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American Crime Story: B | BoJack Horseman: A- | The Mindy Project: B | Jerry Before Seinfeld: B Read more...

American Horror Story "microwaves the dog" and gets smarter

“I am one of you.” It’s what Ally screams at the protestors as they surround her car, calling for justice for the man she killed in a moment of unfounded fear. It’s a ridiculous statement from someone facing down picket signs with her own face on them, but also one of the cleverest moments of post-election commentary… Read more...

Lifetime announces TV movie about Oscar Pistorius 

As reported by Deadline, Lifetime has greenlit a TV movie about Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympic champion and convicted murderer who became known as the “Blade Runner” because of his advanced prosthetic legs. In 2014, Pistorius was convicted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day… Read more...

BoJack Horseman ends its fourth season on its most genuinely hopeful note

After season three of BoJack Horseman concluded, Raphael Bob-Waksberg told UPROXX’s Alan Sepinwall that he felt the show had reached the end of one part of its story and it was time to move onto another one. “I am looking to move the story and character somewhat. I want each season to feel new and special. I don’t… Read more...

Five Foot Two gets surprisingly intimate with Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has constructed her own reality over the last decade, building a larger-than-life persona via elaborate costumes, gigantic stage shows, and an army of “little monsters” that found common ground, strangely, as outcast acolytes of one of the world’s biggest pop stars. She’s been a meat-dress-wearing fashion… Read more...

Anna and Jeremy's decouplement outshines The Mindy Project's build to Mindy's divorce

The Mindy Project wastes no time pushing Mindy and Ben to divorce. Ben says the d-word outright by the end of “A Romantical Decouplement,” and Mindy doesn’t skip a beat before agreeing. But whereas the tension in their marriage is subtle and unnerving in the premiere, the second episode goes too obvious with their… Read more...

Read This: The history of the weird-ass Star Trek double-fist punch

Say what you will about the new Star Trek: Discovery, but it does seem to at least have some competent production values going for it. Star Trek fans have, over the years, come to appreciate the reused sets, corny costumes, and most of all the hammy action scenes of people rocking back and forth amid intergalactic… Read more...

The greatest hits collection Jerry Before Seinfeld gives the people what they want 

Back in 1999, Jerry Seinfeld and the late David Bowie did a bit during the Saturday Night Live 25th anniversary special sending up their images as above-it-all, coasting megastars. “You gonna do the ‘lost sock’ bit?,” asks Bowie, to which Seinfeld replies with a sheepish nod. In his first stand-up special in 19 years… Read more...

The View drops conservative co-host, might replace her with Meghan McCain

It looks like there’s a shakeup happening at The View, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that conservative-leaning co-host Jedediah Bila is leaving the show after just joining it last year. Interestingly, Bila did not offer a reason for her departure, simply saying it “has been just an amazing journey” and that… Read more...

“Time’s Arrow” marches forward on BoJack Horseman, and its aim is true

“It seems to me that you need a lot of courage, or a lot of something, to enter into others, into other people. We all think that everyone else lives in fortresses, in fastnesses: behind moats, behind sheer walls studded with spikes and broken glass. But in fact we inhabit much punier structures. We are, as it turns… Read more...

The maddening quest to figure out if Rick Sanchez has a heart

One of the great joys of Rick And Morty’s staggeringly inventive new season has been the subtle developments across all the main characters. Morty’s a little taller and more world-weary; Jerry’s staring his own failures dead in the eye with heart-breaking earnestness; Beth seems both haunted and relieved by her… Read more...

Morty finds and loses his mind on a brain-melting Rick And Morty

Okay, that was great. I want to start by acknowledging that “Morty’s Mind Blowers” was terrific—inventive and unsettling and frequently hilarious, and the fact that the show can still surprise is impressive as hell. (To the person who is definitely typing “I figured it out in the first five minutes” right now in the… Read more...

Adventure Time drops four episodes that highlight the scope of the series

I have no idea what the logic is behind putting four new episodes of Adventure Time on a Sunday night (and Emmy Sunday, no less), but Cartoon Network’s scheduling is so all over the place that I’ve long given up on trying to discover a method to the madness. Rather than doing four separate reviews, I’ve decided to… Read more...

In its season two premiere, Vice Principals is more ambitious, vicious, and funny than ever

The first season of HBO’s Vice Principals took awhile to find its footing. In fact, it might be more apt to say that each episode of the eight-episode first season contained something brilliant and evocative, but those moments were often countered by some sloppy storytelling and a muddled sense of morality that made… Read more...

A strong finale closes out The Strain's final and most political season

For three straight seasons, FX’s The Strain struggled to find its own voice and define its creative vision. In striking a balance between being faithful to the novels by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan while also trying to forge ahead with a vampire story during a time of peak “monsters on TV,” the show couldn’t… Read more...

This week on The Deuce: A dozen characters in search of a brown paper bag

You can’t bring up the words “brown paper bag” on a David Simon show—as tonight’s episode of The Deuce, “Show And Prove,” does, in reference to Fat Mooney’s under-the-counter wares—without also invoking the wise words of the great Howard “Bunny” Colvin. Read more...

A trip to the zoo helps elevate an otherwise average Orville

The Orville’s second episode, “Command Performance” returns with a more inventive plot, but still struggles with the same problems that afflicted the series premiere. Much of the positive feedback for the show highlights its optimism; after a surprisingly long-lived “dark and gritty” era in entertainment, seeing… Read more...

The three-pronged approach once again works well for BoJack Horseman 

Four seasons in, it’s safe to say there’s a pattern to each season of BoJack Horseman, a few episode structures that it likes to deploy each year and that you can expect will appear at some point in the stream. We’ve already seen this year’s topical issue episode, with “Thoughts And Prayers” following “Braap Braap Pew… Read more...

Even when separated by time and space, Claire and Jamie's connection pulsates on Outlander

Outlander has trapped itself in a bit of a pacing pickle. “Surrender” takes place a few years after the season premiere, but Claire and Jamie are very much so in the same emotional place as they were last week. It seems little has happened despite the time jump that takes place outside of Jamie growing out his beard… Read more...

There's only a metaphorical way out on a tangled Halt And Catch Fire

“Just when I feel I’ve got my arms around it, I can’t see it any more.” Read more...

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