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Lili Loofbourow

Lili Loofbourow
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 1 (TV, 2017) In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Sherman-Palladino inverts the cult of personality narratives that secretly animate so many shows featuring comics into something stronger and much, much stranger.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
95% Search Party: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Alia Shawkat handles drama beautifully and with real Hitchcockian style (she's an absolute vision in the finale), but many of her worst, most heart-wrenching moments are also - and how they pulled this off is the show's greatest mystery - hilarious.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
100% Back: Season 1 (TV, 2017) If Peep Show sometimes skewered Blair-era fantasies about what a cosmopolitan United Kingdom could be, Back takes a dull and slightly depressive scalpel to Britain in the age of Brexit.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
100% Lady Dynamite: Season 2 (TV, 2017) In its second season, the show remains brightly colored and brittle and funny and kind of exhausting.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
71% SMILF: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Ignore its name. SMILF, Frankie Shaw's show, which premiered last night, is a crusty, tender masterpiece.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
92% The Deuce: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Formally as well as cinematically, The Deuce is unporn. It doesn't care about the plot. The money shot is beside the point. And that, really, is what makes The Deuce special.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
94% GLOW: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Because GLOW is - in the best possible way - about losers, it benefits from a refreshing absence of drama.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% Grace and Frankie: Season 3 (TV, 2017) Grace and Frankie's third season begins as a comedy in search of a crisis. If it can build a new set of stakes, that's not necessarily a bad thing.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% The Good Place: Season 2 (TV, 2017) The Good Place has been a light and sunny treat from the beginning... ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
92% Big Little Lies: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Big Little Lies was deeply satisfying in ways television these days rarely dares to be.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
91% Feud: Bette and Joan (TV, 2017) Feud captures the cruelty of the ecosystem that needed those two to hate each other as much as they almost did - and the naked capitalism that fomented it.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3 (TV, 2017) So the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend premiere does what every episode of this show does: treat the stereotype with unexpected understanding and empty it. ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
100% Jane the Virgin: Season 4 (TV, 2017) The show that has always been about Jane, and centered her problems, now features two different narrators fighting for structural and narrative supremacy. It's amazing.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
90% Legion: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The show is confident, stunningly beautiful, and truly funny despite its sometimes terrifying subject matter.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
90% Crashing: Season 1 (TV, 2017) What does Crashing bring to that overflowing table of meta-commentary about the stand-up life? Well, Pete Holmes.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% One Mississippi: Season 2 (TV, 2017) It feels like Notaro is back in the driver's seat, and her character's obsession with storytelling reflects that.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
100% Insecure: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Insecure might be one of the most interesting interrogations of what the quest for "normalcy" means these days‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
75% Taboo: Season 1 (TV, 2017) This is the trouble with the show overall: It's just not clear, even after three episodes, what the fascinating James Keziah Delaney wants.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
78% The Young Pope: Miniseries (TV, 2017) [Pius'] contradiction is too great, and the explanation is - to put it in his own fiery words - not enough.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
95% Better Things: Season 2 (TV, 2017) There's only so much pity one can muster for a successful woman who owns two houses, has the means to hire housekeepers, and nevertheless sees herself as a beleaguered, unappreciated underdog.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
85% I Love Dick: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Lust loves a mirror, and this series renders desire so stickily and so well that by the end, you might love Dick too.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
96% One Day at a Time: Season 1 (TV, 2017) One Day at a Time turns out to be a stunning reclamation of the kind of joke-laden but earnestly confrontational comedy that made so many '70s and '80s sitcoms great.It will make you laugh and give you goosebumps and warp your sense of time. ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2 (TV, 2016-2017) In this spiraling sophomore season, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend might start setting precedents instead of parodying them.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
62% Divorce: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The larger arcs - of how a private rupture develops formal contours, of how divorce undercuts the fantasy of self-discovery - make for compulsively watchable TV.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% Fleabag: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The further you watch, the more Fleabag becomes about. ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
