Eric Thurm

Eric Thurm
Eric Thurm's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian AV Club Grantland
Publications: Guardian, AV Club, Grantland

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A- 100% Billions: Season 4 - Extreme Sandbox (TV Episode) The performances are excellent, and there are moments up there with the best the show has ever done. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
59% Drunk History: Season 1 (TV, 2013) For all of Wild West that is successful, Drunk History still has a ways to go if it wants to be more than a longer, glorified version of the web series. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
95% Doom Patrol: Season 1 (TV, 2019) Doom Patrol is, somehow, pretty fun. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
100% Samurai Jack: Season 4 (TV, 0) It wears its considerable history on its sleeve, transforming a potentially boring and simplistic children's show into an often-breathtaking cult phenomenon. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
A- No Score Yet Regular Show: Season 8 (TV, 2010-2017) Regular Show was many things, a frequently surreal, borderline adult show on a network primarily for children. But more anything else, Regular Show was fun. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 86% Marvel's Runaways: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Runaways is easily my favorite Marvel TV series, because it's the only one where it seems like anyone involved is having fun. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
B- 93% Riverdale: Season 3 - Chapter Forty: The Great Escape (TV Episode) The big action set piece, which cross-cuts between the G&G game Jughead is leading for the Serpents and the prison break Veronica is leading for Archie, is genuinely cool and fun. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
100% Counterpart: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The restraint of Counterpart, especially given its potentially outsized, ridiculous premise, is impressive. In fact, it mirrors Simmons' performance -- by far the best reason to watch the show. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
78% The Young Pope: Miniseries (TV, 2017) It's got more chutzpah than almost anything else on the air. And even if this level of camp combined with self-seriousness isn't your jam, it's hard to deny the level of care that goes into each shot - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
100% Search Party: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) There are many small pleasures in Search Party that, if you're going to watch the show, deserve to be savored. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
58% Will: Miniseries (TV, 2017) While Will is a bad addition to the canon of modern work about Shakespeare, it's a relevant addition to an even more important genre: dramas about hot versions of historical figures. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
94% The Americans: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2018) It would be easy to say that the spies of The Americans traffic in information, but it would be more accurate to say they specialize in leveraging emotions against uncertainty. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
94% Fargo: Season 3 (TV, 2014-2017) Unbearably shallow and convinced of its own greatness... Everything about Fargo is glossy, serving you a Big Mac and convincing you it's a steak. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
96% American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (TV, 2016-2018) The cast is phenomenal. And Murphy's campiest, most over-the-top instincts are effectively and amazingly tempered by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
100% Adventure Time: Season 10 (TV, 2010-2018) It focuses squarely on the warmth and attention to intimacy at the heart of Adventure Time, rather than dizzying spectacle or surreal humor. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
100% Steven Universe: Season 5 (TV, 0) For the first time in a while, there's no way to know what's going to happen on Steven Universe -- and it's thrilling. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B 100% Steven Universe: Season 4 (TV, 0) Steven's rounded character design has always made him look a little goofy, and given his attempts at composure a sort of farcical quality -- but here, it's impossible to not take him seriously. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
A 100% Steven Universe: Season 3 (TV, 0) Steven Universe has built up such an impressive reserve of characters with such deft plotting, even the slightest episodes usually say something interesting about someone. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
A- 100% Steven Universe: Season 2 (TV, 0) By subtly building the Gem mythology and developing the characters over the course of the season, the team has earned a certain level of trust, and they could take the show in essentially any direction. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
100% Steven Universe: Season 1 (TV, 0) It's one of the stealthiest, smartest, and most beautiful things on the air. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
B+ No Score Yet The Boondocks: Season 4 - Good Times (TV Episode) Hitting a high this high is a sign that maybe, just maybe, we won't just get something adequate-we'll get a season close to the old ones. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
C+ No Score Yet The Boondocks: Season 4 - Breaking Grandad (TV Episode) There's not enough unique stuff going on to justify the slackness of the plot. This episode is weirdly paced, somehow managing to move through all of the standard beats you would expect a Boondocks Breaking Bad parody to hit. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B- No Score Yet The Boondocks: Season 4 - Early Bird Special (TV Episode) There's a lot of interesting material at play here, but the jokes continue to only land occasionally, partially because there are a couple of different possible episodes going on at once. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B No Score Yet The Boondocks: Season 4 - Freedom Ride or Die (TV Episode) Perhaps because it's satirizing the Civil Rights Movement, "Freedom Ride Or Die" doesn't have many outright laughs, but as the recent glut of mockumentary-style sitcoms has demonstrated, the documentary format lends itself to a lot of humor. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
C No Score Yet The Boondocks: Season 4 - Grandad Dates a Kardashian (TV Episode) What might actually separate "Granddad Dates A Kardashian" from the rest of The Boondocks-the reality show format, in which the episode is presented as a fake pilot for a new series-doesn't actually do that much work. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B- No Score Yet The Boondocks: Season 4 - Freedomland (TV Episode) The idea that tons of people would actually pay for the pleasure of whipping slaves or shooting water pistols at a face-painted black child in a "historical" setting is both intriguing and discomforting, which makes it perfect for this show. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
