Reviews from the Small Screen

Here’s what we’ve been watching on television.

Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Reign of Terror is at heart, a good idea for a story, but it has some flaws. One big flaw is its length: at six episodes is it two episodes too long.

Golden Boy: The Pilot

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Golden Boy has the unique vantage point of being in the future, so we should already know that Clark has survived whatever machinations Arroyo or anyone else has created…

H2O: Just Add Water – Season 2

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: Like Season 1, Season 2 of H2O: Just Add Water is a winner.

Life With Lucy: One Good Grandparent Deserves Another

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Life With Lucy is a sour note on which to end a brilliant career.

Parade’s End

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @

  • Excerpt: A sophisticated adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s novel by Tom Stoppard with a stunning performance by Rebecca Hall as a domineering, beautiful woman.

Phil Spector

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Mamet’s film isn’t sure what the hell to make of Spector. But, strangely, that’s part of what makes it so compelling.

Top of the Lake

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …of all the shows to ever stake a claim as [TWIN] PEAKS’ spiritual inheritor, this comes closest.

Veep: The Complete First Season

Luke Bonanno @

  • Excerpt: Even if you’re not ordinarily drawn to politics or satire and don’t find the subject matter and storylines the most compelling, “Veep” will still probably win you over with its appealing atmosphere and sharp writing.

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