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Overrated/Underrated 2018

TV and music writer Chris Barton weighs in on what's up and what's down in the week in pop culture.

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Read more from me on Twitter: @chrisbarton.

Overrated/Underrated: 'Isle of Dogs' runs strangely cold, and everything is terrible, so listen to the Grateful Dead

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes 'Isle of Dogs,' the firing of James Gunn and a documentary look at Robin Williams.

Overrated/Underrated: L.A.'s skyway dreams, and 'The Endless' is strong low-fi sci-fi

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes new music from Justin Brown, an overused trailer score and let's fill Los Angeles with aerial tramways.

Overrated/Underrated: R.I.P. Richard Swift, and 'Glow' will brighten your summer

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes the return of "Glow" on Netflix along with Richard Swift, beach reads, and another danger in relying on a streaming service.

Underrated/Overrated: Hannah Gadsby's raw and revolutionary 'Nanette,' and the Grammys' growth

What's up and what's down in pop culture as we head into July includes new music from Charles Lloyd, the powerful comedy of Hannah Gadsby and Sean Spicer's angling for TV.

Overrated/Underrated: What is 'prestige horror,' and a supergroup is born in R+R=Now

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week, including 'Humor Me,' R+R=Now, Oprah and 'Hereditary'

Overrated/Underrated: The World Cup shines without us, and please stop helping others sell pancakes

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes IHOP's marketing stunt, the many moves of Henry Threadgill and the unpleasantness of 'Succession.'

Underrated/Overrated: 'Star Wars' fans behaving badly and Neko Case's persistent wonders

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week. From the reliable excellence of Neko Case's new album and GIFs as discourse to HBO's "Succession" and problematic "Star Wars" fans.

Overrated/Underrated: Grant Green, John Mulaney, and can the NBA Finals find a new ending?

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes a comedy special from John Mulaney, reissues from Grant Green and whether the NBA Finals can live up to their potential.

Overrated/Underrated: In praise of John Goodman, and just what is 'Westworld' doing?

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes a posthumous release from Esbjorn Svensson Trio, a tedious examination of tennis in 'Borg vs. McEnroe' and more.

Overrated/Underrated: A welcome comeback for 'Harvey Birdman,' and the global sound of Sons of Kemet

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes the fiery London sound of Sons of Kemet, Harvey hyu

Overrated/Underrated: Leon Bridges' 'Good Thing,' and let the fall of music festivals begin

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week.

Overrated/Underrated: Richard Ayoade's twisted travel show, and how does a brand's voice sound?

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes the import "Travel Man" with Richard Ayoade, the White House Correspondents' Assn. Dinner and Todd Marcus following the beat in Baltimore

Overrated/Underrated, Summer sneaks: 'Infinity War' without end, and two reasons to see 'Deadpool 2'

What's up and what's down headed into blockbuster season includes Rob Delaney and Zazie Beetz in "Deadpool 2," the poor taste of "Slender Man" and "Sorry to Bother You."

Overrated/Underrated: 'The Simpsons' fails fans with Apu, and what's left of Fleetwood Mac

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes a splintered Fleetwood Mac, "The Simpsons'' Apu problem, Nels Cline and Michael Palin

Overrated/Underrated: Give 'Killing Eve' a shot, and avoid the empty 'Expedition Happiness'

What's up and what's down for pop culture this week includes BBC America's 'Killing Eve,' Wye Oak and let's not give Sean Penn another book deal.

Overrated/Underrated: R.I.P., Meltdown Comics, and sure, delete Facebook (if you dare)

What's up and what's down in pop culture includes a look at troubles at Facebook, new music from Ryan Porter and the sad end to Meltdown Comics.

Overrated/Underrated: 'Tabula Rasa' is your next Netflix obsession, and in praise of Yo La Tengo

Netflix's spookily atmospheric "Tabula Rasa" and Yo La Tengo's new album, "There's a Riot Going On." Plus, Cynthia Nixon's political ambitions. And the end of the pop group? What's up and what's down in pop culture this week.

Overrated/Underrated: A scene-stealer in 'Looming Tower,' and does Pearl Jam still need to make new music?

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes the pay disparity of 'The Crown' as well as looks at "The Looming Tower," a powerful piano duo and Pearl Jam's uneven durability.

Overrated/Underrated: David Chang's 'Ugly Delicious,' and so what if Oscar ratings are down?

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes outrage at the end of this season's 'The Bachelor' and an overblown ratings crisis for the Oscars.

Overrated/Underrated: Oscars edition: 'The Breadwinner' deserves a win, and how Hollywood can't resist itself

What's up and what's down with this weekend's Oscars includes the nominated Jonny Greenwood, "The Breadwinner" and the film academy's irresistible attraction toward loving depictions of itself.

Underrated/Overrated: Letitia Wright shines in 'Black Panther,' and 'The Push' looks grim

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes a scene-stealer in 'Black Panther,' the coming end of an agreed-upon reality and Derren Brown's 'The Push.'

Overrated/Underrated: A forward-looking Monk tribute, and the limited appeal of going 'Solo'

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week looks at MAST's Thelonious Monk tribute, the Winter Olympics and whether we need a Han Solo movie.

Overrated/Underrated: 'Somebody Feed Phil,' and the how long is long enough for a farewell tour?

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes the 'Peter Rabbit' backlash, Johann Johannsson, and the protracted farewells of Elton John and Ozzy Osbourne.

Overrated/Underrated: the odd comic brilliance of 'Futile and Stupid Gesture'

What's up and what's down this week in pop culture includes Bill Nye, 'A Futile and Stupid Gesture' on Netflix and the consistency of Calexico.

Overrated/Underrated: "Boss Baby's" acclaim, and Acetone earns a well-deserved retrospective

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes the legacy of L.A.'s Acetone, 'Boss Baby' and the fall of eccentric streaming TV.

Overrated/Underrated: 'Alexa' and our voice-driven machines, and a fond farewell to Joe Frank

What's up and what's down this week in pop culture includes a disappointing new track from Jack White, BBC America's Blue Planet II and more

Overrated/Underrated: 'The End of the ... World,' and enough with the 'Oprah 2020' talk

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week

Overrated/Underrated: Snoop Dogg's 'Munchie Meals' are coming

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week.

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