Whether for the first time or a return trip, ‘Game of Thrones’ fans unsatisfied with the finale should journey to J.R.R. Tolkien’s inspiring world of Middle-Earth.
Daenerys didn’t suddenly become a tyrant in season eight. She was on her way to becoming one right in front of our very own eyes for several seasons.
The ending of the TV saga may not have pleased everyone, but its warning about messianic movements like the one Daenerys Targaryen led should be taken to heart.
Although in some respects a continuation of the corny, 1980s nostalgia of ‘The Karate Kid,’ ‘Cobra Kai’ reminds Americans of cardinal truths about children that we all know deep down.
The show modifies parts of our liberal mythology to shake the consensus by questioning whether we are as just and good as we usually like to believe.
In an era where comedy has been neutered in the name of political correctness, ‘Veep’ remained wholly unconcerned with who it might offend.
In an era when even comedians question the value of comedy, ‘Veep’ proved the enduring value of sharp edges.
Unlike most sitcoms, which are mindless fluff, ‘Speechless’ is in a class all by itself, with talented actors, writers, and directors who are making a substantial contribution to society.
‘Friends’ is so valuable to Netflix that it reportedly cost the company $100 million to renew its rights to the show this year. That’s more than three times the previous price of $30 million.
The series recaptures one of the greatest virtues of science fiction long gone missing in other genres: a strong, self-sacrificing, masculine hero.
Arya Stark is a great character, but the showrunners tossed away seven seasons of buildup by making her the ultimate hero in the Battle of Winterfell.
In this animated ‘Batman’ episode, Adam West plays an actor typecast as a masked hero in a commentary on fandom.
Laziness is the central characteristic of the age of infotainment. Conflating news and entertainment means less effort goes into reporting and humor.
With a cast of talented, gorgeous actors, the plotlines keep veering entirely off course only to land in new, unexpected realms of fantasy and storytelling.
‘Cobra Kai’s’ first season was such a perfect fusion of form and function, the show became an instant classic. Season two is up today.
Perhaps not having enormous sums of money to spend on CGI forced the show to do a better job of character development than most big-budget superhero films.
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