94% American Gods: Season 1 (TV, 2017) This is the Iliad narrated through barfights and wheat fields and walk-ups. ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
73% Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency inhales and says hey, maybe we're all just pawns in some giant cosmic scheme of which we're unaware and for which we are - at best - incidental.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
79% Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 9 (TV, 2017) Don't get me wrong: Larry David remains a total pleasure to watch. The music is mischievous, the cast a delight. But it's a sign of these peculiar times that Curb - that sometime father of cringe comedy - has become something closer to comfort food.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
93% Orphan Black: Season 5 (TV, 2017) Orphan Black has respected plot with an intensity that's rare these days.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
88% Transparent: Season 4 (TV, 2017) There's no question that this voyage of self-discovery is worthwhile, and urgent, and necessary, but Transparent is open about the fact that the flip side of self-discovery isn't necessarily political wokeness: It's self-worship.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
94% Outlander: Season 3 (TV, 2017) Outlander is unique in how it uses sex to think about character development.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - The Committee on Human Rights (TV Episode) Is there life after spying? That's not a question The Americans has taken seriously up until now.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Crossbreed (TV Episode) Rarely has a show more artfully married its camera quirks to an episode's themes, and as those themes change, so do the ways the camera echoes them.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - The Midges (TV Episode) The energy that's gone into establishing the Morozov mission, coupled with the show's new thematic interest in hunger, temporarily sidelined the longer, more psychologically driven plots that make The Americans great.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
92% The Americans: Season 5 - What's the Matter with Kansas? (TV Episode) The Americans is finally picking up the narrative throughlines that really make it hum: blackmail and flirtations that blur the peculiar dynamics distorting the apparently bland social lives of everyone on this show. . .‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Lotus 1-2-3 (TV Episode) This episode is steeped in Philip's tortured perspective, which seems increasingly to be - at least in subtext - that Russia never really exactly fed him.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Amber Waves (TV Episode) Joe Weisberg's show. . .has always investigated the overlap between the personal and the political, and the ways the story you keep telling about yourself starts to become a second truth.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Pests (TV Episode) The Americans has historically been a fantastically quiet show (murders notwithstanding).‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
64% Vice Principals: Season 1 (TV, 2016) If Donald Trump has made the unsayable sayable, Vice Principals is making the unlaughable laughable.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
94% The Night Of: Miniseries (TV, 2016) Its opening credits are every bit as beautiful and gritty and pretentious as, say, True Detective's, but its story is simpler and far, far worse.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% Silicon Valley: Season 4 (TV, 2017) Silicon Valley might be spotty as tech satire, but it really is great comedy. ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
89% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Dragon and the Wolf (TV Episode) I said last week that Game of Thrones has gotten terrible. I more or less stand by that, but there's no denying that "The Dragon and the Wolf" was a thousand times better than the two preceding episodes. ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
80% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Beyond the Wall (TV Episode) The dialogue here is some of the best we've seen since Game of Thrones outpaced the books.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
96% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Eastwatch (TV Episode) At a moment when Game of Thrones has hurled its plot mechanics poetically into the sea, it's worth nothing that "Eastwatch" made up for all that with some really great conversations‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
98% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Spoils of War (TV Episode) "The Spoils of War" was Game of Thrones at its finest. ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
90% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Queen's Justice (TV Episode) There's a certain irony to the fact that a show accused of over-explaining its plot is equally guilty of under-explaining its most beloved characters.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
100% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Stormborn (TV Episode) This is all to say that Game of Thrones' sometimes facile You Go, Girl proto-feminism has developed into something less positive but more interesting. ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
94% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Dragonstone (TV Episode) Last night's exceptional premiere for Game of Thrones' seventh season answered many of the outstanding questions left from last season. ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
93% Veep: Season 6 (TV, 2017) I wish the series had ended with season five. ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% Man Seeking Woman: Season 3 (TV, 2017) Amid a sea of baggy shows that don't quite know what they're doing and are taking too long to do it, Man Seeking Woman stands out for its focus and speed.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017