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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Search Party: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"The cast is exceptional, never carrying themselves as if they are above the often confused, petty, or weak characters they portray; Shawkat in particular is a revelation."
Posted Nov 21, 2016

Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party which debuts tonight on VH1, carries itself like it's the strangest and most surprising new program of the year. "
Posted Nov 18, 2016

Good Behavior: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Dockery is a problem, I'm sorry to say. She's impressive, but the performance's impressiveness comes from overcoming typecasting and dazzling the viewer with technique, not from an intuitive emotional connection with the character."
Posted Nov 16, 2016

The Crown: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Harris's performance alone makes The Crown worth watching."
Posted Nov 4, 2016

The Great Indoors: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"I wish this sitcom had been built around his character; the jokes would make a lot more sense in context, plus we'd get to have more Stephen Fry, which is never a bad thing."
Posted Oct 26, 2016

Goliath: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"The entire cast is better than the material, but Thornton in particular is working at such a high level that the gap between his talent and the quality of the writing and filmmaking eventually becomes a show in itself."
Posted Oct 14, 2016

Vice News Tonight: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Vice News Tonight is an intriguing effort - not new, exactly, but newish. The "hangin' out doin' journalism" approach is easy to mock, but this new program is engaging and smart."
Posted Oct 12, 2016

Divorce: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"This deepening pit of self-justification and sadness is keenly observed by Horgan and her collaborators... And both the acting and the dialogue are barbed-wire sharp."
Posted Oct 10, 2016

Insecure: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"By the time it gets to the third and fourth episodes, it's on rails, conveying its more meaningful insights through lyrical bits of filmmaking."
Posted Oct 6, 2016

Frequency: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"It's a bright idea, redolent of much headier science fiction that we're used to seeing on commercial TV, but there's no way to tell right now if Frequency can build on it."
Posted Oct 5, 2016

Timeless: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"On the basis of the first two episodes - which are appealing, despite a certain clunkiness, and smarter than they probably had to be."
Posted Oct 4, 2016

Westworld: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"I can't think of another recent series that's so aggressively about what it's about while also being about storytelling, especially the 21st-century TV variety."
Posted Sep 30, 2016

Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Luke Cage is like one of those vainglorious 1970s double albums that has way too much filler but that you still listen to all the way through because the musicianship is superb. It's a superhero slow jam."
Posted Sep 29, 2016

Crisis in Six Scenes: Miniseries (TV, 2016)

"The result, unsurprisingly, is a dubious monument to the filmmaker's misgivings. It's far from the worst thing that Allen has done recently but nowhere close to his finest work."
Posted Sep 29, 2016

Pitch: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"I like Pitch and would like it to succeed long enough to become an actual show, instead of an idea for a show with a pretty good marketing campaign."
Posted Sep 26, 2016

Easy: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"It's a treat so see so many actors you recognize placed alongside new faces, and to see all of their lives and concerns taken seriously, though never as seriously as they take themselves."
Posted Sep 23, 2016

The Exorcist: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"The Exorcist is a good try at translating a classic from another medium, but it might have had more impact if it knew how to build to its shocks instead of just serving them up as spice."
Posted Sep 21, 2016

Lethal Weapon: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Even for a show that wears its populist tendencies with pride, the show has little faith in its audience's ability to grasp a simple story."
Posted Sep 21, 2016

One Mississippi: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"One Mississippi is also about more than the darker emotions. It's at its best, perhaps, when showing the emotional complexities of family."
Posted Sep 9, 2016

Quarry: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"The show strikes a particular note with great variety, but there are 87 other notes on a keyboard and you start to miss hearing them."
Posted Sep 7, 2016

Queen Sugar: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Queen Sugar reinvents the wheel. This story of a fractious family of sugar farmers is a nighttime soap of a sort you've seen a dozen times, but never like this."
Posted Sep 6, 2016

Better Things: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"I've been a TV critic for over 20 years, and I've never seen directing and editing in a half-hour series as minimalist, precise, yet full of feeling as what's been achieved here by Adlon... and [her] collaborators."
Posted Sep 2, 2016

Atlanta: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"I've been a TV critic for over 20 years, and I've never seen directing and editing in a half-hour series as minimalist, precise, yet full of feeling as what's been achieved here by...Glover and [his] collaborators."
Posted Sep 2, 2016

Gomorrah: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"The show deserves credit for being unrelentingly tense without seeming to glamorize any of its violent characters. .. It's a lie to say that crime doesn't pay, but the hidden costs are immense."
Posted Aug 24, 2016

The Get Down: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"In general, the more The Get Down trusts in its actors to carry the meaning of a moment or scene, the better it is."
Posted Aug 12, 2016

BoJack Horseman: Season 3 (TV, 2016)

