Robert Lloyd

Reviews: Fox's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' cracks wise, 'Dads' not so much

TV Reviews: Oddballs abound in Fox's new shows, but 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' plays it smart and fresh while 'Dads' humor gets old fast.

Television review: 'Wander Over Yonder' is far out and has heart

Television review: 'Wander Over Yonder,' Craig McCracken's alien-as-universe-police-force cartoon on Disney Channel, is imaginative, upbeat and sweet.

Review: 'Fame High' knows drama

Television Review: 'Fame High' follows four students at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts for a year in moving, educational fashion.

Fall TV Preview: From 'Sleepy Hollow' to 'Ravenswood' to 'Atlantis'

There's 'Mom,' 'Dads,' a 'Trophy Wife,' 'The Birthday Boys,' 'The Capones.' Here are quick looks at new fall TV season shows.

Review: 'Earthflight' offers an astonishing bird's-eye view

'Television review: Earthflight,' a six-part series that premieres Wednesday on PBS, is an astonishing look at the flight of birds.

Review: The roots of the 1963 March on Washington

Television review: In 'The March,' director John Akomfrah brings the historic event to life, with many key surviving participants recalling the march and what it took to make it happen.

Review: AMC reality show 'Owner's Manual' guided by charm, pretense

TV review: Marcus Hunt and Ed Sanders put themselves to the test in AMC's appealing, if manufactured, 'Owner's Manual.'

Review: AMC's 'Low Winter Sun' comes on strong, stays solid

TV review: Mark Strong is excellent as a Detroit cop in AMC's promising new drama 'Low Winter Sun,' landing before 'Breaking Bad.'

Review: Larry David's 'Clear History' showcases some 'Curb' control

TV review: A comically obsessive character finds Larry David on familiar, and welcome, ground in the HBO movie 'Clear History.'

Review: 'The Writers' Room' is a zoo tour of how TV shows get made

Television review: Jim Rash, hosting 'The Writers' Room' on Sundance, invites the writers of 'New Girl,' 'Breaking Bad,' more to show how it's done.

CBS, Time Warner Cable dispute is unseemly

Critic's Notebook: As CBS and Time Warner war over money — and there is no moral high ground here — you have options.

Review: Need a Chris O'Dowd fix? Drop by 'Moone Boy'

An imaginary friend, played by 'Family Tree' star Chris O'Dowd, figures prominently in this sweet, eccentric jaunt back to 1989 Ireland.

Review: 'Drunk History' offers amusingly inebriated takes on the past

Intoxicated narrators replay history in Comedy Central's 'Drunk History,' which premieres Tuesday.

Review: 'Endeavour' and its younger Morse are welcome company

'Endeavour' on PBS' 'Masterpiece Mystery' stars Shaun Evans as Morse and Roger Allam as Fred Thursday. It's an enjoyable prequel.

Review: 'Neurotypical' an engaging look inside autism

TV review: In 'Neurotypical,' on PBS' 'POV' series, Adam Larsen explores how people with autism get along in the 'straight' world.

Review: ESPN's 'Venus Vs.' highlights Venus Williams' fighting spirit

Ava DuVernay's documentary on Venus Williams' push for equal pay for female tennis stars a promising start to ESPN's 'Nine for IX.'

Review: 'The Bridge' has a good foundation but remains a bit shaky

In FX's new drama 'The Bridge,' an odd couple of detectives team up to solve a murder that spans the U.S. and Mexico border.

Matt Groening's 'Futurama' is ready for its intergalactic send-off

Critic's Notebook: 'Futurama' is no stranger to final acts, but this time creator Matt Groening is set for a 'great' finale.

Television review: 'Axe Cop,' 'High School USA!' are slices of youth

Review: Fox's new late-night cartoons in its Animation Domination High-Def bloc include 'Axe Cop,' which lacks some of the magic of its Web comic inspiration, and 'High School USA!,' which offers an alternative version of "Archie."

An attractive pairing for 'King & Maxwell'

Veteran actors Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn star as private investigators in the TNT series "King & Maxwell, which premieres Monday night.

Review: NBC's 'Crossing Lines' shoots for global action

Fast-paced and entertaining, NBC's 'Crossing Lines' lands in a variety of European locales in its pursuit of cross-border crimes.

Tonys 2013: Neil Patrick Harris jumps through hoop, puts on show

Broadway dreams get a warm embrace in a lively telecast once again hosted by the unshakable Neil Patrick Harris.

Review: 'Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic' a keen look at gifted comic

'Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic' is an enlightening distillation of his triumphs and tragedies: television review.

Review: 'Sam & Cat' gives Nickelodeon stars more room to play

Jennette McCurdy of 'iCarly' and Ariana Grande of 'Victorious' team up for some fun in the at once endearing and annoying 'Sam & Cat' on Nickelodeon.

