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TV Review: HBO’s “Barry” Not Your Average Comedy

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl TV Review: HBO’s “Barry” Not Your Average Comedy

Barry is a surprisingly complex show co-created by Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) and Alec Berg (Silicon Valley). Whatever you do, don’t start watching this series expecting to LOL your way through every episode. Barry is more of a dark dramedy. Barry Berkman (Hader) is a former Marine who suffers from depression, which Hader and […]

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TV Review: “Counterpart” Worth the Price of Admission

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl TV Review: “Counterpart” Worth the Price of Admission

I know, I know. Just what you need. Another subscription. But trust me, Counterpart is worth it. The Starz series was created and produced by Justin Marks, who is best known for his 2016 Jungle Book screenplay. You’ll also catch him in Counterpart cameos as Alexander Pope’s (Stephen Rea) dog walker. The incomparable J.K. Simmons […]

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TV Review: “The Alienist” Follows a Well-Worn Pattern

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl TV Review: “The Alienist” Follows a Well-Worn Pattern

If you’re looking for a hit show about the psychology of a serial killer, you’ve probably seen it already. TNT’s The Alienist follows the well-worn pattern of this genre: the team leader who obsessively researches the characteristics of a serial killer in order to find the suspect, and a motley crew to help them see […]

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TV Review: Slow Going for HBO’s “Gunpowder”

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl TV Review: Slow Going for HBO’s “Gunpowder”

Kit Harington’s new show, Gunpowder, which was created and produced by Harington, just wrapped up a few weeks ago. The show reeks of a self-indulgent pet project for Harington, who just so happens to be a distant relative of Robert Catesby, his character in the show. Gunpowder takes place in early 1600s England, when a […]

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The Top 10 TV Shows of 2017

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl The Top 10 TV Shows of 2017

2017 was another outstanding year for television! Whether you’re a fan of the 80s, Westerns, or shows based on bestselling novels, you should find a show you enjoyed on this list. So if you find yourself sitting next to Creepy Uncle Jerry at the dinner table this year…I got you, Boo. You’ll find at least […]

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TV Review: Exquisite Storytelling in Netflix’s “Godless”

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl TV Review: Exquisite Storytelling in Netflix’s “Godless”

If you’ve seen any of the Godless trailers, you may think this show is a “feminist Western” about a town full of women. But that’s not what it’s about at all. It’s really a classic Western with some female-forward components. That’s not to say it’s bad. Godless, written and directed by Scott Frank, is an […]

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TV Review: Stranger Things 2 – Is the Second Season as Good as the First?

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl TV Review: Stranger Things 2 – Is the Second Season as Good as the First?

Stranger Things, the Netflix series that launched a thousand memes (and a Chicago pop up bar) is back, just in time to pick out your Halloween costume! But the big question is…can it possibly be as good as the first season? This review covers the entire second season of Stranger Things, but no major spoilers […]

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