Jen Chaney TV Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% 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
69% 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
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
91% 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
65% 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
97% 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
68% 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
83% 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
93% 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, 2016-2017) 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
77% 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
74% SMILF: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Everything that happens in that part of the episode is consistently surprising, engrossing, and steeped in an environment that feels authentic. Watching what happens between Bridgette and this man feels like watching real life unfold.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
97% 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
90% 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
99% Alias Grace: Miniseries (TV, 2017) What makes Alias Grace so compelling is Grace herself, and the way her complicated life speaks to how murky the truth can become when bias, skepticism, and basic human instinct get twisted up in knots that can't be untangled.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 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
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
86% 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
50% 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
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
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
83% 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
63% 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
90% Great News: Season 2 (TV, 2018) By pushing the story line into unexpected directions, it is more pointedly satirical and it makes us reassess the way we handle such abuses.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 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
58% 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
33% 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
23% 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
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
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
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
96% 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
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
96% Mindhunter: Season 1 (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
88% 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
33% 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
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
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
92% Big Little Lies: Season 1 (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
88% 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
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
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