumbers through its big issues but is diverting as a cop show

    Styled an “event series,” Fox’s “Shots Fired” seems to want to get to something big about Who We Are As a People — to engage, like ABC’s “American Crime” or FX’s “American Crime Story,” with big ideas about race and class and justice. (The credits feature an American flag whose stripes are made...

  • New Seeso comedy 'Shrink' has heart without getting sentimental

    New Seeso comedy 'Shrink' has heart without getting sentimental

    Created by Ted Tremper and Tim Baltz, who also stars, “Shrink,” which began online some years ago, wasn’t the first series to play with improvised encounters between a person playing a therapist (Baltz) and a person playing a patient. (Showtime’s “Web Therapy,” starring Lisa Kudrow, was one.) Now...

  • 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...

  • CNN’s 'Believer With Reza Aslan' could use a little more enlightenment itself

    CNN’s 'Believer With Reza Aslan' could use a little more enlightenment itself

    Imagine something like Anthony Bourdain’s show “Parts Unknown.” Now replace Bourdain with religious scholar Reza Aslan and instead of a look at food culture, picture a glimpse of various sects, cults, rites and rituals around the globe and you have CNN’s “Believer With Reza Aslan.” The six-episode...

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