John Anderson TV Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
70% Everything Sucks!: Season 1 (TV, 2018) What does work is awesome...The portrayal, basically, is of a Darwinian mosh pit, into which young people with little in common besides puberty have to learn to surf or crash. Or else be eaten, figuratively, by other members of their species.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
26% Here and Now: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Where is all the hocus-pocus heading? It's a genuine mystery, and not the good kind. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
92% 2 Dope Queens: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Ms. Williams and Ms. Robinson share an obvious comfort with each other and a confidence in their ability as performers. As a result, the show feels both spontaneous and polished like a ruby.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
100% Girlfriends: Series 1 (TV, 2018) [Girlfriends] applies refreshing layers of honesty and genuine perplexity to the characters' stories. Age is an engine of Girlfriends. But so is empathy.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
69% Britannia: Season 1 (TV, 2018) One would probably have to get deeper into the Britannical weeds than I did to fully appreciate the ornate quality of the plotline, but several of the characters and performers make their presence felt early on-most entertainingly, Nikolaj Lie Kaas.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
57% The Alienist: Season 1 (TV, 2018) One of the charms of the original Alienist was a sense of indignation. This version does justice to that.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
No Score Yet Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Limited by facts and a fanboy's perspective, the six-part Secret History of Comics does a passable and passably entertaining job of exploring the history and scandals associated with the comics.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
84% The Chi: Season 1 (TV, 2018) There's a wealth of acting talent being showcased on Showtime, and a number of performances that, as has been said about Chicago itself, won't let you down.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
60% The Last Post: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Conflict equals drama; sexual conflict equals more drama; conflict without a surfeit of nuance is even better. The Last Post has it all.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
No Score Yet Family Guy: Season 16 (TV, 2017) The tragedy of Family Guy is that it makes us laugh too much. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
96% The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It's a shame, though, that the people who would most appreciate the show will spend more time scratching their heads than laughing, as Mrs. M repeatedly topples off the comedic knife edge it so eagerly wants to walk.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
93% The Crown: Season 2 (TV, 2017) The Crown attains genuine sexiness without sex. Margaret, à la Ms. Kirby's interpretation, smolders, as does Elizabeth, at least on occasion‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
64% Lore: Season 1 (TV, 2017) There's nothing really supernatural about Lore, and such is its charm, for lack of a better word. The obscure, arcane historical nuggets Mr. Mahnke scatters throughout are also fascinating.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
98% The Vietnam War: Miniseries (TV, 2017) ... like much said during the Vietnam War-and "The Vietnam War"-it's guaranteed to provoke a response.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
3/4 92% Manhunt: UNABOMBER (TV, 2017) Engrossing at times and well worth watching, though the writing is often graceless and the direction haphazard.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
83% Comrade Detective: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It works as drama, as well as comedy, and it seems as if putting it together might have been fun. The finished product certainly is.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
No Score Yet Apollo Gauntlet: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Apollo, the latest addition to the Adult Swim menu of animation for grown-ups and, like many of the program's offerings, more amusing than hilarious. Still, it eagerly pushes its naively animated envelope towards a giddily warped reality. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
28% Wisdom of the Crowd: Season 1 (TV, 2017) How long Wisdom of the Crowd strings out its core investigation-the one about Mia-may make a difference in the show's shelf life, but the first week's digression, so to speak, raises the stakes.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
64% Ghosted: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Fans of Adam Scott and Craig Robinson, among whose ranks I include myself, will be tickled to see them brought together in Ghosted, a show that puts an engaging twist on the odd-couple comedy, namely, the members of this couple know what they're doing. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
No Score Yet American Epic: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It's that sense of happenstance and kismet-and connections, and echoes of artists never recorded-that help American Epic breathe.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
47% Prime Suspect: Tennison: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Prime Suspect: Tennison is as ample a fix as any hopeless addict could hope for. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
73% The Putin Interviews: Season 1 (TV, 2017) In the absence of startling revelations, what's fascinating about this elaborate production is the theater of it all.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
42% Still Star-Crossed: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The colorblind casting of Still Star-Crossed is also an intriguing part of the formula, though it's no help in distinguishing this family from that considering the large number of characters. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
82% Victorian Slum House: Season 1 (TV, 2017) There's some education at work here, of course, but what we really want to see is how far the participants will go before they break. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
100% The Durrells in Corfu: Season 2 (TV, 2017) The Durrells in Corfu continues to charm.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
