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TV Show Review – 11.22.63

TV Show Review – 11.22.63

February 15, 2016

Rating:  4 (out of 5).  Hulu’s newest original series, 11.22.63, stars James Franco as the time traveling school teacher, Jake Epping from Stephen King’s novel, who is trying to get through a divorce when he gets a call asking him to go back in time to stop the assassination of John Kennedy.  While most of the critics give this a thumbs up, there are a couple who thought it took too long to get to the meat of the show.  Overall they were impressed, but there was quite a difference of opinion about Franco’s performance.

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TV Show Review – 12 Monkeys

TV Show Review – 12 Monkeys

January 16, 2015

Rating:  3 (out of 5).  The SyFy Channel” new series 12 Monkeys is based on the 1996 movie of the same name and stars Aaron Stanford as Cole, a survivor of a plague that has almost wiped out the population of the Earth. He has been sent back in time to stop the virus from being released to save humanity.  A split of opinion for this series with some critics thinking it was a great adaptation while others thought it was laughable.

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TV Show Review – 7 Days in Hell

TV Show Review – 7 Days in Hell

July 11, 2015

Rating:  3 (out of 5).  HBO’s new sports mockumentory 7 Days in Hell recounts a fictional seven day Wimbledon tennis match played by badboy Aaron Williams (played by Andy Samburg) and proper, if dimwitted, Englishman Charles Poole (played by Kit Harington).  The show also features tennis stars Serena Williams, Chris Evert, and John McEnroe.  Mixed reviews for this“absurd and over-the-top,” comedy.

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TV Show Review – A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY

TV Show Review – A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY

September 08, 2014

Rating:  5 (out of 5).  The HBO documentary “A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY,” premiering Monday night, is produced by former New York fire fighter, the actor Steve Buscemi (4 years on the job). The documentary features interviews with the men and women as well as a look at life in the firehouse. The critics are fans of the documentary saying it provides a personal look at the lives of firefighters while on the job.

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TV Show Review – A Poet in New York

TV Show Review – A Poet in New York

October 29, 2014

Rating:  3 (out of 5).  BBC America has A Poet in New York, a look at Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, his visit to New York City (where he drank himself to death) in the early 1950s, and his complicated relationship with his wife. Its cast includes Tom Hollander, Essie Davis, Ewen Bremner, and Phoebe Fox.  High marks from the critics for movie lead Tom Hollander.

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TV Show Review – A to Z

TV Show Review – A to Z

October 02, 2014

Rating:  3 (out of 5).  NBC’s new comedy, A to Z, is a love story between dreamer Andrew Lofland and lawyer Zelda Vasco, who meet through an online dating site. Mixed reviews for this rom-com. The Boston Globe says that the “first episode sizzles with promise” while the Associated Press predicts, “this show won’t last long.”

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TV Show Review – A.D. The Bible Continues

TV Show Review – A.D. The Bible Continues

April 05, 2015

Rating 3 (out of 5).  NBC’s mini-series, A.D. The Bible Continues picks up where The Bible series, also produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, left off. This series tells of the events that took place after the Crucifixion including the resurrection of Jesus. The critics like this better than the first miniseries, finding it less hokey with better character development.

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TV Show Review – After Tiller

TV Show Review – After Tiller

September 01, 2014

Rating:  5 (out of 5).  PBS’ POV airs After Tiller on Monday night, a documentary about the controversial topic of third trimester abortions and the last four doctors in the United States who perform them. The two male and two female doctors were colleagues of physician George Tiller who also performed these abortions before he was assassinated in 2009 while attending church. The documentary shows the struggles the doctors and patients face, from the moral to the ethical and personal. The critics all gave the documentary credit for telling the story behind the story, the human side of the struggle to make the decision to have these abortions.

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