Even sword horses and Bigfoot can make a table-setting episode of DuckTales feel necessary

C-

“The Other Bin Of Scrooge McDuck!” has maybe one of the worst intros the show has done so far. DuckTales has been struggling with intros for a while but a loud-whispering, exposition-filled exchange between Lena and Magica while Lena tries to cut the number one dime from Scrooge’s neck is one of the worse. I get the…

Strudel stretches The Great British Baking Show to its breaking point

A

From one series first to another, The Great British Baking Show is ramping up and delivering one hell of a mid-season run. First Ryan had his remarkable turnaround in “Pies,” going from barely escaping elimination in “Desserts” to Star Baker one week later. The very next episode, in another Baking Show first, no one…

Outcast’s Robert Kirkman and Chris Black try to figure out what's scarier, spiders or snakes

After a two-year hiatus, supernatural horror series Outcast finally brings its second season to the U.S. (it already aired in the U.K.) Created by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman, Outcast centers around Kyle Barnes, a young father who’s been plagued by demonic possession for his entire life, and the supernatural…

Snowfall returns with renewed confidence and familiar storytelling problems

B

Late last year, TV critic Alan Sepinwall wrote about the phenomenon of feeling the pressure to catch up on “shows that eventually get good.” We all know those shows; we’ve praised them to friends, or heard about them through family. They’re the shows we’d given up on after watching two or three episodes, only to hear…

Trial & Error returns with a new client, but the lunacy remains the same

A-

When the first season of Trial & Error came to a conclusion on April 18, 2017, there was much rejoicing in regards to how neophyte Northeasterner attorney Josh Segal managed to put his nose to the grindstone and—despite the many, many eccentricities of the denizens of East Peck, South Carolina—successfully save local…

UnREAL’s final season falls to new depths of depravity

D

There’s a moment in UnREAL’s fourth and final season when Faith—the friendly country girl who came out as a lesbian in season one—shows up and is shocked at how the state of affairs has worsened on the set of Everlasting. Keep in mind: On Faith’s season of the dating competition, a woman fell to her death. At first,…

Robert Kirkman and Chris Black talk season two of Outcast and hating spoilers

After a two-year hiatus, supernatural horror series Outcast finally brings its second season to the U.S. (it already aired in the U.K.) this Friday. Created by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman, Outcast centers around Kyle Barnes, a young father who’s been plagued by demonic possession for his entire life, and the…

The Bold Type bites off exactly as much as it can chew with “Betsy”

B+

The Bold Type knows itself. It knows its audience, its tone, its format, its strength and weaknesses. It knows what it can pull off, and what it can’t. It knows how messy it can get without overtaxing itself. In that way, “Betsy” is essentially the baby-bear-porridge of Very Special Episodes. It’s doesn’t overreach.…

Come Inside My Mind is an inviting, uneven look at the unseen Robin Williams

B-

It’s 1978, and Robin Williams is one month into his Mork & Mindy tenure and most of the way through his episode of HBO’s On Location. His set has been a ferocious demonstration of the quick wit and willingness to go for a laugh that, in the brief time he’s been in Los Angeles, have already caught the eye of George…

Outcast’s Patrick Fugit and Madeleine McGraw love to scare the crap out of each other on set

After a two-year hiatus, Robert Kirkman’s horror series Outcast finally brings its second season to the U.S., continuing to uncover the supernatural manifestations plaguing the town of Rome. Outcast follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), a young father who’s been plagued by demonic possession for his entire life, as he…