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Joshua Alston

Joshua Alston
Joshua Alston's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, New York Magazine/Vulture, AV Club

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 77% Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (TV, 2017) Much like last season, Ten Years Later probably works better as a story if you shotgun the whole thing rather than watching it piecemeal.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
4/5 100% black-ish: Season 4 (TV, 2017) Unlike last season's opening misfire, Juneteenth makes clear that Black-ish's fourth season is playing for keeps.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4/5 91% Scandal: Season 7 (TV, 2018) Watch Me heralds the birth of a brand-new Olivia Pope, one far more willing to follow her darker impulses if she believes the ends justify the means.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
A- 100% Dear White People: Season 1 (TV, 2017) In adapting his film into a series, Simien shrewdly went back to his original concept and created the series as if the movie hadn't existed, as if he'd been able to supersize his vision on the first go-round.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Insecure: Season 1 - Messy as F**k (TV Episode) The mark of a solid auteurish sitcom is cultural specificity, and Insecure's Los Angeles has plenty of that to spare. All it needs is a few more employed, classy, eligible black men.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Insecure: Season 1 - Racist as F**k (TV Episode) Insecure is shaping up to be the 'Cry Together' of contemporary sitcoms, although that revolutionary aspect of the show hasn't been discussed much. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Insecure: Season 1 - Thirsty as F**k (TV Episode) Who knew that Insecure was the kind of story in which seemingly innocuous choices yield severe consequences?‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet Insecure: Season 1 - Shady as F**k (TV Episode) The only thing more shocking than that big twist? The revelation that Insecure is capable of twists.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Insecure: Season 1 - Guilty as F**k (TV Episode) Maybe I'm projecting my love of breakfast onto this interpretation, but man, Lawrence is going to be pissed when he finds out he was eating a fruit medley born of betrayal. Pork bacon dripping with salty lies. Blueberry shame waffles. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet Insecure: Season 1 - Real as F**k (TV Episode) 'Real As F*ck' potently demonstrates one of life's most durable and frustrating lessons: There's always a fire to put out‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet Insecure: Season 1 - Broken as F**k (TV Episode) Broken is Rae's best script yet, a sharp, insightful, and cleverly structured half-hour that flies by while leaving a lasting impression.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Insecure: Season 1 - Insecure as F**k (TV Episode) One thing is immediately clear about HBO's Insecure: Although it evokes many contemporary sitcoms, it is totally singular.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
B+ 80% Greenleaf: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's exactly the kind of dramatic tentpole the Oprah Winfrey-branded network has been searching for since its inception.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
A- 89% Girls: Season 6 (TV, 2017) It was hard to imagine what a final season of Girls will look like, but this episode communicates a strong vision for it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
A 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - The Book of Nora (TV Episode) Quite simply, it's one of the best series finales I've ever seen, and one that cements The Leftovers as one of the finest drama series in recent memory.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
A- 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother) (TV Episode) Kevin Garvey's adventures in the beyond lead the show to some of its most arresting visuals and storytelling that works emotionally even while the logic behind it remains elusive.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
A 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - Certified (TV Episode) It's the best hour of television in a season that has been full of high points, including last week's Matt-centric lion sex boat murder mystery.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
A 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World (TV Episode) The South Korean nuclear crisis has major ramification for the world, but as usual, The Leftovers takes the global crisis and localizes it to these characters.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
A- 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - G'Day Melbourne (TV Episode) Love stories, even the most life-affirming ones, are full of doubt, crossed signals, longing, and resentment. And so too is Kevin and Nora's love story, which hits its roughest patch yet in "G'Day Melbourne."‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
B+ 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - Crazy Whitefella Thinking (TV Episode) Mimi Leder's direction is gorgeous and the story is always intriguing even when it's opaque.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
A- 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - Don't Be Ridiculous (TV Episode) "Don't Be Ridiculous" is an excellent hour of television, a showcase for the amazing Carrie Coon, and another Leftovers that affirms why this is secretly TV's most rewarding show.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
A 100% The Leftovers: Season 3 - The Book of Kevin (TV Episode) Once again, the Leftovers team outdid itself with an opening so mesmerizing, human, and evocative, it almost seems like they've done themselves a disservice by coming so hot out of the gate.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
B+ 100% Nathan for You: Season 4 (TV, 2017) Season four looks pretty insane. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
D+ 67% Homeland: Season 6 - America First (TV Episode) More than anything, "America First" is such a deeply implausible and phony episode.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
B- 83% Homeland: Season 6 - R Is for Romeo (TV Episode) It's one of the season's more effective episodes, if only because its tense confrontations, violent altercations, and surprise explosions are more compelling than the polarized views on the efficacy of the Iran nuclear deal.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
