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Emily Nussbaum

Emily Nussbaum
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% Riverdale: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Unfortunately, Riverdale can't provide that. It began well enough, with a fun, moody pilot and early episodes... But, seven episodes in, it's devolved into dull cosplay bracketed by bogus profundity.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2017-03-27T17:00:00-07:00
90% Feud: Bette and Joan (TV, 2017) Feud has its flaws-a jokey song cue here, blunt exposition there. But Murphy lets the contradictions sizzle: he knows that schlock can double as great art; that self-loathing can work both as a goad to ambition and as an emotional crippler.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2017-03-12T17:00:00-07:00
86% Big Little Lies: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Generous to its characters, even those who begin as clichés, the series becomes a reflection on trauma; at its best moments, it makes risky observations, especially about the dynamics of domestic abuse.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2017-02-26T16:00:00-08:00
90% Legion: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Legion is not small, exactly, but it's dreamy and precise, with an Ionesco wit and Red Bull energy.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2017-02-05T16:00:00-08:00
90% The Good Place: Season 1 (TV, 2016) What we got was the rare season finale that could legitimately be described as a game-changer, vaulting the show from a daffy screwball comedy to something darker, much stranger, and uncomfortably appropriate for our apocalyptic era.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2017-01-29T16:00:00-08:00
100% Search Party: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Blending screwball fizz and sticky melancholy, it basically invents a new genre: the noir sitcom. It is also, at ten episodes, exactly the right length.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-12-12T16:00:00-08:00
100% Rectify: Season 4 (TV, 2016) With its skewed insights into carceral cruelty, Rectify took the slot that "The Wire" used to occupy: it's the smart crime drama whose fans have trouble persuading others to watch, because it sounds too grim-or maybe too good for you.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-11-27T16:00:00-08:00
89% Westworld: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) It's the kind of trippy conceptual project that would be unbearable if it weren't so elegantly made. So far, it works, mostly-not because it's perfect but because it gets under your skin.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-10-16T17:00:00-07:00
100% Fleabag: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Fleabag is an original. She's at once a mischief-maker and a figure of pathos.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-09-18T17:00:00-07:00
95% Stranger Things: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Stranger Things might feel like a mere retro roller coaster were it not for that slow drip of sorrow and trauma, the residue of Reagan-era anxiety about the nuclear family.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-08-14T17:00:00-07:00
100% BoJack Horseman: Season 3 (TV, 2016) It does what BoJack Horseman does best, allowing the most heartbreaking parts of life to leach into the genre that's meant to soothe them. ‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-07-31T17:00:00-07:00
73% The Get Down: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2017) It would be cool if The Get Down evolved into some messy stealth masterpiece, its many mismatched octopus arms thrashing toward something tremendous. Six episodes in, outsized ambition isn't enough. As the Magic 8 Ball says, "Ask again later."‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-08-14T17:00:00-07:00
100% Atlanta: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The result is a series that is shrewd, emotional, and impolite, with a style that veers toward pretentiousness but never crosses over.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-09-11T17:00:00-07:00
65% BrainDead: Season 1 (TV, 2016) BrainDead is aggressively funny and a little sloppy, and it's that sick-joke aggression, the refusal to take itself seriously, that is the key to its appeal. ‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-07-17T17:00:00-07:00
100% Mr. Robot: Season 2 - eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc (TV Episode) Mr. Robot may be self-serious, but it's also a rarity on TV, capturing a modern mood, an ambient distrust based on genuine social betrayals. For all its flaws, it feels like an alarm going off. It's worth paying attention to.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-07-17T17:00:00-07:00
100% Happy Valley: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Happy Valley miraculously manages to treat the ugliest behavior imaginable with humane insight, while never letting the perpetrators off the hook. It views crime as an act of weakness, not power.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-05-22T17:00:00-07:00
100% Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) In Bee's welcome approach, "women's issues" are presented as inseparable from "real" politics, but it's her resistance to making nice that lends the show its jagged energy.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-04-30T17:00:00-07:00
No Score Yet Call the Midwife: Season 5 (TV, 2016) Call the Midwife takes tragedy seriously, dwelling in the promise that medicine might treat human suffering as something essentially spiritual, not merely mechanical.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-06-12T17:00:00-07:00
77% Vinyl: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Vinyl, in other words, is the Hard Rock Café: chaos for tourists. Still, if you squint, you can see what the creative team was going for-a deep dive into the muck of a long-lost Manhattan, all bets off, no safe places, no trigger warnings. ‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-02-14T16:00:00-08:00
97% Show Me a Hero: Season 1 (TV, 2015) The show's wonkiest policy debates are also its liveliest scene.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-08-27T17:00:00-07:00
100% Deutschland 83: Season 1 (TV, 2015) It's a slinky thriller, well scored, well paced, cast with beautiful faces.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-10-15T17:00:00-07:00
93% The Mindy Project: Season 4 (TV, 2015-2016) There's plenty to admire in the show's willingness to cross the wires, to resist giving the audience what it craves.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-12-08T16:00:00-08:00
100% Younger: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Younger has a disarming blend of brass and humility. The second season, judging from the first three episodes, is a real step up.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-01-18T16:00:00-08:00
95% Orange is the New Black: Season 4 (TV, 2016) This season's smartest move was to interrogate empathy rather than treating it as a cure-all.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-07-04T17:00:00-07:00
91% Cucumber: Series 1 (TV, 2015) The single best episode, the sixth, is like nothing else I've seen this year; I won't spoil it, but will say that it made me sob.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-06-01T17:00:00-07:00
