Reviews

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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TV Show Review – Almost Human

November 17, 2013

Here Is TVRating:  3 (out of 5).  “Almost Human” is a police drama comes with a couple of twists. The first is that it is set in the year 2048. The second is that one cop is human while his partner is an android. Karl Urban plays detective John Kennex, a cop who had his leg blown off in an ambush. He now has a robotic leg as well as a robotic partner. Michael Ealy plays Dorian the android cop who also feels it is his job to make Kennex a better person. The critics were either very optimistic about this show or they just flat out didn’t like it.  An example of the former is The Wall Street Journal which said, “the intelligence is genuine” while on the other hand Variety calls the show “barely watchable.”

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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 – Alpha House, Season Two

TV Show Review – Alpha House, Season Two

October 24, 2014

Rating:  4 (out of 5).  Season two of Amazon’s original series “Alpha House,” much like the first, centers around three senators who live together in a house in Washington, D.C.   The comedy, from creator Gary Trudeau, stars Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, and John Goodman. The critics like what they see so far this season, calling it very funny, and say it gets off to a great start.

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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 Horror Story:  Freak Show

TV Show Review – American Horror Story: Freak Show

October 08, 2014

Rating:  3 (out of 5).  FX’s latest installment of their popular series “American Horror Story” is American Horror Story: Freak Show, set in Florida in 1952, it is set in one of the last remaining freak shows in the US. The show is struggling to make ends meets, and a number of strange murders in the area is not helping matters. The critics are split on their opinions of “Freak Show.” Some think it has everything we expect and more from the series, while find it lacking.

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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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