Before we launch into the spring premier maelstrom, I wanted to take this bye week to talk about up some shows that slipped through the cracks. So here’s my roundup of a sitcom and two documentaries worth checking out.
The new anthology drama by John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave, is an intense, poignant look at issues of race and class in contemporary American society.
After the long, depressing slog that was my House of Cards binge, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, was a much-needed palate cleanser. The new Netflix sitcom is the first new project from the “30 Rock” creative team of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and it’s a charming, clever delight.
House of Cards spends so much time trying to prove its importance that it forgets to actually do the work. For all its moody cinematography and (executive producer) David Fincher sheen, it’s just a campy soap opera whose sum falls far short of its pretty, pretty parts.
Forte and Schaal have great chemistry. Both are stellar comic actors and improvisers who bounce off each other well. The odd couple dynamic is entertaining; especially in the way both characters exhibit their implicit (and eventually explicit) disdain with the other.
After almost 50 years of entertaining audiences with her original characters and humorous, often poignant turns on film and TV, Tomlin still happily discusses her long career with fresh enthusiasm.
We’ve all been there. You open up Facebook or Instagram and are hit with a barrage of photos of your friends’ kids. After the fifth or sixth one, though, you’re probably all “oohed” and “awed” out. But what can you do? Enter Parent Co.
As I watched the recent finale, I tried to think of another comedy that has managed to evoke such emotion in me. Parks was always able to hit me in the gut like no other. The Harvest Festival, the city council election, the Unity Concert, Leslie and Ben — each one of these storylines were carefully built toward and executed with precision. And they all stuck their lan