Bessie

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dvr this HBO, repeatedly on multiple times or on demand While Queen Latifah may never come out and say she’s a lesbian, her performance as the great bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith is so raw, honest, sexy and believable I really don’t care. She’s made a great film about a queer icon. Bessie went from [...]

Grace and Frankie

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dvr this On Netflix When I heard that Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin were going to team up for a comedy about two very different women thrown together when their husbands leave them for each other, I imagined a new Golden Girls, with broad comedy and lots of zingers. I was shocked and immensely surprised [...]

Silicon Valley

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dvr this HBO, Sundays, 10 p.m. The tech bros of the Bay Area are lovingly satirized in Mike Judge’s fantastic sitcom Silicon Valley. Now in its second season, the show has figured itself out after a shaky beginning, and it is now one of the funniest on TV. Thomas Middlemarch plays Richard, a delightfully awkward [...]

Penny Dreadful

dvr this Showtime, Sunday, May 3, 10 p.m. The season premiere of the postmodern horror drama introduces a new big bad: witches, led by mystic Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory). She becomes the nemesis of our heroine, the disturbed medium Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), who I think is the most exciting character on television right now. [...]

Cucumber and Banana

dvr this Logo, Mondays, 10 p.m. Russell Davies, who created Queer as Folk and rebooted Doctor Who, has returned to gay dramedy with two shows Cucumber and Banana, which have already premiered in the U.K. and have now landed in the U.S. on Logo. Davies’ original version of Queer as Folk was leaps and bounds [...]

Daredevil

dvr this Streaming on Netflix The first series in the Netflix portion of the Marvel Comics cinematic universe, Daredevil sets the scene for a gritty Manhattan-based world featuring Jessica Jones, Power Man and Iron Fist, all who will eventually form the Defenders. I’ve always found Daredevil to be one of the more fascinating superheroes. An [...]

Wolf Hall

dvr this PBS, Sundays, 10 p.m.   The first episode of Wolf Hall, the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Book Prize winning novel, is sitting on my own DVR. One of the highest rated television shows in British history, it was also wildly praised by critics, and PBS’s Masterpiece is bringing it to the U.S. [...]

iZombie

dvr this THE CW, Tuesdays, 9 p.m. When I watched the premiere of iZombie, I felt like I was wrapped in a familiar blanket of easy fun. Then I discovered it was created by Rob Thomas, who also gave us Veronica Mars. And iZombie is a cross between that iconic CW show and Buffy the [...]

Glee

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dvr this FOX, Friday, March 20, 8 p.m. The two-hour final episode of the once-groundbreaking, then nationally joked about and finally begrudgingly respected musical comedy about a high school show choir arrives after a strangely brilliant final season. Almost all of the plot threads were tied up by last week’s episode. A double gay wedding [...]

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

dvr this On Netflix Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, who created 30 Rock, arguably one of the greatest sitcoms in history, have dropped 13 episodes of their follow-up. It is a comedy about an absurdly cheerful woman (Ellie Kemper) who spent 15 years in a cult, isolated from the world. After being rescued, she moves [...]

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