Category Archives: Television

Hawley’s Mind-Blowing New ‘Legion’

I grew out of superhero stories about the time I hit adulthood, so there’s little in the current crush of TV series from Marvel and DC to be of interest. At least until tonight’s “Legion” (FX, 10 p.m.). That’s solely because of the genius behind it, Noah Hawley, who adhered to Cohen Brothers codes when [...]

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A Best Bet for Militia Group Movie Night

Got a chilling feeling at the PBS portion of the TV Critics Association winter press tour last month. Of course it was happening just before the inauguration, but it was surprising to see so many episodes pertaining to the extreme right. An impending “Frontline” about the Bundy’s armed takeover of federal land is unironically called [...]

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Keeping You Up to Midnight: A New ’24′

Those digital clock beeps, the still remarkable real-time format, the relentless action, the petty office politics — the makers of “24: Legacy” (Fox, 10:30 p.m. or whenever the Super Bowl is over) do all they can to make you recall the signature 21st century series before you notice that Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer won’t be [...]

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A Documentary Worthy of ‘Hamilton’

After a bestselling soundtrack, coffee table book, and record breaking run on Broadway, where it’s won 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, the much lauded “Hamilton” also now has a documentary worthy of it. “Hamilton’s America,” making its debut on “Great Performances” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) has the advantage of telling the [...]

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Issa Rae’s Sure-Footed ‘Insecure’

Two of HBO’s best new shows came up through lowly web series. There, an artist with complete control, unfettered by network notes can form a singular creative vision. As it was for “High Maintenance,” so it is with “Insecure” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.), which might end up being the more important of the two simply because [...]

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A Fresh Face on British Import, ‘Fleabag’

Of all the terrific comedies this fall (almost exclusively streaming or on cable) just one stars a face that is likely to be absolutely new to audiences. “Fleabag” (Amazon Prime, streaming) stars a frisky Brit named Phoebe Waller-Bridge who chronicles her terrible dating life in a comedy that breaks the fourth wall so regularly, she [...]

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Don’t Miss Tig Notaro’s ‘One Mississippi’

Cancer, stomach ailments and a mother’s death may not seem like the basis of comedy but Tig Notaro has been mining exquisite deadpan humor from her own circumstances the past few years. First in a striking standup routine, then a documentary and now in an online series. “One Mississippi” (Amazon, streaming) has Notaro starring as [...]

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Pamela Adlon’s Great New ‘Better Things’

For the second time in three days (after Tuesday’s premiere of “Atlanta”), FX premieres another new comedy that will further change the game on TV. There have been any number of shows about single parents raising rambunctious kids. But Pamela Adlon’s “Better Things” (FX, 10 p.m.) goes a step further, creating a realistic portrait of [...]

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Television at the 930 Club

Because they gained attention in places like CBGB’s in the mid-1970s and had as an original member Richard Hell, Television often got lumped with the punk bands, probably unfairly. Forming in 1973, the band eventually found its footing trafficking in the spare electric guitar poetics of Lou Reed, though the complex interlocking guitar work of [...]

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Donald Glover Turns a Corner with ‘Atlanta’

Comedy has led the charge for creativity in TV the last couple of years, and it will advance even farther this far starting with tonight’s premiere of “Atlanta” (FX, 10 and 10:30 p.m.). From Donald Glover, of “Community” fame, who has also had success as the rapper Childish Gambino, “Atlanta” is like nothing much before [...]

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