Category Archives: Television

Thumbs up for the Upside Down: ‘Stranger Things’ cracks the sequel formula

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent In season two, “Stranger Things” demonstrates just how well it understands the milieu in which it lives. The popular Netflix series, about a gang of kids…

Thunder struck: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is a blast

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Another season, another Marvel movie. While these films have become as predictable as the seasons, “Thor: Ragnarok” is a delightfully weird and funny surprise. This is…

Criminal intent: ‘Mindhunter’ is a disturbing, compelling dive into the past

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent It’s always a delight when a TV show comes out of nowhere and completely takes me by surprise. I was unaware of “Mindhunter” before it appeared…

X marks the spot: ‘The Gifted’ is a promising addition to the X-universe

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Adaptations of X-Men comic book properties have been a fraught exercise. From the lows of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” to the highs…

Nothing to fear: ‘Ghosted’ doesn’t live up to its potential

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Sometimes you want a show to be better than it actually is. Maybe it’s got a winning cast or a proven creative team that you want…

Royal pains: Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ is massive disappointment

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Where do I even begin? Marvel’s “Inhumans” is bad. It’s a painfully boring series that squanders a solid concept through bad pacing, poor storytelling and weak…

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…