Michael Schur is probably the most famous person I knew almost nothing about until just five minutes ago. He was a writer-producer on Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 2004. Then he became a writer-producer, then executive producer, of the US version of The Office. He also appeared on that show as an actor, […]Read more "The Good Place: Season 4 — 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"
The heart of the series New Girl has always been the relationship between Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick Miller (Jake Johnson). As we enter the last season of the program—after a three year time jump—it seems that the will-they-or-won’t-they plot that has threaded its way through the series has finally settled on will-they […]Read more "New Girl: Season 7 — a review"
When I saw this series on Netflix, I thought I had never watched an episode before. As it turns out, I had watched one of them, maybe one-and-a-half. It is most likely that it was on my television screen and I was doing something else while it was on, but the feeling of deja vu […]Read more "I’m Sorry: 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"