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T.J. DeGroat

University of New York, class of '02.

Reviews

House of Cards

3
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I go back and forth. The acting is great and it FEELS like a good/serious show. But really, the plotting is just as soapy as "Scandal" and the lack of real consequences for the Underwoods and the monsters who do their dirty work is starting to take its toll.

My Mad Fat Diary

3
0

About to finish the first season and I'm so glad there are two more to binge-watch. Warm, charming, nostalgic, and lovely. It tackles important issues without being heavy-handed. A total delight.

Moone Boy

3
0

Winsome, imaginative, funny. I'm not sure I want to see Martin at 17, though.

3
0

The perpetually underrated Toni Collette killed it on this show, which also featured a pre-Oscar Brie Larson and a post-Carrie Aiden Shaw.

Gilmore Girls

3
0

Don't judge me, but I didn't think the seventh season was bad at all. Of course April is the worst, but even Stars Hollow should be home to annoying pre-teens. Overall, obviously one of the best shows of the aughts. Oh, and Lauren Graham is everything.

Smash

3
0

IDGAF. Four (let me be your) stars!

Planet Earth

2
0

Ten years ago, Planet Earth blew our minds with its groundbreaking depiction of nature's ugly and beautiful moments. Well, technology has advanced quite a bit in the past decade and Planet Earth II is an even more vivid and stunning exploration of the drama of the natural world.

The Strain

2
0

This fun, slightly campy, over-the-top vampire thriller was brought to the small screen by a trio of creative heavyweights. Carlton Cuse, who won a couple of Emmys for his work on Lost, runs the show alongside co-executive producers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, who co-wrote the best-selling trilogy on which this creepy series is based. The action begins with the delightfully named Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his Centers for Disease Control team called in to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that began on a plane that landed in New York under very mysterious circumstances. The strain, it turns out, is an ancient form of vampirism. But it's easy to guess how well that theory goes over.

Dear White People

2
0

Justin Simien adapts -- and improves upon -- his critically acclaimed 2014 movie of the same name about racial tensions at a predominantly white Ivy League university. Logan Browning replaces Tessa Thompson and is fantastic, as is DeRon Horton as Lionel.

Great News

2
0

The bad news: this is not (yet) a 30 Rock- or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt-level joke monster. The good news: the foundation is definitely there. The cast is excellent. But the mom-as-intern premise doesn't have very strong legs. And the comedy, while often charming and cute, lacks the bite of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's other shows. It's worth remembering, however, that Season 1 of 30 Rock started a little slow, but gradually found its sweet spot.