100% Inside Amy Schumer: Season 3 (TV, 2015) This self-mockery could turn into masochism, but somehow it never does, in part because the sharpness of the jokes is itself a form of self-assertion.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-05-03T17:00:00-07:00
96% Orange is the New Black: Season 3 (TV, 2015) Orange is always, damningly, about how institutions crush the illusion of the individual.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-08-30T17:00:00-07:00
98% UnReal: Season 1 (TV, 2015) UnREAL takes a fresh route into the subject matter by dramatizing the lives of the producers, especially Rachel, who, despite appearances, considers herself a feminist-she's the type who might watch Everlasting, but from an ironic distance. ‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-06-28T17:00:00-07:00
97% Transparent: Season 2 (TV, 2015) Jill Soloway's stealth masterpiece Transparent, which is now in its second season, on Amazon, is a different kind of seducer, a TV series that makes revolutionary art seem both irresistible and inevitable.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-12-28T16:00:00-08:00
92% The Night Manager: Miniseries (TV, 2016) An elegant but ultimately empty John le Carré adaptation, starring Hugh Laurie. ‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-05-22T17:00:00-07:00
54% The Casual Vacancy: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Perhaps the greatest contribution comes from the performance of someone who barely appears: Rory Kinnear... whose Barry is a poignant, meaningful figure, a do-gooder whose loss is real for the town's most vulnerable residents.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-04-26T17:00:00-07:00
100% Catastrophe: Season 1 (TV, 2015) The show's crass, often filthy jokes are delivered so adroitly they feel elegant instead of juvenile.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-10-13T17:00:00-07:00
97% Hannibal: Season 3 (TV, 2015) It's possible, of course, that I love the show because it confirms my worst suspicions about food culture. ‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-06-21T17:00:00-07:00
100% Broad City: Season 3 (TV, 2016) Broad City offers something zany, warmhearted, and sweetly liberatory, like a piñata spilling out Red Hots, Plan B, and pot snickerdoodles.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-02-28T16:00:00-08:00
97% Wolf Hall: Series 1 (TV, 2015) The show's deliberately paced six hours turn out to be riveting, precisely because they are committed, without apology or, often, much explanation, to the esotericism of their subject matter.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-04-26T17:00:00-07:00
75% Being Mary Jane: Season 1 (TV, 2014) As provocative as the show's themes are, Being Mary Jane keeps wavering in its perspective on the title character, a problem that deepens as the first season goes on. Do we root for Mary Jane? Or roll our eyes?‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-03-19T17:00:00-07:00
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) These integrated ads (call 'em what they are) are surely a job requirement... But that doesn't mean they're not gross‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-09-09T17:00:00-07:00
94% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 2 (TV, 2015) It's not that the show is revelatory art-a plot about Gordon receiving a diagnosis of brain damage verges on bathos. But it doesn't need to be. It's effective doing what it does best, which is to be a platform for a fascinating, buried period of history.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-08-02T17:00:00-07:00
100% Downton Abbey: Season 2 (TV, 2012) There's no denying the show has aspirational fantasy as its hook: I've even heard the Crawleys compared to the Kardashians. But I prefer to think of Downton as an experimental take on Fiddler on the Roof.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-06-28T17:00:00-07:00
100% The Americans: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "The Americans" is a bleak show that ends each episode with heartbreak. It's also a thrilling, moving, clever show about human intimacy-possibly the best current drama out there.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-03-17T17:00:00-07:00
93% Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 1 (TV, 2015) In a genre format that is often reflexively juvenile about sexuality, Jessica Jones is distinctly adult, an allegory that is unafraid of ugliness.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-12-13T16:00:00-08:00
94% The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The Jinx" is wickedly entertaining: funny, morbid, and sad, at once exploitative and high-minded, a moral lasagna of questionable aesthetic choices (including reconstructions of ghastly events) and riveting interviews.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-03-10T17:00:00-07:00
95% Mozart in the Jungle: Season 1 (TV, 2014) There's a silly montage of various musicians and their sexual styles; hot maestros are besieged by crowds of autograph hounds. Yet the silliness can be infectious.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-01-20T16:00:00-08:00
74% Billions: Season 1 (TV, 2016) If becoming Axe requires a little insider trading, maybe you're a prig to object. Billions doesn't care about your politics, or abstractions about justice. It knows what you want.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-02-14T16:00:00-08:00
97% The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Miniseries (TV, 2015) An addictive, miraculously well-cast dramatization of the 1995 murder case.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-01-31T16:00:00-08:00
96% Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) This is a ridiculously high level of difficulty for any new show, which makes it all the more miraculous that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, like its heroine, has such eccentric, slow-build charisma.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2016-01-18T16:00:00-08:00
97% You're the Worst: Season 2 (TV, 2015) The first two episodes of the new season struggle slightly, now that Gretchen and Jimmy are living together... And yet your fingers are crossed for the show to make the leap. In TV, as in love, some things are worth the commitment.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2015-09-13T17:00:00-07:00
96% Olive Kitteridge: Season One (TV, 2014) Olive Kitteridge is evidence that even the most daunting adaptation can work, without displacing its source material. ‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2014-10-26T17:00:00-07:00
98% Transparent: Season 1 (TV, 2014) Transparent is reflexively compassionate when it comes to human mess. In search of love and intimacy, Soloway's characters do some idiotic things but, with each mistake, Transparent just looks closer. ‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2014-09-21T17:00:00-07:00
100% Jane the Virgin: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) Jane the Virgin takes a forthright approach, allowing its characters to respond with logic and empathy, even when confronted with the most absurd events. ‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted 2014-10-26T17:00:00-07:00