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TV Show Review – Allegiance

TV Show Review – Allegiance

February 05, 2015

Rating:  3 (out of 5).  NBC’s new spy drama Allegiance tells the story of Alex O’Connor, the only son of Mark and Katya O’Conner, and an up and coming analyst at the CIA.  What he doesn’t know is that both of his parents are part of a Russian sleeper cell and they are former Soviet spies.  The critics compared this show to The Americans and in most cases it came up short.

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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, 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 Crime

TV Show Review – American Crime

March 05, 2015

Rating:  5 (out of 5).  ABC’s new crime drama American Crime deals with the issues of race, religion, and class in America, against the backdrop of a home invasion gone wrong in which a young man is murdered and his wife is left near death.  Both victims are white and the police quickly target two Mexican-American suspects.  The series stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton as Matt’s parents.  The critics were unanimous in their praise for all aspects of this drama, the writing, the directing and especially the cast saying this is a standout performance for Huffman.  As one critic wrote, “this one’s got Emmy written all over it.”

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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:  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 – American Odyssey

TV Show Review – American Odyssey

April 05, 2015

Rating:  4 (out of 5).  NBC’s new action series, American Odyssey, whose main (though not only) story is that of Sgt. Odelle Ballard, an American soldier on a mission in Mali who uncovers a link between terrorists and a big U.S. company. Mixed reviews for this one with some critics loving it, calling it exhilarating and thrilling, while others thought it was overdone, dull, and uninspired.

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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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