It wasn’t until the day after Silicon Valley’s third episode did I even realize that the actor Christopher Evan Welch, who played borderline-autistic billionaire Peter Gregory, had died back in December. Episode five would be his final episode, my friend had told me, leaving my mouth agape to fill the pit in my stomach with […]

I decided to wait a week before commenting on the episode of Game of Thrones that will probably live forever as “That One With The Unnecessary Rape Scene.” For fans of the book, in particular, the showrunner’s decision to have Jamie rape his sister next to the dead body of his son seems misguided at […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

A lot of coverage of last night’s episode of Game of Thrones (and a very necessary SPOILER ALERT just in case you haven’t watched it) is going to focus on that ending. There will be a lot of punning about why men should be very afraid to get married in the world of Westeros. There […]

  Zach Drummer

If television shows and video games could be paired in the same manner that cheese and wines can be paired – and who even said that’s a thing – I’m fairly certain that I stumbled into an apex pairing of these two disparate entertainment forms. It would seem that True Detective goes quite nicely with […]

  Robin Lempel

This season of Girls was kind of a downer. I really hope Hannah ends up going to Iowa, though. I think it would be good for everyone. Somehow I don’t see that happening. Maybe she’ll go and quit. Let’s start with the absolute best part of the season finale “Two Plane Rides.” Caroline has been […]

  Robin Lempel

Oh Patti LuPone, you ruin everything. This week on Girls, Hannah spirals out of control when she realizes she just might be the Mr. LuPone in her relationship. With her being constantly reminded that she’s supposed to be the creative one, and with her friends seemingly finding success, Hannah intentionally gets herself fired, then she […]

  Robin Lempel

This episode of Girls made me really uncomfortable, like season one levels of discomfort. I’m not saying it was bad, necessarily, but it was so hard to watch and there really wasn’t a single moment in there to lighten the mood and provide me with some relief. Yes, my new favorite guy, folk guy (I […]

  Robin Lempel

So, Hannah’s cousin is awesome. Maybe it’s just me, but I think Hannah really needed someone to kind of be a jerk to her. Hannah also spent this episode of Girls really seeing what family is about and how complex relationships can be. Hannah went to visit her dying grandmother and witnessed the pettiness and […]

  Robin Lempel

Has Marnie finally found her singing soul mate? It’s okay, Marnie, wear your Michelle Branch love proudly. Adam’s new folk singing, actor friend stops by and Marnie, Shoshanna, and Elijah are immediately smitten. He was even on One Tree Hill! I don’t know what Hannah’s problem is, that guy’s awesome. This week on Girls, Hannah […]

  Robin Lempel

Elijah’s back! He walks right up to Hannah who’s in the middle of the street in her bikini and right back into the girls’ never-ending, passive aggressive drama while on their weekend getaway to not quite the Hamptons. It’s like he never left. Marnie has set up her dream vacation in North Fork, a place […]

  Robin Lempel

This week on Girls, Hannah goes corporate. She finally has a writing job, but it’s as an advertorial writer for GQ. Hannah’s okay with that though, because this is just a stop along the way for her. She’s not really a corporate advertiser; she’s a real writer. Her spirits are high when she makes friends, […]

  Zach Drummer

There are moments while watching HBO’s grim and unnerving new character drama – not cop procedural – True Detective when you find yourself laughing. These aren’t just the laughs that stem from feeling uncomfortable, although those do occur, such as in the latest episode when our two detectives visit an outdoor sermon for a cultish […]

  Robin Lempel

Thank you, Ray, for everything you said to Marnie. It was immensely satisfying to me. This week on Girls, Marnie is put in her place when she asks Ray to tell her what’s wrong with her and Ray doesn’t hold back. He does, however end up feeling bad and tries to take some of the […]

  Kelly Bedard

I suppose my first question is this: do you guys think it’s weird for a straight girl to tune into Looking entirely because Jonathan Groff is just about the cutest thing ever to happen? Good, neither do I. I mean, it’s a little strange, perhaps, since the most recent episode featured him stripping off some […]

  Robin Lempel

This episode of Girls focused on Hannah’s reaction to her editor David’s death and her at least perceived lack of emotional depth. This episode felt incredibly familiar to me and kept pulling me back to My So Called life and Freaks and Geeks more so than most episodes. This episode discussed the grieving process and […]

  Robin Lempel

Hannah turned 25 this week on Girls, so we got to see everyone come together. Even Tako with a K made an appearance. Hannah celebrated at a party that Marnie planned with Hannah’s parents’ money and Shoshanna exclaimed how amazing it was how little they had all accomplished since college. And thus, the night began. […]

I came to HBO’s newest series on a week delay, unexpectedly following a dispiriting NFC championship game in which my beloved 49ers lost in heartbreaking fashion. My friend just so happened to recommend a double feature of the first two episodes of True Detective as a salve for my depression, which given the show’s bleak […]

  Robin Lempel

Girls’ third season premiered with two episodes on Sunday and everything is different, but also the same. Marnie is still defining herself by Charlie, Shoshanna is exploring herself in her senior year, Jessa is wreaking havoc in rehab. Things are good for Hannah, though. Hannah is happily with Adam and writing her book, but we […]

  Kelly Bedard

The first season of Girls was a pretty consistent ride through the sometimes alienating, sometimes uncomfortably relatable lives of its four main Girls. There were parts that I loved and parts that I hated but ultimately by the time we got to the season finale I’d learned to appreciate the show for its boldness and […]

  Kelly Bedard

When we announced that Mark Duplass was our My Cinema Performer of the Year, we acknowledged that it was a close race between him and Chris Messina. Here was a guy winning the My Cinema Award when a solid portion of the work we loved him for happened on the small screen (namely, The Mindy […]

  Kelly Bedard

Very big things happened on Breaking Bad last night. Huge things. Facebook newsfeed-shattering, Twitter-exploding things. And I didn’t give a flying hoot. I watch Breaking Bad; I’ve seen every episode. But ask me to care an inch about any character in its entire universe and I’m afraid I’ll have to laugh in your face (unless […]

  Kelly Bedard

“Red Team III” was the first episode of The Newsroom that was truly great. Not just Sorkin-is-a-better-writer-than-most-people good or even wow-that-was-entertaining-and-impressive good like some of the best episodes in this greatly improved second season of the unfairly dismissed HBO drama. It was stop-playing-tetris/put-down-the-diet-coke/slow-clap-at-the-end great. It was great like season two of The West Wing was […]

  Kelly Bedard

People really like to call Aaron Sorkin sexist. Now, I’ve shared on many occasions my firm belief that his often weakly drawn female characters have entirely more to do with his inability to understand women than any honest belief that we are inferior (man’s got no game, I feel pretty strongly that his writing shows […]

  Kelly Bedard

The third episode of The Newsroom‘s second season mostly moved along developing plots: the Genoa tip is gaining in credibility, Maggie is preparing for her (doomed) trip to Africa, Jim is making waves on the Romney press bus, and Neal is pulling for more Occupy coverage. We also revisited Hope Davis’ gossip columnist from last […]

  Kelly Bedard

The second season of HBO’s loved and loathed Aaron Sorkin drama The Newsroom begins with a toned-down, piano-heavy version of last year’s rousing theme song. Instead of the reverent images of broadcast icons that accompanied last year’s intro, this year we have a slightly more abstract portrait of modern life in the trenches of Atlantis […]

Continuing to be untraditional, the season three finale of Game of Thrones didn’t wrap up any stories, nor did it end with any type of shocking realization like the first two seasons finales. In this season, the Red Wedding was the shocking moment and the finale was more like a collection of previews involving each […]