TV critic at The New York Times. Also, the occasional film. Theater too.

Review: ‘Difficult People,’ on Hulu, Has Fun With the Aspiring and the Struggling

nytimes.com — There's the Jim Gaffigan career path: Work hard on the comedy circuit, amass a huge following and parlay that into a small-screen series loosely inspired by your own life. And then there's the Julie Klausner career path: Aspire to the Jim Gaffigan career path and then parlay your underachievement into a small-screen series loosely inspired by your own life.

Review: ‘Mr. Robinson,’ a Classroom Comedy on NBC

nytimes.com — "Bad Teacher" was a 2014 CBS sitcom whose cancellation was announced after only three episodes. "Mr. Robinson," another classroom comedy that begins Wednesday on NBC, makes "Bad Teacher" look like Emmy material. Craig Robinson (Darryl from "The Office") stars as a bar-band singer by night, substitute music teacher by day.

Review: In ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie,’ a Flock Heads to the City to Find Its Farmer

nytimes.com — It wouldn't be summer without a movie that stars one or more animals. "Free Willy" (1993). "Babe" (1995). "Jaws" (1975). "Jaws: The Revenge" (1987). And now, "Shaun the Sheep Movie," a charming and clever concoction from the stop-motion animation studio Aardman Animations, which is known for the "Wallace & Gromit" franchise.

Review: ‘The Dreamer Examines His Pillow’ Talks of Love, Lust and Lots More

nytimes.com — In its current revival by the Attic Theater Company, " The Dreamer Examines His Pillow,"an early John Patrick Shanley work, is an intermissionless 90 minutes, but it's really a play in three parts. From the audience's perspective this particular production's three parts are: "Not buying it," "Just got more interesting" and, "Ah, now it all makes sense."

‘Playing House’ Begins Its Second Season a Little More Grown-Up

nytimes.com — The USA comedy " Playing House " lived to see a second season only after an extended lobbying effort by its few but vocal fans. With that season beginning on Tuesday night, the almost 100 percent of Americans who didn't get on board for Season 1 need to ask themselves: Should they give the show a second chance?

Review: ‘Significant Mother’ Puts a Son in an Awkward Situation

nytimes.com — When is progress the opposite of progress? When it's " Significant Mother," a new comedy on CW that tried for the cutting edge but ended up dull and dimwitted. You can feel the ill-advised thinking that led to this summer stupefier, which has its premiere on Monday night: "Older women dating younger guys is hot these days, so how about an older woman who's dating her son's best friend?"

‘Our Man in Tehran’: ‘Argo’ terror, from those who lived it

seattletimes.com — Movie review of "Our Man in Tehran": This documentary reminds us that the story of how six American Embassy workers escaped Iran in 1980 was not a movie but scary real life. It made a darn good Hollywood movie, and the story of how the Canadian ambassador and others helped six American Embassy workers escape Iran in 1980 also makes a pretty watchable documentary.

Comedy Central’s ‘Review’ and Its Hapless Critic Return

nytimes.com — Mainstream television comedies sometimes seem as if they are innovative only within relatively narrow limits. Families in domestic sitcoms are more diverse and more blended these days, but they're still working the old families-acting-funny formulas. Workplaces in workplace comedies aren't all white and male, but they're still grounded in office dynamics.

J. K. Rowling’s Family History on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

nytimes.com — On Sunday on the TLC genealogy show "Who Do You Think You Are?," fans of Harry Potter can learn quite a lot about his mother - not Lily Potter, but his real mother, the writer who gave birth to him.

Review: In ‘Vacation,’ Christina Applegate and Ed Helms Travel to Walley World

nytimes.com — The kid with the potty mouth may cost Warner Bros. some business at the box office, but in a strange way he elevates "Vacation," a very funny R-rated movie with a PG-13 heart.
Jul 28, 2015

"Ms. Applegate has what is surely the summer’s best vomit scene." nytimes.com/2015/07/29/mov…

Jul 29, 2015

This Neil Genzlinger review hurts me more than the one in which he said I LOVE LUCY is not that funny: nytimes.com/2015/07/29/mov…

Jul 29, 2015

"Ms. Applegate has what is surely the summer’s best vomit scene." nyti.ms/1LXTGTv

Jul 30, 2015

"Ms. Applegate has what is surely the summer’s best vomit scene." Oh my, yes. NY Times on ‘Vacation': nyti.ms/1LXTGTv

Jul 30, 2015

RT @nytimes: NYT movie review: In "Vacation," Christina Applegate and Ed Helms travel to Walley World nyti.ms/1IsMCak pic.twitter.com/R5GKu2Yk13

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"We thought the bidding was on Vincent Price," a confused Cashman says about the Blue Jays' new acquisition. #Yankees

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@SeanAltman Oh my God. I recognize you, but who are the three old dudes?

Jul 28, 2015

@sassone 8018! A number that reads the same forward, backward and upside down! Well, almost.

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