Chris Barton

Writer

Chris Barton writes about TV, music and pop culture for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the newsroom in 2000 his roles have included time as senior web producer and deputy music editor. He serves as The Times' jazz critic as well as the occasionally cranky voice behind the weekly column Overrated/Underrated. He was born in Boston, studied in the Bay Area and briefly dabbled in stand-up comedy before coming to his senses.

Recent Articles

  • Stephen Colbert to host 2017 Emmy Awards on CBS

    Stephen Colbert to host 2017 Emmy Awards on CBS

    CBS and the Television Academy announced Monday that “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert will host the 69th Emmy Awards this fall. Colbert was an Emmy winner himself for his work on his Comedy Central series “The Colbert Report.” The announcement continues a run of TV late night hosts acting as...

  • Overrated/Underrated: 'Sherlock' stuck around too long; Brian Eno offers calm in a storm

    Overrated/Underrated: 'Sherlock' stuck around too long; Brian Eno offers calm in a storm

    UNDERRATED ‘In Order of Disappearance’ (2014): While we wait for the next season of “Fargo” coming this spring, this recent arrival on Netflix offers a rewarding mix of snowbound violence and deadpan humor that will feel familiar to fans of the Coen Brothers. Starring Stellan Skarsgård as a quiet...

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