I arrived at Community the same way I arrive at most destinations: Ass-backwards. I never watched a single episode while it was on the air, although I was aware of its existence. Of course, I knew who Chevy Chase was. I didn’t care for him on Saturday Night Live, back in the day, but I […]Read more "Community: Season 1 — a review"
This is streaming on Netflix now, if you watched Season 1 and liked the show. Actually, it’s on Netflix whether you liked the first season or not. I should be more precise in my use of language. In order for me to consider a television comedy to be effective, it must pass a couple of […]Read more "I’m Sorry: Season 2 — a review"
It was the Showtime/BBC series Episodes that finally made me a Matt LeBlanc fan. Not Friends. I mean, Joey Tribbiani was okay, in a vacuous meathead himbo sort of way. And his most famous catchphrase—”How you doin’?”—remains a part of my personal repertoire. But, Joey was strictly B-team on Friends, the sidekick, the friend-of-a-friend, never […]Read more "Episodes: Season 5 — a review"
During the second act of a story (after crossing the threshold from the ordinary world into the special, if you’re Joseph Campbell savvy), the writer sorely tests his protagonists with all manner of problems and obstacles, the object being to bring the characters down to their lowest point. It’s always darkest before the dawn, and […]Read more "Episodes: Season 4 — a review"
I’m returning to my old form here, watching a television series after it’s been off the air for a couple of years. I wish I had “discovered” this one sooner. I was aware that the Showtime series Episodes existed. And, I knew that it starred Matt LeBlanc playing some version of himself. Subconsciously, I think, […]Read more "Episodes: Season 1 — a review"
Some writers, and some showrunners, get it. It’s about the characters. If you allow the characters you create to come to life, whether on the page or on the screen, the stories that develop from them will be more engaging, on one hand, and less important, on the other. Character-driven stories are the best kind, […]Read more "New Girl: Season 2 — a review"
The Good Place avoids the sophomore slump experienced by some television shows during their second season by doing something very smart. During the second season, the series changes the entire premise of the show. I knew I couldn’t stay interested in this if it continued to be about bad-girl Eleanor (Kristen Bell) having to pretend […]Read more "The Good Place: Season 2 — a review"