Mark Lawson

Mark Lawson
Mark Lawson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian
Publications: Guardian

tv Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The IT Crowd: Season 5 (TV, 2006-2013) This valedictory special is a masterclass in how a hit sitcom should have the last laugh. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
64% The Paradise: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) Television drama risks becoming not a department store but a one-product shop. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
100% Smiley's People: Miniseries (TV, 1982) As a portrait of a man whose professional and personal life have taught him the protective power of silence, it is compelling television. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
No Score Yet Fresh Meat: Series 3 (TV, 2012-2016) so successful has it been that Bain and Armstrong can surely be certain of a happy televisual version of the fate that seems to lie in store for many of their characters academically - being given a third. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
88% The Wire: Season 1 (TV, 2002-2008) A drama with a depth and complexity which few novels, never mind TV series, have achieved. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
92% The West Wing: Season 7 (TV, 1999-2006) Striking for its prescience...it demonstrated what can come from trusting a writer-creator's vision: in this case, Aaron Sorkin. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
55% Derek: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2015) The drawback of Derek is not that it is cruel about disability but that it is often soft on a character whose identity remains too vague. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
67% Miranda: Season 3 (TV, 2011-2014) Fans of Miranda - including me - would argue that retro done well is preferable to edgy done badly, and that each of the old-fashioned elements - pratfalls, signature sayings and love story - is handled with panache. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
88% The Thick of It: Season 4 (TV, 2005-2012) This year's glorious fourth series of The Thick of It consistently found the show not firing barbs afterwards - as satire generally does - but being ahead of or alongside the game. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
60% NYPD Blue: Season 8 (TV, 1993-2005) Series 8 of NYPD Blue suggests that the Manhattan station house is surviving well both the competition from its many imitators and the loss of leading cast members. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
98% The Vietnam War: Miniseries (TV, 2017) The Vietnam War means that students of US history are, for the second time, indebted to Burns for the far better essays they will now be able to write and so too are viewers everywhere: these are TV histories that will stand for ever in the history of TV - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
75% The Putin Interviews: Season 1 (TV, 2017) For students of politics, there is almost as much gold in these programmes as in Putin's chapel. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
89% Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio (2016 Christmas Special) (TV, 2006) This special confirms that the Doctor is now as much a part of mid-winter tradition as all the other figures from whom Moffat borrows. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
55% Sherlock: Season 4 (TV, 2010-2017) Cumberbatch stalks Baker Street like a Danish prince with a decisive streak. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
93% Game of Thrones: Season 7 (TV, 2011-2017) As the landmark series nears the end, it is increasingly dominated by strong female characters. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
69% House of Cards: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2018) All of a sudden, the presidential drama finds itself tragically behind the curve. What a pity -- it would have been so subversive if Hillary Clinton had won. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
89% Billions: Season 2 (TV, 2016-2018) Key to the way the show sounds is the insistence on talk so fast and so smart that it makes the characters in The West Wing sound monosyllabic. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
94% Twin Peaks: The Return (TV, 1990-2017) It is deliberately, punishingly tedious -- but that's why Twin Peaks is so beguiling. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
57% The Guilty: Season 1 (TV, 2013) The Guilty impressively manages to leave some new fingerprints on a much-handled form. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2015
88% HUMANS: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2018) Costume drama will remain the closest we have to a global televisual currency, but Humans suggests a form of outward-looking drama that can survive outside that banking zone. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2015
84% Broadchurch: Season 2 (TV, 2013-2017) If it had to come back, Chibnall has gathered enough old loose ends and intriguing new strands to suggest that Mondays may again become a bad night for the nation's pubs and restaurants. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
98% Transparent: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2017) Transparent is the most original, daring and confident piece of American TV since Breaking Bad. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2014
76% Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014) Gotham, though visually striking, will surely prove, like Bates Motel and Hannibal, to be a B-movie in comparison with the films that made it so attractive to television. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2014
89% The Sopranos: Season 6, Part I (TV, 1999-2007) [The] unprecedented realism was fascinatingly mixed with an equally unusual surrealism, in dream sequences and recurrent symbolism. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2014