Netflix’s The Defenders is a Mixed Bag Marvel Team-Up

After years of build up and anticipation, last Friday saw the batch drop of Netflix’s eight episode Defenders mega-series. Faced with a foe no one single series star could defeat (Sigourney Weaver and an army of immortal ninjas), Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Read More …

Joe Swanberg Makes it Look Easy in his New Netflix Series

Easy is an appropriate title for Netflix’s latest: A modest, introspective cocktail hour of a show that will lead into the all-night rager that is Luke Cage. Created by mumblecore maven Joe Swanberg (Digging For Fire, Drinking Buddies, Hannah Takes the Stairs), each episode of the anthology Read More …

It’s Aziz Season on Master of None [Review]

If you’re one of those dudes who puts way too much stock in television reviews and recaps (don’t worry, you’re not alone), you’ll notice that Master of None, the new Netflix comedy co-created and starring stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari, is getting rapturous reviews. Like, too good Read More …

Binge-Watch: Marvel’s Daredevil Opens New Doors for the MCU [Review]

So, I didn’t learn from my last binge experience and dove right into a new one. I’ve been up since 2 a.m. and, with the exception of two bathroom breaks and one quick run across the street for dumplings, have watched all thirteen episodes of Marvel’s Daredevil Read More …

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: NBC’s Loss is Our Gain [Review]

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the new sitcom from the mind of comedy goddess Tina Fey (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls) and her longtime collaborator Robert Carlock that was produced last year for NBC, who ended up losing the project to Netflix when the latter offered Fey Read More …

Happy Valley is Unexpectedly Dark [Review]

By Sarah Mattie  I tend to associate the BBC exclusively with energetic romps like Doctor Who. Many of the network’s shows are, if not light, funny in their own right. But Happy Valley, which has been bought and promoted by Netflix, is possibly one of the darkest shows Read More …

Melancholic, Existential, Wonderful: BoJack Horseman is Deceptively Complex [Review]

Christina Harrington and Haley Winters binge-watched BoJack Horseman this week, and they’re ready to drop everything to convince you do the same. Haley: I thought I knew what to expect from BoJack Horseman, the Netflix original animated series about a washed-up nineties sitcom star who is Read More …

Sincerity, Intent, and Overkill in Gervais’s “Derek”

Halfway through the second episode of Derek, the newest venture in original programming from Netflix, the titular character is asked if he has autism. It’s the first and last time the elephant in the proverbial room is addressed. Derek, as played by writer-director Ricky Gervais, Read More …