Michael Stuhlbarg and Ewan McGregor in Fargo (2017)

‘Fargo’ Continues To Do the Impossible in Season 3

There may never have been a worse idea in the history of television than turning Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 Oscar-winning masterpiece Fargo into a weekly TV series. Centered around a goodnatured, pregnant Minnesota small-town sheriff (Frances McDormand) and her investigation of a fake kidnapping that spirals into a bloodbath, thanks in no small part…

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former President Selina Meyer on HBO's 'Veep'

HBO’s ‘Veep’ Keeps it Real in Season 6

We are living in a moment where the truth, particularly the truth of American politics, is far stranger — and usually funnier — than fiction. The day’s headlines are routinely so shocking and bizarre that, if you tried to sell them to a Hollywood producer, you’d be laughed out of their office for being too…

#Bingeworthy: ‘Party Down’ on STARZ

In the age of social media and The Voice and our venerable reality-show president, it seems there are more people out there trying to make it in the entertainment world than ever before. And why wouldn’t they? The barriers to expressing creativity keep getting lower and lower, allowing us to make movies with our phones…

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill on AMC's Better Call Saul

Recap Digest: ‘Better Call Saul’ 3.1, “Mabel”

The excitement I felt about the return last night of Better Call Saul, one of the best dramas on television, quickly turned to dread once the episode actually started. Like the last two Saul season premieres, it began in a black-and-white vignette of the sad life that Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman/Gene the Omaha Cinnabon Manager has…

REVIEW: ‘Archer’ Spends Season 8 in Dreamland

It’s tough to keep a show going past its third season. A lot of shows will pair main characters off, or break them up, or add a baby to the mix — anything to create new dynamics between the characters, new conflicts, new story possibilities. The rioutously funny animated spy comedy Archer has taken a…

Party Down on Starz

#Bingeworthy: ‘Party Down’ on STARZ

In the age of social media and The Voice and our venerable reality-show president, it seems there are more people out there trying to make it in the entertainment world than ever before. And why wouldn’t they? The barriers to expressing creativity keep getting lower and lower, allowing us to make movies with our phones…

The Mick

‘The Mick’ Drags Network Comedy to the ‘Sunny’ Side

In the world of scripted television, particularly the world of scripted television comedy, entropy is the norm. No matter how funny or inventive a show might get by its second or third or fourth season, the inevitable decline always seems to begin around the seventh: the premises start to repeat, the jokes get tired, the…

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