A drab Romanoffs can't muster the energy to make forbidden family secrets interesting

C

During an era of television specializing in prickly characters, Mad Men excelled at presenting a protagonist who was obviously not a good person in a compelling, sympathetic way. This was helped in no small measure by Jon Hamm’s brick-jawed handsomeness and troubled, pensive energy that practically invited every man…

The Romanoffs tells a frightening story of ghosts and unprofessional work environments

B-

Part workplace farce, part creeping phantasmagoria, “House of Special Purpose” is the most interesting episode of The Romanoffs so far. But the lack of cohesiveness to the story’s assorted moods, pokey pacing that drains the tension the episode attempts to create, and an ending that essentially turns the episode into…