Dead Like Me: Season 1 (2003)

“Dead Like Me” is the first television show Bryan Fuller – who’d later showrun “Hannibal” and “American Gods”, among other shows – showran. I’m so taken by his very specific and unique style in “Hannibal” and “American Gods”, and I’ve heard there are running themes throughout most of his work, that I’m watching his earlier…

This is England ’90 (2015)

“This is England ‘90” is very much in the style of “This is England ‘88” and feels like a direct sequel to it in a way the earlier entries in the series didn’t to each other. I objected to what I saw as something of a simplistic moral conclusion to parts of “This is England…

This is England ’88 (2011)

Moreso than “This is England ‘86”, “This is England ‘88” really dives down on how there are rarely easy happy endings in real life. The way director Shane Meadows has extended the series beyond a single film to cover multiple entries with the actors ageing in real time (most visible in Thomas Turgoose’s striking development)…

This is England ’86 (2010)

“This is England ‘86” lacks some of the focus of the previous film “This is England” (”This is England ‘83” I suppose), and I’m not sure it totally earns its runtime. Yet when director Shane Meadows focuses on the main driver of the story, sexual assault, instead of just following up on characters from the…

The Leftovers: Season 3 (2017)

The third season of “The Leftovers” isn’t as big of a step up in quality and ambition of storytelling as the second season was to the first, but is still a brilliant, ambitious tackling of weighty themes. The show’s interest in the genesis of religion is carried over from the first two seasons, but with…

Twin Peaks: Season 2 (1991)

The second season of “Twin Peaks” in unquestionably far more inconsistent than the first, absolutely hitting lower lows. There’s around seven episodes in the middle of the season that are easily the show’s worst, a show running on fumes, spinning its wheels, chasing subplots that are bizarre, but not in the engaging Lynchian way. For…

Twin Peaks: Season 1 (1990)

“Twin Peaks” begins as “Blue Velvet” ended, with a bird. Cue the slow transitions between that bird, the mill, and other locations around the titular town. Of course, if you watch the series with the “Log Lady Intros” filmed for reruns of the show and later included with home releases, the series begins with Catherine…