B+ 100% Homeland: Season 6 - The Flag House (TV Episode) Much of "The Flag House" works as a collection of scenes, which has been the case with the better episodes of the season.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
B- 83% Homeland: Season 6 - Sock Puppets (TV Episode) At least it feels like watching a story, which can be said about too little of the season.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
C 73% Homeland: Season 6 - alt.truth (TV Episode) Homeland isn't beyond repair, but season six simply isn't working, in part because the plotting around the Iranian nuclear deal isn't that interesting.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
C+ 82% Homeland: Season 6 - Imminent Risk (TV Episode) In "Imminent Risk," as with the rest of the season, if anything suspenseful or intriguing is happening, it's happening around Carrie more than with, or because of her.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
B- 100% Homeland: Season 6 - The Return (TV Episode) "The Return," like much of season six, is mostly shocking because of just how little happens in it. And it's one of the most exciting episodes of the season.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
B 100% Homeland: Season 6 - Casus Belli (TV Episode) Once the episode turns its focus to the standoff, it becomes tighter and tenser, but mostly because all of the action is happening in one place and the plots are weighted accordingly.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
B- 100% Homeland: Season 6 - A Flash of Light (TV Episode) It almost feels like Homeland is turning from a thriller that's mostly about Carrie into a quieter ensemble drama about terrorism and issues facing the intelligence community, but without the white-knuckle pace of seasons past.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
C 70% Homeland: Season 6 - The Covenant (TV Episode) This slow burn is way too slow, and all the ripped-from-the-headlines talk about the Iran deal won't be enough to rescue it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
B+ 100% Homeland: Season 6 - The Man in the Basement (TV Episode) "The Man In The Basement" makes a far stronger case for giving yet another Homeland demi-reboot time to reveal its hand.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
B- 100% Homeland: Season 6 - Fair Game (TV Episode) 'Fair Game' may not be the Homeland anyone wants, but it might be the Homeland we need.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
B+ 93% Queen Sugar: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Despite the discipline it requires, Sugar feels immediately rewarding because of its performances.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
B+ 85% Designated Survivor: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Creator David Guggenheim puts Designated Survivor on a sturdy foundation between its intriguing premise and perfect leading man.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
A- 98% Speechless: Season 1 (TV, 2016-2017) Fowler's performance is one of the most pleasant surprises of the fall television season. In fact, all of the performances are winning, with Driver deserving most of the praise.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
A- 87% Narcos: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Even with less ground to cover, Narcos is pleasantly dense and steadily introduces intriguing new characters to fill its impending power vacuum and firm up the show's historicity.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
C+ 74% The Get Down: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) If episodes of Orange Is The New Black are like potato chips, episodes of The Get Down are more like Cadbury Creme Eggs -- a cloying, excessive assault on the senses best enjoyed no more than once a year.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
A- 95% Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Luke Cage is the result of a meticulous vision, and it should rightfully elevate Coker into the league of television auteurs.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
B+ 100% Atlanta: Season 1 (TV, 2016) I'm already impressed by the layers on display here, and I'm curious to see how far the show can push its thematic envelope while keeping the episodes as breezy and comfortable as possible.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
B+ 94% Stranger Things: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The most pleasant surprise of Stranger Things is watching as the youngest characters become the biggest draw of a decidedly adult television show.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
B+ 100% Difficult People: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Julie and Billy are exactly the same people they were last season, a self-absorbed "guys who love guys and the girls who love them" pair obsessed with breaking into show business by any means necessary.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
B No Score Yet Power: Season 3 (TV, 2016) It's way too early to say that Power's best days are behind it, but it's not premature to say the show has never had to work harder to prove its viability.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
A- 94% The Night Of: Miniseries (TV, 2016) Everything that HBO has wanted out of a drama since True Detective sparked then fizzled is available in spades in The Night Of.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
B- 61% American Gothic: Season 1 (TV, 2016) American Gothic has a solid enough story for a 13-episode summer series, as it's the type of empty yet salacious subject matter that would make it an irresistible beach read.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
B+ 66% BrainDead: Season 1 (TV, 2016) A political satire built on such a wacky conceit, it practically demands to be mocked. And yet the show is clever, brisk, and compelling, and it succeeds not by dancing around its inherent weirdness, but by zealously embracing it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
C+ 23% Feed the Beast: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's beautiful to look at, but underneath the presentation, there's just bland, lukewarm chicken breast.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
B+ 98% Roots: Miniseries (TV, 2016) History's new vision of Roots justifies its existence almost immediately, reinforcing its worthiness through amazing performances and a tweaked narrative that puts more focus on the interior lives of the slaves.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 30, 2016