Category Archives: Television

If it ain’t broke…: ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ brings more big laughs in season three

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” once described his show as having a “rubber-band reality” — one which could be stretched to the point of…

Cold comfort: The ‘Fargo’ formula continues to work in season three

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent In criticism, “formulaic” is usually a negative term. It indicates a piece of art that is predictable, rote, or lacking in creativity. “Fargo,” however, demonstrates how…

This just in: NBC’s ‘Great News’ is great fun

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent If “Great News” looks and feels familiar, it’s no accident. The new NBC sitcom is the latest from executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the…

Too real: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is visceral glimpse at a possible future

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Near the end of episode three of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” there’s a flashback scene of a protest where police officers open fire on the crowd. In…

Second acts: After six seasons, ‘Veep’ still delivers

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When “Veep” first premiered on HBO, Washington insiders howled at how much the political sitcom about a fictional vice president, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, mirrored real…

Slow burn: ‘The Americans’ takes its time as it readies for its final act

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I was holding off reviewing the new season of “The Americans” until things got more exciting, but at nearly the halfway point, I’m readjusting my expectations….

Dream state: In season 8, ’Archer’ blows up its status quo yet again

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Adam Reed is not one to rest on his laurels. Most showrunners, at eight seasons into a successful and beloved series, would be content to repeat…

Adult situations: In its final season, ‘Girls’ grows up

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with “Girls.” The HBO sitcom is a challenging piece of entertainment. Its characters are mostly unlikeable and sometimes unrelatable, its…

Stand up guy: ‘Crashing’ is a pleasant, if familiar, sitcom

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent By now, TV audiences are familiar with the autobiographical standup-comic sitcom. “Seinfeld,” “Louie,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Master of None,” “Mulaney” — it’s been done to death….

Punching down: Netflix’s ‘Iron Fist’ is a rare miss for Marvel

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I was going to try to finish the entire season of “Iron Fist” before writing this review, but after several episodes, I’m unsure when or if…