Television

Reviews of both new release and older television series, seasons, or episodes.

Does Shameless’s 8-Year Trainwreck Have an End in Sight?

In January, the eighth season of Shameless came to a close, and one has to ask: What is next? I am as big of a fan of the show that one can possibly be. To me, it is one of the best shows on television, only beat by Game of Thrones. A good friend of mine who is also a huge fan once described the show as a “complete trainwreck,” noting that every season tries to continue the catastrophe...

Black Clover Might Feel Cliché, but It’s Still a Fun Ride

In October 2017, Black Clover premiered on Japanese television, and two weeks later, Funimation Productions began releasing its dub. Since the anime’s debut, it’s received multiple criticisms about its pacing, story, production, and voice acting. And to be honest, some of those criticisms are completely justified. Normally, the anime community’s obnoxious debates over “sub versus dub” are a constant source of agitation, but that debate doesn’t exist for Black Clover. Everyone agrees: the English dub is undeniably better. And...

In Space Dandy, Absurdity Is the Final Frontier

Interdimensional ramen, universe-wide zombie plagues, planetary wars about underwear, sentient plants—these are just a few examples of the kind of strangeness you’ll encounter in any given episode of Space Dandy. Space Dandy is directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, who’s best known for his directing work on none other than Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo (another classic that’s on my docket to watch sometime soon). But while Watanabe’s stellar work is just as apparent in this series as it is in those he’s better known for, Space...

7 Underappreciated Sci-Fi Shows to Stream Right Now

Every year, we all patiently await for the newest season of our favorite streaming shows. Stranger Things, The Handmaid’s Tale, Black Mirror, any of the Marvel properties (except Iron Fist)—each posted online and each binged within a week. How can we possibly handle the seemingly infinite amount of time until we get our next taste? Luckily, there are a number of fine shows you may have never heard of that can fill the void! Here are seven hidden gems you can watch...

One Piece Is the Magnum Opus of Battle Shōnen and Completely Worth Your Time

For many anime enthusiasts, Eiichiro Oda’s monster story One Piece represents a mountain that one has neither the time nor the energy to traverse. After all, Oda’s been writing this story for 20 years with no sign of ending it. The manga is close to a whopping 900 chapters, and the anime isn’t far behind in number of episodes. People usually say, “Sounds interesting, but I don’t want to commit that much time to watching an anime.” I completely understand...

The Punisher Punishes His Enemies and Rewards Audiences

I have a theory. I feel the consensus among most critics is that violent television shows are unsophisticated or lowly even if they’re done well. Why do I feel that way? I recently looked up the Rotten Tomatoes score of Netflix’s The Punisher and was instantly deflated. Currently, it holds a 61 percent—which is still considered “fresh,” mind you, but still far too low. Most may look at this show and think that it’s just a guy on a...

Is The Gifted a Gift to the People or More of the Same?

I am an X-Men guy. I love all that Marvel and DC have to offer these day in regards to television, but the X-Men were always my team. So when I first got wind that The Gifted was going to be a live-action show starring my favorite group of people who possess the X gene, I was excited. However, I feared we’d be graced with another perfunctory attempt at pleasing fans like me. (Does anyone remember a little failed...

Stranger Things 2 Smoothly Pairs Humor and Horror

During summer 2016, it seemed like everyone was glued to their TV, phone, tablet, computer, Apple Watch, or smart refrigerator to check out Netflix’s nostalgia-driven Stranger Things, the first show to make you run out and buy Eggo waffles. After more than a year’s wait, season 2 debuted to excited fanfare just before Halloween. But now that the hype has died down, what’s the verdict? Quite simply, it’s bitchin’. Note: This review reveals a few plot details not shown...

Cowboy Bebop Is a Story Both Familiar and Unexpected

As I wrote back in January, Cowboy Bebop is an anime I’ve had aspirations of watching for a long time now, and this year I put it on my official to-watch list as part of my New Year’s resolution. It’s now the second series from my three-item list that I’ve had the opportunity to watch so far (the first being Steins;Gate), and thus far it’s certainly lived up to the hype—though not always in the ways I expected. The...

Here’s Why You Should Start Watching Anime

  Contrary to many people’s experiences, I didn’t start watching anime when I was a kid. Cable was a luxury my household didn’t have, and even if we did, I know my parents would’ve restricted my access. Instead, my experience with anime came much later when I was a full-fledged adult and working a somewhat respectable job. The post-Christmas pause was happening across our favorite TV shows, so my husband and I decided to give anime a try. We...
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