When Seinfeld premiered in July of 1989, critics and audiences didn’t quite know what to make of it. Everything about it ran counter to what traditional sitcoms looked like up to that point. The characters were self-absorbed and petty. The tone was often cold and mean spirited. Episodes featured mundane stories with low-stakes conflict. It was also funny and smarter than just about anything on TV at the time.
After a second season that felt like a bit of a slog, Orange is the New Black has delivered a third that reaffirms everything I love about this series. It was funny, smart, poignant, and, at times, gut wrenching — often all within the same episode.
All I wanted was a summer TV fling. Something fun and a little trashy that wouldn’t require too much thought yet wasn’t so dumb it insulted my intelligence. So imagine my excitement when I saw the previews for The Whispers and Wayward Pines. Creepy kids. Mysterious towns. Spielberg. Shyamalan. Could one of these shows be my summer fling? Maybe both?
Visually, Sense8 is a stunner. Spanning the globe as it follows its scattered cast, it takes the opportunity to present some truly gorgeous backdrops. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot happening beneath the surface.
This week let’s check back in with some of the sitcoms we reviewed this season.
Writing reviews, I usually only get to watch the first couple episodes before issuing judgment. While early episodes can give a sense of where a series is headed, it’s not always clear if even the most promising of premiers in September can stick the landing in May. So let’s take a look back to see how some of the shows we’ve been watching this season fared.
Periscope and Meerkat represent the next stage of personal live streaming, putting the ability to broadcast right in the hand of anyone with a smartphone. That’s a lot of power, and like the broader Internet, content on Periscope and Meerkat runs the gamut from fascinating to banal.