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Jen Chaney

Jen Chaney
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
78% Shots Fired: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Shots Fired is admirably ambitious and impeccably cast, if occasionally hampered by some overly conventional narrative choices. It's a very good show - only in a TV landscape where the bar is now set so high does it just miss earning a "great."‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-03-21T17:00:00-07:00
85% Trial & Error: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Trial & Error can be amusing at times. But too often, it feels like everyone involved in this series might tear a ligament in their effort to achieve what is supposed to be effortless wackiness.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-03-13T17:00:00-07:00
93% Love: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Here's the thing: Just when you're ready to break up with Love, it starts to works its magic on you, thanks to the charms of its cast and a suite of directors... who have a knack for shining a light on the darker, comedic corners of human intimacy.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-03-08T16:00:00-08:00
66% Time After Time: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Time After Time an engaging show for right now, one that mixes in a variety of genre elements - horror, sci-fi, and even a little bit of rom-com... with a self-assurance that makes it all work as part of a coherent whole.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-03-02T16:00:00-08:00
92% Making History: Season 1 (TV, 2017) This is the comedic tone Making History tends to strike: light, silly, and steeped in references to movies, TV shows, and music from the '80s and '90s.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-03-02T16:00:00-08:00
100% National Treasure: Miniseries (TV, 2016) With only four episodes that run just under an hour each, it's a quick, engrossing watch and the kind of show whose premise will ensnare you into moving forward until you know how it ends.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-02-28T16:00:00-08:00
81% When We Rise: Miniseries (TV, 2016-2017) When We Rise suggests that even in the most stubbornly dark of times, it's still possible to start digging tunnels and, eventually, generate light at the end of them.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-02-28T16:00:00-08:00
93% Crashing: Season 1 (TV, 2017) While its early episodes are still working through a few kinks, it's engaging enough to belong in the well-done category.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-02-16T16:00:00-08:00
100% The Good Fight: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The Good Fight is a very, very good show that's worthy of commitment. If CBS wants its broadcast audience to also become habitual users of All Access, this smart spinoff makes for a pretty enticing gateway drug.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-02-15T16:00:00-08:00
53% Doubt: Season 1 (TV, 2017) In almost every episode, you can see exactly what it's doing. Even so, you may feel compelled to say, "Nice job."‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-02-14T16:00:00-08:00
100% HUMANS: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Forget Westworld. Humans is the most compelling, emotionally resonant robot-centric show on television.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-02-12T16:00:00-08:00
87% Detroiters: Season 1 (TV, 2017) There is no ridiculous moment whose boundaries can't be pushed that much further, into even more ridiculous territory.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-02-07T16:00:00-08:00
21% Training Day: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Training Day, the series, becomes its own hackneyed, dreadfully written carbon copy of every crummy cop show you've ever seen.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-02-02T16:00:00-08:00
64% Powerless: Season 1 (TV, 2016) That's exactly where this show is, too: in beta, but maybe almost ready to launch.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-02-01T16:00:00-08:00
68% Z: The Beginning of Everything: Season 1 (TV, 2015) There's enough potential in Z: The Beginning of Everything to suggest that it should keep going until it reaches a fitting conclusion.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-01-26T16:00:00-08:00
87% Riverdale: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It feels like CW's bid to produce the next addictive, mainstream teen soap opera. The good news is the series comes well-equipped to fill that role and... possibly, become your new guilty pleasure. Although I can't say I feel that guilty about liking it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-01-25T16:00:00-08:00
100% The New Edition Story: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The energetic and musically talented cast elevates the project by several notches.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-01-23T16:00:00-08:00
38% Frontier: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Whatever power [Declan] may possess gets buried in Frontier, as will your ability to care about the knife twists and loyalty shifts that play out unimaginatively across the screen.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-01-18T16:00:00-08:00
81% Victoria: Season 1 (TV, 2016) What it's given us is something that's good but hardly great, although perhaps that will be good enough for those still eager to fill the Downton Abbey-sized hole in their TV-watching hearts.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-01-16T16:00:00-08:00
100% Sneaky Pete: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The series has such a strong command of tone and pacing that, like any good con artist, it persuades you to overlook the parts that might not add up.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-01-12T16:00:00-08:00
94% A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The show's look, feel, and its twisted, punny sense of humor will please admirers of Handler's work as well as Tim Burton, two fan groups that cannot possibly be mutually exclusive.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2017-01-12T16:00:00-08:00
74% The OA: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The show's surprise arrival also mirrors the show's narrative approach, which is dazzling in its insistence on avoiding straight lines and favoring hairpin turns.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-12-15T16:00:00-08:00
32% Star: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Star is a lot of different things that add up to little that's worth the time investment.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-12-13T16:00:00-08:00
100% Mozart in the Jungle: Season 3 (TV, 2016) This show and Bernal exude so much warmth and zest for life that both are a pleasure to watch. That continues to be true in season three.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-12-08T16:00:00-08:00
44% Mariah's World: Season 1 (TV, 2016) But with so much TV to watch right now, surely you can do better than this. The world is big, my friends, and there's a lot more to explore in it than Mariah Carey doing her best attempt at a Keeping Up With the Kardashians knock-off.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-11-30T16:00:00-08:00
78% The Affair: Season 3 (TV, 2016-2017) The Affair, co-created by Sarah Treem, who writes many of the episodes, and Hagai Levy (In Treatment), remains absorbing and maddening, illuminating and frustratingly opaque, all in equal measure.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-11-17T16:00:00-08:00
88% Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (TV, 2006-2016) Before Gilmore fans totally have a stroke, know that some things do work nicely in this go-round. There are some fun cameos and nods back to the original series that will delight Luke and Lorelai loyalists.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-11-15T16:00:00-08:00
92% People of Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2016) What's also notable about this comedy, which is more clever and thought-provoking than it is gut-busting, is its focus on the notion that there's something not quite right about our world and it's making some folks unstable.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-11-01T17:00:00-07:00
70% Good Girls Revolt: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) Perhaps the biggest issues with Good Girls Revolt are its tentativeness and slow pacing, both of which prevent it from being a truly exciting viewing experience.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-10-26T17:00:00-07:00
21% Man With a Plan: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The second episode of Man With a Plan... does demonstrate some ability to course-correct. It is by no means a great sitcom out of the gate... But there are worse ways to spend a half-hour.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-10-23T17:00:00-07:00
100% Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2 (TV, 2016-2017) What's interesting about season two is that, while Rebecca may still be sleeping on self-improvement, some of the people closest to her are waking up to the ways they can change for the better.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-10-20T17:00:00-07:00
93% Black Mirror: Season 3 (TV, 2014) Of the six new episodes... four fall in the very good to great range, which is still a respectable average. The two merely decent ones borrow most directly from recognizable genres.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-10-19T17:00:00-07:00
78% Chance: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's as if Chance suffers from its own case of dissociative disorder and still hasn't found the right therapist to help it chart a more manageable path forward.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-10-17T17:00:00-07:00
78% American Horror Story: Roanoke (TV, 2016) After watching last night's episode, I'm still not sure whether this season can accomplish what earlier seasons of American Horror Story and this summer's Stranger Things did: spin all those embedded references into something engrossingly new.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-09-14T17:00:00-07:00
94% High Maintenance: Season 1 (TV, 2016) High Maintenance stands out, not just because it's on the front end of what is apparently a reefer TV trend, but because it's so precisely made and has such an ambling, open heart.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-09-14T17:00:00-07:00
47% Haters Back Off!: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's by no means awful, not at all. But as you watch, you can't help but think that, even for the non-haters, maybe Miranda Sings is better in shorter doses.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-10-12T17:00:00-07:00
89% No Tomorrow: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) It may not be wildly groundbreaking, but this series - based on the Brazilian comedy How to Enjoy the End of the World and executive-produced by, among others, Jane the Virgin vet Corinne Brinkerhoff - is a mostly pleasurable, breezy way to spend an hour.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-10-03T17:00:00-07:00
92% Channel Zero: Candle Cove (TV, 2016) Once it gets going, Channel Zero: Candle Cove smartly peels back additional layers of its central mystery so that the audience won't be satisfied until they finally get to the core of what really happened in Iron Hill all those years ago.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-10-11T17:00:00-07:00
25% Notorious: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Notorious is a mediocre-at-best prime-time soap dressed in Shondaland clothing.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-09-21T17:00:00-07:00
85% Designated Survivor: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Even though this first episode feels more like a sanitized TV version of that scenario, it draws you in enough to make you continue wanting to see what happens next. If nothing else, there is something satisfying about seeing Sutherland as our president.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-09-21T17:00:00-07:00
98% Speechless: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Speechless shifts immediately into gear with zippy authority and a knowing sense of humor.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-09-21T17:00:00-07:00
30% Kevin Can Wait: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) A terrible and unimaginative show that has no business being on the air at a time when the standard for TV comedy has risen (at least on other networks and platforms) to such a high level.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-09-18T17:00:00-07:00
100% Fleabag: Season 1 (TV, 2016) In a medium that's increasingly driven by (mostly male) auteurs, this is a refreshingly singular approach and a gamble that pays off because Waller-Bridge, who some may recognize from her work on Broadchurch, is such a charismatic, complicated presence.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-09-15T17:00:00-07:00
90% The Good Place: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Imagine a show with the smart, character-driven comedic sensibility of Parks and Recreation, the storytelling style of Lost, and a touch of the whimsy that defined Pushing Daisies. Now you have some sense of what The Good Place is like.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-09-18T17:00:00-07:00
100% You're the Worst: Season 3 (TV, 2016) The dialogue is still sharp as a serrated knife, the situations in which the characters find themselves still amuse and surprise... and the cast remains uniformly terrific.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-08-29T17:00:00-07:00
95% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 3 (TV, 2016) The more Halt and Catch Fire continues to lean into the emergence of Cam and Donna as two of the major forces behind the show's alternate-reality internet revolution, the more interested I am in seeing where it goes.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-08-21T17:00:00-07:00
100% Survivor's Remorse: Season 3 (TV, 2016) Whatever the reason for the lack of awareness of Survivor's Remorse, know this: Now's a good time to start paying attention... immersion into the perks and problems of baller life is more sharply written, richly acted, and compelling than it's ever been.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-07-21T17:00:00-07:00
100% Transparent: Season 3 (TV, 2016) Season three, so far, feels like it's returning closer to that core mission after a second season that felt slightly less focused.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-09-22T17:00:00-07:00
No Score Yet Start Up: Season 1 (TV, 2013) While watching the first handful of its ten episodes, it doesn't take long to realize that, despite strong work by its actors, StartUp is just another exploration of underground crime and shady dealings that we've seen a thousand times before.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-09-05T17:00:00-07:00
63% Vice Principals: Season 1 (TV, 2016) In comedy, timing is everything. Vice Principals, the new HBO comedy that has a mean streak so pronounced it could easily wipe out an army of rage-spewing internet trolls, may be arriving at a less than ideal time for its particular brand of humor.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted 2016-07-14T17:00:00-07:00