Category Archives: Television

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,”…

Southern exposure: ‘Atlanta’ is standout fall premier

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Donald Glover is a busy guy. Since being hired as a writer on “30 Rock” at the age of 21, he’s been on the move. He’s…

Action Johnson: ‘Jean Claude Van Johnson’ is an unexpected surprise

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I’m wrapping up Amazon Pilot Season coverage this week with “Jean Claude Van Johnson,” the unexpectedly entertaining new action-comedy starring Jean Claude Van Damme. I’ll admit,…

Love letters: ‘I Love Dick’ is a heady exploration of desire

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent My roundup of Amazon Pilot Season continues this week with “I Love Dick,” a new half-hour series from “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway. The series, based on…

Spoon!: ‘The Tick’ returns on Amazon Prime

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Long before “The Venture Bros.”’s dark deconstruction the superhero genre, “The Tick” satirized the cape-and-cowl set with absurdist delight. Now, the big blue goon is back,…

‘BoJack Horseman’ gets melancholy in season 3

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Part showbiz satire, part meditation on the human condition, “BoJack Horseman” is a dense, funny and poignant show that deftly manages massive tonal shifts and hefty…

Squad goals: ‘Suicide Squad’ is an incoherent mess

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I wanted to like “Suicide Squad.” Really, I did. Even though my comic-book-geek’s heart will always belong to Marvel, I’ve come to appreciate and enjoy the…

‘Mr. Robot’ remains a labyrinthine thriller in season two:

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent It’s impossible to talk about season two of “Mr. Robot” without spoiling all of season one. It’s the type of show where simply knowing characters’ relationships…

Blast from the past: ‘Stranger Things’ is a thrilling 80s mashup

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Homage barely scratches the surface in describing “Stranger Things.” The new sci-fi horror series by the Duffer Brothers (“Hidden,” “Wayward Pines”), which premiered on Netflix earlier…

Criminal Acts: ‘Orange is the New Black’ delivers a powerful, relevant fourth season

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent It’s a morbid coincidence that I finished season four of “Orange is the New Black” the same week that Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot…