The best TV of 2018 so far

Disappointing season of your favorite prestige drama got you down? Let down by the big sitcom revival that promised to open up a dialogue, but just wound up taking potshots at easy (and vulnerable) targets while setting up a runway for Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing over at Old Man Murdoch’s place? A thousand Netflix…

Ivonne Coll on Jane The Virgin, her Godfather big break, and shattering older Latina stereotypes 

The actor: Ivonne Coll first stepped onto the international stage as Miss Puerto Rico in the 1967 Miss Universe Pageant, but she had no intention of being an actress. She worked as a bit comedian and showgirl before scoring a small role in a huge movie, and her time on the set of The Godfather Part II put her on a new…

National Hispanic Media Coalition writes an open letter to Netflix, asking it to renew One Day At A Time

One Day At A Time has been the largely unsung success story of Netflix’s move into the world of more traditional multi-cam sitcom fare, telling warm, funny, and relateable family stories in the shadow of louder, flashier projects like Fuller House or the recently canceled Disjointed. (Not to mention doing so while…

One Day At A Time makes the case for–and against—serialization in back-to-back standout episodes

As a remake of Norman Lear’s groundbreaking, topical series, Netflix’s One Day At A Time wades into all kinds of hot-button issues, from immigration to LGBTQ rights—many of which are, fittingly enough, hashed out around the dinner table. But the series, developed by Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, never…

The A.V. Club tells you what to watch in 2018

You can turn off your TV—or whatever device you’re using to watch TV these days—but TV is always on, as evidenced by the number of new and returning series that have already premiered in the early days of 2018. Here’s what The A.V. Club is looking forward to in the new year, from eagerly awaited second helpings and…

The best TV scenes of 2017

Television provides so many units in which to appreciate the medium’s annual output. A series can leap to the forefront on the strengths of a single great season; if it’s running as part of the traditional broadcast calendar, those accolades might have two halves of separate seasons. Try as streaming services and…

One Day At A Time makes a quick trip to the past to reveal season 2 premiere date

Netflix’s One Day At A Time reboot proved that Norman Lear’s issues-oriented sitcoms could stay true to their roots without looking silly among all the prestige-dramas and slick single-camera series of today. The artful dramedy, from Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, surprised audiences with its mix of…

It’ll be fine: 15 revamps that turned out better than expected

There is nothing more galling to loyal fans, more creatively bankrupt, more wholly unnecessary than the “revamp”—taking a beloved property and giving it a splashy makeover that renders it nigh-unrecognizable, all in the patently desperate hope to appeal to a new audience and extend its lifespan. Except maybe,…

The best TV of 2017 so far

From a business prospective, the forecast for TV in 2017 isn’t the brightest: While ratings continue to erode for the broadcast networks, several cable outlets that joined the original-programming gold rush are now backing out, with cash-flush digital competitors like Facebook and Snap poised to stake those abandoned…

Very special episodes were a joke—now they’re the whole sitcom

When Tracy Letts debuted Superior Donuts at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 2008, it represented an abrupt turn for the playwright behind such intense theatrical works as August: Osage County, Killer Joe, and Bug. Reviewing the play’s Broadway run for The New York Times a year later, critic Charles Isherwood wrote: