Darren Franich

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

TV Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 78%

Chance: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"I'm hooked on Chance, but only because I want to know why I'm hooked on Chance."
Posted Oct 17, 2016
C+ 17%

Conviction: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Conviction can't quite commit to the potential of its own anti-hero."
Posted Sep 30, 2016
C 62%

Lethal Weapon: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"The strong focus on the partners' bromance makes every other story point feel half-hearted."
Posted Sep 20, 2016
A- 63%

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."
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."
Posted Jul 13, 2016

American Horror Story: Coven - The Seven Wonders (TV Episode)

"There was a lot to chew on in this finale, fellow viewers."
Posted Jul 6, 2016

American Horror Story: Coven - Go to Hell (TV Episode)

""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."
Posted Jul 6, 2016

American Horror Story: Coven - Protect the Coven (TV Episode)

"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."
Posted Jul 6, 2016

American Horror Story: Coven - The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks (TV Episode)

"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. "
Posted Jul 6, 2016

American Horror Story: Coven - Head (TV Episode)

"[The episode] that took the whole simmering racial/sexual subtext of the season and turned it into explosive text. "
Posted Jul 6, 2016

American Horror Story: Coven - The Sacred Taking (TV Episode)

"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."
Posted Jul 6, 2016

American Horror Story: Coven - The Dead (TV Episode)

"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."
Posted Jul 6, 2016

American Horror Story: Coven - The Axeman Cometh (TV Episode)

"To me it felt like high-level mythmaking. "
Posted Jul 6, 2016

American Horror Story: Coven - Burn, Witch. Burn! (TV Episode)

"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."
Posted Jul 6, 2016

American Horror Story: Coven - Fearful Pranks Ensue (TV Episode)

"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."
Posted Jul 6, 2016

American Horror Story: Coven - The Replacements (TV Episode)

"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. "
Posted Jul 6, 2016

American Horror Story: Coven - Boy Parts (TV Episode)

"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.)"
Posted Jul 6, 2016

American Horror Story: Coven - Bitchcraft (TV Episode)

"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."
Posted Jul 6, 2016

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."
Posted Jun 20, 2016

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."
Posted Jun 17, 2016

Preacher: Season 1 - Pilot (TV Episode)

"Speaking of violence! Thirty thousand feet above it all, a man named Cassidy has met some new friends."
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."
Posted Apr 26, 2016
A- 82%

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."
Posted Apr 11, 2016
B+ 82%

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."
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."
Posted Mar 11, 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."
Posted Feb 9, 2016
B 64%

The X-Files: Season 10 (TV, 2016)

"Now that every show is serialized, the stand-alone X-Files episodes actually look better, and stranger."
Posted Jan 20, 2016

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."
Posted Jan 14, 2016

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."
Posted Jan 7, 2016

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?"
Posted Dec 17, 2015

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."
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. "
Posted Dec 7, 2015

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."
Posted Dec 3, 2015

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.""
Posted Nov 19, 2015

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."
Posted Oct 29, 2015

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."
Posted Oct 15, 2015

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."
Posted Oct 15, 2015

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."
Posted Aug 3, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 3 - Home (TV Episode)

"I thought this episode got things moving in a big way. "
Posted Jul 30, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 3 - I Ain't a Judas (TV Episode)

"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."
Posted Jul 30, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 3 - Made to Suffer (TV Episode)

"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."
Posted Jul 30, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 3 - Clear (TV Episode)

"For my money, "Clear" was another shining moment for the series."
Posted Jul 30, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 3 - Arrow on the Doorpost (TV Episode)

"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."
Posted Jul 29, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 3 - Hounded (TV Episode)

"This was a manic Walking Dead episode, with various chess pieces moving into position for the final two episodes of this half-season."
Posted Jul 29, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 3 - Prey (TV Episode)

"It was a scary way to end the episode, but it also felt inevitable."
Posted Jul 29, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 3 - This Sorrowful Life (TV Episode)

"Every character on the show suddenly decided to make every possible bad decision they could make."
Posted Jul 29, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 3 - Say the Word (TV Episode)

"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."
Posted Jul 29, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 3 - Welcome to the Tombs (TV Episode)

"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."
Posted Jul 29, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 3 - Walk With Me (TV Episode)

"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."
Posted Jul 29, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 3 - Sick (TV Episode)

"Fellow viewers, that was a dynamite second episode of the season."
Posted Jul 28, 2015
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