Olivia Popp

Olivia Popp
Tomatometer-approved critic
Olivia Popp is a freelance writer and TV apologist from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who currently resides in the Bay Area. She writes for Tell-Tale TV and TV Fanatic, and she currently serves as the Managing Editor of Arts & Life of the Stanford Daily and was a film/TV staff writer prior to that. Ask her about science fiction, representation in media, improv and comedy, filmmaking, or even more television. If you can't get enough of her comedic stylings, follow her on Twitter at @itsoliviapopp.
Publications: TV Fanatic, Tell-Tale TV

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.25/5 100% Wynonna Earp: Season 3 (TV, 2016) In this way, Wynonna Earp so cleverly avoids the traps of so many shows, having milked Bulshar in the first few episodes of Season 3 and leaving his image lingering in the back of everyone's minds. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 89% Insecure: Season 3 - Ready-Like (TV Episode) In fact, it simply reminds viewers that UnREAL is resorting to desperate measures to tie up its loose ends as it cuts loose contestant after contestant with barely a story arc found on its burn-it-down eight-episode bang-a-thon bonanza. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 100% Black Lightning: Season 2 - The Book of Blood: Chapter One: Requiem (TV Episode) The chance that [Gambi] is actually dead allows the episode to play out in a way that taunts our expectations of the show and its narrative. We get a darker, more emotional episode that is complemented by Anissa's and Jennifer's storylines. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/5 51% The Romanoffs: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Unless there's a reckoning in the future of the characters, we're just watching over-indulgent characters buy into a romanticized past for their blood lineage and ancestry. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
2/5 85% Maniac: Miniseries (TV, 2018) Maniac is more like a meandering journey that tries to deliver a message that doesn't actually exist amidst a science fictional world that attempts to straddle the border between reality and fantasy. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3.5/5 100% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 5 (TV, 2014) That's the best part of HTGAWM being back -- we get to ponder the mystery for a solid few weeks. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2.5/5 57% Manifest: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The mystery behind Manifest just doesn't hook us enough from the start. It's like trying to jump into a world of ghosts and ghouls without introducing the natural, regular world first. - Tell-Tale TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3.5/5 100% Insecure: Season 3 - Ghost-Like (TV Episode) It's an episode of introspection as well as questioning for both of them, which I hope leads to a fascinating season 4. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
90% Insecure: Season 3 - Obsessed-Like (TV Episode) More often than not, Insecure takes the reality of life and slaps it on everything. It's not always going to be happy, and Insecure has shown that. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
2.35/5 57% Marvel's Iron Fist: Season 2 (TV, 2017-2018) The show has taken on a new tone, a slightly altered title sequence, and improved fight sequence editing, which is great. However, it's immediately apparent how much is impossible to change. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4.2/5 100% Insecure: Season 3 - High-Like (TV Episode) Tiffany is sobbing over eating a weed brownie while pregnant, Kelli still very high after getting tazed, and Molly freaking out over her brief -- is probably one of Insecure's best in terms of comedic value. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2.7/5 90% Insecure: Season 3 - Fresh-Like (TV Episode) We spend far too long watching Issa talk with Nathan...but it drags out way longer than it should and ends up becoming egregiously boring rather than tender. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.7/5 100% Insecure: Season 3 - Familiar-Like (TV Episode) It's not a particularly insightful or intriguing episode but holds steady in its delivery of dramatic as well as comedic content. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
3.6/5 100% Insecure: Season 3 - Backwards-Like (TV Episode) It's an exciting prospect to see Issa work at a new job as well as potential troubles with her new property manager job. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.9/5 100% Insecure: Season 3 - Better-Like (TV Episode) A candid glimpse into the personal lives of young black professionals, reveling in the small moments and relatable repetitiveness of adulthood. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3.5/5 55% UnReal: Season 4 (TV, 2015-2018) It's a relatable, clever move that ties Rachel and Quinn closer together, but it's up to Hulu to decide what to do with it. - TV Fanatic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018