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Killer comedy: ‘Barry’ finds humor in darkness

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent If we have to keep enduring TV shows about brooding male antiheroes, please make more like “Barry.” The darkly funny new HBO series created by Bill…

Divided: Watching ‘Roseanne’ in the Trump era

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When “Roseanne” premiered on ABC in 1988, it was an outlier on broadcast television. Its honest, loving depiction of a white working-class Midwestern family was a…

Breaking news: Uncovering Sinclair Broadcasting’s destructive propaganda

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Media consolidation is the kind of dry issue most television viewers don’t give much thought to. Last week, however, knowing who owns your local TV station…

Eat it up: ‘Somebody Feed Phil’ is a well-meaning treat

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent The American abroad culinary and cultural adventure show is nothing new. We’ve had Anthony Bourdain’s greasy, gritty “No Reservations,” Andrew Zimmern’s cultural immersion travelogue “Bizarre Foods”…

‘Jessica Jones’ gets personal in season 2

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent The first season of “Jessica Jones” stands out as one of Marvel’s strongest television series to date. Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg created an unsettling psychological thriller that…

Off brand: ‘The Sauce’ is a light-hearted dip into pop-culture mania

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Let’s hit pause on our TV sets this week to talk about another entertainment medium: podcasts. Last April, the Adult Swim cartoon “Rick and Morty” referenced…

Warning signs: ‘The Looming Tower’ is a haunting look at the road to 9/11

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent Hindsight is a cruel gift. Looking backward, we instantly sees patterns and clues we missed or ignored, the subtle and obvious warning signs lost in the…

Clip art: Netflix revives ‘The Soup’ with ‘The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale’

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent For pop-culture consumers of a certain snarky stripe, “The Soup” was required television. The E! network series was a welcome weekly purge as host Joel McHale…

Going long: Dave Letterman is back to form in ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent Sometimes you don’t realize how much you miss someone until they’re gone. Growing up, David Letterman was a constant presence on my TV. I spent many…

Skin deep: ‘Altered Carbon’ is a hard-boiled detective story with a sci-fi twist

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Here’s the thing: I’m kind of over bleak, dystopian futures. I’m over the grimy streetscapes, the janky technology, the quippy robots, the obvious and predictable class…