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

  • Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes talk HBO's 'Crashing' and the future of comedy in the Trump age

    Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes talk HBO's 'Crashing' and the future of comedy in the Trump age

    With two new shows about stand-up comics coming to premium cable, stand-up comedy may well be the new rock ’n’ roll in 2017.  On the heels of the music-centric series “Vinyl,” “Roadies” and “Sex&Drugs& Rock&Roll,” Showtime has the ’70s stand-up of the Sunset Strip in “I’m Dying Up Here” due this...

  • 'I’m Dying Up Here,' Showtime

    'I’m Dying Up Here,' Showtime

    ‘The Young Pope,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more ‘Star Wars’: 2017 Movie and Television Preview Jan. 16, 2017, 1:30 a.m. Each winter gives way to spring, to hope eternal, to new movies and TV shows to watch while ignoring the fresh flowers and summer breezes and changing foliage of the unforgiving outdoors....

  • 'Fargo,' FX

    'Fargo,' FX

    ‘The Young Pope,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more ‘Star Wars’: 2017 Movie and Television Preview Jan. 16, 2017, 1:30 a.m. Each winter gives way to spring, to hope eternal, to new movies and TV shows to watch while ignoring the fresh flowers and summer breezes and changing foliage of the unforgiving outdoors....

  • 'Silicon Valley,' HBO

    'Silicon Valley,' HBO

    ‘The Young Pope,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more ‘Star Wars’: 2017 Movie and Television Preview Jan. 16, 2017, 1:30 a.m. Each winter gives way to spring, to hope eternal, to new movies and TV shows to watch while ignoring the fresh flowers and summer breezes and changing foliage of the unforgiving outdoors....

  • 'Archer,' FXX

    ‘The Young Pope,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more ‘Star Wars’: 2017 Movie and Television Preview Jan. 16, 2017, 1:30 a.m. Each winter gives way to spring, to hope eternal, to new movies and TV shows to watch while ignoring the fresh flowers and summer breezes and changing foliage of the unforgiving outdoors....

  • 'Planet Earth II,' BBC America

    'Planet Earth II,' BBC America

    ‘The Young Pope,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more ‘Star Wars’: 2017 Movie and Television Preview Jan. 16, 2017, 1:30 a.m. Each winter gives way to spring, to hope eternal, to new movies and TV shows to watch while ignoring the fresh flowers and summer breezes and changing foliage of the unforgiving outdoors....

  • 'I’m Dying Up Here,' Showtime

    'I’m Dying Up Here,' Showtime

    ‘The Young Pope,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more ‘Star Wars’: 2017 Movie and Television Preview Jan. 16, 2017, 1:30 a.m. Each winter gives way to spring, to hope eternal, to new movies and TV shows to watch while ignoring the fresh flowers and summer breezes and changing foliage of the unforgiving outdoors....

  • Daniel Handler, Barry Sonnenfeld and Neil Patrick Harris on the 'perfect storm' that led to Lemony Snicket on Netflix

    Daniel Handler, Barry Sonnenfeld and Neil Patrick Harris on the 'perfect storm' that led to Lemony Snicket on Netflix

    If you were a child, young adult or parent in the early ’00s, you were probably aware of the lushly bound, gleefully grim book series written by the improbably named Lemony Snicket, “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Suffused with a winking, enchantingly bookish absurdity but shaded by the nightmarish...

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