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 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 […]

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, […]

Vanguard Award: David Chase (The Sopranos)

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. David Chase’s gangster series shattered the industry’s preconceptions and showed what TV drama could be. Part crime […]

Rami Malek in Mr. Robot (USA Network)

It’s tricky enough to be the lead actor on a TV drama, more so when you’re in almost every scene, and trickier still when your character narrates the show. USA Network’s Golden Globe® award winner Mr. Robot tasks its star, Rami Malek, with all these responsibilities, then adds more: It’s one of the most relentlessly […]