D- No Score Yet The Boondocks: Season 4 - Stinkmeaner: Begun the Clone War Has (TV Episode) Like the rest of the episode the tag chews up a bunch of previously established stuff the writers think we will like and spits it back out with nothing original at all. Thankfully this train wreck of a season is almost over. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
F No Score Yet The Boondocks: Season 4 - The New Black (TV Episode) There is nothing interesting here. At all. There's nothing remotely worthy of a laugh. It's horribly boring, painful to watch, and again there's no real ending, which means there's also no conclusion to the Freeman's money issues. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
100% The Good Place: Season 2 (TV, 2016) One of the best things about The Good Place is the way it fully pays off years of promise from single-camera sitcoms, blowing up the format again and again to deliver an ongoing, compelling story. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
61% The Newsroom: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2014) So much of this last season of The Newsroom, and especially the finale, read as Sorkin recognizing that there was a problem with his own show. - Grantland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
100% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Klick (TV Episode) "Klick" cycles through plausible (and meaningful) conclusions, one after the other; it's basically the end of an epic fantasy novel. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
100% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Nailed (TV Episode) Chuck is sick-something "Nailed" reminds us of, at least visually, more than perhaps any other episode this season. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
100% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Inflatable (TV Episode) It's one of Better Call Saul's defter negotiations around its status as a prequel: rooting the outre persona Jimmy will become in his struggle to be a good, if independent, person. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
100% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Fifi (TV Episode) Newly solo practitioner Jimmy McGill is taking his, and Kim's, destiny into his own hands. It won't end well. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
100% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Bali Ha'i (TV Episode) The origins of Saul Goodman's favorite holding company-a romantically shared manipulation-is a nice touch, representative of the way everyone on Better Call Saul is relentlessly dragged toward the logical conclusions of their own best intentions. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
93% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Rebecca (TV Episode) Halfway through its second season, Better Call Saul has mostly dug in, eschewing narrative progress in favor of checking in to see what kind of headspace everyone is in. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
100% Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Cobbler (TV Episode) Jimmy's first appearance in "Cobbler" might be the sweetest moment of Better Call Saul to date. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
89% Preacher: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's tongue-in-cheek...but like most successful parodies, Preacher's success comes from the way it seduces people who find its ideas funny along with people who genuinely buy into it. - Wired EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
100% Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Few of these shows have effectively captured the spark that the subject deserves, the joyous sensation of biting into a souffle or licking the cream off an eclair. None, that is, until Netflix's new original series, Kantaro: The Sweet Toothed Salaryman. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
100% Veep: Season 4 (TV, 2012) ... Veep's funniest season yet. - Newsweek EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
88% Devilman Crybaby: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Above all, Devilman: Crybaby is visually enthralling, even when you put aside what's being depicted. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
82% Future Man: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The fact that I've grown to like these characters enough that I wouldn't mind spending a few more hours with them. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
64% Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 4 (TV, 1997-2003) Season four is a bit uneven at times, but Hush is a Buffy fairytale - and that's a genre that looks especially good on this genre-mashing series. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
92% Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 (TV, 1997-2003) Look - early Buffy is important. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
A- 100% Samurai Jack: Season 5 (TV, 0) I love Samurai Jack's action sequences, but something tells me this season will spend a bit more time exploring interiors. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
58% The Mick: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2018) If The Mick proves anything, it's that Olson is an extraordinarily talented comedian. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
A 78% The Young Pope: Miniseries (TV, 2017) I am deeply, feverishly obsessed with this show, and am very excited to journey through it with you. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
100% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (TV, 2014-2017) With so many self-consciously explosive series vying for your attention, Halt and Catch Fire played a different game. It kept itself contained, forcing the audience to match its subdued, mesmerizing rhythm. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
100% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (TV, 2014-2017) The show has always focused more on the process. Its visual style manages to charge meetings, coding sessions, or a group of people standing in front of a whiteboard with creative potential. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
89% Preacher: Season 1 - Call and Response (TV Episode) The season finale, more than anything, feels like a sequel to the Preacher pilot, with Sam Catlin back behind the camera. This is a good thing, but also makes things feel a little abrupt. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016