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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, AV Club

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
A- 88% 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
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
A- 96% 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
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
B+ 85% Designated Survivor: Season 1 (TV, 2016) 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
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+ 92% 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
A- 90% 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+ 73% The Get Down: Season 1 (TV, 2015) 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
B+ 79% 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
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
B+ 95% 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
A- 95% 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 80% Downton Abbey: Season 5 (TV, 2015) A return to form probably isn't in Downton's future, but with any luck, it can transform into something different but just as vital.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 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
A 95% Orange is the New Black: Season 4 (TV, 2016) Orange is a thing unto itself, and based on the brilliant fourth season, it's sturdy enough to hold up for years to come.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
D 32% Uncle Buck: Season 1 (TV, 2015) If there's a silver lining around the visible fart that is Uncle Buck, ABC's latest single-cam outing, it's that the show is different from its network peers. The difference is that it sucks.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
B+ 64% 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
B 87% UnReal: Season 2 (TV, 2016) UnREAL is energized by the introduction of pro football star Darius Beck (B.J. Britt), Everlasting's latest suitor, and the franchise's first black leading man.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2016
C+ 24% 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
C+ 50% Bloodline: Season 2 (TV, 2016) The season feels like a dull, overlong epilogue, creeping along where it needs to be sprinting.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
C 78% Empire: Season 2 - Past Is Prologue (TV Episode) It's mostly just confusing, and it brings up more questions than answers. That's usually a good thing for a season finale, but in this case, the questions I now have aren't ones I necessarily want the answers to.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
A- 94% Lady Dynamite: Season 1 (TV, 2016) By focusing on Bamford's mental health struggles, Lady Dynamite turns into something deeper, more challenging, and ultimately, more rewarding than a winking self-parody.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
B- 86% Empire: Season 2 - Rise by Sin (TV Episode) This episode and the last episode are far from perfect television, but they boast a sense of urgency and purpose that the rest of Empire's second season has sorely lacked.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
B+ 100% Empire: Season 2 - The Lyon Who Cried Wolf (TV Episode) For a minute, for one giddy, glorious moment, I finally got it. I saw the Empire that the millions of people who tune into this show on a weekly basis have apparently been seeing when I couldn't.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
D 63% Empire: Season 2 - More Than Kin (TV Episode) "More Than Kin" is terrible, but not especially terrible or differently terrible compared to anything else Empire has done this season.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
A 93% Veep: Season 5 (TV, 2016) Under Mandel's steady guidance, the show has pulled off a feat its bumbling characters couldn't possibly accomplish: a seamless transfer of power between administrations.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
B 78% Empire: Season 2 - Time Shall Unfold (TV Episode) There's no way any of this should work, but somehow most of it does, even while the show continues in the same baffling direction. That's no minor feat.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
A- 100% The Americans: Season 4 - The Rat (TV Episode) "The Rat" is the latest demonstration of Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields' commitment to never getting too comfortable in their storytelling.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
D 53% Containment: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It plods forward with no vitality, no spark, and no absorbing characters. For a show about a hardy, communicable disease, Containment isn't the least bit infectious.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
B- 92% Empire: Season 2 - The Tameness of a Wolf (TV Episode) An episode like "Tameness" buoys the rest of the show, even if it does so in an artificial and kind of manipulative way.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
B 100% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 (TV, 2016) It's possible to want Kimmy to move beyond her traumatic past for her own sake, but stay stuck there for the sake of all the great jokes the cult years generate. As is generally the case with comedy, the trauma is where the gold is.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
C- 60% Empire: Season 2 - A Rose by Any Other Name (TV Episode) I've said it a hundred times before, and I'll apparently have to say it a hundred times more: This show doesn't make any sense.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
B+ 93% Empire: Season 2 - Death Will Have His Day (TV Episode) "Death" resembles the show Empire promised it would become in its earliest moments.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
B+ 81% The Path: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Despite its flaws, The Path builds one hell of a foundation for seasons to come.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2016
B 72% The Catch: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) Perhaps the episodic stories will be the real draw of The Catch, which distinguishes itself from its Shondaland peers by being bubbly, not just soapy.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2016
B+ 100% The Carmichael Show: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Because Carmichael plops its characters in a room and simply lets them debate, the show lives and dies on the strength of its performances. So it's a good thing the performances are uniformly great.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
B+ 70% The Circus: Inside The Greatest Political Show on Earth: Miniseries (TV, 2016) The Circus is an elegant, intimate, frequently funny look at a process that lives up to the show's title, but like most political coverage these days, leaves a brutal hangover.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
A- 93% Underground: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Underground benefits from its deliberate pacing. This is, after all, a heist story, except that the thieves are literally stealing their own bodies.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
B 87% Hap and Leonard: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Between the bright performances and the mischievous genre-bending, it's certainly worth a cheap fling.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
B 61% The Family: Season 1 (TV, 2015) For a network show with a patina of cable prestige, ABC's new drama The Family is surprisingly quick to crank its burners up to 11 and get the pots boiling.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
D 32% Fuller House: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Fuller House doesn't deserve mercy. The show isn't just bad, it borders on the obscene, as much an affront to those bemused by a reboot of the sitcom that anchored ABC's once-mighty T.G.I.F. comedy block as those receptive to it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
B+ 84% Girls: Season 5 (TV, 2016) Sure, the characters' most irritating foibles remain, but they're taking baby steps in the right direction and making a better case for why they deserve the lives they've been chasing for four seasons.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
A- 97% Better Call Saul: Season 2 (TV, 2016) That Jimmy's sibling rivalry feels worth investing in speaks to how self-assured Saul continues to be in season two. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2016