Watch Detroiters’ Tim Robinson attempt to rank his top 5 local commercials of all time

Created by and starring real-life best friends Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson, Comedy Central’s Detroiters follows a pair of small-time ad men trying to make it in the Motor City. The second season, which wraps up August 16, saw Sam and Tim get into hijinks all around the city: They met Detroit hero and legendary…

Not ready for prime time: 18 animated series that didn’t make it a full season

For the majority of prime-time network television’s history, animated series rarely made an appearance. With the exception of Hanna-Barbera’s brief ’60s output (The Flintstones, The Jetsons) and the routine holiday specials, prime-time TV was hostile territory for animated programming.

Jimmy and Kim keep secrets while Mike and Gus put their cards on the table, as Better Call Saul kicks into gear

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One of my favorite things about the way Bob Odenkirk plays Jimmy McGill (and the way the writers write the character, and the way the directors direct Odenkirk, and the way the editors cut his scenes) is that at important moments there is a pause, and we get to see what’s going on inside Jimmy. Generally when this…

Isaiah Thomas on Detroiters? Tim Robinson is trying to land all the Detroit Piston “Bad Boys”

In just two seasons, Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson have managed to recruit a respectable roster of Detroit celebrities on their Comedy Central show, Detroiters, including comedians Keegan Michael-Key, Tim Meadows, and Mary Lynn Rajskub; former professional wrestler Kevin Nash; and former Detroit Piston “Bad Boy”…

Sacha Baron Cohen delivers the laughs, but overplays his hand on an uneven Who Is America? 

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Who Is America? wants headlines. It wants to entertain, sure, but it really wants to see its stunts ripple throughout the 24-hour news cycle. That’s a key difference between this show and Sacha Baron Cohen’s Da Ali G Show—where the latter sought (mostly) to investigate humanity, politeness, and professional behaviors…

On The Venture Bros., you always need a bigger boat

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I’d assumed the second part of the season seven Venture Bros. two-parter (which is arguably only a “two-parter” because the first episode ended with “To Be Continued”) would explain how Wide Wale got ahold of the Monarch in his Blue Morpho costume; but I hadn’t expected the whole episode would be focused on the…

In a surprisingly tedious episode, Sharp Objects forgets what makes it such a special show

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Sharp Objects is a dark meditation of a show, long on mood and short on forward action. These six hours have been an imagistic evocation of history and emotion animated by a murder mystery that often seems quite cursory—at least, compared to the terrifying richness of the series’ real story, about how Camille Preaker…

The Sunchaser isn't the only thing to crash and burn in an emotionally harsh DuckTales

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Bottle episodes in animated shows don’t quite work in the same way as bottle episodes of live action shows. While live action shows utilize bottle episodes to save money and/or narrow the focus to select characters and a select moment, animated shows can utilize a single setting and still create stakes equal to or…

The Great British Baking Show's tense semi-final delivers picture-perfect "Patisserie"

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It’s been a long road to the semi-finals. Each of the four bakers remaining has won Star Baker, and each has been up for elimination. The competition is fierce and they all know one small mistake is all it takes to send them home. The theme this episode is patisserie, or fine French pastry, and that means there’s…

Amazon’s Ordeal By Innocence is a gloriously trashy take on an Agatha Christie classic

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For all her gifts as a master of the modern detective novel, Agatha Christie was never terribly comfortable with the insides of the human head. In Christie Land—that glorious old world realm of murder, righteous neighborhood busybodies, and fastidious little Belgians—the motives for killing are rarely complicated. If…

Demetri Martin’s amiable cleverness can’t energize The Overthinker

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Throughout his long stand-up career, Demetri Martin has been compared to deadpan comedy assassins like Steven Wright and the late Mitch Hedberg. But, as Martin’s latest special shows, his low-register absurdism owes a lot to tireless road veteran Todd Barry as well, though Martin’s affectless manner isn’t a sly…