I’ve already been on record saying that Season 4 of Community was my least-favorite season of the series so far. I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that this was the season without Dan Harmon, who had been fired from the show he created. For some very good reasons, I feel compelled to add, but still— […]Read more "Community: Season 5 — a review"
This season takes place two to three months after the events of Season 4. Take heed: I’m going to spoil the hell out of it, so skip down to the bottom if you haven’t watched the series yet. As always, we deal with the aftermath of the story threads from the previous season. Ian Gallagher […]Read more "Shameless: Season 5 — a review"
First, a couple of ground rules for this 10-List. The sitcoms appearing on the list may still be on-air with syndicated reruns, but can no longer be producing new episodes. Also, I need to have watched all of the existing episodes, or close enough to “all” as to make no difference. Another arbitrary rule: No […]Read more "10-List: Firewater’s 10 Favorite Sitcoms"
I have been a fan of the author Joe Hill for years now. I read his unique and effective debut horror novel Heart-Shaped Box first, which led me to his short story collection 20th Century Ghosts. I loved both of these works. You won’t read reviews of either here because this was all before I […]Read more "NOS4A2: Season 2 — a review"
Nearly a year and a half ago, I posted a review of Season 1 of Doom Patrol. I liked the series a lot, assigning it a grade of a solid A. I was aware of a group called Doom Patrol back when I was reading DC Comics. But, I never read any of their books. […]Read more "Doom Patrol: Season 2 — a review"
From a story perspective, it feels like it is, but the following statement probably isn’t a true one. If you look deep enough into history, any super-wealthy family has a criminal past. By most accounts, John D. Rockerfeller’s dad was a con artist and all around cad. Joseph Kennedy may or may not have been […]Read more "Peaky Blinders: Season 5 — a review"
Dan Harmon, the creator of Community, was terminated by Sony Pictures Corporation at the end of the third season of the series. Possibly because of his drinking, tardiness, sleeping during work, and otherwise being a perfectionist and procrastinator at the same time, which is a difficult trick to pull off and causes a show to […]Read more "Community: Season 4 — a review"
A better title for this post may have been “Television Series That I Watched Every Episode Produced,” but it was clunky enough already. There are a lot more than ten television series that I’ve watched in their entirety. Like all of my 10-Lists, this one had its own unique set of ground rules. The series […]Read more "10-List: Television Series I’ve Finished"
If you liked the first season of the Netflix original, GLOW, I guarantee you’ll like this season, too. Maybe that’s not a ringing, over-the-top endorsement, or maybe it sounds a little glib or sarcastic. If you think either of these things, then I may not be communicating my point clearly enough. The first season of […]Read more "GLOW: Season 2 — a review"
I was a fan of The West Wing even before I finished watching the first season. Season 4 was the only season since the first that didn’t start with the resolution of a cliffhanger. Even the relatively weak cliffhanger between the second and third seasons involving the question of whether Josiah “Jed” Bartlet (Martin Sheen) […]Read more "The West Wing: Season 4 — a review"