TV Reviews

 Jeff York

Netflix’s “Unbelievable” Tells Its Procedural with Nuance, Care and Patience

Netflix’s “Unbelievable” Tells Its Procedural with Nuance, Care and Patience

With cop shows proliferating our screens these days, writers have had to stretch their imaginations to come up with novel approaches to the whodunnit. Amazon Prime’s Carnival Row told a Ripper-esque mystery in a make-believe world populated with fantastical beasts and fairies. The murders at the core of HBO’s True Detective series are usually ones […]

 Jeff York

5 Ways “Mindhunter” Expounds on Narrative Control

5 Ways “Mindhunter” Expounds on Narrative Control

One of the fascinating aspects of the second season of Netflix’s drama series Mindhunter concerned its themes of narrative control. The series created by Joe Penhall, based on the true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, is now in year two. The sophomore year was even more intriguing than the first. While the […]

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“Write What You Love And What Scares You” Stacy Osei-Kuffour Discusses Writing On Emmy-Nominated ‘Pen15’

“Write What You Love And What Scares You” Stacy Osei-Kuffour Discusses Writing On Emmy-Nominated ‘Pen15’

There is no shortage of TV shows dealing with the awkwardness and changes involved with being a teenager. Pen15 (that’s a number at the end, not letters) was created by Casual actress Maya Erskine who plays the eponymous role of Maya and Anna Konkle (Rosewood, Maron). Note, these accomplished actresses, now well past their teen […]

 Jeff York

How The Final Season of “Game of Thrones” Torched More Than Just King’s Landing

How The Final Season of “Game of Thrones” Torched More Than Just King’s Landing

This article contains spoilers. The playwright Wendy Wasserstein once said that she thought the biggest mistake women made as they came to power in businesses traditionally run by men was that they acted like men. Is that the problem at the core of why many Game of Thrones fans were put off by its final […]

 Jeff York

What the CBS Reboot of “The Twilight Zone” Needs to Do to Get Better

What the CBS Reboot of “The Twilight Zone” Needs to Do to Get Better

Rebooting any classic film or TV show is asking for trouble, let alone a beloved series such as The Twilight Zone. There have already been two mediocre attempts on television to bring back the show, not to mention an uneven 1983 theatrical film. None of them could hold a candle to the original TV series […]

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