Bummer is a good word for much of what I’ve seen so far from The Muppets. The series is lacks the joyfulness, optimism and offbeat feel that made “The Muppet Show,” the early films, and even Jason Segel’s 2011 The Muppets film such a delight. That joy is largely absent here.
You’re the Worst, which just kicked off its second season on FX, falls squarely into the non-rom-com category. Acerbic, dark, and at times raunchy, the series, created by Stephen Falk, manages to strike a balance between cynicism and charm that makes it one of most brutal depictions of modern love currently on television.
All good things must come to an end. And as much as we’d all love for our favorite shows to go on forever, it’s better to exit with grace (Seinfeld, 30 Rock”) than overstay your welcome (The Simpsons, Friends). Such is the case with The League, which kicked off its seventh and final season on FX last week.
Revisiting beloved films and series is always risky. Fortunately, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp succeeds, by remaining faithful to the film without excessively retreading old jokes.
On the surface, Difficult People might look like another showbiz insider sitcom full of shrill, self-absorbed jerks, but it succeeds thanks to whip-smart writing and a fast pace that flows as smoothly as the invective spewing from the characters’ mouths.
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.