Charming and heartwarming, with a likable ensemble and just the right amount of cheese, "Love, Victor" presents a thoughtful and nuanced gay-coming-of-age story. What is most admirable about the show is that - while maintaining an overall light tone - it does not shy away from uncomfortable and difficult situations, nor does it present its wide-eyed protagonist as a flawless hero; rather, Victor is a real human being whose hurt, anger, confusion, and mistakes mark his journey to finding himself - and make the story that much more relatable.
Homeland's final chapter rivals season 4 and 5 in its intensity and quality, ending the brilliant series on a strong note. It sticks the landing by bringing us full-circle - paralleling Carrie's journey with that of Brody's, and presenting a similar scenario to pre-Iraq invasion. The show continues to deftly balance the defense of "facts on the ground," the layered criticism of US foreign policy, and the riveting spy games of our beloved Carrie and Saul.
We can admit that the fourth season of this otherwise flawless and beloved show was not its strongest; however, the finale was as heartfelt, moving, satisfying, and beautiful as anyone could have wished for - with each of the characters getting their own lovely send-off. The finale smoothed over some of the bumps of the past season to solidify the fact that The Good Place was the smartest and most wholesome comedy on television with an overwhelmingly strong and delightful ensemble, and an enduring message about life, death, and being human. The show serves as comfort food in dark times, and reminds us of the beauty of our existence, the beauty of the mystery of our existence, and the beauty of the friendships we build and maintain. This show leaves you feeling warm, content, and optimistic about your own life - and allows you to embrace the inevitable messiness. I think it's possibly one of the most important shows to have ever graced the screen, and one that I will keep in my heart and in my mind forever.
With a sleek design as well as a grittiness reminiscent of the Original Trilogy, The Mandalorian is an enjoyable and mostly thrilling watch, that manages to feel more loyal to Lucas' original vision - and more like the Star Wars we know - than the recent sequel trilogy and spin-offs. It's the best addition to the Star Wars universe since 2005's Revenge of the Sith.
Inventive, intelligent, and bewildering all at once, Watchmen is a TV show like no other. A strong ensemble, a timely commentary on white supremacy, and a deft combination of fantasy, history, politics, and romance make Watchmen not only a fascinating viewing experience, but a necessary one. There's a reason why so many people are talking about it. You sometimes do get lost in the madness and the strangeness of it all, and not every scene or line is a triumph. But the series is overall confident, polished, well-thought out, and the most interesting hour of television this entire year.
What was once a sharp and intelligent comedy - that was quite effortless to watch - has descended into a repetitive, tedious TV experience featuring little to no character development, no narrative progression - only shadows of what once made it great. It is those moments of temporary comedic brilliance that make it worth tuning in for - but on the whole, it is no longer a series one can be emotionally or intellectually committed to.
The series exists in a sweet spot between Black Mirror and The Good Place. It's smart, genuinely funny, and surprisingly dark with a superb, Emmy-worthy performance from Natasha Lyonne and the phenomenal supporting cast.
Its inventive, smart, hilarious, and thought-provoking with a lovable cast and well-constructed twists. The Good Place is feel-good escapism at its best; both therapeutic and relaxing, its currently the preeminent example of the positive role certain media can play in self-care.
It's campy and gimmicky at times, then at other times takes itself too seriously. But despite this unevenness, the show still succeeds in entertaining thanks to Krysten Ritter's great performance and an interesting premise.
Brilliant acting (especially from Paulson and Vance) as well as excellent and confident writing, directing, and cinematography, make The People v.s. OJ Simpson one of the best shows TV has had to offer in years.