The Good Cop is charmingly simplistic—and totally forgettable

C+

There’s nothing innovative or remarkable about The Good Cop, which, for a Netflix series, almost becomes remarkable in and of itself. The series’ mundanity—especially enhanced by sharing a release date with the delightfully strange Maniac—feels out of place on the prolific streaming service, instead playing more like…

The A.V. Club is recapping Maniac

Episode 1: “The Chosen One!” | Episode 2: “Windmills” | Episode 3: “Having a Day” | Episode 4: “Furs by Sebastian” | Episode 5: “Exactly Like You” | Episode 6: “Larger Structural Issues” | Episode 7: “Ceci N’est Pas Une Drill” | Episode 8: “The Lake of the Clouds” | Episode 9: “Utangatta” | Episode 10: “Option C”

A stirring season finale sees Snowfall put Franklin through the American prison system

A-

At some point, it had to come to this for Franklin. A stint in prison was always on the horizon; it was either going to be the result of getting wrapped up in the game, or simply being a black kid with the nerve to exist during the height of the War on Drugs. So what options did Franklin really have along the way? He…

The A.V. Club’s 11 most-anticipated TV shows of fall 2018

The broadcast television season begins in earnest this Sunday, September 23, though you’d be forgiven for feeling like a half-dozen seasons have come and gone in the weeks since Labor Day, what with the Streampocalypse and cable premieres—and you still have to wait until tomorrow to get into Maniac, whose Matryoshka…

I Feel Bad brings a distinctly female voice to issues-based comedy

B

The #MeToo movement is still going strong, historic numbers of women are up for election this fall (and voting and protesting across the country), and between Crazy Rich Asians and Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, the stereotypically “female” genre of the rom-com is back with a vengeance. American pop…

Almost everybody says or does something stupid on a momentous Better Call Saul 

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Even on a show known for its cold opens, this is one for the ages. The screen split vertically down the middle, DePalma style, Kim and Jimmy go about their increasingly separate lives. We see them walking through the same routine on different days, wearing different clothes: Jimmy puts toothpaste on Kim’s brush for…

Lawrence's return showcases Insecure's ensemble in a rewarding episode

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Okay. Lawrence came back and the show didn’t implode. I know some of us were disappointed about Lawrence’s return, but I think anyone can admit that this was a great episode of Insecure. Season three has focused on some major changes paying off for Molly and Issa, but the show’s ensemble has always been strong. With…