Category Archives: Television

Slow burn: ‘The Americans’ takes its time as it readies for its final act

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I was holding off reviewing the new season of “The Americans” until things got more exciting, but at nearly the halfway point, I’m readjusting my expectations….

Dream state: In season 8, ’Archer’ blows up its status quo yet again

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Adam Reed is not one to rest on his laurels. Most showrunners, at eight seasons into a successful and beloved series, would be content to repeat…

Adult situations: In its final season, ‘Girls’ grows up

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with “Girls.” The HBO sitcom is a challenging piece of entertainment. Its characters are mostly unlikeable and sometimes unrelatable, its…

Stand up guy: ‘Crashing’ is a pleasant, if familiar, sitcom

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent By now, TV audiences are familiar with the autobiographical standup-comic sitcom. “Seinfeld,” “Louie,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Master of None,” “Mulaney” — it’s been done to death….

Punching down: Netflix’s ‘Iron Fist’ is a rare miss for Marvel

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I was going to try to finish the entire season of “Iron Fist” before writing this review, but after several episodes, I’m unsure when or if…

Head games: ‘Legion’ is a different kind of comic book adaptation

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When I first heard Noah Hawley was developing a TV series based on the X-Men comics character Legion, I was more than a little excited. Hawley’s…

X marks the spot: ‘Logan’ is a gritty, moving triumph of superhero moviemaking

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When Hugh Jackman was cast as Wolverine, fans were skeptical that the jaunty Aussie actor could cut it as the gruff, clawin’ and brawlin’ X-Man. Nearly…

Everyday people: ‘Powerless’ fails to take flight

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I’m a sucker for meta humor — the type of self-aware, fourth-wall-breaking jokes that comment on what I’m watching. I’m also a fan of stories that…

You are what you eat: ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ is a charming, dark comedy

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I’ll be honest, at this point I’m pretty much over the zombie genre. “The Walking Dead,” with all its crushing nihilism and gratuitous violence has sucked…

The audacity of pope: ‘The Young Pope’ is an unexpected, confounding treat

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I don’t know what to make of “The Young Pope.” The new Paolo Sorrentino series starring Jude Law premiered on HBO last month amid much ribbing…