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Jen Chaney

Jen Chaney
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Minseries (TV, 2017) What makes Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later so bingeable is the amount of talent that comes together and is clearly so up for anything.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
80% Atypical: Season 1 (TV, 2017) All of the performances in the show are great, which is helpful since the writing occasionally slips into predictable rhythms.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
89% What Would Diplo Do?: Season 1 (TV, 2017) James Van Der Beek's performance is definitely the draw in What Would Diplo Do?‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
53% The Last Tycoon: Season 1 (TV, 2016) While most of the time, it seems to be aiming for semi-historically accurate realism, it's also steeped in enough fantasy to make it hard to know how to engage with it, or even whether to trust it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
84% Room 104: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It's refreshing to watch a story hit all its marks without steering into any unnecessary tangents, and a relief to feel no pressure to catch every episode, since the plot resets every week.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
24% Friends From College: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It resonated with me enough to make me keep watching[,] and to even connect to some of it, while also wondering how much better this series might have been if the volume on its characters and situations had been turned down just a little lower.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
63% Ozark: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The series -- created by Bill Dubuque, who wrote the films The Accountant and The Judge -- is often still compelling to watch, especially for those who consider "average guy goes gangster" one of their favorite TV subgenres.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
54% Loaded: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Loaded would be a better show if it widened its ensemble to spend more time with these characters while deepening our understanding of the male protagonists in ways that feel more surprising.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
100% The Defiant Ones: Miniseries (TV, 2017) The Defiant Ones is an absorbing look at two men -- one white and raised in Brooklyn, the other black and straight outta Compton -- who overcame a lot and have accomplished a great deal.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
25% Gypsy: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Despite billing itself as a psychological thriller, the series has very little urgency and lacks concise focus.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
78% Claws: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The polish on Claws has some noticeable chips in it. But I don't want to remove it, not just yet.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
29% Bloodline: Season 3 (TV, 2017) In the end, the family at the center of this crime drama commits the worst sin of all, at least when it comes to television: Their repetitive, irredeemable behavior makes you wonder why you cared about them in the first place.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
87% Anne with an E: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Lifelong fans of the Anne of Green Gables series should find much to admire here, but the newly initiated will be just as easily drawn.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
83% Genius: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Genius is, overall, handsome and reasonably compelling, but it doesn't necessarily grab the viewer in a way that makes one anxious to immediately see episode three.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
76% Great News: Season 1 (TV, 2017) My only major complaint about this show is that I wish there were more of it to watch right this very minute.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
100% Silicon Valley: Season 4 (TV, 2017) The fact that it can still surprise, and even make viewers want to bite their own nails while watching, is what makes it one of the best comedies on television.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
32% Girlboss: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Most of the time, [Girlboss] just wants to have fun while centering that fun around a confused, often unprincipled protagonist. A proper tone never fully clicks into place.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
93% Fargo: Season 3 (TV, 2017) More than anything else, though, what makes Fargo feel like an event is the boldness of its visual style.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
99% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Given the rise of nationalism both here in the U.S. and abroad, The Handmaid's Tale also possesses a relevance and sense of urgency that make its story of oppression, misogyny, and extreme conservative rule seem extra timely even though it is timeless.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
96% Veep: Season 6 (TV, 2017) It's no longer just a brilliant satire. It's almost -- almost -- something to which we can aspire.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
54% The Son: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The Son... is a handsomely shot, well-acted, and respectable piece of work.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
92% Big Little Lies: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Writer David E. Kelley and director Jean-Marc Vallée turn up the dial on the tension with such careful deliberateness that it's impossible to feel any way other than on edge while watching.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
73% Nobodies: Season 1 (TV, 2017) But even though Nobodies works from a familiar playbook and, like its bumbling heroes, can try a little too hard to ingratiate itself, it's still fun, zippy, and Seinfeldian in its ability to braid together plot based on various humiliations.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
84% 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 Mar 22, 2017
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 Mar 14, 2017
95% 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 Mar 9, 2017
67% 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 Mar 3, 2017
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 Mar 3, 2017
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 Mar 1, 2017
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 Mar 1, 2017
89% 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 Feb 17, 2017
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 Feb 16, 2017
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 Feb 15, 2017
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 Feb 13, 2017
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 Feb 8, 2017
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 Feb 3, 2017
62% Powerless: Season 1 (TV, 2017) That's exactly where this show is, too: in beta, but maybe almost ready to launch.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
69% 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 Jan 27, 2017
89% 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 Jan 26, 2017
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 Jan 24, 2017
43% 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 Jan 19, 2017
82% 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 Jan 17, 2017
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 Jan 13, 2017
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 Jan 13, 2017
75% 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 Dec 16, 2016
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 Dec 14, 2016
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 Dec 9, 2016
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 Dec 1, 2016
79% 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 Nov 18, 2016
86% 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 Nov 16, 2016