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Sometimes the third season revels in the soppy humanist side of the show far too much and as a result we get an uneven chapter with lax storytelling, preachy sub plots and an ending that brings an unmitigated level of sentimental cheese. That being said, there are still many reasons to return and see through a patchy season in hopes that the potential to return to greatness will be fulfilled next time around.
Messy conclusion aside, the storytelling has been improved massively in this second season while the characterisation and brilliant ensemble cast remain excellent.
It's gotten to the point that the show's acute reflection of modern times, the droll humour, the immaculate period setting and the fascinating personal lives of the characters are reasons enough to return episode after episode, regardless of plot advancements.
Smart, subversive, sexy and evocative of 1960s style and ambience, Mad Men is off to a promising start with it's first series, which cleverly examines sexism and masculinity in the American workplace.
The departure of two fan favourites struck a blow for long time fans, but the writers worked their way around it, crafting leaving episodes that tugged on the heartstrings and rank alongside some of the show's best.
Behind the scenes drama resulted in an unfortunately weaker season than the three that preceded it, but the playful energy and kooky characters still have endearing charm that keeps fans on board.
So dedicated to delivering an onslaught of creative, off the wall comedy are the creators that quite often they miss the mark, making for an inconsistent season. But sticking with it yields rewards, as there are just as many golden episodes as there are misfires.
Even more riotously funny than the premiere season, Community's unique brand of cynical and surreal comedy yet again blends perfectly with just the right amount of sentiment.
The absence of a new, spotlighted bad guy seemed like a risky move, but the writers of Justified once again crafted a stellar season full of the gripping, twisty storylines that made the previous seasons so good, as well as exploring new dimensions of the colourful characters.
It has it's slow patches, but Vince Gilligan's Better Call Saul is a rich, intelligent character study of a man who serves as a fascinating moral antithesis for the villainous Walter White, loaded with painstaking nuance, deftly explored themes and some truly enrapturing performances from a wonderful cast. It's rare that a spin off series can really break free from the shadow of the original show, even rarer still that it becomes it's equal and after this first season, Better Call Saul looks to be going that way.
The underlying theme of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is essentially "high school is hell", Joss Whedon seemingly wanting us to look at the troubles of adolescence through a supernatural lens and the results are fresh, often quite funny and thanks to an excellent female heroine, pretty badass. The lack of serialised narrative and character progression may put some off however.
Parks and Recs has a modest first season but one that shows promise with it's sharp, droll comedy and funny ensemble cast.
The first season of Community is witty, snarky and loaded with funny pop culture gags yet it has a tender message at it's heart about loving who you're with. It's not just one of the best American sitcoms to come out of recent years but it's probably one of the best of all time.
Sometimes the light fluffiness and overtly humorous tone can make it feel a bit more like a summer camp or high school teen show than a convincing prison drama and it takes a while to move the plot forward, but Orange is the New Black eventually won me over with it's razor sharp writing and character depth. It has potential leading into it's second series to be something really good.
The villains of the show continue to be the focus while Raylan's quips and gunplay mostly take a backseat, and we are once again treated to some fascinatingly multi layered and memorable villains and a truly gripping narrative that never fails to keep you hooked even when it becomes slightly over the top in it's hectic final episodes.
A bigger ensemble cast full of rich, complex characters performed impeccably by a uniformly outstanding cast make this less linear cop drama and more Kentucky Fried Shakespeare, with all the engrossing family feuds and betrayal that one would expect from such a unique tagline.
Compelling drama, seductive style, a script loaded with wit and solid performances all round make a slickly entertaining cop drama.
Chicago Code is a show sadly cancelled before it's time; the one season that we got to see was a police procedural with emotional complexity, rich, believable characters and moral ambiguity.
Tracy Morgan's hilariously crazy antics are yet to wear thin, Alec Baldwin's biting performance yet to lose it's buzz and the stellar comedy situations aren't letting up either, bolstered by fun celebrity guest appearances.
Incisive pop culture digs, hilariously absurd situations and a terrific cast make this a promising and riotous start for Tina Fey's series.