Category Archives: Television

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…

Road songs: ‘Carpool Karaoke’ is a standout late-night segment

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent My recent review of the underwhelming variety show “Maya & Marty” set me thinking, once again, about the state of late-night television. I’ve often lamented the…

Law & disorder: ‘Angie Tribeca’ is screwball comedy at its best

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent It’s impossible not to compare “Angie Tribeca” to “Police Squad!,” the classic 1982 Zucker Abrahams Zucker police sitcom starring Leslie Neilson. Though it only lasted six…

Not ready for primetime: ‘Maya & Marty’ is an uninspired attempt to revive the variety show

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent “Maya & Marty” is a TV show that no one really needs. A primetime variety program in the classic style, starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short,…

Empty threats: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is far from uncanny

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent There’s a scene toward the end of the first act of “X-Men: Apocalypse” in which Jean Grey, after watching “Return of the Jedi,” quips that the…

Breakers of chains: ‘Game of Thrones’ is liberated in season six

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Sometimes on a journey you reach a point where you have to toss out the map and chart your own course. For five seasons, showrunners David…

Private dicks: ‘Archer’ reinvents itself once again

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent The last time I reviewed “Archer,” I assumed it would be the last time. After seven seasons, the FX animated spy comedy remains consistently hilarious, but…

Disassembled: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is a Marvel masterpiece

  By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Forget the clever lede. Let’s get right to it. “Captain America: Civil War” is the best Marvel Studios film to date. Scratch that. It’s the…

Bright laughter: ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is still great — dammit!

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Few sitcoms tickle me the way “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” does. Sure, there are better plotted, more ambitious shows out there, but “Kimmy,” which returned to Netflix…