Jen Chaney TV Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Queer Eye: Season 2 (TV, 2018) For real: I went from zero to crying out of love for humanity less than 20 minutes after I started watching season two. Try to beat that speed, This Is Us.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
83% Claws: Season 2 (TV, 2018) I appreciate its audacity, but I don't always believe it or feel fully invested in it, and that makes it hard to want to keep going back to this seedy section of Florida week after week.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
91% The Staircase: Season 1 (TV, 2005) The Staircase is like a true-crime version of the Up series, albeit on a much more modest scale. It is compelling, but like many entries in this genre, not exactly an objective work of journalism.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
81% Succession: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Succession is a funny, incisive portrait of the dynamics within a well-off family, but it's also a cautionary tale about how dicey and unethical it is to employ too many relatives. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
83% Dietland: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Dietland may not single-handedly dismantle the beauty magazines, cosmetics corporations, impractical diets, and male gazes... but it's taking aim at those subjects with enough verve and freaky flair to make it impossible to ignore.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
100% The Americans: Season 6 - START (TV Episode) The reason Henry Jennings will be okay isn't because his parents raised him. It's because he figured out how to raise himself.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
100% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 (TV, 2018) It's also the perfect moment for Kimmy Schmidt to raise the question of how much and how soon society is willing to forgive abusive behavior perpetrated by white men.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
27% 13 Reasons Why: Season 2 (TV, 2018) I'm just not sure 13 Reasons Why is executed with enough nuance and depth to generate the kinds of substantive conversation that a show like, say, season two of American Crime did.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3/5 57% Arrested Development: Season 4 - Double Crossers (TV Episode) A densely plotted episode that was occasionally challenging to process, and not just because Herbert Love's low-high tax plan made such little sense.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/5 88% Arrested Development: Season 4 - A New Start (TV Episode) This episode had everything... More specifically, it called back to the previous Lindsay-centric episode, demonstrating how increasingly intertwined these new installments are becoming.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
5/5 63% Arrested Development: Season 4 - The B Team (TV Episode) "The B. Team" was just tremendous, as consistently funny, fast paced, and mega-dense with inside jokery as the very best [Arrested Development] episodes from back in the day.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
76% Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist: Season 1 (TV, 2018) But its portrayal of Diehl-Armstrong, the mentally ill woman to whom the title "evil genius" refers, is what breeds the most fascination and frustration.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
89% Patrick Melrose: Miniseries (TV, 2018) [Benedict] Cumberbatch's performance is a standout.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
35% Sweetbitter: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Sweetbitter does a good job of illustrating how challenging it is to toggle between those two environments all night, every night, while trying to maintain sanity. Where it struggles is in its character development.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
100% Vida: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Vida doesn't address gentrification through a single story line, episode, or a few lines of dialogue; it's embedded in the premise of the whole series and in the identities of the characters it thoughtfully portrays.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
92% Max Headroom: Season 1 (TV, 1987) Watching Max Headroom... is a reminder that what once was "20 minutes into the future" is, 20 years later, what's happening right this second.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
86% The Rain: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The popularity of post-apocalyptic fare over the past decade suggests that plenty of people may become instantly addicted to The Rain, and I can understand why... I may not have been in the right mood. But I can't necessarily blame that on The Rain.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
100% Cobra Kai: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Even if Cobra Kai is a little too in love with its evocations of the movie, there is still something compelling about seeing Johnny and Daniel back together, particularly because both men haven't changed in key ways...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
94% Bobby Kennedy for President: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The crucial difference makes Bobby Kennedy for President feel necessary, especially for those who either don't remember the era or weren't alive when it all happened.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
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
95% 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
68% 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
97% 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
73% 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
38% 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
65% 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
67% 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
97% 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
33% 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
85% 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
66% 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
61% 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
59% 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
71% 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
70% 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
85% 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