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Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Get Shorty: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It works because it's scrappy, funny and fast on its feet, zipping from mob violence to low-life banter.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
74% Marvel's The Defenders: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The Defenders is not exactly a team of equals, to say the least. But it goes three for four -- and with these three different compelling superheroes in the mix, it's a squad worth rooting for.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
58% Snowfall: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Snowfall moves fast through these tangled stories, with a real sense of the human pain at the center of it; the show works emotionally even when it reaches too far for the story to make sense.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
90% Legion: Season 1 (TV, 2017) In the ever-escalating stakes of superhero TV, where the goal these days is to get trippier and trippier, nothing could out-trip Legion.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
98% The Leftovers: Season 3 (TV, 2017) The third and final season is one for the ages, capping off an utterly unique time-tripping story about the end of the world.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
97% Better Call Saul: Season 3 (TV, 2017) In its masterful third season, it really broke free from the shadow of its predecessor, as Bob Odenkirk added new dimensions of slime and shame to his portrayal of hustling lawyer Slippin' Jimmy McGill.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
94% American Gods: Season 1 (TV, 2017) American Gods is a psychedelic spree that looks like it was designed to beat down any attempt to describe it coherently.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
90% Preacher: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Preacher is one of the most deeply weird adventures on the air right now -- fast, bloody, blasphemous, darkly funny as hell.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
94% Twin Peaks: The Return (TV, 2017) Twin Peaks has become the show from another place, the darkness of future past, a geist that had to travel in time to find its zeit.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
85% I Love Dick: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's is a fascinatingly different kind of bad romance: a tour of the interzone where the creative mind and the libido turn into enemies.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
100% Master of None: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Ansari has said he doesn't think Master of None has enough narrative material for a Season Three. He's wrong about that -- it's a dish that calls for more helpings.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
94% Fargo: Season 3 (TV, 2017) From its humble beginnings as a Coen Brothers tribute, Hawley's high-wire-act homage has grown into TV's most dizzyingly ambitious parable of American crime.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
93% Veep: Season 6 (TV, 2017) Veep remains swifter, nastier and spikier than any other comedy on the air, a non-stop firestorm of bile with a deep bench of loathsome villains.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
91% Feud: Bette and Joan (TV, 2017) The show hits home because the story is a lot bigger than just a couple of movie stars -- it's a surgical dissection of American fame, all the brutality and blood behind the dirty business of dreams.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
17% Marvel's Iron Fist: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Iron Fist's hero can't seem to muster any inner turmoil beyond the occasional harshed vibe. There doesn't seem to be much of anything going on his skull. His mystic Zen quotes go over like a Wayne's World set-up minus the punch line.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
95% The Americans: Season 5 (TV, 2017) The Americans, FX's masterful espionage saga, is the most heartbreaking and harrowing drama on TV right now.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
74% Santa Clarita Diet: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Like a lot of Netflix comedies, Santa Clarita Diet takes a few episodes to get rolling, but it takes off as Drew (Barrymore) starts hitting her manic bloodthirsty heights.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
77% The Young Pope: Miniseries (TV, 2017) Expect lots of rippling red cassocks and goth ambience. Yet Jude Law has the sinister touch to make it a genuinely malevolent thriller.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
100% Insecure: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Insecure stands tall in this year's astounding freshman class of confessional comedies.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
94% Black Mirror: Season 3 (TV, 2014) Welcome to the machine: Black Mirror is finally blowing American brains in its excellent third season, after years as a word-of-mouth cult hit.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
96% Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Netflix's excellent Luke Cage is its latest addition to the Marvel universe, building on the success of Daredevil and Jessica Jones with an even more charismatic hero.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
77% Vinyl: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The show has a great sense of American sleaze - the Scorsese-directed premiere episode revels in the petty criminal details of how nickels and dimes get cranked out of the old-school music machine.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2016
29% Minority Report: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Together they form an unlikely crime-fighting team. Tom Cruise doesn't show up - but Wilmer Valderrama surprisingly fits right in as one of the cops. Welcome back to prime time, Fez.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
54% Into the Badlands: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Kung-Fu and the Western: always an unkillable combination.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
63% Blood & Oil: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Don Johnson never fades away - and who would ever want him to? He's a North Dakota oil tycoon in this clever old-school soap - a salty wildcatter who still walks and talks like a cowboy, especially when he's kicking the ass of his spoiled brat of a son.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
