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Average User Score: 7.8Feb 11, 2018I've seen a lot of movies and shows that are about stand-up comedians. Some of them are hilarious, many of them are duds, but they all haveI've seen a lot of movies and shows that are about stand-up comedians. Some of them are hilarious, many of them are duds, but they all have one thing in common: the segments where characters are performing actual stand-up routines are always the weakest segments in the film. Whether it be Obvious Child or The Big Sick, both of which are very funny films, but the actual standup routines themselves featured within the movies fall comparatively flat. By contrast, the very first episode of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel contains a standup routine near its end that kicks off what is one of the wittiest, fastest, and most hilarious series premieres I've seen in years, and never once through its eight episodes does it let up. I honestly don't think there was every a point where I went for more than a minute without laughing. I have no idea why Rachel Brosnahan wasn't on my radar before now, because she just kills it. She walks on set with so much raw fire and energy and confidence you'd mistake her to have been doing this her entire life, which is why I was shocked to learn from a quick glance at her IMDB page that she's never actually helmed anything before. Of course she's briefly appeared in quite a few series and movies in the background here and there, but to think this is the first project she's ever headlined is almost too much for me to believe, because she is brilliant. And that all goes without even getting into the technical details, because this series also happens to be visually rich, featuring many long, fluid shots that are cut together beautifully, with gorgeous costuming and set direction. I just don't know how I'm going to stand the waiting between seasons.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Feb 10, 2018The funniest thing about Community's fourth season is how it is underhandedly referred to as "the year of the gas leak" in season five,The funniest thing about Community's fourth season is how it is underhandedly referred to as "the year of the gas leak" in season five, whenever the characters need to address any continuity that may have carried over, and to also give itself a sort of "clean slate," and with Abed at one point explicitly saying, "That was the year of the gas leak," as a means to explain everybody's odd behavior and what an utter failure this season turned out to be.
Season four will always be an infamous season for fans of Community. It is disastrous. Everything goes wrong and it's difficult to pinpoint individual aspects. For starters, all of the jokes are shockingly tepid. I don't think a single episode contains enough jokes that stick that I can't count on a single hand. I remember letting out a single, pitiful "ha" at a reference to how professor Duncan sort of just dropped out of existence during that puppet episode, but not much more. And on the note of that puppet episode, season 4 is constantly attempting to capture that unpredictable nature of the previous seasons, where every episode there would be some new gimmicky premise that would allow for plenty of self aware nodding at its own absurdity, such as the paintball episodes, or the videogame episode, or Abed's dream room episode, or the animated Christmas episode, or any of the mockumentary episodes, or the blanket fort episode, or the Goodfellas episode, and the list goes on and on. Each episode in the fourth season features some new gimmick that you might think would fit in with the previous seasons on paper, but something is just "off" about them. Each gimmick doesn't feel like it grew naturally out of the internal logic of the overall series, but like somebody in a think tank thought, "People really liked that claymation episode, so how about we do something like that, but like, they're all muppets, and it's also a musical, because people really liked that Glee parody episode from season 2." And that's precisely where every episode goes wrong. None of these gimmicks feel like they were inspired from the show's internal logic in order to reach new emotional and psychological depths within the characters, but instead they feel more like a cynical exploitation of things fans enjoyed from previous episodes, without understanding that it was the emotional sincerity that these absurd premises were implemented with that made each episode engaging and memorable, and not simply the gimmick behind the episode itself.
There's so much else wrong with this season, but I'm about six years late reviewing it, so it probably isn't worthwhile to get into much more depth. I'm mainly writing this for myself, because I loved every other season of Community, and since it's a show that meant so much to me, I think it's worth while for me to just write down why this season is so fundamentally broken. With all of the drama that was going behind the scenes throughout its six season run, season four is the externalized evidence representing what that drama culminated into. All in all, I hope Dan Harmon has sorted out the things in his personal life that led to him being kicked off of Community in season four, and that he goes on to create something as meaningful as Community was (Rick and Morty is great, and it also has a lot of heart and emotional sincerity, but I'd like to see Dan Harmon do something with that same level of heart, but do it without stripping it of the "wholesomeness"), because Community is probably the only show I've seen that I genuinely never wanted to leave, and it's a real shame that it's fourth season will forever remain a blight on the show's reputation that I feel the need to explain immediately after I suggest it to anybody.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Feb 10, 2018Big Mouth is way more hilarious than it has any right to be. I'm going to admit that I howled frequently. Nick Kroll has created one of theBig Mouth is way more hilarious than it has any right to be. I'm going to admit that I howled frequently. Nick Kroll has created one of the most painfully funny, and surprisingly true, coming of age series about puberty I've ever seen. I never knew a show this perverted, and this unapologetically filthy, could consistently surprise me with its creativity, its wit, and its unpredictability.