No Score Yet POV: Season 30 - Tribal Justice (TV Episode) There is, as a result, a somewhat melancholic tone to much of the movie. But also a reassuring wisdom to be found in the women Ms. Makepeace has made that movie about.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
71% Striking Out: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It breathes. It allows relationships to build, and be revealed, as the narrative progresses.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
83% Genius: Einstein (TV, 2017) Sure, the sex and violence may be ratcheted down a bit. But the genius is more pronounced.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
No Score Yet Believer: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Overall, though, the intent is to portray the host as alternately guileless, sophisticated, knowledgeable and awe-struck-something of a juggling act. Most of the time, Mr. Aslan is a likable performer. Some of the time, the performance seems strained.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
97% Five Came Back: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Overall, the series is much like its story: mythic, adventurous, romantic. And real.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
79% The White Princess: Season 1 (TV, 2017) In addition to taking the chattel's point of view in a world lopsidedly male, The White Princess is a tapestry of soap and backstage politics, with some really marvelous performances.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
100% Dear White People: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Among the show's virtues is a great deal of clever dialogue, delivered in such a torrent it sometimes drowns itself out. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
92% Big Little Lies: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It is ... in many respects, a comedy, an opera buffa in the grand tradition of the '80s nighttime soap, aka delicious trash. You may want to watch even if you've already read the Liane Moriarty book on which it's based, or its Wikipedia entry.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
40% The Collection: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The Collection, set amid the resurgent fashion industry of postwar Paris, will become a guilty pleasure for many once it starts rolling down the runway, zipping, tugging and pulling itself together. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
No Score Yet Secrets of the Six Wives: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Ms. Worsley is the real star, though, waxing enthusiastic while never losing her head.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
74% Marvel's The Defenders: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Though Marvel's The Defenders is and will continue to be arcane, it's also thoroughly engaging, almost entirely thanks to its cast. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
91% Feud: Bette and Joan (TV, 2017) For all the campy craziness of Feud its message is one about the wrong people being mad at each other-a formulation with bottomless appeal and no end of examples.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
No Score Yet Call Me Francis: Miniseries (TV, 2016) Call Me Francis is occasionally much too talky; the direction by the Italian Daniele Luchetti, despite a few dazzling flourishes, is mostly workmanlike. But the charity and soulfulness of the story are considerable.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
95% The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The Handmaid's Tale itself, embracing something larger than Offred's battered psychology and the forcibly blinkered sphere of her existence, promises a series with some very interesting places to go.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
100% Tracey Ullman's Show: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Already aired in the U.K., Tracey Ullman's Show takes swipes at various aspects of British life and politics, but Americans shouldn't need much help absorbing them.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
24% Friends From College: Season 1 (TV, 2017) There's more at stake than in your average sitcom, but the antics are juvenile, and the tone is all over the place.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
97% The Decalogue: Series 1 (TV, 1989) It is hard to say that anything on the small screen has surpassed Dekalog since it first aired in 1989. ‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
94% Stranger Things: Season 2 (TV, 2017) It's not a story about otherworldly powers and mindless evil. It's about the people besieged by the mindless evil. The characters are deftly drawn, and irresistible.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
No Score Yet American Experience: Season 29 - Ruby Ridge (TV Episode) [It provides] enthralling accounts of a history that, as William Faulkner might have said, isn't even past.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
100% The Durrells in Corfu: Season 1 (TV, 2016) All the Durrells seem to find themselves in Corfu. Viewers will find them irresistible.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
59% Will: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Nothing is understated in "Will" not the violence, the vulgarity or the elocution: Every character declaims as if to be heard in the Globe's cheap seats... the whole cast is, verily, first-rate and clever.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
97% One Day at a Time: Season 1 (TV, 2017) There's an interview that can be found online that begins with Ms. Moreno declaring, "I have no objection to playing a Hispanic. I have every objection to playing a stereotype." Not every objection, to judge by the new One Day at a Time.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
100% The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (TV, 2016) Henry VI, Part 2, part of PBS's Great Performances series, features some very potent performances, notably from Sophie Okonedo as Queen Margaret. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
100% Downton Abbey: Season 2 (TV, 2012) Downton Abbey is a soap opera, albeit one that appeals to people who would never willingly admit to an appetite for soap operas.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
93% Queen Sugar: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's certainly energetic TV, but requires a strenuous suspension of disbelief. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016