39% The Player: Season 1 (TV, 2015) From the producers of The Blacklist, The Player has the same witty mock-formal vibe - giving Snipes the full Spader treatment. He's all debonair evil, constantly adjusting his tie and smiling at how cunningly he's screwed over everybody else.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
67% Blindspot: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) Thor's Jaimie Alexander is likably vulnerable and earnest as Jane Doe, straining to figure out her past despite her amnesia. Yet the FBI agents are a dull bunch by comparison, especially main man Sullivan Stapleton. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
31% Moonbeam City: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Dazzle Novak is the ultimate Eighties supercop in this fantastic animated romp, set in a neon-and-pastel Hair Decade where everything looks like a Duran Duran album cover. It's Miami Vice times Archer with a side of Scarface. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
97% Better Call Saul: Season 2 (TV, 2016) In the superb new season, it's still 2002, and Jimmy hasn't transformed into Saul yet. But he's a ticking time bomb.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
78% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 (TV, 2015) The best thing about Fear the Walking Dead - and the reason it adds something genuinely new to the recipe - is the way it makes L.A. the main character, playing around with locales we recognize.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2015
80% Ballers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) And like [Jeremy] Piven on Entourage, [Rob] Corddry steals every scene he's in.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
100% Deutschland 83: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Kudos to Sundance for importing this eight-part thriller, subtitles and all. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
93% Veep: Season 5 (TV, 2016) What Veep nails - and what never gets dated - is the raging hostility at the core of it all. So here's to four more years of President Selina: Make America hateful again.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
99% The Americans: Season 4 (TV, 2016) The Americans just keeps getting more intense as it goes along, hitting harder than any drama on television right now.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
93% The Night Manager: Miniseries (TV, 2016) The main reason The Night Manager is such a smashing success is that Laurie brings that rottenness to life.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
93% The Grinder: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) Lowe has a blast as the same smarmy asshole he's played so brilliantly from Wayne's World to Parks and Rec. And watching Lowe torment Savage is the kind of stunt casting that pays off.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
77% Ray Donovan: Season 3 (TV, 2015) Liev Schreiber's L.A.-via-Boston Irish superthug may have started out as a fairly generic cable antihero - but he gets more interesting every season, now that he's less of a family man and more of a freewheeling criminal operator.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
100% Power: Season 2 (TV, 2015) Whatever the reason, Power has definitely stepped up its game.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
100% Broad City: Season 3 (TV, 2016) Broad City isn't just the funniest comedy on TV - it's a way of life.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
81% Odd Mom Out: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Odd Mom Out turns the Real Housewives scenario into a sitcom. It's still the same formula - a hothouse collection of rich ladies complaining - though, weirdly, it seems less scripted now that it's officially scripted.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
100% Silicon Valley: Season 2 (TV, 2015) Silicon Valley feels fresh because this could be any boomtown gold-rush culture. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2015
91% Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Season 1 (TV, 2015) It's like they split Benedict Cumberbatch in half: Carvel gets all the dashing charm, Marsan gets all the surly cumberbitch hauteur.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
100% The Americans: Season 3 (TV, 2015) One of The Americans' achievements is that you empathize with the despair of the adults, even as they gamble with the fate of the Earth. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2015
49% The Bastard Executioner: Season 1 (TV, 2015) There's nothing remotely subtle about Bastard Executioner, obviously - the mystical scenes are real groaners, with way too many ghosts, angels, spooks and spells.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
100% Broad City: Season 2 (TV, 2015) The failure of life to imitate Broad City is something most of us have to accept at some point. But not Abbi and Ilana - it's never even occurred to them that life isn't supposed to be this. That's what makes hanging out with them such a joy.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
98% Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) Damn right, the evil dead: It's like they never left. More than two decades after his classic Evil Dead flicks, Sam Raimi brings the franchise to TV, and despite sky-high fan expectations, he does the legacy proud.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
83% Girls: Season 4 (TV, 2015) The things that make Girls grating are often the same things that make it such a poignant sendup of twentysomething stagnation.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2015
80% Bloodline: Season 1 (TV, 2015) You know when the family's patriarch is Sam Shepard - the guy who wrote Buried Child - there is going to be some blood on the floor.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
69% Scream Queens: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Let's call it right now: Scream Queens is already looking like the smartest move Ryan Murphy's ever made - it has all the best elements of Glee and American Horror Story, but it tops them both.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
96% American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (TV, 2015) The ever-prolific TV auteur kicks off his American Crime Story franchise with a superb 10-episode version of the most notorious of celeb homicides.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016