Silicon Valley: Season 3 (TV, 2016)
"Silicon's anti-Entourage qualities are great fuel for both comedy and angst, as my laughter at some point gets consumed by an empathetic panic attack for the latest mess Richard has found himself in. "
Game of Thrones: Season 6 (TV, 2016)
"For a show that's always been about the balance of power, and the means people will go to in order to mass more power for themselves, we're at a very interesting moment, where no one's control is anywhere close to absolute. "
The Americans: Season 4 - The Rat (TV Episode)
The Night Manager: Miniseries (TV, 2016)
Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Klick (TV Episode)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 (TV, 2016)
The Americans: Season 4 - Clark's Place (TV Episode)
"It's remarkable - and a testament to both the writing and the performance by Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles - how quickly I've grown attached to Young-Hee, and how excited I get each time she pops up to hang out with "Patti." "
Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Nailed (TV Episode)
The Girlfriend Experience: Season 1 (TV, 2016)
"Keough is excellent, and the show's style - scenes mostly shot in natural light, conversation kept to a bare minimum - can be hypnotic. But there isn't remotely enough story to justify the length of this season. "
White Collar: Season 2 (TV, 2010-2011)
Catastrophe: Series 2 (TV, 2016)
The Americans: Season 4 - Chloramphenicol (TV Episode)
"A less committed show might have found a way to make Nina's dream of being set free with Anton Baklanov into a reality; this one presented it as the fantasy it so obviously was, then got down to real business. "
Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Fifi (TV Episode)
The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Last Day on Earth (TV Episode)
""Last Day on Earth" was just about the opposite of a creative miracle. It was every bad decision the show has made over the last few years, all included in a dumb, lifeless, repetitive 90-minute episode. "
The Americans: Season 4 - Pastor Tim (TV Episode)
The Path: Season 1 (TV, 2016)
Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Inflatable (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Mhysa (TV Episode)
"Through three seasons of Game of Thrones, the finales have often felt less of a conclusion to the year we've just watched than a preview of what's to come. The big events happen in episode 9, and then the finale points the way forward. "
Game of Thrones: Season 3 - The Rains of Castamere (TV Episode)
"This was slaughter on a massive scale, orchestrated brilliantly by Walder Frey and Roose Bolton, and the "GoT" creative team made it every bit as impressive as was plotted out by those men and Tywin Lannister. "
Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Second Sons (TV Episode)
The Walking Dead: Season 6 - East (TV Episode)
"One character going out into the world when the odds are very high that the Saviors are nearby, probably lying in wait for one of them to be stupid enough to do exactly this, is a credibility stretch. That half the main cast does it? "
Game of Thrones: Season 3 - The Climb (TV Episode)
"We're in a really satisfying stretch of season 3, as "The Climb" continues the recent trend of both show-stopping action... while also providing a greater sense of continuity between stops on our usual tour through Westeros. "
Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Kissed by Fire (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Walk of Punishment (TV Episode)
"Brienne and Jaime are now prisoners of Robb's bannermen, and what had been a purely antagonistic relationship becomes more complex. There's still the usual banter, but also a sense of camaraderie that didn't previously exist. "
Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Dark Wings, Dark Words (TV Episode)
"Some of Ned's kids are in better circumstances than at the end of last season. But most of them are prisoners in some way or other, and all of them are surrounded by people who are worldlier, wiser and more ruthless than they are. "
Better Call Saul: Season 2 - Bali Ha'i (TV Episode)
Happy Valley: Season 2 (TV, 2016)
Game of Thrones: Season 1 - The Wolf and the Lion (TV Episode)
"We still don't have an answer on whether Jaime's speed and agility would be able to carry the day over Ned's strength and grit, but that was another damned exciting climactic scene from a show that's coming to specialize in them. "
Game of Thrones: Season 1 - The Kingsroad (TV Episode)
"My eyebrows raised quite a bit at the revelation that Jaime Lannister was the one who killed the mad king... That's definitely one piece of backstory I was very excited to learn more about in future episodes. "
Game of Thrones: Season 1 - You Win or You Die (TV Episode)
"There's an interesting contrast throughout the episode between those who know exactly who they are (Cersei, Littlefinger, Khal Drogo) versus those who don't (Ned, Jon Snow, perhaps Jaime Lannister). "
Game of Thrones: Season 1 - The Pointy End (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 1 - Fire and Blood (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 1 - Lord Snow (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 1 - Baelor (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 1 - A Golden Crown (TV Episode)
"Though the rule of law in Westeros - or characters' expectations for those laws - gets largely upended this week, the only thing that Game of Thrones has conditioned me to expect over these first six hours is a whole lot of entertainment. "
Game of Thrones: Season 1 - Winter Is Coming (TV Episode)
"I was only occasionally confused, and never outright lost. Much of that's to the credit of the many fine actors on display here, who are often required to establish what their character is about in very short order, and usually do. "
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - Valar Morghulis (TV Episode)
"'Valar Morghulis' was completely, utterly, powerfully honest. And I'll try to focus on moments like that - and, yes, on that final image of the zombies marching towards the Wall - in the long wait before season 3 begins. "
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - Blackwater (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - The Prince of Winterfell (TV Episode)
"It's entirely possible that the events coming up in the next two weeks... will make much of this piece-moving seem worth it, in the same way that certain "slow" episodes of "The Wire" would always prove to be essential in hindsight. "
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - A Man Without Honor (TV Episode)
"Power and import change rapidly in this world, and on this show, and while that can be exciting to watch... it also means that more and more people will wind up in a position other than the one they're best-suited to fill. "
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - The Old Gods and the New (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - The Ghost of Harrenhal (TV Episode)
"Though the show can occasionally bog down in discussing the history of Westeros, I quite enjoyed Sam and then Jon musing about what the First Men thought when they stood on this spot waaaaay back in the day. "
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - Garden of Bones (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - The Night Lands (TV Episode)
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - The North Remembers (TV Episode)