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John Anderson

John Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Big Little Lies: Miniseries (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
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
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
96% 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% 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
100% The Durrells in Corfu: Miniseries (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
19% Conviction: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Judging from the premiere episode, Conviction is not just compelling and topical, it's a master class in TV-series construction.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
94% High Maintenance: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Wry, smart, culturally immediate, it takes great delight, on the one hand, in skewering that vaunted sociological/real-estate phenomenon one might call Insufferable Brooklyn. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
92% 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
90% Narcos: Season 2 (TV, 2016) The combination of great writing and towering hypocrisy can be very entertaining.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
73% Better Late than Never: Season 1 (TV, 2016) What's interesting about "Better Late Than Never" is what a throwback it seems compared with a great deal of current television. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
90% Last Chance U: Season 1 (TV, 2016) What makes this six-part series the binge-able attraction it is, of course, are the characters. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
No Score Yet American Masters: Season 30 - Mike Nichols (TV Episode) The heart of the piece is Mr. Nichols himself, who weaves an irresistible spell just by talking-about his work, his colleagues and, best of all, himself.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
68% Madoff: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Madoff stars Richard Dreyfuss as Mr. Madoff, a terrific Blythe Danner as his wife, Ruth, and is an audacious undertaking with a flaw in its DNA.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
83% War & Peace: Season 1 (TV, 2016) At no time will the viewer feel that he or she has been transported to 1805 Russia, the drawing rooms of St. Petersburg, or the blood-soaked battlefields of the Napoleonic wars. That said, it's not entirely a bad time.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2016
74% Billions: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The biggest reason to watch Billions is the acting talent, something which even the endlessly expository dialogue and absurd characterizations can't totally quash. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2016
81% Public Morals: Season 1 (TV, 2015) A show about murder, graft and mayhem is fine. But someone should at least appear to be enjoying himself.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
53% Blunt Talk: Season 1 (TV, 2015) The flashes of genius include Walter's self-flagellating on-air interview-conducted by his own pre-recorded self-which is as funny as anything lately seen on television.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
63% True Detective : Season 2 (TV, 2015) The fact that every issue is given exactly the same dramatic weight may make the viewer queasy.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2015
100% Deutschland 83: Season 1 (TV, 2015) It's certainly entertaining and well-done but, based on the first two chapters, the viewers are going to have to swallow quite a large helping of implausible sauerkraut to attain their suspension of disbelief.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
90% Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Season 1 (TV, 2015) My prophecy is that by the end of this year the men playing Mssrs. Strange and Norrell in the BBC America miniseries will have given two of the more engaging performances on television.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
65% The Slap: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Where The Slap will be going in subsequent episodes is unclear and, mostly, irrelevant. Any and all misfortune, however, will be warmly welcomed.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
83% Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2015) There may be nothing new under the sun, but Empire, is derivative to the point of parody. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
75% Babylon: Season 1 (TV, 2014) The nastiness of Babylon is refreshing, even while the writing fails to support either the level of acting or the atmosphere, which aspires to something far more clever than what the writers, Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong and Jon Brown, have delivered.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
77% The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014) Like the errant offspring of Edith Wharton and Luis Bu�uel, he [Stillman] takes artifice to an uncomfortable place, and sees privilege as a gateway to anxiety. When his characters are out of their element, it means trouble. Or, at the very least, unease.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
40% Heartbreakers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) Just when you thought reality television had exhausted all its options, along comes the joyously cheesy Heartbreakers to prove that age cannot wither, nor custom stale, its infinite variety. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2014
87% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) This reviewer watched seven hourlong episodes in 24 hours, finding it as addictive as Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) does his morning injections. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2014
98% Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) The new [season] can be summed up by Natasha Lyonne's [line] upon Piper's return to Litchfield. "Glad to see you evolving... and getting past the whole 'I'm-the-star-of-my-own-movie-and-everyone-else's' complex." But she is evolving. And so is the show.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014
73% Murder in the First: Season 1 (TV, 2014) Among the things one notices about the new Murder in the First is that it's not in his customary New York or Los Angeles but San Francisco and, unlike that city, is as flat as a pancake.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014
44% Power: Season 1 (TV, 2014) Everyone seems to be imitating someone they saw in another gangster movie. It would be funny, if it weren't quite so tedious.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014
69% Almost Human: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) Some of the life forms in Almost Human are artificial. The intelligence is genuine.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2013