Category Archives: Television

History lessons: ‘The Man in the High Castle’ is a slow yet gripping thriller

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent In 2017, “The Man in the High Castle” — a Philip K. Dick novel about an alternate history where the Axis powers won World War II…

To the rescue! Checking in on TV’s superhero shows

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent It’s a good time to be a fan of superhero television. Between ABC, CW and Netflix, it’s an embarrassment of riches, with a bevy of shows…

What lies beyond: ‘The OA’ is a half-baked mystery show

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When “The OA” appeared in my Netflix recommendations queue in mid-December, I was excited. I recalled “Making a Murderer,” 2015’s end-of-year gift from the streaming video…

Something to say: The best late-night comedy of 2016

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent As far as years go, 2016 was not great. From Brexit and Donald Trump to the war in Syria and ISIL — not to mention the…

Last laughs: The best TV comedy of 2016

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent This week, let’s take a look at the best comedies of 2016. As with last week, keep in mind that this is by no means a…

High drama: The best TV drama of 2016

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent This week I’m kicking off part one of my recap of the best television of 2016. Keep in mind this is by no means a definitive…

‘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…