Category Archives: Television

Some pig: ‘Okja’ is food for thought

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent While Netflix has secured its reputation as a powerhouse of original TV programming, it hasn’t offered up much in the way of feature-length films. The streaming…

An American story: Hasan Minhaj gets personal in ‘Homecoming King’

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent The glut of new standup specials on Netflix right now makes it difficult to single out just one for review. However, Hasan Minhaj’s “Homecoming King” easily…

Déjà vu: After four seasons, ‘Silicon Valley’ is stuck in a rut

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent “Silicon Valley” concluded its fourth season in a familiar place: after another run of successes and setbacks, the Pied Piper team has once again found themselves…

Tuna-in: ‘Oh, Hello’ comes to Netflix

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent It’s not often that a basic cable comedy sketch finds its way to Broadway. In fact, I’m not sure it’s ever happened before. But that’s what…

Home run: ‘Brockmire’ finds humor in specificity

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When you’re a cord-cutter like me who depends on streaming services and borrowed passwords to stay current with television, some shows inevitably slip past you. Some…

Something real: ‘Master of None’ remains ambitious and relevant in season two

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I could have finished “Master of None” weeks ago, but I didn’t because some shows are too good to binge. The Netflix series, created by Aziz…

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…