Pop Culture Maniacs
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The Afterparty: Season 1 (TV, 2022)
Smart, funny, and with a cast clearly having a ball, The Afterparty is a winner.
Posted Jan 30, 2022
The Book of Boba Fett: Season 1 - Chapter 5 (TV Episode)
This would have been the perfect episode - of The Mandalorian, not The Book of Boba Fett
Posted Jan 26, 2022
With the series past its halfway mark, it's still remarkably light on quality character development - and running out of time.
Posted Jan 19, 2022
How I Met Your Father: Season 1 (TV, 2022)
Painfully unfunny from the jump, this is a series best avoided.
Posted Jan 14, 2022
The Book of Boba Fett: Season 1 - Chapter 3 (TV Episode)
The choice to focus on Fett's past and not his present may be coming back to bite the series right when it needs to be heading toward a climax.
Posted Jan 12, 2022
The flashbacks are more interesting than the present day side of the story - something that needs to change for the series to reach its potential.
Posted Jan 5, 2022
The Witcher: Season 2 (TV, 2020)
Season two of The Witcher smartly leans into character building, helping temper the sometimes confusing mythology.
Posted Dec 31, 2021
The Book of Boba Fett: Season 1 - Episode 1 (TV Episode)
The series starts slow, but there's enough here to pencil the series in as appointment TV.
Posted Dec 29, 2021
Hawkeye: Season 1 - So This Is Christmas? (TV Episode)
Hawkeye wrapped its arcs up - but did so without much finesse in the fun "So This is Christmas?"
Posted Dec 22, 2021
Hawkeye: Season 1 - Ronin (TV Episode)
The penultimate episode of Hawkeye sets things up for two key confrontations in the finale.
Posted Dec 15, 2021
Hawkeye: Season 1 - Partners, Am I Right? (TV Episode)
Hawkeye is heading into its home stretch, but might have bit off more than it can chew in terms of story.
Posted Dec 8, 2021
The Expanse: Season 6 (TV, 2020)
The Expanse's final season is short on episodes and on character development, which is a shame.
Posted Dec 7, 2021
Hawkeye: Season 1 - Echoes (TV Episode)
Hawkeye reaches its halfway point while delving into the backstory of Echo, the show's apparent villain.
Posted Dec 1, 2021
Hawkeye: Season 1 - Hide and Seek (TV Episode)
Hawkeye jumps out of the gate with two strong episodes, setting up a mystery and finding the humor in the Avengers' least utilized team member.
Posted Dec 1, 2021
The Great: Season 2 (TV, 2021)
Season two of The Great is even stronger than season one, with better character beats and a greater reliance on humor.
Posted Nov 17, 2021
Mayor of Kingstown: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
A disappointing bleak drama that doesn't have anything new to say.
Posted Nov 11, 2021
The Shrink Next Door: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
The Shrink Next Door has plenty of star power but can't get past its confused narrative, disappointing lack of character development, and dragging pace.
Posted Nov 8, 2021
Invasion: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
Invasion is a slog - and not a particularly enjoyable one at that.
Posted Oct 21, 2021
I Know What You Did Last Summer: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
The series has a solid twist on the original formula, but still can't make its characters interesting or its plot hole-free.
Posted Oct 14, 2021
Dopesick: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
Dopesick is telling an essential story, but can't get out of its own way to make it entertaining or narratively coherent.
Posted Oct 11, 2021
Squid Game: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
Squid Game is smart, well-written, and has a talented cast that takes an often violent story and makes it emotionally resonate.
Posted Oct 6, 2021
Midnight Mass: Limited Series (TV, 2021)
Midnight Mass has a number of issues (especially with its long, winding monologues), but it is saved by its strong cast.
Posted Oct 2, 2021
Sex Education: Season 3 (TV, 2021)
Sex Education's third season is, frankly, great, with strong writing, direction, and performances. It's a must see.
Posted Sep 28, 2021
Foundation: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
Foundation is thin on character development and can get bogged down in narrative baggage, but its stellar cast makes this show worth watching.
Posted Sep 23, 2021
The Morning Show: Season 2 (TV, 2021)
The Morning Show once again fails to provide its stellar cast with compelling storylines or complex character development.
