Kelly Bedard

Who knows where it’ll go but the pilot of ABC’s new sitcom Speechless was one of the strongest comedy debuts I’ve seen in ages. Simultaneously championing inclusion and skewering those who loudly champion inclusion, the latest from producer Scott Silveri is a delightful middle finger to hypocrisy while also serving simply as a fun family […]

  Kelly Bedard

There’s still a lot we don’t know about Pamela Adlon’s new half hour show on FX but I’m pretty sure it’s already great. We know she’s one of Louie CK’s most consistent and trusted collaborators (she played his love interest on both Louie and Lucky Louie) and they’re making this show together (he directed the […]

  Robin Lempel

Should the magical creatures at the Fantasy Hospital start treating mortals? That’s the big debate following episode 5 of Fantasy Hospital “LIVE from the Opal Office.” I’ve really enjoyed the new webseries Fantasy Hospital so far. It has an amazing cast including Emma Caulfield, Wil Wheaton, Pete Holmes and Kunal Nayyar. It’s a funny parody of […]

  Kelly Bedard

“This is the real world”, says the beautiful, robotic Miranda Cosgrove as she fights with her new onscreen big sister Mia Serafino. Cosgrove is Shea, the ambitious, matter-of-fact aspiring astronaut moving home straight out of college because the government cut science funding, leaving her jobless. Serafino is Stella, the distractible, boy-crazy aspiring actress moving home […]

  Saiya Floyd

Legends of Tomorrow has its work cut out for it. Not only does it have to distinguish itself from every other superhero TV show or movie, it specifically has to distinguish itself from its sibling series. Legends of Tomorrow is the third show in Greg Berlanti’s CW superhero universe, its predecessors being Arrow and The […]

  Kelly Bedard

The most annoying thing about the new Showcase/Syfy show adapted from Lev Grossman’s 2009 novel The Magicians is honestly just that it’s called “The Magicians” (and the promotional image to the right, that’s also very annoying for lots of reasons both feminist and aesthetic). It’s your basic CW-ish college-age fantasy drama. The mythology is complicated, […]

  Kelly Bedard

After two episodes, Showtime’s Billions is on just as steady ground creatively as it is commercially (the premiere put up the biggest cross-platform debut numbers the pay channel has ever earned). The scripts are razor sharp, the execution top-notch, and co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien’s partnership with finance journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin has paid major […]

  Kelly Bedard

Tad Quill, the creator of this latest Jane Lynch delivery vehicle, has excellent sitcom pedigree- Spin City, Scrubs, Samantha Who?, Dirty Sexy Money, the too-soon-canceled Perfect Couples and one of my early favourites Good Morning, Miami. Maggie Lawson is a sweet, solid leading lady, Kyle Bornheimer (who plays her brother) is great, Kevin Pollak (who […]

  Saiya Floyd

Finally, finally, after months of waiting, Jessica Jones is here. Since the first stills of Krysten Ritter in character as Jessica were released, I was ready for this show, and the first episode not disappoint. In a world with a lot of superhero TV shows already airing, and more planned, Jessica Jones has no trouble […]

  Tim Collins

Code Black begins with a definition of the title and an explanation of the setting. Code black is a term for an influx of patients so great, there aren’t enough resources to treat them. While the average ER is in code black 5 times a year, Angels Memorial Hospital in LA (our setting) is in […]

  Robin Lempel

I’m a big sucker for musicals, so I knew I had to check out Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I was wary going in, though. Would this be one big, predictable joke about irrational, emotional, obsessed, clingy women? Or would Crazy Ex-Girlfriend mock the tired, and offensive stereotype? I found the pilot “Josh Just Happens to Live Here!” […]

  Kevin Dillon

Sorry this is a little late folks, but Dr. Ken was not on Hulu, and hell I think I tried to put off watching this show as much as possible. I watched the first two episodes of Dr. Ken on abc.com, to make up for this, and here’s the thing, I think it was the […]

