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Netflix’s ‘Everything Sucks!’ Loves The ’90s, But It Loves Its Characters More

Netflix The opening minutes of Netflix’s new high school comedy Everything Sucks! include The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ “The Impression That I Get” and Blues Traveler’s “Runaround” on the soundtrack, slap bracelets, troll dolls, and debates about both the merits of the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases and whether any of the stories told in Alanis...

TV Avalanche Podcast, Episode 53: ‘Everything Sucks!,’ ‘One Day At A Time’ & More

Netflix Welcome to another episode of TV Avalanche, where Brian Grubb and I try to sort out the best, worst, and most interesting things happening in Peak TV. With this episode, we have officially passed the podcast one-year mark, though a few of the previous episodes featured special guest hosts like Linda Holmes, Mo Ryan, and Caroline Framke while...

Deaf Friends Find Happiness ‘This Close’ In An Appealing Sundance Now Series

Sundance In the second episode of This Close, a new dramedy debuting tomorrow on Sundance’s digital subscription service Sundance Now, publicist Kate, who is deaf, finds herself on a panel filled with disabled actors (one played by Walter White Jr. himself, RJ Mitte, who has cerebral palsy), a last-second fill-in for a deaf American’s Next Top Model...

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Concludes One Mission And Begins Another As Season One Ends

CBS Thoughts on the Star Trek: Discovery season finale, and season one as a whole, coming up just as soon as I eat a space whale… A few weeks ago, I tried to hum the Discovery theme and realized the only parts that stuck with me were the ones that quoted the original Alexander Courage theme to the ’60s show. And while watching “Will You Take My Hand?,”...

Ask Alan: What Shows Peaked With Their First Episode?

Time for another installment of Ask Alan, as I take your questions about the past, present, and future of TV. First up this week, inspired by a recent comment I made about The Wonder Years pilot being perhaps that show’s best episode, someone asked me what other series peaked that early. Answers include both TV shows that started off strong before...

There Are More New TV Shows Than Ever. It’s Still Okay To Watch Old Ones

NBC We’re a little over a month into 2018, and the show that’s given me more pleasure than almost any other so far this year premiered in 1994, and last aired a new episode almost a decade ago. When Hulu abruptly announced last month that it had bagged one of the great white whales of the streaming era by adding all 331 episodes of ER, I skipped around...

Which ‘Parks And Recreation’ Characters Would Be Admitted To The Good Place?

NBC Eagle-eyed The Good Place fans noticed a few Easter Eggs in the season two finale that theoretically put that show in the same fictional universe with Park and Recreation, with which it shares several writers, most notably creator Mike Schur. When I tweeted about this yesterday, I got a very interesting question in response: better question...

Alan Ball’s Ambitious ‘Here And Now’ Can’t Stop Tripping Over Its Self-Importance

HBO In an upcoming episode of HBO’s new drama Here and Now, Greg Boatwright (Tim Robbins), depressed and seeking answers for why his world no longer makes sense, follows a deer into the woods and gets lost. He falls asleep in a torrential rainstorm, and wakes up muddy and confused to find the beautiful creature is now standing in front of him in a...

TV Avalanche Podcast, Episode 52: Super Bowl, ‘Here And Now,’ ‘Good Place’ & More

HBO/NBC Welcome to another episode of TV Avalanche, where Brian Grubb and I try to sort out the best, worst, and most interesting things happening in Peak TV. It’s an unusual episode, commemorating an unusual moment in Brian’s life: his beloved Philadelphia Eagles just won their first Super Bowl. So for the first 40 or so minutes of the podcast, we...

The Highs And Lows Of ‘Altered Carbon’ Season One (With Spoilers)

Netflix On Friday, Netflix released Altered Carbon, its 10-hour adaptation of the Richard K. Morgan novel set in a future where human consciousness has been digitized onto discs (“stacks”) that can be swapped between bodies (“sleeves”). I published my review of the series last week, discussing some of what I liked and some of what I found frustrating,...

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