Posted Sep 17, 2021
Only Murders in the Building: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
Only Murders in the Building is smart, fun, and funny, with three great performances anchoring the series.
Posted Aug 29, 2021
The Chair: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
The Chair is the perfect bite-sized binge, with a fun story, great performances, and a short, compact run time.
Posted Aug 25, 2021
Nine Perfect Strangers: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
Nine Perfect Strangers is over-stuffed with plot and under serves its characters, but it fits the bill of empty summer TV.
Posted Aug 16, 2021
Reservation Dogs: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
Full of heart and the right amount of humor, Reservation Dogs is an excellent coming of age series.
Posted Aug 14, 2021
What If...?: Season 1 - Episode 1 (TV Episode)
The series premiere of What If . . .? offers a look at an interesting alternate reality, but it remains to be seen if the series as a whole will have legs.
Posted Aug 11, 2021
Mr. Corman: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
Mr. Corman, the new AppleTV+ series from Joseph Gordon-Levitt suffers from a number of issues, not least of which is an uninteresting lead character.
Posted Aug 3, 2021
Wellington Paranormal: Season 1 (TV, 2018)
Wellington Paranormal has finally made its way to the US, and it is well worth the wait. This comedy is smart, fun, and funny.
Posted Jul 30, 2021
The White Lotus: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
The White Lotus may have some odious characters, but you will not be able to look away.
Posted Jul 26, 2021
Ted Lasso: Season 2 (TV, 2020)
Ted Lasso returns with the same charm, kindness, and joy (and a hint of tragedy) as in season one - elevating the series to even higher heights.
Posted Jul 16, 2021
Loki: Season 1 - For All Time. Always. (TV Episode)
Loki manages to do the one thing no MCU TV series has done: stick the landing. And in spectacular fashion.
Posted Jul 14, 2021
Gossip Girl: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
There's not much there with the new Gossip Girl, where the story, characters, and performances just don't click.
Posted Jul 10, 2021
Schmigadoon!: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
Schmigadoon will be catnip for musical fans, but the appeal may not transfer over to those who aren't into classic musicals.
Posted Jul 8, 2021
Loki: Season 1 - Journey Into Mystery (TV Episode)
Loki 's penultimate episode continues the trend of strong character development mixed with fun, interesting plot.
Posted Jul 7, 2021
Loki: Season 1 - The Nexus Event (TV Episode)
Loki is firing on all cylinders as it moves toward the series climax with "The Nexus Event.
Posted Jun 30, 2021
Loki: Season 1 - Lamentis (TV Episode)
Loki continues its strong run of episodes by taking a break from the time travel and focusing on character.
Posted Jun 23, 2021
Loki: Season 1 - The Variant (TV Episode)
Loki continues its strong run with "The Variant," which gives us more plot and some interesting revelations.
Posted Jun 16, 2021
Physical: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
Despite a strong cast, Physical can't escape the curse of wholly unlikeable leading characters.
Posted Jun 15, 2021
Loki: Season 1 - Glorious Purpose (TV Episode)
Loki comes out of the gate with a lot of exposition, but some strong performances that signal its on the right track.
Posted Jun 9, 2021
Lisey's Story: Limited Series (TV, 2021)
Lisey's Story has a strong cast and direction, but the writing ultimately sinks the series.
Posted Jun 2, 2021
The Underground Railroad: Limited Series (TV, 2021)
The Underground Railroad isn't an easy watch, but it has more than enough strong performances to make it a must watch.
Posted May 31, 2021
The Nevers: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
The Nevers doesn't hit its stride until episode six, but with some narrative trimming, it has the bones to be a good show.
Posted May 21, 2021
The Me You Can't See: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
The Me You Can't See succeeds in chipping away at the stigma around mental health, even if the early episodes are a bit unbalanced.
Posted May 20, 2021
Hacks: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
Hacks is the Jean Smart star vehicle we've been waiting for.
Posted May 18, 2021
Invincible: Season 1 (TV, 2021)
Invincible may not be the most original superhero story, but it's a damn good one - fun, compelling, and with a hell of a voice cast, it's worth your time.
Posted May 13, 2021
Rutherford Falls: Season 1 (TV, 2020)