Category Archives: TV Reviews

John Oliver explains the flaws in forensic evidence with the help of Josh Charles’ Crime Scene Idiot

Note: Wrote this for the AV Club but it ended up not getting used for… reasons. It’s an infuriating segment and a funny skit with a lot of people I like. On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver and the rest … Continue reading

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TV Review: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia— “Chardee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo”

I’ve written—at length—about how this show is a uniquely impressive outlier in TV comedy history. Sure, it seems, on the surface, like coming out of the starting gate for its eleventh season with a sequel to a beloved episode is … Continue reading

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The time I got to interview three MST3k-ers (and didn’t even geek out that much)

Just because the news of the impending new Mystery Science Theater 3000 is consuming my brain at the moment, here’s the time I got to interview Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy for the Portland Press Herald. They … Continue reading

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TV Review: F Is For Family

The pre-air PR for this Netflix animated series did the show no favors, focusing as it did ad nauseam on star and co-creator Bill Burr’s appeal as “a warrior against PC culture” and so on in the sort of proudly … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Live’s biggest failure of all time

Well, that happened. Oft-busted plutocrat, reality show laughingstock, loudmouthed misogynist and bigot, and bafflingly viable Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hosted SNL. You know, despite being a legitimate and regular target of the show’s often watery political humor for decades, … Continue reading

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TV Review: The Simpsons— “Halloween Of Horror”

As a guy whose comic sensibilities have been shaped by The Simpsons as much as by anyone or anything else, writing reviews for the present day Simpsons can be something akin to punching Homer repeatedly in the face—you know his … Continue reading

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TV Review: Paul F. Tompkins—Crying And Driving

Remember how great Mr. Show was? And how nondescript and sort of forgettable that supporting player—the chubby one with the gap teeth—was? Well, now that guy—slimmed down and always impeccably dressed—is one of the best standup comedians (not to mention … Continue reading

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TV Review: Married

Well, that’s most likely it for Married. The ratings have only gone the wrong way, and they didn’t have much room to fall, so it’s likely that these last three episodes will be the last three episodes we get. It’s … Continue reading

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TV Review: SuperMansion

Man, I really like Seth Green. Sure, there’s a lot of residual Buffy man-crush in there, but, dammit, he was great on Buffy. And I’ve liked him in other places, too. But left to his own comedic devices, he’s apparently … Continue reading

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TV Review: The Last Kingdom

As the AV Club’s resident Vikings guy, I have now become the AV Club’s Vikings guy, at least for this overview of the BBC America series about Vikings (although not Vikings—that doesn’t come back ’til next year). You get it. … Continue reading

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