TV review

‘Angelyne,’ Starring Emmy Rossum as L.A.’s Billboard Queen, Is Best When Embracing the Gloriously Tackiness of Its Subject: TV Review

Stay in Los Angeles long enough, and you’ll have an Angelyne story. Decades after plastering the city in mysterious billboards bearing her name and Barbie-esque silhouette, the self-made…

Who Cares About Your Opinion? Why the Foxification of British News Isn’t Working (Column)

A strange trend is taking place on British television: Opinionated American-style television channels have appeared for the very first time. Both generally right-leaning in agenda, if you watch…

‘The Essex Serpent,’ With Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston, Finds Rich Nuance in Briny Adaptation: TV Review

The barest bones of “The Essex Serpent” make up a familiar enough story, whether taking place today or, as this new limited series does, in the late nineteenth…

‘Hacks’ Season 2, More Introspective But Just as Funny, Embraces Chaos With a Steady Hand: TV Review

If you’re already a fan of “Hacks,” chances are you’re one of two kinds of viewers. Either you’re in it for the prickly dynamic between Gen Z writer…

‘Candy,’ Starring Jessica Biel and Melanie Lynskey, Can’t Quite Keep Its Grip on Gory, Complex True Crime Story: TV Review

Halfway through the final episode of “Candy,” I had to pause to answer the door. I was four and a half hours deep into Hulu’s newest “based on…

Mike Myers’ ‘The Pentaverate’ Is Just the Latest Example of Netflix’s Blank-Check Bloat: TV Review

Watching “The Pentaverate” with the purpose of reviewing it gave me enormous sympathy for Wile E. Coyote trying to trap the Roadrunner while knowing, beyond a shadow of…

‘Meltdown: Three Mile Island’ Is a Methodical Look at an American Disaster: TV Review

The partial meltdown at the nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979 was a perfect coalescing of factors in two senses. First, a series…

‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Succeeds by Going Back to Basics: TV Review

For the first 40 years of “Star Trek” history, the character of Christopher Pike was little more than a footnote in the franchise’s lore. Captain of the Enterprise…

‘Ten Percent,’ the British Remake of ‘Call My Agent,’ Is an Unnecessary Retread of the Source Material (Column)

A British version of “Call My Agent!”?!? Mon Dieu! The critically acclaimed French comedy series, set at a Parisian talent agency, now has had a British remake set…

‘Shining Girls’ Is an Overlong Showcase for Elisabeth Moss: TV Review

There’s a moment late in the run of Apple TV+’s new limited series “Shining Girls” in which one character puts forward an urgent question, and gets a mind-bending…

David Simon’s ‘We Own This City’ Is the Perfect Marriage of Material and Creator: TV Review

Scripted limited-run dramas inspired by recent, buzzy true-crime tales have recently oversaturated the market. And yet for as many as there are, notably few have drawn from what…

Showtime’s ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ Continues the David Bowie Version With Care, But Fewer Risks: TV Review

More than 45 years after “The Man Who Fell to Earth” opened with a melancholy David Bowie crash-landing in a Kentucky lake, Showtime’s new sequel series sends Chiwetel…