"With its mix of curveball innovations and very BoJack elements, season three of Raphael Bob-Waksberg's cartoon sitcom set in a species-mixed world of humans and animals might be its best overall."
Posted Jul 22, 2016

Difficult People: Season 2 (TV, 2016)

"The episodes are so briskly paced and the tone so expertly judged that you tend to enjoy it all in the spirit in which it was intended. The show is a jar of bittersweet jelly beans. You can't eat just one."
Posted Jul 12, 2016

Downton Abbey: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

"Downton is still a pantheon-great series, filled with memorable moments."
Posted Jun 29, 2016

The Night Of: Miniseries (TV, 2016)

"The net effect is hypnotic, like reading a fat crime novel filled with memorable characters and atmospheric details."
Posted Jun 24, 2016

Greenleaf: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Greenleaf packs a lot of plot into its first few episodes, building gracefully to revelations and confrontations, and playing to its actors' strengths."
Posted Jun 22, 2016

Outcast: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"This mysterious, atmospheric tale of demonic and supernatural forces in ordinary lives seems informed by horror from an earlier, analog generation."
Posted Jun 3, 2016

Roots: Miniseries (TV, 2016)

"The new Roots is more passionate, more sweeping, considerably angrier, and more disgusted by the physical and moral atrocities it depicts."
Posted May 27, 2016

Preacher: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Even when I didn't enjoy Preacher, I admired it, because it's peculiar and ambitious and often feels obsessively personal."
Posted May 23, 2016

Game of Thrones: Season 6 (TV, 2016)

"The world the characters inhabit is still a hugely dangerous one, but at no point did I feel as though the writers were showing us beautiful butterflies in preparation of pulling their wings off."
Posted Apr 26, 2016

The Night Manager: Miniseries (TV, 2016)

"There's no denying the excitement of the end product, which pulls viewers along on a strong current of suspense, glamour, and macho regret, and gives us two lead performances worth savoring."
Posted Apr 19, 2016

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 (TV, 2016)

"Many of Kimmy Schmidt's season-two episodes play like 30 Rock with nothing to prove. They come across as outrageous without seeming as if they're trying too hard to be outrageous."
Posted Apr 18, 2016

The Girlfriend Experience: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"I love and respect it, I've already watched the whole first season and revisited individual episodes a second time, and the season finale three times. I think it's easily one of the best shows of the year, and a major work by everyone involved."
Posted Apr 8, 2016

Catastrophe: Series 2 (TV, 2016)

"Always with enough wit and energy that you'll want to keep watching even if what's onscreen is not as blazingly fresh as what you saw last time."
Posted Apr 8, 2016

Horace and Pete: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Horace and Pete was more comfortable with silence than any TV show made during my lifetime. Its style demanded that you experience drama in a way that's anathema to the values of contemporary television."
Posted Apr 6, 2016

The Path: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"It's a compelling but slow and dire series that falls into that mid-range of long-form TV drama, where you're interested enough to keep watching till the season is through."
Posted Mar 31, 2016

The Catch: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"It's the most enjoyable network series I've seen in a while, thanks to its commitment to giving the audience sensory pleasure at every second, but in a relaxed, playful way."
Posted Mar 25, 2016

The Americans: Season 4 (TV, 2016)

"The Americans has made an art of exploring the peril and necessity of deception, never shying away from the collateral damage it inflicts."
Posted Mar 16, 2016

Underground: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"It's a gripping series but far from a great one, and there are bound to be more like it; in a roundabout way, this is progress."
Posted Mar 9, 2016

Hap and Leonard: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"The sum total is so beguiling and unusual - for television as a whole, if not for Sundance, which specializes in this kind of storytelling - that it's hard not to become entranced by it."
Posted Mar 3, 2016

11.22.63: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"The net effect is ultimately intoxicating if you accept that the digressions are the point of the story, and are in fact inevitable given the sort of person Jake is."
Posted Feb 15, 2016

Vinyl: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"On the basis of the first half-season, it already feels like the first new must-see series of 2016."
Posted Feb 9, 2016

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Bee's program is one more 'publication' added to an increasingly crowded TV newsstand, but it already feels distinctive enough to merit regular check-ins, if not yet a DVR season pass."
Posted Feb 9, 2016

Outsiders: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"If you're looking for a show to fill that Sons of Anarchy-size hole in your booze-and-nicotine-saturated heart, WGN's Outsiders will do the trick."
Posted Jan 26, 2016

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"There isn't a bad performance anywhere in this production."
Posted Jan 25, 2016

The X-Files: Season 10 (TV, 2016)

"These heroes are tireless warriors advocating for the revelation of a truth that, for various reasons, may never be fully clarified, much less completely revealed. It's all very noble but not much fun. Bring on the monsters. No - the rubber ones."
Posted Jan 21, 2016
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