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Darren Franich

Darren Franich
Darren Franich's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 20% The Orville: Season 1 (TV, 2017) I share MacFarlane's yearning for the lost wonder of Star Trek, but I don't need to watch brand new C-level Next Generation episodes, especially not when some creative force behind the scenes keeps tossing out unfunny crude gags.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
C+ 72% American Horror Story: Cult (TV, 2017) It's a dynamite opening. The episodes that follow are strange, circuitous, too anxious to really pursue that initial madness.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
A- 92% The Tick: Season 1 (TV, 2016) First, let me begin by thanking Serafinowicz profusely. With a booming voice and brazen madman confidence, he turns practically every one of his statements into a laughline.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
57% Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: Season 1 (TV, 2011) The miniseries is a prequel, a narrative format that mainly lends itself to relentless wheel-spinning. So it was a pleasure to find out that the Gods of the Arena premiere was such a surprisingly enjoyable hour of television.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
A 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 14 (TV Episode) This is the mood that the revival season of Twin Peaks has put me in, 14 hours in. I look for clues in dreams and in overheard conversations. I watch old David Lynch movies and see obvious correlations that no god-mind could have possibly created.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
A- 100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 9 (TV Episode) Although Part 9 was a much more down-to-earth chapter than last episode's cosmic origin story -- people discovered things! -- this hour of Twin Peaks was an intriguing progression from the last one.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
A 94% GLOW: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Netflix's GLOW is unlike any show I've ever seen. I love it so much; it made me laugh, cry, think, and pump my fists in the air screaming, "YESYESYES!" ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
B+ 51% I'm Dying Up Here: Season 1 (TV, 2017) I found myself returning to I'm Dying Up Here for a simple reason: It's a good hang. The show captures the peculiar tense camaraderie and striving oneupmanship of young comedians.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
B+ 95% Harlots: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Right now, the show's execution is a bit slight, but Morton makes you believe in Harlots' spirit.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B 100% Budding Prospects: Season 1 (TV, 2017) A solid ensemble keeps the lo-fi comedy buzzing.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
C+ 33% Snatch: Season 1 (TV, 2017) If the original movie was pop-punk, this is KIDZ BOP.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
B- 54% The Son: Season 1 (TV, 2017) I admire the show's democratic vision of Texas as a never-ending culture clash. The Son will rise -- if it can live up to its ambitions.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
C- 35% APB: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It's almost like someone remade a Paul Verhoeven movie but didn't understand the satire.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
B+ 75% Taboo: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Taboo's gruff and tough and silly, and I'm hooked.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
B 80% Chance: Season 1 (TV, 2016) I'm hooked on Chance, but only because I want to know why I'm hooked on Chance.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
C+ 19% Conviction: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Conviction can't quite commit to the potential of its own anti-hero.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
C 64% Lethal Weapon: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) The strong focus on the partners' bromance makes every other story point feel half-hearted.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
A- 100% Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) 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
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2016
B+ 78% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
63% American Horror Story: Hotel - Be Our Guest (TV Episode) 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
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
82% American Horror Story: Hotel - Battle Royale (TV Episode) 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
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
86% American Horror Story: Hotel - She Gets Revenge (TV Episode) 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
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
64% American Horror Story: Hotel - She Wants Revenge (TV Episode) 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
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
36% American Horror Story: Hotel - The Ten Commandments Killer (TV Episode) "Everything's chaos," John says, the best thing Wes Bentley says in tonight's episode and a good preview of coming events.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
100% American Horror Story: Hotel - Flicker (TV Episode) 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
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
86% American Horror Story: Hotel - Devil's Night (TV Episode) The dinner is a real kick, especially because the eternally underrated Seth Gabel gives an already-underrated performance as Dahmer.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015
77% American Horror Story: Hotel - Checking In (TV Episode) 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
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Hotel - Chutes and Ladders (TV Episode) There's an evocative grabbiness to the idea of Gaga-Bomer-Wittrock as party people and diseased infected people.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
B 96% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 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
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2016
A- 83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
83% Preacher: Season 1 - Monster Swamp (TV Episode) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
95% Preacher: Season 1 - See (TV Episode) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
95% Preacher: Season 1 - Pilot (TV Episode) Speaking of violence! Thirty thousand feet above it all, a man named Cassidy has met some new friends.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
84% True Detective : Season 2 - Black Maps and Motel Rooms (TV Episode) 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
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 5 - What Happened and What's Going On (TV Episode) "What Happened and What's Going On" starts off with a series of unlinked images, guaranteed to resonate with longtime Dead viewers-while simultaneously confusing them.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
42% Houdini: Season 1 (TV, 2014) Brody is fully committed, and the role plays into his hammier instincts. Connolly's great, and Houdini could make for a raucous night with your friends if you drink whenever Mrs. Houdini drinks.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
58% American Horror Story: Freak Show - Curtain Call (TV Episode) There was something disingenuous at the core of this finale, I think.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2015
50% American Horror Story: Freak Show - Show Stoppers (TV Episode) In hindsight, a better title for this season would've been American Horror Story: Emma Roberts' Intestines.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Freak Show - Magical Thinking (TV Episode) I'm convinced that this season of American Horror Story only really makes sense if you admit that the latest iteration of Denis O'Hare is Jedi mind tricking everyone.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2015
67% American Horror Story: Freak Show - Tupperware Party Massacre (TV Episode) Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, to witness the eighth wonder of the world! Sarah Paulson...and Sarah Paulson...are Sarah Paulson...in Paulson v. Paulson: Dawn of the Emmy.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Freak Show - Blood Bath (TV Episode) When you title an episode of American Horror Story "Blood Bath," you know it's definitely figurative and you worry it might be literal. Then you see that "Blood Bath" is credited to AHS demon lord Ryan Murphy, and you know it's definitely literal.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2015
55% American Horror Story: Freak Show - Test of Strength (TV Episode) The body count on Freak Show has been relatively light thus far -- certainly compared to the resurrection-happy Coven. Are we just being set up for a huge mass-murder of lead cast members in the back half of the season?‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2015
64% American Horror Story: Freak Show - Bullseye (TV Episode) This episode of American Horror Story basically becomes a showcase for Mat Fraser and Jessica Lange.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2015
80% American Horror Story: Freak Show - Edward Mordrake, Pt. 2 (TV Episode) Mordrake's method for collecting involves requiring all applicants to reveal their life story, which doubles as a nice way to get to know our characters.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2015
70% American Horror Story: Freak Show - Edward Mordrake, Pt. 1 (TV Episode) It's Halloween in Florida, which means clowns and clowns and clowns. It's also that very special time of year when people who've lived rough lives somehow discover a new low.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2015