  Robin Lempel

The Grinder was really good! To be honest, I had some reservations about The Grinder. With Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock off the air, The Mindy Project and Community going online, and failed new comedies like Bad Judge and more in recent years, I’d kind of lost hope that we’d see many good, new […]

  Tim Collins

Hot off the viewing of my favorite new pilot of the season, I finished watching my least favorite new pilot. It was no surprise to me that Blood & Oil would be a letdown. A show about oil, money, and North Carolinians (no offense!) just didn’t sound very appealing. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed […]

  Tim Collins

In preparation for Heroes: Reborn, I wanted to watch the entire original series through. I’ll admit that I was a die-hard fan of season 1 but, like most people, gave up somewhere mid-season two. But with the resurgence of superhero stories, it felt like 2015 was the perfect time to bring back a show that […]

  Kelly Bedard

Smart self-awareness and a charming cast help Grandfathered stand out despite being a very standard formula network sitcom. Paired with the far-funnier Grinder in the new FOX Tuesday lineup (remember the 2012 FOX Tuesday lineup? Those were the days), the two shows form a strange 90s heartthrob-fuelled nostalgia block with both Rob Lowe and John […]

  Kelly Bedard

CBS’s new sitcom Life in Pieces is just Modern Family without the diversity. They really really don’t want you to think that, but it’s true. It’s derivative and palatable and simple and sometimes very and sometimes very not funny… just like Modern Family. And, just like Modern Family, it’s about an extended family and their […]

  Tim Collins

Quantico had my favorite pilot so far this season (although I have to admit that Scream Queens is a close second). I’m a sucker for whodunit mysteries and I love a good flash forward/flashback. ABC has a way of over-utilizing the basic plot of “this is what’s happening now and let’s go into the past […]

  Kevin Dillon

I had to watch The Muppets twice. While I enjoyed the show on the first watch, as an avid fan of this brand of characters, I knew there was something off, and I was correct. The Muppets has been the best pilot I have seen, but that is not saying much, the show is a […]

  Kevin Dillon

I am going to be brief, Scream Queens is garbage. Queens was created by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), Brad Falchuk (Glee), and Ian Brennan (Glee). The show starts in 1995 with a young woman giving birth in a tub at a sorority house. When her sisters find her bloody in the tub, they […]

  Tim Collins

The premise of Blindspot reads like a bad soap opera meets buddy cop show. To summarize: Girl wakes up with a case of amnesia and hundreds of newly inked tattoos covering her body. One of said tattoos reads the name of an FBI agent and suddenly girl meets boy. Boy is immediately in charge of […]

  Tim Collins

When a show like Fear the Walking Dead premieres, it’s hard not to draw comparisons to its original inspiration (especially when the two are just one word different from one another). With four episodes under the belt, this spinoff is one that could potentially be as successful but I’m not quite sold just yet..but almost. […]

  Robin Lempel

I really wanted to like Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, and I haven’t given up on it yet, but I found the pilot to be pretty disappointing. Because it was so high energy with a lot of big ideas, I think they’ll work out the kinks, but some of the segments just didn’t […]

  Saiya Floyd

Most of the memories I have of TV Land are watching it with my grandparents, because watching Bewitched and I Dream of Jeanie reruns was the safe option. TV Land is all grown up. Now they have new shows, like Impastor, a dark half hour comedy whose lead Buddy Dobbs is decidedly less grandparent friendly […]

  Kelly Bedard

The first episode of this ABC summer series could be a lot stronger. The plot feels rushed and it’s hard to tell the wives- let alone their husbands- apart in the overwhelming sea of white people wearing pastel. That said, I trust showrunner Stephanie Savage implicitly when it comes to light but rewarding pulp TV […]

  Brandon Engel

It is hard to deny Ray Bradbury‘s influence on pop culture. Most students in the US have at least read his seminal classic Fahrenheit 451 and even The Martian Chronicles remains one of the most cited short story collections among science fiction fans and general literature readers alike. That is why it is so exciting […]