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Small-time Crime: ‘American Vandal’ is near-perfect satire

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent On the surface, the new Netflix series “American Vandal” looks too clever by half. A parody of true-crime documentaries like “Making a Murderer,” the series applies…

Not horsing around: ‘BoJack Horseman’ lets its characters grow in season four

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Damn it. I swore I wouldn’t let “BoJack Horseman” make me cry again. But here we are. The animated Netflix series, created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and…

Money shot: ‘The Deuce’ is a gritty look into the past

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When David Simon creates a new TV show, people — especially critics — pay attention. The writer, producer and former journalist has a history of creating…

Spoon! ‘The Tick’ saves the day

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Coming on the heels of the dark heroics of “The Defenders,” “The Tick” is a welcome light-hearted palate cleanser. The new Amazon series is the latest…

Toxic friendships: ‘Friends from College’ is a surprising misfire

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent On paper, the new Netflix sitcom “Friends from College” has a lot going for it: a relatable premise, a proven creative team and a strong cast….

Team players: Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’ saves the day

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When “The Avengers” premiered in 2012, it was a big moment. After four years of hinting and teasing, the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally delivered, putting Earth’s…

With friends like these: ‘Difficult People’ is vicious as ever

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent “Difficult People” is the type of comedy that doesn’t ask a lot of you. In a moment when so many sitcoms — “Master of None,” “Louie,”…

Summer reunion: ‘Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later’ might be feeling its age

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Sixteen years after its debut, “Wet Hot American Summer” remains one of the best cult comedies ever made. The film — the brainchild of sketch comedy…

Ladies’ fight: ‘GLOW’ is a little-known story worth telling

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I’ve never been a fan of professional wrestling. It’s always struck me as a somewhat silly and low-brow form of entertainment. It’s precisely that attitude the…

Experience the locals: Vt musicians recreate U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’

Jim Sabataso THE ARTS Since its inception in 2015, the 802 Music Vermont Showcase has shined a spotlight on area musicians, bringing acts like Waylon Speed, Jatoba, Bow Thayer and…