The Deuce (HBO)

THIS SHOW HAS GONE RUSH.  A limited number of tickets may be released 15 minutes before showtime on a first come, first served basis at the theater venue. Rush lines form one hour before showtime at IFC Center. OPENING NIGHT Split Screens premieres the pilot episode of HBO’s eagerly anticipated New York period drama from […]

The Get Down (Netflix)

“Unfold your own myth,” blares a graffiti tag on the skin of a subway car in The Get Down. Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis’s 1970s musical melodrama about the birth of hip-hop and the fall of dirty-glorious Gotham is forever characterizing itself this way: like a rapper nimbly reframing a story as he tells […]

Michael McKean in Better Call Saul (AMC)

Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s improbably just-as-good prequel to Breaking Bad, is a showcase for ace character actors, none as sneakily great as Michael McKean, who costars as the slippery hero’s straight-arrow older brother, Chuck McGill. Chuck is a feared trial lawyer at a top Albuquerque, New Mexico law firm who claims […]

Asia Kate Dillon in Billions (Showtime)

In its second season, Showtime’s hit drama series Billions made history by introducing TV’s first gender non-binary major character, Taylor Mason (played by Asia Kate Dillon), an intern at Axe Capital who unexpectedly becomes a favorite of macho hedge funder Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Dillon, who uses the singular they pronoun, auditioned for the role shortly after […]

The Girlfriend Experience – “Separation” (Starz)

The most narratively complex single episode of an ongoing series since the hero of Louie went to China, this alternately unnerving, baffling and hilarious half-hour of The Girlfriend Experience works as a psychological X-ray of the show’s heroine, escort Christine (Riley Keough); a play within a play; and a meditation on voyeurism, exhibitionism, sex, and […]

The Evolution of TV Criticism

Much of early television was, to quote Edward R. Murrow’s exhausted call for substance in TV journalism, little more than lights and wires in a box. And TV criticism was a similarly disreputable arm of print journalism, the job you took if no other discipline would tolerate you.  It consisted largely of rote descriptions of what […]

Orphan Black (BBC AMERICA)

THIS SHOW HAS GONE RUSH.  A limited number of tickets may be released 15 minutes before showtime on a first come, first served basis at the theater venue. Rush lines form one hour before showtime at IFC Center. BBC AMERICA’s clone conspiracy thriller stars Emmy® award winner Tatiana Maslany as multiple genetically identical women. But […]

Underground – “Minty” (WGN America)

Thanks to all the friends and fans of Underground for their support of the series.  Unfortunately, Thursday’s panel will not be presented, and we will provide refunds upon request. Refunds are only possible before close of business on June 8, not at any later time. Refunds can be processed in person at the IFC Center box […]

Hannibal – “The Wrath of the Lamb” (NBC)

A special theatrical screening of the finale of NBC’s “Hannibal,” a nightmare fantasy from Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) that reinterpreted Thomas Harris’ novels through the eyes of an expressionist, polymorphous sensualist. Reworking much of the plot of Harris’ Red Dragon, but in a more hallucinatory way than in earlier film versions, the finale builds to […]

The Sinner (USA Network)

In this remarkable new psychological thriller, Jessica Biel stars as Cora Tannetti, a young mother who is suddenly and mysteriously subsumed by rage and commits a shocking act of violence in plain view of others. Bill Pullman costars as Detective Harry Ambrose, who tries to understand why she did it, a question that no one, […]