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Jen Chaney

Jen Chaney
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
50% The New V.I.P.'s: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The comedy aims for the supposedly edgy; within the first ten minutes, I lost track of the number of dick jokes and references to pee.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
80% Budding Prospects: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Budding Prospects feels like a tryout that, like its aimless characters, is still trying to figure out what it's doing. Still, I'd watch a few more episodes to see if develops a greater sense of purpose.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
73% The Legend of Master Legend: Season 1 (TV, 2017) A perfect vehicle for [John] Hawkes. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
100% The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Basically, this is Gilmore Girls Revolt, with a dash of Crashing.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
96% Mindhunter: Mindhunter (TV, 2017) Mindhunter is compelling purely as a well-executed, smart, and suspenseful work of crime drama, but it is necessary viewing because it so deftly provokes a conversation about that very same crisis.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
100% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (TV, 2017) It was a thoughtfully directed, observant gem of a drama that was unjustly, completely ignored by the masses. Which, actually, makes perfect sense. Being completely ignored is exactly right for a TV show that, in so many unexpected ways, understood Gen X.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
100% Mr. Robot: Season 3 (TV, 2017) It appears that Esmail and the team behind this challenging and ambitious series have definitely achieved something: They figured out how to make Mr. Robot great again.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
88% American Horror Story: Cult - Mid-Western Assassin (TV Episode) By [AHS] standards, it's also not particularly gory, or at least not as gory as it could have been. But this episode's opening scene and its conclusion, which revisits the shooting from a different perspective, are indeed disturbing given their timing.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
68% Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: Season 1 (TV, 2017) ... the biggest obstacle that Kevin (Probably) Saves the World has to overcome is its tendency to descend into mawkishness.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
76% 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
88% The Mayor: Season 1 (TV, 2017) But from the first seconds of The Mayor it's apparent that [Brandon Michael] Hall is a star fully equipped to capture Courtney's casual charisma.‐ 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
86% Will & Grace: Season 9 (TV, 2017) The appeal of this weekly semi-sexually fluid rom-com has nothing to do with what really happens in the lives of actual gay and straight New Yorkers. It was and is about spending time in this utterly silly, farcical corner of fantasy Manhattan.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
43% The Good Doctor: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Shaun exists not only to make patients better, but, apparently, to make everyone around him a better person. There's not a lot of nuance in that. Hopefully The Good Doctor will find some more of it in the episodes ahead. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
100% The Good Place: Season 2 (TV, 2017) I guess what I'm saying is: holy shirt, the whole thing is forking great.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
96% American Vandal: Season 1 (TV, 2017) After the first two or three episodes, I wouldn't say I cared about the characters in this pretend documentary. But so help me, I actually felt invested in knowing, beyond a reasonable doubt, who did the dicks.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
98% Outlander: Season 3 (TV, 2017) As Outlander resumes and turns away from the war strategizing that characterized much of season two, it feels like a different, but no less compelling show, and one focused, to my delight, more on personal relationships than political conflict.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
94% Twin Peaks: The Return (TV, 2017) As wayyy out there as Twin Peaks can get -- and it zoomed even farther beyond the outer limits than I thought it would this season -- watching it can still be remarkably personal.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
21% Disjointed: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Disjointed is a series that takes some minor risks but more often caves into the laziest of sitcom clichés.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
76% 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
55% 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
85% 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
23% 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
64% 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
79% 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
94% 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
95% 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
93% 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
52% 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
82% 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
90% 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