Category Archive: TV

Review: The Wire, Season 5 (Simon, 2008)

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Awww, no more episodes of The Wire left for us. Curiously, though, I didn’t get the sense of withdrawal that usually settles upon me when I finish a show I’ve grown fond of.… Continue reading

Review: The Wire, Season 4 (Simon, 2006)

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The Wire is like a French braid, with each season pulling in a new element that further complicates the tangle of inner city problems. Every time you think to yourself, “Why don’t they… Continue reading

Review: The Wire, Season 3 (Simon, 2004)

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  Coming off the weaker season 2, season 3 feels as though it will be impossible to top. It opens with the demolition of the Franklin Terrace towers, which were the Barksdale crew’s… Continue reading

Review: The Wire, Season 2 (Simon, 2003)

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It’s a testament to how addictive The Wire is that I have another review for the next season so soon after the first, despite the fact that season 2 at first feels like… Continue reading

Review: The Wire, Season 1 (Simon, 2002)

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The reputation of the HBO show The Wire so much precedes this review that it almost seems pointless to add my voice to the consensus that it’s┬ásolid TV. Nevertheless, as you know, I… Continue reading

Review: House of Cards, Season 2 (Fincher, 2013)

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I predicted that I would like House of Cards more in its second season than its first and I (mostly) did, though I missed the fun entanglements with Zoe Barnes and her journalist… Continue reading

Review: House of Cards, Season 1 (Fincher, 2013)

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Eventually it won’t matter if something is classified as a movie or as a TV show. So forgive my long delay because I’ve been, in essence, watching an 11-hour movie. No, that’s a… Continue reading

Review: True Detective, Season 1 (Pizzolatto, 2014)

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True Detective‘s creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto is an author of literary fiction turned screenplay writer, normally a good sign for viewers looking for complex characters, interesting dialogue, and compelling plot. Add to… Continue reading

Review: Girls, Season 3 (Dunham, 2014)

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I’m an avowed fan of Lena Dunham and her HBO series Girls, which finished its third season earlier this year. The first season hooked me, the second season meandered a little, but the… Continue reading

Review: Mad Men, Season 6 (Weiner, 2013)

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I don’t think I have ever liked a TV show as much as I like Mad Men, and the penultimate season 6 might have been its best season yet. Having just finished it… Continue reading