My Half Year in Television

by Matthew Thompson

With my focus on E3 here on the site during June, I haven’t posted about TV in a while. Now that the year is half over, I thought I’d take a look at my 2017 in television so far. Five shows stand out from the pack for me from the first half of the year. I’m going to talk a little about each one of them here and then cover some more stuff in the bullets that follow Continue reading

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My Top Ten TV Comedies of 2016

by Matthew Thompson

I wanted to talk about more shows than ten this year, but to give the part of my brain that frets over rankings a rest, I decided to do two separate lists as opposed to trying to position a bunch of shows in a long list of say 20. So this first top ten will focus on what I’m calling “comedies,” but are more specifically half-hour-long programs. And later this week, I will post one for “dramas” or hour-longs. I’m well aware that some on today’s list lean heavily on dramatic storylines at times and the reverse is true of at least one “drama” on my next list, but I think you get the general idea. Now that the explanation is out of the way, on to the list! Here are my ten favorite comedy television series of 2016 Continue reading

The Good Place Review: Heavenly Comedy

by Matthew Thompson

(Going forward, I will be reviewing a number of new shows from the Fall to let people know whether they are worth watching. I will be keeping any major spoilers to the bullets at the bottom, so the main body will be perusable for those who have not yet seen the show. Enjoy!)

I mentioned time and again prior to the premiere that what made The Good Place such a sure bet this Fall was creator Michael Schur. His track record, which includes working on The Office before co-creating both Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is simply too good to ignore. And yet what stands out the most about The Good Place are the ways it diverges from Schur’s previous work Continue reading