However, that being said, as much as I loved it and as excited as I am for the next season, I could only give it an 8, because fairly often, I don't feel as though Kroll knows where to draw the line between hilariously disgusting, and just disgusting. For example, everything that has to do with the gym teacher, Steve, I wish could just be cut from the show entirely. Not a single thing about him made me laugh, and I found his presence in the show off-putting, gross, and unfunny. I imagine he's intentionally supposed to be an off-putting character, but something about him just doesn't work, and not a single moment where he's around made me laugh.
I also want to just give a fair warning to anybody reading this, Big Mouth is nasty. Really nasty. This is the nastiest pubescent coming of age comedy I've ever seen, and that is a crowded race. It isn't going to be for everybody, so proceed at your own risk.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Aug 23, 2017This is the best comedy series to premiere that I've seen since Silicon Valley. With its cultural observations and downbeat oddities, AtlantaThis is the best comedy series to premiere that I've seen since Silicon Valley. With its cultural observations and downbeat oddities, Atlanta is somewhere near the verge of greatness, and I'm excited to see where Donald Glover takes it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Aug 23, 2017It's been very clear for a while now that Silicon Valley has a formula. Everything that conceivably (and inconceivably) can go wrong will goIt's been very clear for a while now that Silicon Valley has a formula. Everything that conceivably (and inconceivably) can go wrong will go wrong, until the very last episode of each season, where after it seems everything is just crashing down into a bitter end for Richard, Pied Piper, and their vision, but then just one thing finally goes right for them, gives them a glimmer of hope that they may have a bright future, and then leaves on that note until the next season with a new mission in mind.
You would think it would become predictable by this point, since as a regular viewer, you're basically trained to just pick out all of the set up happening, picking out things you just know is going to bite them later down the road, but you can never really figure out how until it does, and the payoff is always unpredictable, and uncomfortably delightful.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Aug 17, 2013Tragically underrated, Veep is a hilarious and witty political satire featuring a brilliant performance from Julia Dreyfus, along withTragically underrated, Veep is a hilarious and witty political satire featuring a brilliant performance from Julia Dreyfus, along with excellent supporting roles from the rest of the cast. The humor works best within its more subtle jokes and references, and for those who love a strong script, there's always something going on to laugh at here.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Aug 17, 2013Veep might be the most critically under appreciated show I've ever seen, both from the view of the critics and the view of the fans. This showVeep might be the most critically under appreciated show I've ever seen, both from the view of the critics and the view of the fans. This show is hysterical, witty, and brilliantly performed by Julia Dreyfus.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Aug 15, 2013Unquestionably better than season 6 though still undeniably disappointing, we're given a number of interesting plot devices though not much isUnquestionably better than season 6 though still undeniably disappointing, we're given a number of interesting plot devices though not much is happening with it all.
First off, there's a the "tragic romance" factor without much sense of tragedy Dexter has with the new beautiful and mysterious, though dangerous and deadly Hannah Mckay, which is gag inducingly cheesy and predictable, while being completely uninteresting, making absolutely no sense, nor giving any sense of loss when it all comes to an inevitable end.
Second, we're introduced to the most dangerous, lethal, and powerful villain the show has had to offer yet, who happens to be hellbent on revenge against Dexter, though nothing is done with him, and there's a sudden out of character development causing this man to come crawling to Dexter for help, who seemingly forgot about his "unstoppable" need for revenge just the day before.
To top it all off we're still plagued with all of the old, uninteresting supporting character we never cared about in the first place who are still given far to much to do within the series.
The one saving grace we're given other than Michael C. Hall's usual brilliant performance, is the new turn of events in which Dexter's foster sister, Debra, is now in on Dexter's secret, though her inability to live with the consequences of her actions and the actions she allows by Dexter's hand causes her great amounts of pain and inner turmoil which could potentially cause their once close relationship to be entirely severed.
Ultimately though, it just doesn't live up to a few of its previous seasons.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Aug 15, 2013The weakest effort in the show thus far, season 6 of Dexter pushes its way into deeper religiously inspired territory with great potential,The weakest effort in the show thus far, season 6 of Dexter pushes its way into deeper religiously inspired territory with great potential, yielding mediocre results due to its poorly casted main antagonist (his performance is cringe worthy), and weak writing plagued (no pun intended) with predictability.
It seems as though the writers are straining to maintain the surprise effect they've achieved a few times in previous seasons by implementing one last "shock twist" that is so overused and so badly implemented it's more of a tack on than a story telling mechanic.
Michael C. Hall's performance is our only redemptive factor remaining.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Aug 15, 2013Still not short of suspense like the previous installments, but season 5 does happen to fall short in terms of genuinely well written drama.Still not short of suspense like the previous installments, but season 5 does happen to fall short in terms of genuinely well written drama. This is still an excellent suspense thriller, but unfortunately, Dexter takes the safer, more predictable route than we've grown accustomed to.… Expand