At first, I was skeptical that I would find enough common ground between a Korean-Canadian family and myself to really get into a situation comedy about a culture and country different than my own. I am an unrepentant Anglo- and Canuck-o-Phile. I’ve enjoyed many Canadian actors and comedians, and Canadian television ranging from The Kids […]Read more "Kim’s Convenience: a series review"
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"
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"
By the time a sitcom hits its fifth season, it knows what it’s all about. Or, it should. The creative forces behind New Girl certainly did, and Season 5 offers up generous portions of what we were already being served. Which is more funny stuff, of course. Zooey Deschanel was missing for a half-dozen episodes […]Read more "New Girl: Season 5 — a review"
Season 3 of New Girl was my least favorite season of the series going into this one. But, it wasn’t awful. I graded it a B+, which is only disappointing after finding out that the first two seasons both got A‘s. The show made the Moonlighting mistake of letting Nick and Jess become romantically involved, […]Read more "New Girl: Season 4 — a review"
After my extended Trek across the universe, I’ve been on a bit of a sitcom kick lately. Call it a palate cleanser. I tore through the first two seasons of The Good Place (it’s good: watch it), six of the seven seasons of New Girl (waiting for Season 7 to drop on Netflix), and, […]Read more "Friends from College: Season 1 — a review"
New Girl waited a year to go into its sophomore slump. After two seasons of rooting for Jessica Day and Nick Miller to become a couple, it was a bit of a letdown when they did choose to become romantically involved. Jess and Nick run off to Mexico together after the debacle of Cece’s aborted […]Read more "New Girl: Season 3 — 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"
This is not the first time I’ve watched the first season of New Girl. In fact, I know I’ve watched at least two seasons, possibly three, years ago. Then, I stopped. I’m not certain why, because I remember liking the series. More than likely, life intervened or I got sidetracked by something new and shiny […]Read more "New Girl: Season 1 — a review"
I’ve written, more than once, that I am not a binge-watcher of television shows. The Kris Kristofferson song “The Pilgrim” contains the following lyrics: He’s a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction. Yeah, that about sums me up, I’d say. The word “hypocrite” may actually apply as well, since there’s no term more precise […]Read more "The Good Place: Season 1 — a review"