Friday, September 30, 2011

Fringe - "One Night in October"

Season 4, Episode 2
“EWOP: Volume 2” actually delivers

The Office - "The Incentive"

Season 8, Episode 2
Same old, same old

Parks and Rec - "Ron & Tammys"

Season 4, Episode 2
Of Tammys and yearly traditions

Community - "Geography of Global Conflict"

Season 3, Episode 2
Do “normal” episodes still work?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Archer - "Heart of Archness, Part 3"

Season 3, Episode 3
How funny does an episode have to be in order to be satisfying?

Happy Endings - "Blax, Snake, Home"

Season 2, Episode 1
A strong premiere that could still stand to shed a few things

Modern Family - "Phil on Wire"

Season 3, Episode 3
Not a whole lot of meat on this bone

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sons of Anarchy - "Una Venta"

Season 4, Episode 4
An episode that holds my ire at bay for a week

Glee - "I am Unicorn"

Season 3, Episode 2
Things start to make sense

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Terra Nova - "Genesis"

Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2

“Together, we’re at the dawn of
a new civilization. No pressure.”

I’m not going to pretend that I went into Terra Nova with the highest of hopes. As a sci-fi series on FOX that’s produced by Steven Spielberg, I knew more or less what I was getting into, and it wasn’t going to be The Next Great Sci-Fi Series, for sure. Then why did I jump in to a series that I knew might not be that good, as well as commit myself to writing about the thirteen-episode first season?

Because dinosaurs are fucking awesome. The only problem is that the show knows it all too well, and it feels like that’s the reason the show doesn’t work as well as it should.

How I Met Your Mother - "The Ducky Tie"

Season 7, Episode 3
One of those episodes that makes you stick around

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

SNL - "Alec Baldwin/Radiohead"

Season 37, Episode 1
A wide gulf in the quality of sketches makes for a disorienting return

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Doctor Who - "Closing Time"

Season 6, Episode 12
AKA “The Lodger 2: Electric Boogaloo”

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fringe - "Neither Here Nor There"

Season 4, Episode 1
Trying to return to “normal”

The Office - "The List"

Season 8, Episode 1
A premiers that's too afraid to mix things up

Parks and Rec - "I'm Leslie Knope"

Season 4, Episode 1
Of political jokes and set-up

Community - "Biology 101"

Season 3, Episode 1
Weird, and not in the way the show usually is

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sons of Anarchy - "Dorylus"

Season 4, Episode 3
What is this, a procedural?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Glee - "The Purple Piano Project"

Season 3, Episode 1
A frustrating, worrisome mixed bag

Review: FOX's New Girl

Or Getting Beyond "Adorkable"

New Girl premieres tonight at 9/8c on FOX. As such, the following review is spoiler-free, and can be read without worry.

How I Met Your Mother: "The Best Man"/"The Naked Truth"

Season 7, Episodes 1 & 2
Clearly we’re just padding out time here

Monday, September 19, 2011

Breaking Bad: "Salud"

Season 4, Episode 10
Your shelter from the Emmy storm

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The 2011 Emmy Awards

It’s that time once again boys and girls, time to turn on the television only to realize that most people don’t actually watch television. That’s right…it’s the Emmy Awards! Like just about every Emmy awards past, it was an opportunity for the people in Hollywood to feel good about themselves, and for telephiles on their couch to just scratch their head whilst simultaneously beating it against the wall. Click through to see my breakdown of the winners, and click here to look at my Emmy predictions. Cross compare for even more fun!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Doctor Who - "The God Complex"

Season 6, Episode 11
We’ve all been down this road at least once before

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sons of Anarchy: "Booster"

Season 4, Episode 2
The cons of playing a long game

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Doctor Who: "The Girl That Waited"

Season 6, Episode 10
A strong standalone episode highlights all of the Moffat era strengths

Friday, September 9, 2011

Wilfred: "Identity"

Season 1, Episode 13
A fantastically dark finale shows what the show is truly capable of

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Futurama: "Reincarnation"

Season 6, Episode 26
A high note to send the season off – and it didn’t even have a real plot

The Hour: "Episode Four"

Love the one you’re with while you're with them

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sons of Anarchy: "Out"

Season 4, Episode 1
Getting back to the original formula

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fall TV Season Predictions

With tonight’s season premiere of Sons of Anarchy, the traditional television season officially kicks off, and even though it will be a few more weeks become the networks catch up, now seems like a good time to lay out some of my predictions for the upcoming fall session of television. Looking over the television landscape of both new and returning shows, it is hard not to notice trends among the shows, trends that will invariably be part of the conversation on this blog and quite possibly attain notice from other critics as well. Though there is always room for surprises, the following predications are based on a mixture of historical evidence and intuition, and it seems likely that they will be some of the biggest issues critics deal with over the next several months.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Breaking Bad: "Hermanos"

Season 4, Episode 8
Control, inside and out

Friday, September 2, 2011

Louie: "Niece"

Season 2, Episode 12
When cynicism leads to some positive revelations

Wilfred: "Sacrifice"

Season 1, Episode 12
It’s all been building to this

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Futurama: "Overclockwise"

Season 6, Episode 25
Solid emotions fail to make up for a slipshod plot