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In its 4th season, Mozart In The Jungle remains one of TV’s most bingeable shows

The definition of “bingeable” grows increasingly ineffable as our viewing options continue to expand and we struggle to narrow down just how many hours or episodes constitute a proper binge-watch. There are related questions about whether episodic storytelling calls for showing some restraint, even when you really…

Altered Carbon gives Netflix a sprawling, sci-fi blockbuster of a series—with lots of nudity

Altered Carbon, a new Netflix series, has a few key themes it keeps returning to. Humans are innately violent, we have a propensity for self-destruction, our senses constantly fail us, and there’s no long-term hope for the species to evolve into better versions of ourselves. These may all be philosophical truisms for…

Waco dramatizes a colossal and deadly series of real-life mistakes

There’s a certain morbid satisfaction—uncomfortable to admit, but that’s probably the right word for it—in watching the events of a tragic fuckup play out more or less exactly as you expect. Like watching a car crash in slow motion, there’s nothing to be done save for rubbernecking as the grim reality unfolds, replete…

With HBO’s murderous Mosaic, Steven Soderbergh assembles one of the best miniseries of the year

Steven Soderbergh’s big-screen projects are a testament to his love of a good crime caper. From the Ocean’s films on through to his recent cinematic return with Logan Lucky, the director’s fondness for a well-executed plan—or just an executed plan, really, no skill required—shines through. The only thing he might love…

Don’t worry about the crossovers—Black Lightning doesn’t need any other heroes

Crackling with conflict and potential, Black Lightning swoops in to save the midwinter TV season, reinvigorating the superhero genre along the way. The series, from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, is the latest of The CW’s costumed vigilante offerings, though it exists (for now) outside of the Arrowverse. But that’s…

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is at its best when it's more human than human

Watching Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, Amazon’s new sci-fi anthology series based on the author’s short stories, is a potent lesson in just what a long shadow the prolific and endlessly imaginative author has cast over the world of contemporary science fiction in all its forms. Each episode provides reminders anew…

The Crown’s 2nd season plays out domestic drama on an international scale

Season two of The Crown opens with the couple at its helm—Queen Elizabeth and Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh—navigating rocky waters, both literally and figuratively, in a tense marital discussion on a ship out at sea. After his five-month tour to the farthest reaches of the commonwealth, Philip’s infidelity seems more…

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History's quest for the new Vikings finds the ploddingly contrived Knights Templar drama Knightfall

History takes a backseat to melodrama, bloody action, and video game quest mechanics in History’s Knightfall, whose 10-episode first season premieres on Wednesday. Being paired with the network’s long-running and far-superior Vikings, Knightfall is an attempt to replicate Michael Hirst’s enduringly successful blend of…

More than anything, Happy! is a great second act for Chris Meloni

Even if you haven’t read Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s comic book, there’s a lot about Syfy’s Happy! adaptation that will feel familiar. The gritty underworld, an indifferent or oblivious populace, and the one man keeping the darkness at bay can all be found individually or in various combos on everything from…

Even in the wilds of The Jungle Movie, Hey Arnold! rarely loses sight of its heart

It’s been 13 years since the last new episode of Hey Arnold!, “Phoebe’s Little Problem/Grandpa’s Packard,” aired on Nickelodeon. But the show’s true finale was “The Journal,” a two-part, story-within-a-story that told the tale of how Arnold’s absent parents met, married, and gave birth to a son in the fictional,…

Turns out it’s the perfect time to watch Wild West women take aim at marauding men in Godless

Scripted TV usually doesn’t have the luxury of timeliness. Late-night talk shows, sure, maybe the occasional animated satire. But the relevancy of a series like The Handmaid’s Tale is the result of reading the wind, sensing that something, just something, in the air has folks prepped for a cautionary tale about a…

She’s Gotta Have It is Spike Lee’s best work in decades

She’s Gotta Have It is good. If you look at Spike Lee’s career, it’s easy to fault him for his missteps: He has difficulties portraying characters outside of his male experience, his range is often harmed when his ideas get too expansive or the material is too different from his own life. All of these issues caused…