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

Tyler Ritter and Laurie Metcalf in ‘The McCarthys’ on CBS

nytimes.com — How much enjoyment you get out of "The McCarthys" will depend on your tolerance for badly rendered Boston accents and whether you've maxxed out on gay-centric sitcoms that traffic in clichés. The show, which begins on Thursday night on CBS, boasts perhaps the most efficient opening scene of the television season: In less than three minutes, you grasp the dynamics of both the titular family and the series.

‘Benched,’ a New Lawyer Comedy on USA

nytimes.com — Eliza Coupe, an actress who has a decent résumé ("Happy Endings," "Scrubs") but maybe hasn't registered with you in that household-name way, gets a chance to anchor a series in "Benched," a USA comedy that begins on Tuesday night. And she's pretty darn likable. The series opens with what seems like a familiar catalytic scene.

Shadowy World of Sticky Fingers

nytimes.com — You might long for the days when pickpockets were your biggest worry after taking in "Cybercrimes With Ben Hammersley," a six-part series that begins Friday on BBC World News.

Hogzilla and Other Halloween Programs

nytimes.com — Sure, you could get your fill of Halloween-themed television just by watching your usual fare over the next few days. Prime-time network shows, especially sitcoms, love the Halloween episode. But ghouls and ghosts are also much in evidence off the grid, as it were, in places you might not expect to find them.

‘Glen Campbell I’ll Be Me,’ a Final Tour, With Alzheimer’s

nytimes.com — The scenes of politicians urging financing for Alzheimer's research really aren't necessary. The sight of Glen Campbell struggling as a teleprompter feeds him the lyrics to songs everyone in his audience knows by heart is all that is needed to put across what's at stake. It's a sight that occurs repeatedly in "Glen Campbell ...

‘Swim Little Fish Swim’: Couple struggles to stay afloat

seattletimes.com — Originally published Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:05 PM courtesy of Northwest Film Forum Movie Review 'Swim Little Fish Swim,' with Dustin Guy Defa, Brooke Bloom, Lola Bessis. Written and directed by Bessis and Ruben Amar. 95 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences. Northwest Film Forum, through Thursday.

'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: Shouldn't Ichabod Be a Loser in Love?

artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com — Monday night's "Sleepy Hollow" was like some of the glass that is occasionally shattered in this series: a lot of fragments. Was I the only one who thought it was a bit of a head scratcher, in terms of how the pieces fit with the overall story, if they fit at all?

‘Freak Out’ ‘Deal With It’ Use Hidden Cameras

nytimes.com — You can gauge the health of a civilization by its hidden-camera television shows. Using that barometer, our society will decline noticeably on Tuesday night, and by Friday, it will have gone completely to heck.

‘Private Violence,’ an HBO Documentary on Domestic Abuse

nytimes.com — A lot of people are talking about domestic violence lately because of certain high-profile cases, and some may even think they know what it looks like because they've watched a video of a National Football League player punching his fiancée.

A Photographer in a Danger Zone

nytimes.com — The recent beheadings of Western journalists in the Middle East provide stark real-life context for "1,000 Times Good Night," a fictional story about a photojournalist that opens on Friday in limited release, including at the Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Greenwich Village; quadcinema.com).
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Oct 29, 2014

I'm for a constitutional amendment that forces #Game7" href="http://twitter.com/MLB" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@MLB to play year-round. Football? Ptui. Gonna be a long 5 months beginning tomorrow. #Game7

Oct 29, 2014

RT @KeithOlbermann: VIDEO WORSTS: Lineswoman felled by rocket, Ref felled by pass, golfer felled by killer tweet by Michael Jordan j.mp/1rBbJj0

Oct 29, 2014

@lexinyt @jayrosen Companion course on The Future of Universities W Crushing Tuition and Parents Who Sent a Kid There on a Scribe's Salary?

Oct 29, 2014

The cliches are no longer working for me. Henceforth I'm going to live only every other day to the fullest.

Oct 29, 2014

RT @NYTSports: Injuries and the threat of injuries have led to a steady stream of high school football forfeitures nyti.ms/1Dwj9KS

Oct 27, 2014

Now watching "Brakeless" on @IndependentLens on @PBS. Beautifully rendered take on a heart-rending event.

Oct 27, 2014

@trynrose Have you seen the Glen Campbell movie? Curious what you think of it. My review: nyti.ms/1woPPo4

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