The Odd Couple: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
"The CBS version is the first to suggest the concept has lost its elasticity. It feels like nothing so much as a sock that won't stay up on its own, but which you can't throw out because you've had it around forever. "
Vikings: Season 3 (TV, 2015)
The Walking Dead: Season 5 - Them (TV Episode)
Gotham: Season 1 - The Blind Fortune Teller (TV Episode)
Better Call Saul: Season 1 - Nacho (TV Episode)
"Saul has to be more than the Jimmy and Mike Show to work long-term, and we're starting to see the other pieces -- the supporting characters, the structure, hints of larger arcs -- come into place, slowly but surely. "
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
The Slap: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
Queen and Country (2015)
Better Call Saul: Season 1 - Mijo (TV Episode)
Allegiance: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
""What Happened and What's Going On" was a reminder of how difficult it is to sustain the narrative of this series without simply wallowing in misery. This really is a world without much hope, and the show hasn't flinched from that. "
Better Call Saul: Season 1 - Uno (TV Episode)
"Almost from the start, Saul has different aims than its parent show: it's lighter in tone, closer to an overt comedy, and the transformation Jimmy's going to go through between now and when he meets Walter White isn't nearly as drastic. "
"Each of these nesting narratives is completely fascinating and Jarecki, Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier approach the layered fabulation with the confidence of people who have put seven years of work into this and know how they want every beat to play out. "
Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
"Fresh Off The Boat is significant for the vacuum it fills in a TV landscape that is belatedly being forced to realize that if you fill a vacuum you can make money. But maybe you should just watch Fresh Off The Boat because it's funny. "
Fortitude: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
Backstrom: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
"There are times when Backstrom comes very close to feeling like a functional light-hearted mystery series. But then Backstrom wanders into frame, puffing on his cigar and tossing around some creaky insult, and the fun goes away in a hurry. "
Justified: Season 6 (TV, 2015)
Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
Broad City: Season 2 (TV, 2015)
"It's one of the most purely funny shows on television -- where many "comedies" are really dramas in half-hour form, and others are likable but rarely laugh-out-loud funny -- and it's only more confident, sharp and its own thing in the new season. "
Man Seeking Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
Parks and Recreation: Season 7 (TV, 2015)
"The time jump doesn't turn [it] into a new show, nor does it dunk the series in some kind of comic fountain of youth, but it does provide a fresh enough start to get us through 13 more episodes without feeling like we've seen it all too many times before. "
Togetherness: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
"There is, like so many of the shows in this indie comedy wave, a sense of great intimacy to Togetherness, as if we're spying on these people as they watch their lives fall apart and try to reassemble them. But there's also assured storytelling. "
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Children (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Watchers on the Wall (TV Episode)
Inherent Vice (2015)
"You'll read plenty of comparisons to Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye or The Big Lebowski by the Coens, but it's really not doing the same thing either of those films did. This is a singular thing, and it is gorgeous. "
Mozart in the Jungle: Season 1 (TV, 2014)
Galavant: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
"There are enough solid pieces here -- primarily Omundson and the songs (which I enjoyed as I watched, even if I couldn't hum a bar of them a week later) -- that I would hope Galavant could, like The Neighbors, figure itself out in time. "
Marvel's Agent Carter: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
"Atwell is so good, and the show has so much fun with the period setting, that it's a really promising start for Agent Carter -- and also a very encouraging sign for all the upcoming Marvel TV shows. "
Banshee: Season 3 (TV, 2015)
"I've seen six episodes, each of them offering me some kind of visual or stunt or other flourish that I hadn't seen in quite that way before, and bringing in more interesting actors and characters to play in this strange, fun, dangerous sandbox. "
Cougar Town: Season 6 (TV, 2015)
Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2015)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Mockingbird (TV Episode)
"Bleak or not, this is an amazing television show -- and one that, with few exceptions, doesn't wallow in the misery being suffered by its characters -- as demonstrated by an excellent episode like "Mockingbird." "
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Laws of Gods and Men (TV Episode)
"Marvelous episode. Even though the first half featured a lot of the B-team, those scenes looked wonderful, and the show always picks up such steam when it gets to stay in one place for a while as it did here. "
Gotham: Season 1 - Rogues' Gallery (TV Episode)
"The problem with keeping things simple, though, is that if your main storyline is a dud, there's precious little else to keep things interesting, which was unfortunately the case with "Rogues' Gallery." "
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Obvious Child (2014)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - First of His Name (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Oathkeeper (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Breaker of Chains (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Lion and the Rose (TV Episode)
""The Lion and the Rose" felt no need to rush, and the rest of it -- both the intersection of so many characters, and the mounting tension that erupted in Joffrey's assassination -- was so much more satisfying for it. "
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Two Swords (TV Episode)