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Dennis writes stuff for the week of 1/25-1/31

Weeks now are strange. All marked out by deadlines, the need for more deadlines, and fear of both having deadlines and not having deadlines. I joke about being “a gentleman of leisure,” since I work at home (or from home—take … 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 Wire, Tamir Rice, and how art’s instructive and useless

I wrote this soon after the Tamir Rice shooting. You know, when a 12-year old black kid with a toy gun got shot at distance from a police car when a cop thought he was in so much danger that … 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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