Tad Friend

Tad Friend
Tad Friend's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New Yorker
Publications: New Yorker

tv Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% Dexter: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2013) The linchpin of the show, increasingly, is Dexter's relationship with his girlfriend, Rita... At such moments, the show finds its voice -- not as bleak police procedural but as black comedy. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
100% The Nine: Season 1 (TV, 2006) Watching "The Nine" is like trying to do a crossword with only the Across clues. But it promises to reward our vigilance, which makes it very cunning programming. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
52% Shark: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2008) Legal dramas have to somehow get us to swallow procedural rules that everyone on the show would have digested years ago; Stark's sarcasm helps the stuff go down easily. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
48% Jericho: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2008) You watch Jericho, if at all, only to learn the big secrets: who set off the bombs, and what do Jake and Hawkins know? And, most important, how many Biblical echoes can the show cram in? - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
83% Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) The show handsomely succeeds in creating that golden-age feeling; it is entertainment-with all that the word suggests, and doesn't-of the highest order. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
95% The Office (UK): Season 1 (TV, 2001-2003) The show's lodestar was Ricky Gervais as the regional manager, David Brent. David was a new figure in sitcoms: the unbearable lead. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
86% Rome: Season 2 (TV, 2005-2007) By challenging the liberal conviction that all power corrupts, the show, despite its flaws, has finally become a drama worthy of HBO's name. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
71% The Sarah Silverman Program: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2010) The brilliance of the show-the force of its argument that sitcoms turn us into loserish loners-is also its abiding flaw. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2007