‘Star Trek: Picard’: TV Review

“Star Trek: Picard,” the latest entry in an ever-regenerating franchise, eventually gets going. That it does so more tentatively than boldly may, at first, be a test of individual viewers’ loyalty to the “Trek” universe and to its most famous captain. ...

‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: TV Review

In some ways, Rob Lowe is a fit for the Ryan Murphy universe. Something about his actorly vanity — so much a part of his star persona that it tends to impact every project he works on — feels lurid and unseemly in exactly the bad-taste way as does much...

‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’: TV Review

Thankfully, she has plenty to spare. The series is hardly the first to lend itself to comparisons to “Broad City,” but it’s a rare case in which the comparisons are accurate — starting with its leveraging its star’s inherent likability in order to tell...

‘The Outsider’ on HBO: TV Review

It’s a crime story that uses a single horrifying case to extrapolate outwards a story about a society haunted by soul-sickness and, perhaps, a boundless and supernatural evil. And it pairs unlikely collaborators to crack the case. In other words,...

TV Review: ‘AJ and the Queen’

RuPaul is one of the single most impactful TV stars of the decade just concluded, thanks to a funny sort of double performance. As the host and presiding judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the performer is “himself” in a sort ...

‘Katy Keene’: TV Review

“Katy Keene” may be set in the Archie Comics universe. But it’s a long way from “Riverdale.” That point is made, first, by a series-opening sequence in which Katy (Lucy Hale) announces “Welcome to New York!” wh...

‘The New Pope’: TV Review

Three years ago, Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Young Pope” crash-landed onto American airwaves. The Italian auteur’s series, which envisioned a sharp-tongued New Yorker bringing the Holy See to heel, was so surreal that it tended to e...

Netflix’s ‘The Circle’: TV Review

Reality TV has faced no greater existential threat — not the rise of prestige cable, not audience attention span, and certainly not good taste — than the rise of social media. The genre that habituated 21st-century Americans to the rancorous, odd, and ...

‘Messiah’ on Netflix: TV Review

Making a TV show whose plot hinges on miracles is a challenging thing. Perceived miracles are startling in our world because of their divergence from universally accepted reality; events diverging, instead, from a reality a writer is creating are less ...

‘Deputy’: TV Review

Surely there has been a show more reliant on cliché than “Deputy,” Fox’s new cop drama. But none springs to mind. What’s worse, those clichés tend to move only in one direction — towards an argument in favor of cops as uniquely ...

‘You’ Season 2 on Netflix: TV Review

In its first season, “You” was more interesting as state-of-the-industry case-study than as television. A semi-satirical stalker drama whose ability to compel coexisted with certain deep flaws, “You” failed to catch on as a Lifetime series and seemed d...

TV Review: ‘Truth Be Told’

On “Truth Be Told,” Apple TV Plus’s new drama about a true-crime reporter reinvestigating a case she may have gotten wrong, there’s a moment of confrontation in an early episode. Face to face with a man she believes may be hiding information from her, ...