Jen Chaney TV Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (TV, 2018) In an ensemble this solid, it can be challenging for one performance to emerge as a standout.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
100% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 (TV, 2018) The Handmaid's Tale remains one of the most meticulously, thoughtfully photographed series on television.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
100% Miami Vice: Season 1 (TV, 1984-1985) A pastel-colored police show set to an MTV-style soundtrack, it became one of the decade's most influential hours of television.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
67% Lost in Space: Season 1 (TV, 2018) There's a sense of adventure in Lost in Space, but what could have been more giddy fun has been ejected from the series, and is presumably spinning in orbit somewhere, getting burnt up by the sun.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
100% Killing Eve: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Like the audacious and seductive contract killer at its center, Killing Eve immediately grabs your attention and pulls out all the stops to make sure it doesn't lose it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
83% The Last O.G.: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The Last O.G., like its protagonist, may be a little imperfect. Still, with [Tracy] Morgan and [Tiffany] Haddish at its center, you're rooting for it and their characters to succeed. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
78% Roseanne: Season 10 (TV, 2018) [The show's use of politics], in ultra-divisive 2018, is a somewhat revolutionary idea, one that will get even more interesting if the sitcom allows Roseanne to continue grappling more openly with her own philosophical contradictions.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
40% Alex, Inc.: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Alex, Inc. seems more like a family sitcom that occasionally dresses like a workplace comedy.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
40% Splitting Up Together: Season 1 (TV, 2018) It's a fantasy version of divorce. I tried, but I just can't commit to it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
69% The Crossing: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The primary job of a TV pilot is to intrigue viewers, and The Crossing accomplishes that.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
100% Nailed It: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Which brings me to the first element that distinguishes Nailed It from other cooking shows like it: The host is actually funny. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
63% Champions: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Champions is a promising comedy, one that doesn't arrive quite as fully formed as recent NBC gems like The Good Place or Great News, but that offers enough funny moments and bright spots to place it squarely in the good category. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
86% Citizen Rose: 2 Hour Documentary (TV, 2018) The show is at its most powerful, though, when McGowan displays her vulnerability, or when she's surrounded by other women who have experienced similar pain and/or are trying to support her through her own.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
100% This Close: Miniseries (TV, 2018) As Kate, [Shoshannah Stern] shifts ably from apologetic to fiery to vulnerable.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
100% Ugly Delicious: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Oh my God, so appetizing. I cannot stress this enough: If you are going to sit down and watch one or more episodes of Ugly Delicious, for the love of God, bring snacks. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
100% Wild Wild Country: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Like most good documentarians, the Ways conduct interviews with key figures in this drama without fully passing judgment on any of them and leaving it up to viewers to draw their own conclusions. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
80% The Story of Diana: Miniseries (TV, 2017) I felt that in some ways I wanted a documentary that covered the expected bases - the wedding day, the famous dance with Travolta, etc. - and provided a general overview, and it served that purpose.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
30% Our Cartoon President: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Jokes about Trump tend to feel fresh for only five minutes, until the president himself sinks to a previously unimaginable low...when you stray too far from how they really are, you seem clueless. When you get too close, it doesn't seem all that funny.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
61% A.P. Bio: Season 1 (TV, 2018) But like its protagonist, at this stage, A.P. Bio is a guy with a bad attitude and little sense of direction, one who has some potential but is too committed to his own cynical plans to do something actually great.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
92% 2 Dope Queens: Season 1 (TV, 2018) We rarely see hosting partnerships that are true partnerships. The late-night talk format could use some shaking up, and the best way to shake it up on a more regular basis might be to send in the Queens.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
84% Mosaic: Season 1 (TV, 2018) It just happens to place as much importance on its blank spaces as the ones that are filled in fully. Your patience with that approach may vary.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
65% Altered Carbon: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The visual candy and philosophical subtext of Altered Carbon may wash over me, but none of it gets absorbed in any lasting way.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
62% Good Girls: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Good Girls may not be exploring entirely new storytelling terrain, but it's refreshing to see the role of TV anti-hero being filled by not just one, but three women, in a major network series.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
58% Rise: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Despite its flaws, Rise does a commendable job of evoking that feeling and many of the other complications that accompany the transition from adolescence to adulthood. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
68% American Idol: Season 16 (TV, 2018) But American Idol, even in its original form, has always sold us a fairy tale. Maybe the network owned by the company that specializes in fairy tales is where it always belonged.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
67% Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The episodes in Electric Dreams are far more understated and, while they have their share of plot twists, lean more heavily toward subtle mystery than moments of shock or nastiness.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
69% Everything Sucks!: Season 1 (TV, 2018) This show has an innate understanding of how the emotions first encountered in childhood still percolate beneath the surface long after we've officially grown up.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
100% Silicon Valley: Season 5 (TV, 2018) In other words, Silicon Valley relies on the same patterns of behavior, storytelling formulas, and comedic sensibilities that it always has - and yes, that includes some juvenile, though admittedly semi-clever jokes. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
97% Black Lightning: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Black Lightning is slick, smart, and infused with a social conscience that feels especially spot-on in light of the heightened debate in America about what constitutes racism and how to properly protest racially motivated police brutality.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
100% One Day at a Time: Season 2 (TV, 2018) We are so lucky that Rita Moreno is still entertaining us and bringing the same vigor to the sitcom that she brought to Sondheim and Bernstein decades ago.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
100% Love: Season 3 (TV, 2018) Love manages to close on its own terms, on an unconventionally hopeful note. But it also provides something that most of us seek but don't often find from our television shows: a couple of genuine surprises we didn't see coming.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
94% This Is Us: Season 2 - The Wedding (TV Episode) At one point during the finale, I firmly believed they should change the name of this show from This Is Us to This Is Urn.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
98% Barry: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The whole half-hour package, debuting next Sunday on HBO, is like a mash-up of Breaking Bad and Love, but honestly, even that doesn't quite capture the vibe. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
91% Divorce: Season 2 (TV, 2018) But it enables Divorce to show how these characters, like a lot of us, repeat the same patterns over and over again no matter who our partners are.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
90% This Is Us: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) For viewers looking to TV for comforting fare that doesn't sacrifice intelligence - in other words, for a show whose cast and creators don't appear to be settling - This is Us might be just what the kindhearted baby doctor ordered.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
89% The Climb: Pilot (TV, 2017) [Diarra] Kilpatrick has a voice they may be wise to nurture, especially if The Climb evolves into a show as rich and observant as Insecure is.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
89% Sea Oak: Pilot (TV, 2017) I'm dying (cough) to see what Close does with this increasingly fascinating character.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
100% Love You More: Pilot (TV, 2017) [Bridget Everett] has a gift for playing tender moments with authenticity, suggesting that Love You More would potentially steer into fresher and resonant terrain.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
92% grown-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Grown-ish needs more time to find its groove. But the first few episodes offer enough evidence to suggest that it has a shot.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
69% 9-1-1: Season 1 (TV, 2018) This is adrenaline-rush TV. It's instantly compelling, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and a pretty solid way to start 2018.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
98% The End of the F***ing World: Series 1 (TV, 2018) The title tells us pretty clearly that this show won't have a happy ending. But even in its tragic moments, there are still glimmers of loveliness in The End of the F***ing World. You just have to be patient, and watch closely, to fully see them.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
71% Gunpowder: Miniseries (TV, 2017) The biggest issue with Gunpowder, though, is that it's dominated by excessively talky scenes that often unfold in hushed tones and undercut the urgency of what's happening. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
88% Godless: Miniseries (TV, 2017) If you're a sucker for Westerns, boy, are you going to love Godless. If you're not a sucker for Westerns, boy, are you going to love Godless anyway. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
72% American Horror Story: Cult (TV, 2017) American Horror Story: Cult ultimately feels like a missed opportunity.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
82% Marvel's Runaways: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) While I'm not totally sold yet, there are signs by episode four that what's often true about the high-school experience could turn out to be true about this series: It might get better as it goes along.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
86% Dark: Season 1 (TV, 2017) While that might sound frustrating, the thicket of story lines is so intricate that there's no time to get annoyed when one piece of information takes a while to reveal itself. There are too many other elements of the puzzle to continue trying to sort out‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
91% The Crown: Season 2 (TV, 2017) But what is most striking and instructive about the second season of The Crown is Elizabeth's capacity to take modest but meaningful steps toward change‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
93% Black Mirror: Season 4 (TV, 2017) As is always the case on Black Mirror, each narrative functions as a cautionary tale about our increasing reliance on all things coded or in the cloud, primarily its effect on personal privacy and its Orwellian freeze on free will. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
78% Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (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 Oct 3, 2017
100% Big Mouth: Season 1 (TV, 2017) I also can't say enough about how explicitly and sensitively Big Mouth depicts adolescent sexual exploration.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017