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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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TV Show Review – Agent X

TV Show Review – Agent X

November 08, 2015

Rating:  2 (out of 5).  TNT’s new drama Agent X stars Sharon Stone as Vice President Natalie Maccabee. Soon after being elected into office she finds out from a butler at the Vice President’s residence that the “real” Constitution contains a fifth section to article two that states “An agent of unknown identity is hereby authorized to serve at the discretion of the vice president for the purpose of aiding the Republic in times of dire peril.” In other words, she has the power to send out an American version of James Bond to do Black Ops work.  The critical consensus is “bad” with more than one pointing out that that it is hilarious, though not in any way that the creators of this drama would have wanted.  That said, a couple did find it enjoyable.

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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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