Reviews

TV Show Review – Almost Royal

TV Show Review – Almost Royal

June 21, 2014

Rating:  4 (out of 5).  BBC America debuts its first original comedy series on Saturday night with “Almost Royal.”  The series follows the mock brother and sister team of Georgie and Poppie Carlton as they travel around America.  Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart play Georgie and Poppy as they honor their father’s wish to visit the U.S. and “mingle with the natives.”  Most of the critics were amused by the series, calling it a a nice diversion for the summer.

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TV Show Review – Alpha House

November 15, 2013

Here Is TVRating:  3 (out of 5).  In Alpha House four Republican senators share a rental house in Washington, D.C., and find themselves fighting for their political lives when the Tea Party comes in strong.  Cast includes John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Cynthia Nixon, Wanda Sykes, Matt Malloy, and Amy Sedaris. This new series premieres on Friday, November 15th, with the first 3 episodes already available on Amazon, and succeeding ones exclusively available for Amazon Prime Members every Friday.  The critics give the show good marks but don’t love it.

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TV Show Review – American Horror Story: Coven

October 09, 2013

Here Is TVRating:  3 (out of 5).  “American Horror Story: Coven,” the third season in the franchise, follows Zoe Benson as she finds out she is a witch, and is  sent to a school for witches in New Orleans. Kathy Bates plays Madame Delphine LaLaurie, an evil character from the past, while Jessica Lange plays resident wacko witch Fiona Goode.  The critics like, but do not love, the premiere, particularly the chemistry between Bates and Lange, as well as the series’ trademark comedy.

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TV Show Review – American Masters: Inventing David Geffen

November 20, 2012

Here Is TVRating:  4 (out of 5).  “American Masters: Inventing David Geffen” is a look into the life of the music/movie mogul David Geffen, from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn to his rise to becoming a billionaire in Hollywood.  It features 50 interviews from David’s friends, colleagues and clients, including Cher, Tom Hanks, Yoko Ono, Calvin Klein and dozens of others.  Some critics say this is the TV biography he deserves.  And some think that this film is well-balanced, chronicling both the good and the bad in David’s life.

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TV Show Review – American Masters: Jimi Hendrix

November 05, 2013

Here Is TVRating:  4 (out of 5).  PBS’s “American Masters: Jimi Hendrix — Hear My Train a Comin’” tells the story of Jimi Hendrix from start to finish.  It starts with his childhood in Seattle, and works its way through to his death at the age of 27.  The documentary has commentary from other musicians including Paul McCartney, and Dweezil Zappa. The interview with Eddie Kramer, a sound engineer who worked with Hendrix is one of the better ones at providing some insight into his music.  The critics all enjoyed this documentary, although they think it glosses over some important things just because they aren’t pretty. They all enjoyed the footage of Hendrix performing and think that the younger generation should listen in.

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TV Show Review – American Masters:  Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

TV Show Review – American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

May 19, 2012

Rating: 5 (out of 5).  Most reviews provide high praise to the American Masters documentary, “Johnny Carson: King of Late Night.” The two hour documenatry explores Carson’s life and has clips and present day interviews with the likes of Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Steve Allen and Joan Rivers.

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TV Show Review – Anger Management

TV Show Review – Anger Management

June 28, 2012

Rating: 2.  Charlie Sheen’s latest outing, “Anger Management,” has not found fans with the critics.  Possibly the nicest review said that the show is “not too bad.”

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TV Show Review – Animal Practice

TV Show Review – Animal Practice

August 12, 2012

Rating 1 (out of 5).   In Animal Practice, NBC’s newest sitcom, Dr. George Coleman (played by Justin Kirk) runs a veterinary hospital that engages in hijinks (with the help of a monkey, of course) until it’s taken over and run more professionally by George’s ex-girlfriend, Dorothy Crane (played by JoAnna Garcia). The premise of the show is hit hard by critics while the actors (including the monkey, again) are praised for making the most out of weak material.

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