Aquabats are living out their fantasy as heroes

The superhero band and its spinoff TV series "The Aquabats! Super Show!' and 'Yo Gabba Gabba!' are connecting with kids of all ages.

Review: A rainbow-bright future for 'The Fosters'

The intense mixes with the normal drama of everyday life in "The Foster," a new ABC Family series about a multi-cultural family headed by two moms.

Review: Two minds click in 'The Killing'

The AMC detective series "The Killing" takes its time, but when Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman are on screen together, the mood crackles. Season 3 review.

Reviews: The stunt-challenges begin in '72 Hours' and 'The Hero'

'72 Hours' and 'The Hero': television reviews. '72 Hours' at least emphasizes teamwork; 'The Hero' makes its competitors anything but. Both are on TNT.

Review: HBO's 'Family Tree' rooted in warm, goofy eccentricity

Director Christopher Guest sets his offbeat sights on TV with 'Family Tree,' starring Chris O'Dowd in a poignantly comical quest to seek out his relations.

'The Office' stays true to its heart, even after 9 seasons

Jim and Pam's reunion in one of the final episodes of 'The Office' highlights how the NBC comedy has aimed for the heart through the years.

All hail our smart TV masters, but not just yet

Critic's Notebook: The convergence of TV and the Internet has been a long time coming and though resistance is futile, you can always click off.

Amazon's big TV push reflects reality of a swiftly changing business

Critic's Notebook: Move over cable and broadcast TV, Amazon's release of 14 pilots online highlights how big digital players are remaking the entertainment landscape.

Television review: 'Family Tools' still retooling

ABC's new sitcom about a ne'er-do-well son who takes over his ailing dad's home repair business gets a much-needed makeover between the pilot and first episode.

Review: 'Maron' on IFC features a curmudgeonly comic

Marc Maron plays himself in the IFC sitcom 'Maron,' a friend to cats but few others.

Beware — serial killers loose on broadcast TV

The CW's 'Cult' and Fox's 'The Following' are new network television shows about serial killings. There's reason to be concerned about the trend.

Top TV of 2012: Poehler's Leslie Knope shines on 'Parks and Rec'

Amy Poehler's 'Parks and Recreation' character Leslie Knope may be the least cynical character on TV. It's easy to care about her and what she cares about.

Review: NBC's stumble can't mask Olympics' beautiful opening ceremony

Even with NBC coverage that included banal commentators, a cut sequence and no live streaming, the thrill of the Olympics 2012 opening ceremony shines through.

Television review: 'Prohibition'

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's 'Prohibition' is informative but overlong and too stately.

TV review: 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World'

TV review: Martin Scorsese's 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World' on HBO examines the life of the Quiet Beatle lovingly, warts and all.

Walter Cronkite: And that's the way it was

Review: 'American Masters: Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound' on PBS

Critic's Notebook: 9/11-related TV programs to watch

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, TV networks and channels including NBC, CNN, Fox, TLC, Biography and Showtime are airing a multitude of programs about Sept. 11, 2001, and its aftermath.

U2's growing pains in 'From the Sky Down'

Showtime documentary examines the super group's evolution.

Review: 'RuPaul's Drag Race' on Logo

Television review: When troubadours were the scene in L.A.

The documentary on KOCE talks to the artists of the '60s and '70s who gathered at West Hollywood's Troubadour to make and play music.

Critic's Notebook: May 'Lost' mysteries never end

Don't expect the 'Lost' finale to answer all the island's intricacies, but that's the beauty of a show with such complex characters and winding plotting.

'Surviving Suburbia'

Jimmy Fallon, you're growing on us

On 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,' the comic actor turned talk show host is displaying a unique way with questions, a penchant for high-quality skits and multiple other ways of charming an audience.


Review: 'United States of Tara'

Movable feast of laughs

Television review: 'Best Player' on Nickelodeon

What the Nickelodeon TV movie 'Best Player' lacks in creativity it makes up for in good cheer, with 'iCarly's' Jerry Trainor and Jennette McCurdy locked in a video-game rivalry.

Television Review: 'Too Big to Fail'

Television Review: 'To Big to Fail,' the Curtis Hanson-directed HBO tale about the 2008 financial meltdown, is pretty consistent low-key entertainment, if not exactly enlightening.

'Sit Down, Shut Up'

'The Chopping Block'

'Thrilla in Manila' on HBO

'Ashes to Ashes' on BBC America

'Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire'

A 'Project Runway' fan defends it to reality TV critics

'Square Pegs' fits right in

'Pedro' on MTV and Logo

At the Golden Globes, this year looks a whole lot like last year

Review: 'Wuthering Heights'

Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal