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Darren Franich

Darren Franich

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 64% Vice Principals: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "There's a clarity of purpose in the opening episodes of the show, a sense that things are hitting the ground running -- and, quite possibly, going straight to hell. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 18, 2016
A 100% BoJack Horseman: Season 3 (TV, 2016) "There's a precision in the show's expansion, a sense that the creative team wants to explore every corner of their comedy world -- and every corner of the character's psyches. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 13, 2016
80% American Horror Story: Coven Episode 13 "There was a lot to chew on in this finale, fellow viewers. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2016
70% American Horror Story: Coven Episode 12 ""Go To Hell" wasn't just another Gomez-Rejon joint. This was the showiest hour the great American Horror Story director has had since Asylum's finale. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2016
91% American Horror Story: Coven Episode 11 "The latest episode was a relatively slow-paced affair. It briefly reestablished the closest thing this season has ever had to a status quo, before proceeding - once again - to burn it all down. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2016
91% American Horror Story: Coven Episode 10 "Stevie Nicks was in the tenth episode of Coven. Stevie Nicks was the tenth episode of Coven. They named the episode after her, and she taught Misty the proper method for shawl-twirling. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2016
91% American Horror Story: Coven Episode 9 "[The episode] that took the whole simmering racial/sexual subtext of the season and turned it into explosive text. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2016
92% American Horror Story: Coven Episode 8 "Part of the reason I like American Horror Story is that it throws out ambient bits of mythology without really caring about continuity - it's got the everything-at-the-wall vibe of a first-season sitcom or a '40s comic book. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2016
100% American Horror Story: Coven Episode 7 "Coven rectified Joyce's lapse this week, with an episode titled "The Dead" that featured a Frankenstein-Celebutante-Witch threesome. And said threesome was far from the weirdest event in the episode. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2016
92% American Horror Story: Coven Episode 6 "To me it felt like high-level mythmaking. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2016
100% American Horror Story: Coven Episode 5 "Fiona brought the baby back - and perhaps, as a kindness, let the young mother think that it was the strength of her love that caused the resurrection... It was a stunning sequence, beyond Freudian in its staging. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2016
91% American Horror Story: Coven Episode 4 "American Horror Story takes that subtext and turns it into the lyrics to a Lady Gaga song. And I mean that as a huge compliment. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2016
100% American Horror Story: Coven Episode 3 "There's an unsubtle theme running throughout this season of American Horror Story: The idea that "witchcraft," as represented in Coven, is really just a metaphor for acting. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2016
100% American Horror Story: Coven Episode 2 "The swamp was shot to look exactly like the Devil's Bayou in The Rescuers, and last night's episode becomes even better if you choose to believe that the vengeful undead alligators were actually Brutus and Nero. (The Rescuers is so scary, you guys.) " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2016
75% American Horror Story: Coven Episode 1 "Co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk were in world-building mode, sketching out the sub-strata of Coven's witchy shadow civilization and crafting a set of narrative/thematic rules for their vision of witchcraft. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 6, 2016
83% Preacher: Season 1 Episode 4 "Preacher the TV show has very gradually moved these characters together -- and it's interesting to consider what these two devils (Odin & Cassidy) might do to their mutual friend Jesse Custer. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2016
95% Preacher: Season 1 Episode 2 "Anything is possible. Across town, Eugene's father Sheriff Root is talking to a couple men we know to be dead: the well-dressed English fellows in bolo ties. "We're from the government," they explain. Yeah, right. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 17, 2016
95% Preacher: Season 1 Episode 1 "Speaking of violence! Thirty thousand feet above it all, a man named Cassidy has met some new friends. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 16, 2016
B 94% Game of Thrones: Season 6 (TV, 2016) "Few shows on television look better than this one, but it's coming up on great-drama retirement age. Game of Thrones is getting older. But it's not dead, yet. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 26, 2016
A- 81% The Girlfriend Experience: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Finally, Steven Soderbergh's 2009 experiment in sexless eroticism gets the TV spin-off some weirdo somewhere possibly asked for! Confession: Je suis that weirdo. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 11, 2016
B+ 81% The Detour: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "The fun and challenge of The Detour is how it seems to be going for comedy in every direction, from delicate character comedy to sight gags to gross-out humor to full-fledged farce. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 11, 2016
C 42% Flaked: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Flaked is another horrid post-Togetherness dramcom that's too cute to be serious and too lame to be funny. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 11, 2016
B+ 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) "God help me, I laughed. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 10, 2016
A- 100% Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "We've been needing someone who's this smart and this wacky, someone with the well-honed ability to fire a chaingun array of zingers that can all hit their marks with sniper precision. And she happens to be a female woman? That's cool, too. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 9, 2016
A 91% Grease: Live (2016) "Grease: Live reconfirms all the possibilities of the live musical event as a genuine transcendent pop experience: Clever, funny, rapturously huge in a way showbiz used to only want to be. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 1, 2016
B 65% The X-Files: Season 10 (TV, 2016) "Now that every show is serialized, the stand-alone X-Files episodes actually look better, and stranger. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 20, 2016
63% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 12 "Solving a haunting with Twitter is by far one of the funniest and most believable things American Horror Story has ever come up with. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 14, 2016
82% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 11 "So: VAMPIRE < WITCH < GHOST, turns out. Not sure where ALIEN fits in there, but we'll no doubt find out later this year when we watch American Horror Story: Flying Saucer. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 7, 2016
86% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 10 "It's a bold idea and not one I saw coming. This whole season, the Cortez has been a setting for strange sinful behavior, a reckoning between different forces of evil. Could such a setting really be changed -- transformed, evolved into something better? " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 17, 2015
64% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 9 "We are nominally in the home stretch of episodes -- the point of an American Horror Story season when the players on the final-act chessboard start moving into position. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 10, 2015
B+ 93% Doctor Who: Season 9 (TV, 2015) ""Magician's Apprentice" is a confident hour of television... and it proves once again that Moffat is great at situating a bold new Doctor Who direction within the half-century mythology of Doctor Whos past. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 7, 2015
B 65% Krampus (2015) "If you love Gremlins but don't feel like rewatching Gremlins, consider Krampus a worthwhile diet caffeine-free alternative. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2015
36% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 8 ""Everything's chaos," John says, the best thing Wes Bentley says in tonight's episode and a good preview of coming events. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2015
100% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 7 "I would take a whole episode of American Horror Story that was just every member of the cast stepping into the spotlight on a darkened stage, clearing their throat, and intoning: "I couldn't pick my butthole out of a lineup." " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 19, 2015
86% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 4 "The dinner is a real kick, especially because the eternally underrated Seth Gabel gives an already-underrated performance as Dahmer. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 29, 2015
77% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 1 "There's a long and gloriously unhinged musical montage, set to "Tear You Apart" by She Wants Revenge. We meet a pair of perfect decadents who reside in the hotel's penthouse. They are Lady Gaga and Matthew Bomer. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 15, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Hotel Episode 2 "There's an evocative grabbiness to the idea of Gaga-Bomer-Wittrock as party people and diseased infected people. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 15, 2015
84% True Detective : Season 2 Episode 7 "I can't think of anything less compelling than a scene in the penultimate episode when three fringe characters we barely care about all hug the main character and tell her that, deep down, underneath that haircut, she's really a swell person. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 3, 2015
79% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 10 "I thought this episode got things moving in a big way. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
88% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 11 "It was relatively action-free, but I thought the show finally created a nice sense of simmering tension - the scenes at the prison really did feel like a squad in the trenches, unsure if they could survive the upcoming battle. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
83% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 8 "It was the best of Dead, it was the worst of Dead: A midseason finale which left me feeling a bit grumpy, but which also had me on the edge of my seat, yelling at my TV set. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 12 "For my money, "Clear" was another shining moment for the series. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
73% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 13 "This was a curious episode of The Walking Dead: Slow-moving but rife with drama, filled with some great off-handed moments and some less-great Big Moments. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
87% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 6 "This was a manic Walking Dead episode, with various chess pieces moving into position for the final two episodes of this half-season. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
64% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 14 "It was a scary way to end the episode, but it also felt inevitable. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
87% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 15 "Every character on the show suddenly decided to make every possible bad decision they could make. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 5 "This was probably the quietest episode of the season so far. It amounted to a deep dive into various characters' psychology - albeit with plenty of zombie-killing along the way. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
50% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 16 "As a longtime fan of the show - a skeptical fan, but a fan nevertheless - I couldn't help walking away from the season finale feeling a bit disappointed. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 3 "The meat of this episode focused entirely on a new character. That's a thrilling risk for a show to take - and if you ask me, it's a risk that paid off for Dead. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 29, 2015
93% The Walking Dead: Season 3 Episode 2 "Fellow viewers, that was a dynamite second episode of the season. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 28, 2015
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