In its finale, Charmed refocuses on its strengths by centering the sisters' emotions

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The final stretch of Charmed’s first season has reiterated exactly what the show does well. It has been a bumpy first season, the show often dropping some of its best stories in favor of a more traditional Monster Of The Week supernatural drama structure. And some of those short-term narratives have worked, but a lot…

The Good Fight's new Michael Sheen character is a surprising misfire for the show

B+

Halfway through “The One Inspired by Roy Cohn,” Cush Jumbo as Luca Quinn delivers a lengthy, gripping, emotionally potent monologue to her small infant son, splayed next to her, unable of course to understand a word she’s saying. She talks through her options, through unnerved confusion about how drawn to motherhood…

Broad City tackles a devastating breakup in one of the series' most emotional episodes

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Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer don’t get to flex their dramatic acting skills very often on Broad City. The madcap style of this comedy means that they’re most often giving over-the-top comedic performances. That’s not to say that there isn’t nuance in their performances from week to week. Both women have proven time…

Documentary Now! paints a detailed picture of an egotistical, deranged filmmaker with "Searching for Mr. Larson"

B+

“Searching for Mr. Larson: A Love Letter From the Far Side” is less about satirizing the documentary upon which it is based—Dear Mr. Watterson, about the creator of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes—and more about interrogating the very idea of a male, super-fan documentarian. It’s a painstaking account of one man’s…

Cate Blanchett captivates in Documentary Now!'s complex, smart send-up of performance art

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At this point, it’s hard not to sound redundant when writing about Documentary Now!, because the show keeps on playing to its own strengths, keeps proving time and again that it’s one of the most innovative shows on television. It shouldn’t work so well, and yet it does...over and over. Episodes, of course, are…

It's all about the Castillos in the conclusion to How To Get Away With Murder's messiest season

C

As last episode’s reveal suggested, so much of this season finale hinges on the inter-family dynamics of the Castillo family. That’s not a completely bad thing; the issues that plague Laurel’s family touch on a lot of the recurring themes of this show: struggle for power, inherited trauma as well as inherited evil,…

Broad City delves into Abbi and Ilana's identities in another episode that plays to the show's strengths

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“Lost and Found” is a super queer, super Jewish, super New York episode of Broad City and therefore feels like the show in its truest form, a celebration of Abbi and Ilana’s identities as well as the city they inhabit. The episode presents yet another twisty adventure for the friends but manages to bring up some…

Paula Pell and Documentary Now! put original twists on an iconic moment from musical theater history

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Documentary Now! is a show not just for fans but for fanatics. It’s so precise in its parody that whatever subject material its original source material celebrates is similarly celebrated in the parody—or, in some cases, whatever its source material criticizes, the parody sharply criticizes with equal gusto. In the…

Bonnie and Laurel's catharsis stands out in an otherwise dull episode of How To Get Away With Murder

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“I’m not sure of anything anymore,” Annalise tells Tegan at the top of “Make Me the Enemy,” and boy is that an apt way to kickoff season five’s penultimate episode. How To Get Away With Murder has packed so many twists and turns into the final chapters of the season that it has lost all sense of coherence. Going off…

Abbi Jacobson pens a hilarious, emotional, queer episode of Broad City

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Broad City is really seizing the opportunity of a planned final season to really push Abbi and Ilana through some really big moments in their lives. “Artsy Fartsy” follows a pretty typical episode structure for the series and includes a lot of the show’s signature weirdo moments that just feel so much like they could…

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