Category Archives: Television

‘Insecure’ is a smart comedy with a singular voice

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Like “High Maintenance,” another HBO series which debuted this fall, “Insecure” got its start as a web-series called “Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl.” Created by Issa…

Mellow mood: HBO’s ‘High Maintenance’ delivers

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent On the surface, “High Maintenance” might look like another stoner comedy. A bearded marijuana delivery guy riding around New York on his bike and hanging out…

Unbreakable: Despite uneven pacing, ’Luke Cage’ still saves the day

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent There is something powerful about a TV show depicting a bulletproof black man in 2016. Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Alton…

The Magic Man: Despite great effects, ’Doctor Strange’ is a mediocre Marvel story

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Doctor Strange has always inhabited the more bizarre corners of the Marvel Comics shared universe. Created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee in 1963, the sorcerer…

Daddy issues: ‘Son of Zorn’ is a clever premise with uneven execution

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Blending live-action with animation is a tricky thing. Visually, it can look awkward. Narratively, it can stretch credulity and push a story too far into the…

Out of time: NBC’s ‘Timeless’ is a work in progress

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Imagine you possessed a time machine. What would you do with such power? Would you kill Hitler? Save JFK? Invest in Microsoft? And what would be…

Something to say: ‘Speechless’ is ABC’s latest sitcom win

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent ABC has a knack for family sitcoms. Starting with “Modern Family,” the network has rolled out a string of shows that have largely succeeded with audiences…

Last man standing: ABC’s ‘Designated Survivor’ is a lukewarm political thriller

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent In the U.S. government, the designated survivor is the cabinet-level individual selected to not attend the president’s annual state of the union address. The rationale is,…

Good, not great: ‘The Good Place’ has potential to be a clever network comedy

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Let’s dip our toes back into mainstream network television this week with a look at “The Good Place,” NBC’s new sitcom from “Parks and Recreation” and…

Family matters: “One Mississippi” mixes laughter and tears

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Dramedy? Tragi-comedy? Sad-com? There’s no good name for the class of half-hour scripted series that have dominated the television landscape over the last several years. “Louie,”…