Eric Thurm TV Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Counterpart: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) 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
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
79% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
100% Search Party: Season 1 (TV, 2016) There are many small pleasures in Search Party that, if you're going to watch the show, deserve to be savored.‐ Esquire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
60% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
94% The Americans: Season 5 (TV, 2017) 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
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
94% Fargo: Season 3 (TV, 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
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
96% American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (TV, 2016) 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
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
100% Adventure Time: Season 10 (TV, 2017-2018) It focuses squarely on the warmth and attention to intimacy at the heart of Adventure Time, rather than dizzying spectacle or surreal humor. ‐ Polygon
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
100% Steven Universe: Season 5 (TV, 2017) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B 100% Steven Universe: Season 4 (TV, 2016-2017) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
A 100% Steven Universe: Season 3 (TV, 2016) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
A- 100% Steven Universe: Season 2 (TV, 2015-2016) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
100% Steven Universe: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2015) It's one of the stealthiest, smartest, and most beautiful things on the air.‐ Wired
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
100% The Good Place: Season 2 (TV, 2017-2018) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
61% The Newsroom: Season 3 (TV, 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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
92% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
100% Veep: Season 4 (TV, 2015) ... Veep's funniest season yet.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
86% Devilman Crybaby: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Above all, Devilman: Crybaby is visually enthralling, even when you put aside what's being depicted. ‐ Decider
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
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
64% Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 4 (TV, 1999-2000) 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
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
92% Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 (TV, 1997) Look - early Buffy is important.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
A- 100% Samurai Jack: Season 5 (TV, 2017) I love Samurai Jack's action sequences, but something tells me this season will spend a bit more time exploring interiors.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
58% The Mick: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) If The Mick proves anything, it's that Olson is an extraordinarily talented comedian.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
A 79% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
100% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (TV, 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
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
100% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (TV, 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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
87% Preacher: Season 1 - Finish the Song (TV Episode) This is probably the most overtly Tarantino the show will get, and it's good.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
66% Vice Principals: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Vice Principals tentatively, comically posits a survival strategy reliant on more earnest forms of male intimacy, but still couched in the same old destruction and patriarchy.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
88% Preacher: Season 1 - El Valero (TV Episode) We don't get the big confrontation we were promised at the end of last week's episode, but that's OK, because Eugene is back! (Sort of.)‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
73% Preacher: Season 1 - He Gone (TV Episode) It's a bit of a slow burner, but hopefully it serves as a brief respite before the storm of action in the last few episodes.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
64% American Horror Story: Hotel (TV, 2015) The beginning of Hotel is full of images and lines that, described plainly, sound like they should be interesting, or at least crazy enough to watch, but instead they simply frustrate the viewer.‐ Grantland
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2015
100% Review: Season 2 (TV, 2015) Review checks off nearly every box that makes a TV comedy take off in 2015 - or, at least, that makes one a full-fledged cult hit on the Internet. ‐ Grantland
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
85% The Last Man on Earth: Season 2 (TV, 2015-2016) Surprisingly, there's a lot of creative mileage to be had from poking at the genre without totally upending it.‐ Grantland
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015