A decent premiere can’t escape the shadow cast over Shameless’ future

B-

If you’re reading this review, there’s a good chance that you’re the type of person who consistently reads about the television show Shameless on the internet. As a result, I feel like it would be disingenuous if I pretended as though the Showtime series’ ninth season doesn’t have a recent piece of news hanging over…

Halt And Catch Fire returns with an assured, graceful two-part premiere

If there’s a lingering criticism to be made of Halt And Catch Fire’s storytelling going into this fourth and final season, it’s that the show’s underlying schematics aren’t always gracefully integrated into the drama. I’d say it’s “programmatic,” if you’d allow a computer pun this early in the season. Still, in…

Mutiny’s on shaky ground, but Halt And Catch Fire’s return is rock-solid

A-

Midway through “Valley Of The Heart’s Delight,” Halt And Catch Fire’s third season premiere, Mutiny bosses Donna and Cameron muse over a tweak to their online networking platform that would allow people to engage in “transactional interactions.” (Keeping with the show’s mid-1980s setting, they cite users wanting to…

Cabin fever strikes early in Fear The Walking Dead’s season premiere

B

Sometimes the most fundamental things about a show that can work against it: Fear The Walking Dead, as an indirect prequel to The Walking Dead, was expected to feature plenty of exposition and end-of-the-world building when it premiered last year. And, as a purported family drama, the show wasn’t going to make mowing…