Evan Sawdey

Evan Sawdey
Evan Sawdey's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters
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TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 59% Drunk History: Season 1 (TV, 2013) While the stories and reenactments are a great sight to behold, it's clear that the cast and crew have a lot of fun making this show. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
57% Doctor Who: Season 26 (TV, 1963-1989) Despite it's best intentions, Battlefield is Who at it most unimaginative, hopelessly tied to its own story at the expense of actual fleshed-out characters. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
50% Doctor Who: Season 23 (TV, 1963-1989) There are still many questions left unanswered about the moral qualms that make up the universe... but at least one thing remains abundantly clear: the comical, fantastic, and dangerous journey to get there has rarely been so satisfying. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
43% Doctor Who: Season 21 (TV, 1963-1989) The Twin Dilemma is a serial that drops the clever literary allusions that so peppered Who-episodes of yore and instead seeks to create its own sci-fi world, which, truth be told, just doesn't hold up as strongly. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
100% Doctor Who: Season 14 (TV, 1963-1989) Let's just be blunt about it here: The Deadly Assassin may very well be one of the best Doctor Who stories ever written. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
80% Doctor Who: Season 16 (aka Doctor Who: The Key to Time) (TV, 1963-1989) As with the best Who episodes, a very simple archetype is given a slight sci-fi tweak, and the end result is some of the most thrilling tales in the Who canon - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
57% Doctor Who: Season 20 (TV, 1963-1989) The only disappointing aspect of The Five Doctors is just how hesitant it is to tackle deeper issues. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
67% Doctor Who: Season 18 (TV, 1963-1989) As with most Tom Baker-era Doctor Who serials, the most compelling aspects of this story lies not in its good vs. evil machinations, but instead in its philosophical undercurrent. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
83% Doctor Who: Season 15 (TV, 1963-1989) This is a rather dark, rather creepy Who serial, one that's unafraid to be a bit darker than the usual Who-fare and all the better because of it. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
71% Doctor Who: Season 6 (TV, 1963-1989) It's a pretty standard Who plot, but even with delicious internal conflict within the Dominator command chain itself, the whole story feels remarkably limp, as far too many characters are weaved into the plot over the course of five episodes. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
No Score Yet The Grammys: 61st Grammy Awards (TV, 0) Yet no award show will ever be truly perfect, but one can still admire how the Grammys overcame some pre-show controversy to deliver one of the most feminist, fearless, and downright entertaining broadcasts in its history. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
100% Black Books: Season 3 (TV, 2000-2004) There is no triumphant send-off or big event that transpires: it's just another episode. Then the show ends. As a viewer, it's maddening. From an absurdist standpoint, however, the lack of resolution makes perfect sense: it's just like life itself. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
100% Black Books: Season 1 (TV, 2000-2004) Yet the dynamic of Black Books is bizarre from the get-go, coming across almost as if Samuel Beckett wrote a sitcom. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
7/10 100% Queer as Folk (UK): Season 1 (TV, 1999-2000) It ultimately succeeded not because it was the first truly prominent gay drama on the air, but because it was a character-driven show that tackled a lot of ground in a very short time. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
100% Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!: Season 2 (TV, 2007-2010) Some of the new characters fare quite well (like Spagett, from the ludicrous candid camera show "Spagett!"), while other Tim and Eric "classics" are well past their comedy prime. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
86% Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2010) Awesome Show gets one additional kick of quality due to its never-ending stream of top-notch guest stars, giving this little DIY-show an air of industry respect and professionalism. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
10/10 100% Spaced: Season 2 (TV, 1999-2001) Spaced isn't defined by its overstuffed pop-culture references: it's ultimately defined by its lovable characters and its genuine, witty humor. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
7/10 75% House of Cards: Season 3 (TV, 2013-2018) Ultimately, House of Cards Season Three is a great continuation of a show that remains deliciously dramatic even with a few glaring flaws. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2015
7/10 100% Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (50th Anniversary Special) (TV, 2006) All in all, The Day of the Doctor is fleeting fun, a worthy torch-wielder for multi-Doctor specials of old, and a nice reminder of not only where the show is going, but just how much it means to fans stretching across several (re)generations. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
6/10 71% 30 Rock: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2013) In short, much like Season Five, 30 Rock has found its groove, and it's continuing to ride it, flaws and all. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2012
7/10 80% 30 Rock: Season 5 (TV, 2006-2013) Several new elements come into the mix that help raise 30 Rock up to heights not previously seen since Season Three. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2010
6/10 70% 30 Rock: Season 4 (TV, 2006-2013) If something felt slightly off with Season Four of 30 Rock, you weren't the only one to notice. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2009
7/10 89% 30 Rock: Season 3 (TV, 2006-2013) Is the show flawless? Of course not. Yet if you can think of another network sitcom that has been as consistently and effortlessly entertaining as 30 Rock has been, well, you can just put it right in your Fun Cooker. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2008