Sam Thielman

Sam Thielman
Sam Thielman'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
100% The Ren & Stimpy Show: Season 1 (TV, 0-1996) It's one of the best shows ever broadcast on the network, despite - or perhaps because - it's also a fantastically disturbing one. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
100% Rocko's Modern Life: Season 1 (TV, 1993-1996) Gen Xer ennui was everywhere on TV in the 1990s; nowhere did it look quite like Joe Murray's offbeat cartoon Rocko's Modern Life. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
100% Invader ZIM: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2006) The show's sense of humor is somehow dark without being bleak; even when the show takes its cues from horror movies - it's often quite scary - it's somehow never too much. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
60% Doug: Season 7 (TV, 1991-1999) With the possible exception of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, no TV show in the 90s examined the lives of schoolkids with as much pathos and insight as Jim Jinkins' Doug. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
67% Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2019) It's been the mode of almost all of the streaming giant's Marvel shows: dull, often pointlessly nasty brutality with some languid speechifying between crunching bones. In the Punisher's case, though, it's not even artful fist-fighting. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
2/5 83% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1 (TV, 2017) [A show is] only as progressive as its writers think their audience is. Maybe that's why the latest version, Star Trek: Discovery, is more depressing than it probably intends to be. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
65% The X-Files: Season 10 - Babylon (TV Episode) Chris Carter has returned to write and direct Babylon, the newest episode of The X-Files, which can mean only one thing: a symbolism-heavy hour that makes almost no sense and has coded (and explicit!) wingnuttery throughout. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
85% The X-Files: Season 10 - Home Again (TV Episode) The episode, written by Glen Morgan, has plenty of high notes, and a bad guy you can practically smell. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2016
100% The X-Files: Season 10 - Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-monster (TV Episode) The third episode is not just a welcome improvement but among the best single hours in the entire series, thanks in large part to some very clever writing and directing from Darin Morgan and a hilarious turn from Rhys Darby as Guy Mann. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016