In his last show of 2017, John Oliver leaves us with hope, a warning, and Mr. Nutterbutter

After an Emmy-winning season of deeply funny, profoundly necessary political satire, investigative reporting, prankish philanthropy, and amusingly irate, British-accented invective, John Oliver is taking the rest of 2017 off. But until Last Week Tonight returns to amuse, advise, and infuriate us in February, Oliver…

Lewis Black and Keith Olbermann invade Donald Trump's mind on the season finale of The President Show 

Comedy Central’s The President Show has consistently provided a surreally insightful window deep into Donald Trump’s head, mainly because of the stellar impression work of Anthony Atamanuik. Spinning his undeniably on-point portrayal into a weekly exploration of the cavernous, boundless abyss of egomaniacal, racist…

The Simpsons goes to the dogs in a high concept season 28 finale

C+

Over its impossibly long run, The Simpsons has done just about everything well. It’s also done just about everything poorly, but, hey, you do a TV show for 28 seasons. A big, high-concept season finale about all Springfield’s canines taking over the town? Why not? I mean, the show’s gone to space, it’s built a…

It’s Always Sunny’s momentous season finale leaves the Gang in flux

B+

Season finales have never really been It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s strongest outings. The perceived need for a big finish tends to elevate plot over character, and the busyness, as a rule, distracts from the joy of watching the characters do deep dives into their collective and individual madness. “Dennis’…

The Shameless finale serves the forest, but misses the trees

B

After Monica’s funeral, Fiona and Ian stand in the doorway to their living room, watching as the family parties as a memorial to a wife and mother that abandoned them. Fiona asks Ian why Trevor—his boyfriend—isn’t there, and he demurs: he isn’t telling his family about his unexpected trip to the Mexican border with…